Rattlesnake

$8.00

Did you know that rattlesnake mothers care for their young for about a week after they hatch? This behavior is rare in the world of reptiles. There are currently 36 known species of rattlesnake, and some are quite docile. All are venomous, though to varying degrees. I think they are fascinating (from a distance)!

The Rattlesnake sweater is largely inspired by this creepy but beautiful creature. The neckline is dotted with a series of cluster stitches, reminiscent of the snake’s rattle, but the colorwork at the bottom of the yoke also features rattle patterns. The diamond shapes that widen into the yoke were designed from the patterns of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake. However, the main theme of the sweater is the desert. As a family, we are starting to vacation in southern Arizona every year. The mountains, the desert, and the flora and fauna are all spectacular. When we visited Saguaro National Park in Tucson, I was struck by the breathtaking panorama of saguaro cacti with giant mountains in the backdrop. This view stayed with me and formed the basis of this design.

Rattlesnake features a top-down seamless construction with a somewhat slouchy fit. Optional waist shaping is included. With a colorwork yoke and DK weight yarn, the tee is warm and suitable year-round, but it might be best to wear at night during the hot summer months.

Pattern now includes instructions and yardage for long sleeves!

Description

SIZING

1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

To fit bust circumference of 28 (32, 36, 40, 44) (48, 52, 56, 60, 64) in/70 (80, 90, 100, 110) (120, 130, 140, 150, 160) cm

Finished bust circumference: 30.75 (36, 39.5, 42.75, 48) (51.5, 54.75, 60, 63.5, 66.75) in/77 (90, 99, 107, 120) (129, 137, 150, 159, 167) cm

Intended to fit with 2-4 in/5-10 cm of positive ease. Sample pictured is size 3 on a 37 in/94 cm bust with 2.5 in/6 cm of positive ease. For more sizing info, see Schematic above.

GAUGE

Colorwork and stockinette: 21 sts and 26 rnds = 4 in/10 cm on main needles

NEEDLES

The needle sizes below were used for the design samples. Please adjust needle sizes if needed to get gauge, especially when transitioning from colorwork to plain stockinette.

Ribbing: Size US 5/3.75 mm circulars, 24 in/60 cm long for the neckband and at least 32 in/80 cm long for the hem (and cuffs if using magic loop); DPNs or small circumference circular needles for the cuffs if not using magic loop

Main: Size US 7/4.5 mm circulars, 24 in/60 cm long for upper yoke and at least 32 in/80 cm long for the body (and sleeves if using magic loop); DPNs or small circumference circular needles for the sleeves if not using magic loop

NOTIONS

5 markers including 1 unique BOR; scrap yarn for sleeves; darning needle for weaving in ends; and darning needle, cable needle or DPN for working the cluster stitches

YARN AND YARDAGE

Less Traveled Yarn Tweed Me DK, 85% SW Merino 15% Donegal Nep, 231 yards/211 meters per skein or any DK weight yarn

Yardage includes a 10% buffer.

SHORT SLEEVE YARDAGE
SIZE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
YARDS
MC 317 385 442 495 570 633 699 791 851 924
CC1 202 246 283 317 365 405 447 506 545 591
CC2 75 91 105 117 134 149 164 186 200 218
CC3 130 157 180 202 233 259 285 322 347 376
METERS
MC 290 353 405 453 522 579 640 724 779 845
CC1 185 225 259 290 334 371 409 463 499 541
CC2 69 84 97 107 123 137 150 171 183 200
CC3 119 144 165 185 214 237 261 295 318 344
LONG SLEEVE YARDAGE
SIZE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
YARDS
MC 548 641 719 793 893 977 1066 1177 1262 1358
CC1 202 246 283 317 365 405 447 506 545 591
CC2 75 91 105 117 134 149 164 186 200 218
CC3 130 157 180 202 233 259 285 322 347 376
METERS
MC 502 588 659 726 819 895 977 1078 1156 1243
CC1 185 225 259 290 334 371 409 463 499 541
CC2 69 84 97 107 123 137 150 171 183 200
CC3 119 144 165 185 214 237 261 295 318 344

For each additional inch/2.5 cm of body length added: 14 (17, 18, 20, 22) (24, 25, 27, 29, 30) yards/13 (16, 17, 19, 21) (22, 23, 25, 27, 28) meters of MC

COPYRIGHT

Rattlesnake has been test knitted and professionally tech edited.

© 2020 Jamie Hoffman. This pattern is protected by U.S. and International copyright laws. Reproduction and distribution without written permission from Jamie Hoffman is prohibited.