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Dominique

L AC E J AC K E T

FINISHED SIZE
To fit 34 (40, 44, 48, 52)"
(85 [100, 110, 120, 130] cm) bust.

This is what happens when I do lace. I am absolutely in love
with the way lace triangles work. With this particular design,
it was a challenge to keep the joy of knitting a triangle
while still maintaining a beautiful fit. The skirt is flared by

yarn
Classic Elite Portland Tweed
(50% wool, 25% alpaca, 25%
viscose; 120 yd [110 m]/50 g):
#5054 lavender,
8 (8, 9, 9, 10) balls.

changing the needle size rather than making increases.
This makes the lower edge of the skirt move a little more
freely giving it a very feminine and delicate feel. I am
not a lover of pink, but I simply couldn’t resist this
delicate shade when I saw it in the store.

needles
Sleeves, body, and upper skirt:
size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm).
Lower skirt: sizes U.S. 8 and 9
(5 and 5.5 mm).
Adjust needle size if necessary to
obtain the correct gauge.

gauge
20 sts and 28 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st
on smallest needles.
21 sts and 15 rows = 4" (10 cm) according to
Chart A, B, or C on smallest needles, unblocked.

KNITTING

off the axis

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Erik

CARDIGAN

FINISHED SIZE
To fit 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)"
91.5 [100, 110, 120, 130] cm)
chest.

This rugged jacket features shoulder cables (for strength
and accent), bias pockets, and an overall textured pattern.
Be aware that the knitted fabric is rather spongy and
prone to stretching, so be sure to sew strong seams,

yarn
Cascade Ecological Wool (100%
undyed Peruvian wool; 478 yd
[438 m]/250 g): # 8018 gray, 4 (4, 5,
5, 6) skeins.

especially at the shoulders. I kept this design relatively
simple and masculine so he’ll enjoy wearing as much
as you’ll enjoy making it!

needles
Body and sleeves: size U.S. 10 (6 mm).
Edging: size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm).
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain
the correct gauge.

notions
Cable needle (cn); markers (m); stitch holders;
tapestry needle; six ¾" (2 cm) buttons.

gauge
15 sts and 23 rows = 4" (10 cm) on larger needles.

KNITTING

off the axis

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CONTENTS
and project gallery
Introduction
C H A P T E R 1 : T R U LY S I D E WAYS
Cecile TE X TU R ED PU LLOVER
Merideth SWI N G JAC K E T
Lynette C RO PPED C AR DIGAN WITH B ELL S LEE VES
Merielle S H O RT C AB LED C AR DIGAN WITH S HAWL CO LL AR
Talia H E AVI LY TE X TU R ED DO LMAN
Deille C AR DIGAN WITH B ELL S LEE VES AN D WI DE CO LL AR
C H A P T E R 2 : M O S T LY S I D E WAYS
Dominique L AC E S H O RT-S LEE VED JACK E T
Francesca S H O RT-S LEE VED TO P WITH EM BOSS ED

Jesse
DIAM O N D

P U L LOV E R

PAT TER N

Dani V- N EC K S H ELL WITH B R AI DED C AB LE AT S H O U LDERS
Gemma C APE WITH C AB LED EDG ES
Felix MAN ’ S ALPI N E JACK E T WITH ZI PPER
Becca ASY M M E TRIC AL C AR DIGAN WITH WI DE B ELL S LEE VES
C H A P T E R 3 : E V E RY W H I C H WAY
Jose MAN ’ S C AB LED C AR DIGAN WITH DEEP YO K E
AN D S HAWL CO LL AR

Erik MAN ’ S

TE X TU R ED C AR DIGAN WITH STAN D - U P

CO LL AR AN D DIAGO NAL P OC K E TS

Jesse TE X TU R ED

PU LLOVER WITH ¾- LEN GTH S LEE VE S

AN D S HAWL CO LL AR

Bethany AR M Y-ST YLE

FIT TED C AR DIGAN WITH

C AB LE DE TAI L S

Jacqui BO LERO -T Y PE

VEST WITH C AB LE EDG I N G

C H A P T E R 4 : G LO S SA RY O F T E C H N I Q U E S
Sources for Supplies
Index

Dani
SHELL

Felix
JAC K E T

Francesca
TO P

Lynette
CARDIGAN

Gemma
CAPE

A NEW A NGLE

on knitting
EMERGING KNITWEAR DESIGNER
M AT H E W G N AG Y P R E S E N T S A
FRESH COLLEC TION OF SE VENTEEN
S W E AT E R S F O R W O M E N A N D M E N
WITH KNIT TING OFF THE A XIS .
Each of the seventeen patterns is designed in a
one-of-a-kind way, focusing on knitting sideways or
in an untraditional direction rather than the usual
top-down or bottom-up construction. Knitting at
different angles gives the projects unique shaping
and fashion-forward silhouettes.
The projects are both classic and stylish,
incorporating clever combinations of textured
stitches and design details.
Learn new techniques for knitting sideways
and every which way and make seventeen
contemporary, wearable patterns with
Knitting Off the Axis.

MATHEW GNAGY is an accomplished costume
designer and pattern maker. His knitwear designs have
been published in Knitscene and by Lion Brand Yarns.
He has also made knitwear samples for a variety of
fashion designers for runway shows. Mathew resides
in New York City with his partner and their two cats.

Paperback
8½ x 9, 160 pages
ISBN 978-1-59668-311-2
$24.95
Available October 2011

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