The thing about the Essential Stripe is that you can have it any way you want. You want stripes? Just stripe it. If stripes aren't your thing, you can go for a solid, or a solid with just a few stripes on a sleeve.
Maybe you want a long-sleeved version. Or something that hits your arm at the elbow. It could be that you want a cross-over V-neck instead of the standard kind.
You can have it that way, too.
Better: You can knit this baby up in either sport weight or worsted! And in any sleeve/V-neck/color combo you can think up.
With instructions given for both sport weight and worsted weight yarn, and multiple sleeve and V-neck variations, this pattern is knitted from the top down, all in one piece. This sweater is suitable for beginners and uses simple increases, color changes, knitting in the round, and knit 1, purl 1 ribbing...that's pretty much it!
Tips are also included for improving the look of stripes in the round.
Sport Weight Gauge: 26 stitches and 34 rows to 4 inches
Worsted Weight Gauge: 19 stitches and 23 rows to 4 inches
Sample Yardage Requirement, Sport Weight/Cap Sleeves: 1140 (1200, 1320, 1500, 1560, 1620, 1740) yards Karabella Aurora 4 or similar merino yarn in desired color(s)*
Sample Yardage Requirement, Worsted Weight/Long Sleeves: 950 (1000, 1100, 1250, 1300, 1350, 1450, 1500) yards Karabella Aurora 8 (or similar merino yarn) in desired color(s)*
*It is very difficult to estimate yardage for a randomly striped garment, especially if the random stripes are left up to you! Therefore, be sure to purchase enough yarn and if you're in doubt, check your supplier's return policy and buy a little extra.