Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Big Chaos

This sweater is the adult version of Chaos, a baby sweater on Knitty.com

New to cables? Want to do a fantastic, all-over cable pattern but feel intimidated by following a complicated chart? This pullover has a striking, all-over cable pattern with no chart at all. Instead, this sweater is covered in a chaotic, random cable pattern generated by rolling dice - great fun for a little (or big) helper! This oversized sweater has an extra-wide neck at the request of my husband. Instructions for a regular crew neck are also included. Big Chaos is knit with two strands of worsted-weight yarn held together throughout.

Read about the origins of the random cable pattern at Mary Griffin’s website here: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~pr/miscellaneous/stochastic.html

SIZE: S(M, L, XL, XXL)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest: 48(52, 56, 60, 64) inches
Length: 22(23, 24, 25, 26) inches

MATERIALS
Red Heart Comfort 3(3, 3, 4, 4) 16oz/454g and 930 yd/850m per ball
6.5mm straight needles
5.5mm straight needles
5.5mm 16" circular needle (or 5.5mm dpn’s)
cable needle
1 (or more) die/dice
stitch markers
stitch holder
darning needle

GAUGE
12.5 sts/ 17 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
17 sts/ 17 rows = 4" in cable pattern

CABLE PATTERN
Row 1 - random cable (see below for details)
Row 2 - purl
Row 3 - knit
Row 4 - purl

Row 1 of Random Cable
K2 sts to begin the row. Roll the die. Perform the action corresponding with the number rolled as follows:
If you roll a 1: C4F [slip two stitches to a cable needle and hold cable needle in front of the work, knit two stitches from the left needle, knit the two stitches from the cable needle]
If you roll a 2: C4B [slip two stitches to a cable needle and hold cable needle at back of the work, knit two stitches from the left needle, knit the two stitches from the cable needle]
If you roll a 3: K2
If you roll a 4: K2
If you roll a 5: roll again
If you roll a 6: roll again
Keep rolling and performing the according action until all but the last 2 sts are worked. K the last 2 sts.

Note 1: the first and last two sts of every row are knit. If you roll a 1 or 2 with four or less stitches left in the row, ignore the roll, and knit the last stitches.
Note 2: It may be necessary to ‘cheat’ a little if you get a large or small number of cables in succession. If your knitted fabric was infinitely large, any cluster of cable stitches would be balanced out in the long run by clusters of knit stitches. But since this sweater is made using a limited number of stitches, especially when dividing for the neck, you may need to ignore or insert a cable to keep the fabric fairly flat and even. For example, if you roll 1-1-1-1, you may change this to 1-1-3-3-1. Or if you roll 3-3-4-4-3-3 you may change this to 3-3-2-3-3. However, don’t give in to the temptation to ‘cheat’ too often (more than once per row or so) or you may compromise the randomness of the pattern.

DIRECTIONS
Back
Using smaller needles, CO 76(82, 88, 94, 100) sts. Work k2 p2 rib for 4 rows (all sizes).
Next row (RS): Change to larger needles and stockinette stitch. Inc 26(28, 30, 34, 36) sts evenly across for a total of 102(110, 118, 128, 136) sts.
Next row (WS): P across
Next row (RS): Begin random cable pattern by working row 1 of cable pattern.
Continue in patt until piece measures 13(13.5, 14, 14.5, 15) ins.
At beg of next 2 rows, BO 4(6, 6, 8, 8) sts, working k2tog (RS; p2tog on WS) 1(2, 2, 2, 2)times during binding off for armhole. Continue in patt until armhole measures 9(9.5, 10, 10.5, 11) ins. BO all sts, working k2tog every 4th stitch of binding off.

Front
Work as for back until armhole measures 5.5 (6, 6.5, 7, 7.5) ins. Instructions follow for both boat neck and crew neck. Remember to work only one set of instructions.

Extra-wide neck
Begin to divide for neck as follows: k 18(20, 24, 29, 31) sts, ssk, k1. Place sts just worked onto stitch holder. BO 52(52, 52, 52, 52) sts, working k2tog every 4th stitch during binding off, k1, k2tog, k 18(20, 24, 29, 31) sts. Working right side only, dec 1 st every other row 5(5, 5, 6, 6) times more, working decrease one st in from neck edge. Work in patt until piece measures same length as back. BO all sts, working k2tog every 4th st of binding off.
Pick up stitches from stitch holder and work left side of neck, reversing all shaping. Work in patt until piece measures same length as back. BO all sts, working k2tog every 4th st of binding off.

