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Humulus (the botanical name for hops) is a lovely sweater that celebrates the elegant hop flower, its flavours and its decorative qualities. The plant is described variously as zesty, piney, earthy and floral. This sweater encompasses all of these with its delicate colourwork pattern knitted in a warm and slightly rustic yarn. It is like being wrapped in a hug

Humulus is worked seamlessly from the top down. First some Short Rows are worked back and forth to create a higher back neck and then the round- yoke is worked top down to sleeve separation. Some last short-rows are worked to finish the yoke shaping right before
sleeve stitches are placed on hold, then the body is worked in rounds down to the hem. Sleeves are worked top down to the cuffs last.

MC (knit in yarn with 284 yards)
CC (knit in yarn with 142 yards)
4 (4, 5, 5, 5)(6, 6, 7, 7) skeins in MC; shown in #3
1 (1, 1, 1, 1)(2, 2, 2, 2) skeins in CC; shown in #10

US 5 (3.75 mm) 16” (40 cm) and 32” (80 cm) circular needle and DPNs (or longer circular needle for magic loop) for neck, body and sleeve ribbing.
US 6 (4 mm) 24” (60 cm) and 32” (80 cm) circular needle and DPNs (or longer circular needle for magic loop) for body and sleeves.

20 sts x 28 rows = 4” (10 cm) square in Stockinette stitch on larger needle after blocking.
Due to variance between knitters, color work should be swatched to determine whether to go up or down a needle size to keep gauge consistent.

1 (2, 3, 4, 5)(6, 7, 8, 9)
finished bust circumference:
37.25 (40.5, 42, 45.25, 48)(52, 56, 60, 64)“
93 (101, 105, 113, 120)(130, 140, 150, 160) cm
Sample is worn with 6” (15 cm) positive ease at bust.

Stitch holders or waste yarn, stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking tools.

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This pattern would look fabulous in the Special Tosh Vintage Color Palette created for Steven here.