Inspired by the character of Molly in William Gibson’s Neuromancer, this side-to-side sweater with a deep V neck in both the front and back is extremely simple to make. Molly is muscle, a bodyguard for hire, and she’s defined by her economy of gesture and speech. No wasted movements. That’s the mantra I repeated to myself when designing this tough, sexy sweater.
The sweater is knit in two pieces but requires no seaming. The first half of the body is worked flat, with increases at the shoulder to create the neckline. The side seam is a three-needle bind off, and the knitting then transitions to work in the round. The sleeve is decreased at both the upper and lower arm, and the shoulder rib detail is continued down into a short ribbed cuff. The second half of the sweater is identical, and is begun by picking up stitches in the first half, casting on neckline stitches, then picking up again.
There are no edgings (though it would be easy to add them to the neck or hem) so this sweater is complete as soon as the knitting and weaving of ends is done.
Thinking of Molly, my aim was to keep the tools needed for this design to an absolute minimum. If you use an interchangeable needle set, you can work this sweater on the same needle tips with different cord lengths until you reach the cuff. I went even further and worked the whole sweater on a long circular and used the magic loop method to work the sleeves.
This is an easy pattern, suitable for beginners who can knit, purl, decrease and pick up and knit stitches. However, this pattern does ask you to use two different decrease rates in the sleeve section. Making use of tools like a row counter or simply taking written notes is a good idea.
Choosing a size: This top is designed to be worn with 3-5” of positive ease in the bust, meaning you should choose a size a bit larger than your actual measurements. Bear in mind the low dolman sleeve adds room in the bust, and the hem is meant to be worn somewhat cropped.
ABOUT THIS PATTERN
Number of pages: 5
10 Women’s Sizes: [37/39/41] [43/45/47/49] [51/53/55]” finished bust
Measurements given in inches
[675/725/760] [800/845/880/920] [950/1000/1040] yards heavy DK or worsted weight yarn - sample shown in Harrisville Designs Nightshades in colourway Static (100% wool; 100 g; 229 m/250 yrds)
4.0 mm (US 6) 40” circular needle for body and sleeve; working flat and in the round (magic loop method)
4.0 mm (US 6) circular needles in other lengths for working sleeves in the round, if desired
3.25 mm (US 3) needles, double-pointed or preferred method for small circumference knitting, for cuff
Additional needle for 3-needle bind off
4 stitch markers
2 locking stitch markers
4 mm (G6) crochet hook, if desired
17 sts/26 rows or rounds over 4”/10cm square in stockinette, after blocking
Sample shown in Size 39” on 35” bust.