New pattern release: Austra

Here it is, here it is! 

I'm so happy to finally be sharing Austra (aka Mustache) with you all!

This was such a FUN piece to work on! A lot of stockinette, some lovely two-colors linen stitches, minimal shaping, and FRINGES!

It is so cosy!

Knit out of Lang Yak Tweed, which is a worsted weight yarn, Austra is a really fast knit. I know that this yarn might not be accessible in your area (especially if you are in the US), but some of my test knitters have used amazing yarns for substitution that might be easier for you to get your hands on:  Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, and Harrisville Watershed. Two very wooly and lofty yarns that work wonderfully well for this pattern.

Construction-wise, the sweater is knit bottom-up, starting with a provisional cast on, because first of all, I hate to start a new project with the ribbing part, and also because the jumper has a split hem. So I didn't see myself casting on TWICE :D

Then it's stockinette in the round for a few inches before starting the two-colors linen stitch that is featured in the front. This is the part that I have enjoyed the most in this sweater (apart from attaching the fringes!). It goes really quickly in a thicker yarn, and it's so pleasing to see how the pattern takes shape in the two colors.

The jumper has minimal shaping: only the front neckline has decreases (without short rows). The back is knit flat in stockinette in the main color.

That’s it!

Finished dimensions 
41 (43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53)” / 104 (109, 114.5, 119.5, 124.5, 129.5, 134.5) cm finished bust circumference to be worn with 7” (18 cm) of positive ease

6 (7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) balls of Lang YAK Tweed (50% yak, 50% wool – 115 yds (105 m) / 50 g) in 96 (main color) or about 690 (805/805/805/ 920/920/1035/1035) yds / 630 (735/735/840/840/945/945) m of worsted weight yarn 
2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) balls of Lang YAK Tweed (50% yak, 50% wool – 115 yds (105 m) / 50 g) in 70 (contrasting color) or about 230 (345/ 345/345/345/460/460) yds / 210 (315/315/315/315/420/420) m of worsted weight yarn.

two sets of US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 6 (4.0 mm)

17.6 sts x 26 rows = 4” x 4” (10 x 10 cm) in stockinette in the round after blocking, with larger needles 
20 sts x 38 rows = 4” x 4” (10 x 10 cm) in linen stitch flat after blocking, with larger needles