Cardinal Grapje



(Current picture taken late night on the 4th of September. Still too hot to wear outdoor mid-day. More pictures here, if you're so inclined.)

Brief overview - the front & back are started with a provisional cast on, knit down, and finished with a seed stitch border. Then the stitches from the provisional cast on are picked up and played with a bit; the shoulders are bound off together, leaving a pile of stitches for the neck to be joined in the round, knit for a bit, and bound off with a little ruffle. Sleeves are knit from the top down with a single lace repeat running down to the cuff.

The name comes from a joke posted on Knittyboard in April. The joke is reposted at the bottom of this page, purely because it is awesome.



Finished size
Chest : 38" (optional short rows to give boobage breathing room will add a couple of inches around the bust)
Length : 20"

Yarn: Two hanks of Knitpicks Colour Your Own; mine was dyed light grape.
Note: I barely had enough yarn to finish with only two hanks, and my swatch came from a different hank. A third hank is definitely a good idea.
About 1000 yards of any other fingering weight wool should be a fair substitute, provided the blocked gauge is about the same.

Needles: #6 needles in the style of your choice - most of the sweater is knit flat, but some method of knitting in the round will be required for the neck

Gauge, blocked: 18 sts x 25 rows = 4" in lace pattern

Lace pattern:
multiple of 17 + 18

Row 1: k6, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, k2 * ssk, k4, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, k2 ** ssk, k4
Row 2 and all even: purl across
Row 3: k7, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, k1 * k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2, yo, k3, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, k1 ** , k1, ssk, k3
Row 5: k8, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo * k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo ** k2, ssk, k2
Row 7: k4, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1 * yo, k2, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1 ** k5
Row 9: k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2 * k1 , yo, k2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, ** k6
Row 11: k2, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k3 * k2, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k3 ** k5

Chart:

(The barely-there dashy lines are the pattern repeats; even rows are not charted. Knitting starts at the bottom right corner.)




On with the knitting!


Back:
With provisional cast on, CO 86 sts
starting with a knit row, work 2 rows stockinette

Start lace pattern - repeat (from * to **) will be done a total of four times
Work 12-row lace pattern total of 8 times / 96 rows

Next row, work in seed stitch:
row 1: k2, *k1, p1* to last two sts, k2
row 2: p2, *k1, p1* to last two sts, p2

rep these two rows a total of 6 times ( 12 rows)
BO loosely, remembering that the bind off will have to stretch as much as the lace with blocking


Front: Work as for back. If desired (that is, if you're boobiferious) , after the third repeat of the lace pattern, add in short rows. Knitty has an excellent primer for this. Some wonkiness will ensue from a conflict between the lace pattern and stitches which must be wrapped; how this is dealt with is up to you. What I did was ignore the ssks at the end of the first three pattern rows and the k2togs at the start of the last three rows, then sneak those decreases into the following rows. Nobody's close enough to my boobage to notice.

Back to the back: Undo provisional cast on (86 sts)
Work 4 rows stockinette
knit 29, slip next 28 sts to waste yarn, with new ball of yarn knit last 29 sts
Working both sides separately, purl across
Leaving a healthy tail, cut yarn & move to stitch holder or spare circular needle

Front: Undo provisional cast on (86 sts)
Work 2 rows stockinette
knit 29, slip next 28 to waste yarn, with new ball of yarn knit last 29
working both sides separately, work three more rows stockinette
Leaving a healthy tail, cut yarn & move to stitch holder or spare circular needle

Holding right sides together, work three needle bind off across the first 29 sts. Cut yarn & bind off other shoulder the same way.

Neck: pick up the 28 sts from each side of the neck (56 sts) and spread across DPNs or your preferred method of knitting in the round
Knit stockinette for 2 rounds
Work seed stitch for 12 rounds

Next round: k1 * yo, pass first k1 over yo, k1, pass first k1 over second k1 ** rep from * to ** to end
(This will cause it to be a little bit ruffly. Dang, it's a close-fitting lace sweater. If that ain't too girly for you, a ruffle around the neck ain't going to make it over-the-top girly.)

Sleeves (make two!):

CO 72 sts
starting with a knit row, work 3 rows stockinette
purl 18, pm, purl 35, pm, purl 19

(start lace pattern)

Row 1 and all odd rows: knit to first marker, work next 35 sts according to chart, knit to end
rows 2, 4, 8, and 10: purl across
rows 6 and 12: purl 2, p2tog, purl to last four sts, ssp, purl 2

Repeat these 12 rows 10 times - 32 sts left

Note: In the final few rows of the sleeve, fewer stitches are on the sleeve than are on the lace pattern. On the rows where this is an issue, rather than follow the chart precisely, start with a k2, ssk, to maintain a pretty line of decreases. (By the time you get to this point, you'll probably know the pattern well enough to understand what I mean.)

(end lace, start seed stitch)

row 1: k2, *k1, p1* to last two sts, k2
row 2: p2, *k1, p1* to last two sts, p2

rep these two rows a total of 6 times ( 12 rows)
BO loosely

Block pieces to size
Sew seams
Block sweater again so it's all happy with itself.
Call yourself Cardinal Grapje and pretend you are part of the Spanish Inquisition with Cardinals Ximinez, Biggles, and Fang. Torture people with the Comfy Chair to your heart's delight.



Dun dun dun: the joke which provided the name


Hans Grapje was raised in a Catholic school in The Hague and, as a young man, aspired to become a priest, but was drafted into the Army during WWII and spent two years co-piloting B17s until his aircraft was shot down in 1943 and he lost his left arm. Captain Grapje spent the rest of the war as a chaplain, giving spiritual aid to soldiers, both Allied and enemy.

After the war, he became a priest, serving as a missionary in Africa, piloting his own plane (in spite of his handicap) to villages across the continent. In 1997, Father Grapje was serving in Zimbabwe when an explosion in a silver mine caused a cave-in. Archbishop Grapje went down into the mine to administer last rights to those too severely injured to move. Another shaft collapsed, and he was buried for three days, suffering multiple injuries, including the loss of his right eye. The high silver content in the mine's air gave him purpura, a life-long condition characterized by purplish skin blotches.

Although Cardinal Grapje devoted his life to the service of God as a scholar, mentor and holy man, church leaders agree: he will never become Pope.

No one wants a one-eyed, one-armed, flying purple Papal leader.

*groan*

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Whole shootin' match (erm, pattern & pictures, not the joke) copyright 2005 Fruitcake Knits. Violaters will be dyed purple and strung up on a flagpole.
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