backstage pass

  • Seated woman wearing a black sweater with amber and pink stripes at the cuffs and hem.
  • Torso of a woman wearing a black sweater with pink and amber stripes at the cuffs and hem.
  • Close up of the shoulder and neck of a black, ribbed sweater.
  • Standing woman wearing a black sweater with pink and amber stripes at the cuffs and hem.
  • Detailed schematic of the Backstage Pass sweater.

Kits available! Check with your LYS. Designed in collaboration with Camp Color Yarns.

Backstage Pass: a simple, size inclusive sweater with great details. Its cropped shape and shallow mock turtleneck make it the perfect piece to throw on when you need a pullover that works with your ‘going to the show’ outfit.

The pattern includes illustrated tutorials for working a tubular cast on and German Short Rows, and a link to a tutorial for the sewn tubular bind off used in the neck. To make Backstage Pass, you will need to know how to knit, purl, work increases and decreases, and seam.

Pattern available through Ravelry and Payhip.

Sizes

1 (2, 3, 4) (5, 6, 7) (8, 9)

Finished bust

39 (42.75, 46.25, 49.75) (53.25, 57, 60.5) (64, 67.5) in / 99 (108.5, 117.5, 126.5) (135.5, 145, 153.5) (162.5, 171.5) cm
To be worn with approximately 5-9 in/12.5-23 cm positive ease at the bust. See schematic for more detailed measurements.

Yarn

Camp Color CC Fingering (100% Superwash Merino Wool, 190 yds/174 m per 1.76 oz/50 g)

  • MC (Solid Black): 10 (11, 12, 14) (15, 16, 18) (19, 20) skeins
  • CC1 (Digestif): 2 skeins
  • CC2 (Whiskey, Neat): 2 skeins

Yarn is held double throughout the project.

Needles

  • US 7/4.5 mm circular needle 24 in/60 cm or longer or 14 in/35 cm straight needles, or size needed for correct gauge
  • US 6/4 mm circular needle 24 in/60 cm or longer or 14 in/35 cm straight needles, or one size smaller than gauge needle
  • US 6/4 mm 16 in/40 cm circular needle, or one size smaller than gauge needle

Gauge

22.5 sts & 30 rows = 4 in/10 cm in Main Pattern Stitch with yarn held double, worked flat and blocked
19 sts & 28 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stockinette stitch with yarn held double, worked flat and blocked
For a good fit, take time to check your gauge.

Notions

  • 2 regular stitch markers
  • 5 removable stitch markers, scrap yarn to hold sts
  • yarn needle

About the yarn

Camp Color CC Fingering is a soft, smooth, springy, 2-ply yarn spun from Superwash Merino wool. The yarn is dyed to produce semi-solid colours without the need to alternate skeins. When held double, as in this pattern, CC Fingering produces a soft, springy, cushiony fabric with drape, memory, and good stitch definition. 

If substituting yarns for this project, look for a fingering weight yarn with good memory that feels comfortable against your skin and gives you a fabric you like at the pattern’s gauge. A single strand of worsted weight yarn could also work with this design, though the fabric will be slightly different, and you’ll need about half the recommended yardage. You will need approximately 1822 (2040, 2254, 2506) (2742, 2975, 3260) (3523, 3795) yds/1666 (1865, 2061, 2291) (2507, 2720, 2981) (3221, 3470) m of MC, and 212 (230, 246, 264) (281, 298, 314) (330, 346) yds/194 (210, 225, 241) (257, 272, 287) (302, 316) m of each CC.

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