Flying Fox: Here Comes the Summer

This is a throwback to a post published on April 28, 2008.

Call me the procrastination knitter: when I set myself to get something done, I end up knitting something else instead.
Here’s an example:

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Pattern: Flying Fox (notes posted below)
Yarn: almost 5 entire skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed

I’m semi-pleased by the way this one turned out.
I originally had envisioned incredible batwing sleeves for this knit (hence the name – oh how I love naming the knits!). Unfortunately, my impatience to get this one on the way had me skipping important forethought regarding the shaping. I’m sure if I actually thought about it, I could have made it look more like the vision in my mind.
I also had to exercise some big-time will power to refrain from gussying this one up. As you can see (if you’re familiar with any of my other designs) I gravitate towards the prettily-detailed. This one is decidedly minimalist. This was a tactic, so that I could focus on the drapey sleeves and neckline.

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I fear the yarn is discontinued: I read that somewhere on the internets. Then again, I read lots of stuff on the internets. I hope it isn’t, because I really really love this yarn. Lovely and drapey.

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Please don’t mind the smirky grin on me face.

Awaiting me at home is yet more procrastin-knitting. I’ve just had some golden Debbie Bliss Pure Silk wound into usable yarn-balls. There’s also some scarletty bamboo that’s calling my name.
And here comes the summer!
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Pattern notes:

gauge – 22 sts=4″ on 4 mm needles

Cast on 108. Join for knitting in the round.
Place marker at the beginning of the round; work 2×2 ribbing across 54 sts, place marker, work 2×2 ribbing for the rest of the round.
Knit 2×2 ribbing for 11″.

When piece measures 11″, work increase row:
You will begin working back and forth.
*increase 1 st into next 3 sts, knit 1*
repeat until you reach side marker, increase into last 2 sts
(95 sts across the front now)

Slip marker, add new yarn, increase into first st, knit 1,
*increase 1 st into next 3 sts, knit 1* repeat until next marker.
This is the back. I recommend leaving this side to work until you’ve completed the front.

Working the front:
Turn work to wrong side facing, purl across.
Next row: Right side facing, knit across.
Next row: Wrong side facing, cast on 24 sts, purl across, place marker after these 24 sts, purl across sts, place marker, cast on 24 sts.
Next row: Right side facing, knit across all sts.

Knit these 119 sts until sleeve measures 2.5″.
At 2.5″, work as follows until sleeve measures 4.5″:
Right side facing – knit across sleeve, slip marker, decrease one st, knit across front until 2 sts before marker, decrease one st, slip marker, work across sleeve to end of row.
Wrong side: purl.

When sleeve measures 4.5″:
stop working these decreases, and simply knit the right side of the work and purl the back until the sleeve measures 8″.

When sleeve measures 8″:
Right side facing: Decrease 2 sts at each end of every row five times.
Wrong side: purl.

After you’ve completed all 5 decrease rows, cast off.

Work back same as front.

Sewing back and front together:
I simply stitched the front and back together, beginning at the first decrease-row worked when the sleeve was 8″ long.
(the sleeve will be slightly curved here. I just began stitching at this curve).
I stitched each side together for 5 inches.
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Flying Fox: Here Comes the Summer

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