By Julie Weisenberger
Helena represents the best of summer knitting — a design so simple you can knit it at a barbecue or on the beach. Knit it before summer is over and wear it with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to a sundress or swimming suit. When the weather turns cold, you might want a winter version. The pattern also contains directions for knitting it with circular needles and at different gauges. A loose, drapey fabric knitted with strong yarn is recommended.
Small (medium, large, 1x, 2x, 3x)
Bust: 48 (52, 56, 60, 64, 68)“; meant for 10–15” positive ease around Bust (this is what makes it drop off the shoulders and drape longer at the sides)
Length from top of shoulder: 19 (20, 21, 22, 23, 24)” or desired length
500 (600, 700, 800, 900, 1090) yds / 457 (549, 640, 732, 823, 997) m of a tape or strong linen/cotton yarn, approx worsted weight, that gets gauge
US 10.5–11 circ or straight
Extra US 11 for 3-needle BO
Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
8 stitch markers
stitch holders (or spare circ needle)
14 sts = 4” square in St st; row gauge not important.