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“You’re strong-willed and agile, like the scorpion.” Inspired by Vanessa Ives from the hauntingly beautiful Penny Dreadful series, Little Scorpion is a top-down colorwork yoke sweater featuring a high/mock-neck worked in corrugated ribbing, intricate 3-color motifs through the yoke and bottom of the 3/4 length sleeves, and stockinette body. I am incredibly excited to share this design with you, and I hope you love it as much as I do. We have kits available for this design, which can be preordered here!
If you need any help choosing colors or have any other questions regarding the pattern or sizing, send me an email and I’m happy to assist! Color palettes are shown in the listing photos, and the sample was made with the first combo.
Written in English and US terms
Skills to know: Cast on, knit, purl, join and work in the round, 3-color stranded colorwork, catching/trapping floats, lifted and make one increases, decrease, backwards loop cast on, pick up and knit
You’ll need: US size 2 (2.75mm) needles or as needed to achieve gauge - 16-40” circulars recommended for the yoke/body; 12" circulars, DPNs, or longer cable for magic loop for the sleeves, waste yarn to place stitches on hold, stitch markers, pins for blocking, and a tapestry needle. *Knit blockers and mats recommended but not necessary for blocking; a Norwegian knitting thimble can be helpful as well!*
Yardage estimates, sizes 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) [6, 7, 8] — 3 contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn that works up to gauge (see schematic for finished measurements):
TOTAL - Approximately 1437 (1633, 1900, 2126, 2427) [2723, 3057, 3276] yds / 1316 (1495, 1739, 1945, 2221) [2492, 2797, 2997] m
Main Color (MC, pale green in sample) - 1027 (1168, 1356, 1510, 1715) [1913, 2157, 2307] yds / 940 (1069, 1240, 1381, 1569) [1750, 1973, 2110] m
Contrast Color 1 (CC1, orange in sample) - 151 (178, 198, 226, 258) [289, 310, 331] yds / 139 (163, 182, 207, 236) [265, 284, 303] m
Contrast Color 2 (CC2, dark brown in sample) - 259 (287, 346, 390, 454) [521, 590, 638] yds / 237 (263, 317, 357, 416) [477, 540, 584] m
Check out others’ projects on Ravelry for more yarn/fiber/color combo inspiration! Please note: Yardage is estimated and your requirements will vary depending on your yarn, gauge, and if you modify the pattern.
You’ll receive a zip file containing:
Two PDF files (one with the original charts, one with inverted/dark MC charts) with complete written instructions on how to knit Little Scorpion in 8 different sizes, plus the colorwork charts for yoke and sleeves for all sizes
Links to helpful tutorials
Notes on sizing:
This pattern is written for 8 sizes, ranging from 32-74.25 in/81.5-188.5 cm finished bust and 2-6 in/5-15 cm positive ease is recommended. The sample shows size 2 on a 33.5 in/85 cm bust (positive ease of approx. 4.5 in/11.5 cm at the bust). Schematic with measurements included in the product photos.
Pattern gauge (worked in the round, measured over 4”/10cm):
Stockinette - 30 sts/34 rounds
K1, p1 corrugated ribbing - 40 sts/48 rounds
Taken after wet blocking, using US size 2 (2.75mm) needles. Note, you may need to use different needle sizes for plain stockinette vs colorwork sections depending on your tension.
Note: All measurements are approximate and taken after blocking. Inches are rounded to the nearest 0.25 in and centimeters to the nearest 0.5 cm.
Please Note: This is a digital (zip/PDF) file, NOT a finished, physical product or supply. No refunds will be given on digital products due to their nature. You will receive a link to your digital file within 24 hours. If you do not receive the pattern file, please contact me and we'll get it straightened out.
Printing a physical copy for yourself? Be sure to select the 'Scale to Fit/Print Entire Image' option in your printer settings and take care to print the colorwork charts page for your size only!
Need any help? Please don't hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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**Little Scorpion is property of Courtney Little (Ivy & Autumn). Copyright © 2020. This pattern is for personal use only, and you may not redistribute, sell, or share this pattern in part or in whole, physically or electronically. You may, however, sell finished items you make using this pattern (in small quantities, with written consent via email from Courtney Little of Ivy & Autumn), and credit must be given for the design. A link back to this pattern is also greatly appreciated if selling online. You may not use any of the pattern or product photos for your own resale or commercial purposes.**