Like a new leaf unfurling, Julie Hoover’s Arie takes a cue from spring with a simple pleat at the neckline that unfolds and billows, transforming this comfortable top into a work of natural beauty. You make the Arie in two pieces from the bottom up, working the fold into the bottom of the V before shaping the neckline and armholes. Once seamed and finished, the shape of the sleeves, a split hem that dips a bit lower in the back, and a graceful, seed stitch V-neck complete the thoughtful details. For this pattern you can choose either Cattail Silk or Linen Quill, two of our favorite yarns for natural charm. Cattail Silk is a 100% silk yarn that has an earthy texture and soft shine, lending it a casual elegance that’s perfect for any occasion. Linen Quill combines fine wool, alpaca, and linen into a yarn that is wonderfully rustic, but still soft, and is available in an astounding range of colors. Whichever you choose, you’ll love knitting and wearing this down-to-earth beauty!
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25 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
NOTE: For help deciding which size to knit, please visit our Understanding Ease + Selecting Your Size tutorial.
39¾ (43½, 47¼, 51¼, 55) (59, 62¾, 66½, 70½)
To fit actual chest circumference of 29–33 (33–37, 37–41, 41–45, 45–49) (49–53, 53–57, 57–61, 61–63) inches, with approximately 6–10 inches of ease
Samples: The sweaters pictured here are size 43½, worn with 9½ inches of ease.
Julie Hoover’s Arie used 2 (3, 3, 3, 4) (4, 4, 5, 5) skeins of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill to fit actual chest circumference of 29–33 (33–37, 37–41, 41–45, 45–49) (49–53, 53–57, 57–61, 61–63) inches, with approximately 6–10 inches of ease. To use Fresh Pickle for your version, add your skein count to your order!