Materials and vital statistics

I Measurements: Entirely custom

I Yarn: Heavy worsted-weight yarn (our favorites are Malabrigo and Brown Sheep Bulky); 800-1200 yards

I Needles: 16-inch and 24-inch size US 10 (6 mm) circular needles; tapestry or yarn needle for weaving in ends

I Gauge: Not important. The key is to get the sweater to fit around your chest. Basically, you increase until it's big enough to fit around your chest. From there, it's straight knitting.

Measure yourself around the chest under your arms (armpit level), or measure a favorite sweater that fits well there. This is your chest measurement.

With a 16-inch size US 10 circular needle, cast on 80 sts, placing markers after the 15th, 40th, 55th, and 80th st. (The 15-stitch sections become the top of your sleeves and the 25-stitch sections become the front and back of your sweater.) Join round.

Work 10 rounds of k1, p1 rib.

Round 1 (increase): * K1, yo, k to 2 sts before next marker, yo, k1, slip marker; rep from * to end of round. Note: There should be 2 sts between each yo at each of the four markers on this round.

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