Sue McCain

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Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Concord Top-Down Swing Coat

Concord, Massachusetts is a classic New England town, with lovely old architecture and impressive history. Like Concord, this swing coat is a classic that you will return to over and over again. It was designed with a bit of extra ease so you can wear it over layers, and its back gusset and generous body shaping give it a wonderful swing shape.

This cardigan is worked from the top down, beginning at the back shoulders. The back is worked to the armholes, including the beginning of a back gusset, then placed on hold while the fronts are picked up from the back shoulders and worked to the armholes. Then the back and fronts are joined and the body is worked to the bottom edge. The back gusset that was begun before fronts and back were joined is continued to the bottom edge, giving the cardigan its swing shape. The sleeves are picked up from the armholes and worked to the cuffs, with short-row shaping to shape the sleeve caps.


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Skill Level: Intermediate

Skills Used: Knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, Japanese Short-Rows (explained in the pattern)

Sizes: XX-Small (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X)

Finished Measurements: 30.5 (34.5, 38.5, 42.5, 46.5, 50.5, 54.5, 58.75, 63.25, 67.5, 71.5)” bust, buttoned; intended to be worn with approximately 4–6″ ease

Materials: Light worsted weight wool blend: 1475 (1575 1700, 1850, 2000, 2125, 2325, 2475, 2650, 2750, 2925) yards. NOTE: If you plan to increase the length of the Body or Sleeves, be sure to purchase extra yarn.

Model knit in Naturally Yarns Karamea (75% merino wool / 15% alpaca / 10% possum; 50 grams / 104 yards): color #353

Needles and Notions: Size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 32″ long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 12″ long or longer, and set of five size 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles, for Sleeves; waste yarn, stitch markers, 2 removable stitch markers, five .75″ buttons

Gauge: In Stockinette stitch, 22 stitches and 30 rows = 4″/10 cm, blocked.

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