Standard Crew Neck
Begin to divide for neck as follows: k 32(34, 38, 43, 45) sts, ssk, k1. Place sts just worked onto stitch holder. BO 24(24, 24, 24, 24) sts, working k2tog every 4th stitch during binding off, k1, k2tog, k 32(34, 38, 43, 45) sts. Working right side only, dec 1 st every other row 5(5, 5, 6, 6) times more, working decrease one st in from neck edge. Work in patt until piece measures same length as back. BO all sts, working k2tog every 4th st of binding off.

Pick up stitches from stitch holder and work left side of neck, reversing all shaping. Work in patt until piece measures same length as back. BO all sts, working k2tog every 4th st of binding off.

Optional Note (for both boat and crew necks): When working left side of front neck, if you have an odd number of sts on the needles (after working any decreases) when working row 1 of patt, k1 instead of k2 at beg of row to ensure that your cables line up. If you don’t mind the look of cables that don’t quite line up, work in patt as previously established.

Sleeve (make 2)
Using smaller needles, CO 28(30, 30, 32, 34) sts. Work k2 p2 rib for 4 rows (all sizes).
Next row (RS): Change to larger needles and stockinette stitch. Inc 10(10, 12, 12, 12) sts evenly across for a total of 38(40, 42, 44, 46) sts.
Next row (WS) P across
Next row (RS): Begin random cable pattern by working row 1 of pattern. At the same time, inc one st at each end of needle. Work in patt and inc every other row 3(3, 3, 3, 3) times and every 4th row 16(17, 18, 20, 21) times for a total of 76(80. 84, 90, 94) sts. Work even until piece measures 17.5(18.75, 20, 21.25, 22.5) ins. BO all sts, working k2tog every 4th st of binding off.

Optional note: When working row 1 of patt, if the number of sts on the needle is divisible by 4 (before working any increases) ie. 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, etc. , k1 instead of k2 at the beg of the row to ensure that your cables line up. If you don’t mind the look of cables that don’t quite line up, work in patt as previously established.

FINISHING
Block all pieces to measurements.
Sew shoulder seams.

Neckband - instructions follow for both boat neck and crew neck. Remember to work only one set of instructions.

Extra-wide Neck
With circular needle (or dpn’s) and RS facing, PU and K 9(9, 9, 9, 9) sts from left front neck, 40(40, 40, 40, 40) sts from center front neck, 9(9, 9, 9, 9) sts from right front neck and 44(44, 46, 46, 48) sts from back neck for a total of 102(102, 104, 104, 108) sts. Size small only: decrease two stitches evenly across during first round. Size Medium only: increase two stitches evenly across during first round Working in the round, work 4 rows K2P2 rib. Bind off all stitches extremely loosely.

Standard Crew Neck
With circular needle (or dpn’s) and RS facing, PU and K 9 sts from left front neck, 18(18, 18, 18, 18) sts from center front neck, 9 sts from right front neck and 24(24, 26, 26, 28) sts from back neck for a total of 60(60, 62, 62, 64) sts. Size Large only: decrease two stitches evenly across during first round. Size Extra-Large only: increase two stitches evenly across during first round. Working in the round, work 4 rows K2P2 rib. Bind off all stitches extremely loosely.

Both necklines: Sew sleeves to sweater. Weave underarm and side seams. Weave in ends.

2 Comments:

Blogger Indigo said...

Thank you! I am almost finished with baby Chaos from Knitty. All the while I've been working on it, I've been thinking how much I want to make on to fit me. Know I don't have to come up with my own pattern. Yipee! You've made my day.

8:01 AM  
Blogger BeckyB said...

Josie -- thank you. I have a baby sweater almost finished. Love it. such a joy to watch the pattern evolve. I was going to try an adapt the cabling to a man's sweater for my son (soon to be 26) and you have done all the work for me.

12:20 PM  

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