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Mithril by Frogginette. “Bilbo unwound several folds of old cloth, and held up a small shirt of mail. It was close-woven of many rings, as supple almost as linen, cold as ice, and harder than steel. It shone like moonlit silver, and was studded with white gems.” In the Lord of the Rings, Bilbo gives his nephew, Frodo, a lightweight and immensely strong mithril chain “shirt” to use as armor as he sets out on his quest. This sweater is worked seamlessly from the top down. The yoke is first worked flat to the bottom of the front slit, then worked in the round. The sleeves are then separated from the body, which is worked in the round to the hem. The sleeves are worked in the round, with two length options. An I-cord bind off finishes the neckline and the hem.
Gauge: 19 sts x 26 rounds = 4 inches or 10 cm in stockinette stitch in the round, using larger needles, after blocking; 19 sts x 40 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm in garter stitch worked flat, using smaller needles, after blocking
Finished Measurements: Garment chest circumference: 18.5 (19.25, 21, 22 // 23.5, 26, 27.75, 28.75, 30.25) inches or 47 (49, 53.5, 56 // 59.5, 66, 70.5, 73, 77) cm
Materials Used: Approximately 275 (300, 350, 400 // 450, 500, 600, 650, 700) yds or 251 (274, 320, 366 // 411, 457, 549, 594, 640) meters of worsted weight yarn
US 6 or 4 mm diameter circular needle (or size needed to match garter stitch gauge) at least 16 inches or 40 cm in length; matching dpns for sleeve cuffs
US 8 or 5 mm diameter circular needle (or size needed to match stockinette stitch gauge) 16 inches or 40 cm in length for sizes 2yo and smaller, and 24 inches or 60 cm in length for sizes larger than 2yo; matching dpns for sleeves
Pattern Includes: 9 sizes available. Also includes: detailed written instructions.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Skills required: Long tail cast on (or provisional cast on if preferred), cable cast on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, working simple cables, working I-cord bind off (explanation in the pattern), binding off.
Other Details: Sizes available: 3mo (6mo, 12mo, 18mo // 2yo, 4yo, 6yo, 8yo, 10yo); To fit chest: 16 (17, 18, 19 // 21, 23, 25, 26.5, 28) inches or 40.5 (43, 45.5, 48.5 // 53.5, 58.5, 63.5, 67.5, 71) cm
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