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Building Blocks Drop

Building Blocks Drop

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The perfect basic with the flawless fit, with thoughtful underarm shaping and optional bust darts to achieve a better fit across all sizes and make sure that shoulder drop really is in the mid-upper arm, not all the way in the elbows! Plus, optional bust darts make sure your bust is fully accommodated.

Build your perfect sweater with a vest view as well as a full length sleeve view. There are options pockets, edge stripe (purchase additional yardage for this) and high-low split hem, pictured in these two samples.

The Building Blocks Drop has drop-shoulder construction, worked bottom-up in the round, then split for front and back. The front and back are worked separately, with neck bind offs and short row shoulder shaping, and finished with Three Needle Bind-Off. The sleeves are picked up and worked with a shallow short row cap for fit, and then worked to the wrist for a tapered sleeve.

The pattern features optional bust shaping short rows, which increases the size inclusivity 4 inches in addition to the B cup that the base pattern is drafted for.

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    Pattern Details

    Size Selection

    A (B, C, D) [E, F, G, H] (I, J, K) designed to fit based on upper bust, with optional bust dart shaping built into the pattern.

    Actual upper bust measurements of: 31 (34.25, 37.5, 40.75) [44, 47.25, 50.5, 53.75] (57, 60.25, 63.5)” / 77.5 (85.5, 93.5, 102) [110, 118, 126.25, 134.5] (142.5, 150.5, 159) cm

    Finished full bust measurements are: 38.5 (43.25, 47, 50.75) [54.5, 59.25, 63, 66.75] (70.5, 75.25, 79)” / 96.5 (108, 117.5, 127) [136.5, 148, 157.5, 167] (176.5, 188, 197.5) cm

    Choose a size based on your upper bust measurement. If the difference between your full bust measure and the finished full bust is between 7 to 11", then you have chosen the correct size. Check the Choose Your Cup Size section if the difference is 6" or less.

    Samples are knit in size B on a model with 32" / 81.5 cm upper bust, 34" / 86.5 cm full bust, and 11.5" / 29 cm upper arms circumference.

    Yarn Selection & Yardage

    Yarn Selection Choose a very lightweight, fluffy worsted weight yarn held single, or unspun yarn (held single if particularly fluffy, held double if not), that gets gauge. Please note that all yardages below were worked using the pink sample for the yards/meterage, and all Nutiden yardage based on the burgundy sample. Yardages varied widely between testers on this test for both types of yarn due to row gauge differences and how different each yarn used was, so you may end up using less than the amounts indicated.

    Long Sleeve Sample 4 (5, 5, 5) 6, 6, 6, 7 (7, 7, 8) plates of Honer Och Eir Nutiden in Sejd, held double

    Nutiden is an unspun yarn and works up to about worsted / light aran weight. It comes in slightly variable yardage (but very flexible gauge) in 100 gram plates

    or worsted weight yarn in the following amounts:

    1175 (1275, 1375, 1475) 1575, 1700, 1800, 1875 (1975, 2125, 2225) yards / 1075 (1175, 1250, 1350) 1450, 1550, 1650, 1725 (1800, 1950, 2025) meters

    25 yards/meters additional are required for each pocket or bust dart size.

    Vest Sample Wooldreamers La Rinconada in Granito (MC) and Blanc Naturale (CC), held single. La Rinconada is a worsted weight, woolen spun 100% Spanish Merino, 252 yards / 230 meters per 3.5 oz / 100g skein

    or worsted weight yarn in the following amounts:

    800 (900, 975, 1075) 1150, 1250, 1325, 1425 (1500, 1600, 1675) yards / 725 (825, 900, 975) 1050, 1150, 1200, 1300 (1375, 1475, 1525) meters

    OR 3 (3, 4, 4) 4, 5, 5, 5 (5, 6, 6) plates of Nutiden.

    25 yards/meters additional are required for each pocket or bust dart size.

    Gauge & Recommended Needles

    GAUGE 17 stitches and 24 rounds = 4” / 10 cm, Stockinette stitch knit in the round on Needle A


    Needle A (Main Fabric)

    US8 / 5 mm or size to obtain Stockinette stitch gauge, in the following lengths:

    • Circular needle 32” / 80 cm or higher depending on size
    • Preferred style for knitting in a small circumference for sleeves

    Needle B (Ribbing)

    US6 / 4 mm or 2 sizes down from Needle A, in the following lengths:

    • Circular needle 32-40” / 80-100 cm for body
    • Circular needle 16” / 40 cm for neckline
    • Preferred style for knitting in a small circumference for sleeve cuffs

    Needle C (Tubular Cast On, optional)

    US5 / 3.75 mm or 3 sizes down from Needle A, in the following lengths:

    • Circular needle 32-40” / 80-100 cm

    You'll also need...

    Unique marker for beginning of round, 2 stitch markers to mark side and short rows, tapestry needle, waste yarn, removable markers

    Skills Required

    • This pattern is suitable for a first-time garment knitter.
    • German short row shaping.
    • Working in the round and back and forth.
    • Working in small circumferences using DPN, magic loop, or other method.
    • Setting aside a part of a work to come back to later.
    • Three-needle bind-off (also known as three-needle joinery)
    • Picking up and knitting from an edge or middle of work.
    • Working increases and/or decreases at given intervals.
    • Optional tubular bind off and/or cast on.
    • Sloped bind-off.

    Accessibility and Pattern Formats

    • Large format pattern file included, with 22 pt font, black text on white background, and no italic formatting text.
    • Header structure tagged in main pattern for screen reader users.
    • All images have alt text.

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    Pattern Credits

    • Tech Edit: Heather Storta
    • Tech Edit: Becky Monahan
    • Schematics: Becky Monahan
    • Grade Consult: Jen Parroccini
    • Sample Knitting: Hannah Graham
    • Sample Knitting: Aimee Sher
    • Photos: Roy and Aimee Sher
    • Sites Support: Symphony Chau