One of the cool things that have come out of COVID is that there are a lot of new and inexperienced knitters out there, so I’ve been on the lookout for patterns and projects that you guys can do at home without the support of an in-person class. I think Four Score is a great sweater project for newbies or just people whose skill threshold isn’t advanced, but they want to try and do something more.
The sweater is worked flat in four pieces, on two straight needles (or circular if you prefer) and sewn up later using mattress stitch. The back and front are the same. A generous 4×4 rib pattern makes this a stretchy, flattering sweater with a bit of cling. It is designed to be worn with 3-6” of ease.
The yarn, Drops Air, is also super accessible. It’s super soft, light as air (hence the name), fluffy (which can be both cozy *and* forgiving), and affordable. I think this project is one you’ll love making as well as snuggling into. It’s a good thing many people are working from home, because when people see your new sweater they are going to ask you to make them one!
Finished Bust: 34(37.5, 41, 45, 49, 52.75) inches or 85(94, 102.5, 112.5, 122.5, 132)cm
- Drops Air: 6(6, 7, 8, 9, 10) skeins
- 4.5mm/US7 needles (13″ straight or 29″or longer circular)
- Stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
Skills & Techniques
The skills and techniques used in this project are not complicated! The most advanced skill is seaming. Don’t let seaming scare you, it isn’t complicated, you just have to do it to practice it. The yarn that this project is made with is a great canvas to learn on – you don’t have to be perfect, the fuzzy aura will obscure so many sins.
- cast on
- ssk (slip, slip, knit – an easy type of decrease)
- knit 2 together (a very easy type of decrease)
- purl 2 together (a very easy type of decrease)
- bind off in rib (knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches)
- seaming with mattress stitch
If you’re looking for help on the interweb I always recommend the following two resources to new knitters: