Tecumseh Sweater Pattern

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Caitlin Hunter (designer:) This relaxed and comfy sweater is my graphic, modern dream come true! So easy to wear yet still stylish, the epitome of what I want in a sweater.

Knitted from the top down with rounds of colorwork, this design is straightforward and easy to knit while still being engaging.

Yarn: 
DK 100% superwash Merino recommended

Needles 
US 4/3.5mm 
US 6/4mm

Gauge 
22 sts and 30 rounds over 4” 10 cm in stockinette 
22 sts and 32 rounds over 4” 10 cm in colorwork pattern

Yardage: 
MC: 860 (963, 1066, 1204, 1290, 1376, 1548) yards 
786.5 (880.5, 975, 1101, 1179.5, 1258, 1415.5) meters 
C1: 110 (123, 137, 154, 165, 175, 197) yards 
100 (112, 125, 140, 151, 160, 180) meters 
C2: 250 (274, 340, 384, 411, 450, 493) yards 
229 (250, 311, 351, 376, 412, 451) meters

Sizes: 
This sweater is designed to be worn with 10-14” 25.5- 35.5 cm of positive ease. Measurements given below are for the finished circumference at the bust. See size chart on page 6 for complete fit details.

XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X 
Finished circumference at bust: 
39.25 (43.5, 48, 52.25, 56.75, 61, 65.5)” 
100 (110.5, 122, 133, 144, 155, 166.5) cm

I have received a couple of questions regarding the name choice for this design, and thought I would add a note here for anyone interested…

The name of this sweater was chosen in a naming contest held on Instagram- the name itself was suggested by a woman from Canada (Kteni), here is her comment:

“Hello, I am Kteni, the person who submitted the name Tecumseh. … I’m Nuu-Chah-Nulth. My people span the west coast in all of Vancouver Island down to the Makah Nation in WA state. Caitlin’s design hit a cord of pride with me. I love it. And I think it both merits and celebrates a spirit of the human soul. The sweater caught my heart from the first glimpse of the yoke in her Instagram feed. I knew I wanted to knit it from the start. When the contest came up I submitted the name Tecumseh because it’s what I saw. And the spirit of a leader who was known for unity reminded me of our knitting community, united in art. Regardless of colour, heritage, address, age, or any demographic. We knit. We encourage. We support. We celebrate accomplishment.”

The final choice of the winning name was made by Candice English, the dyer/owner of the Farmer’s Daughter Fibers, who is also a Native American woman. Both Tania (the namer) and Candice loved the name for this sweater, even though the original inspiration for the design came from a drawing of an owl.

I have worked closely with Candice for several years now, and as she was a huge contributor for this sweater I felt that allowing her to select the winning name from among the contributions was a fun way to include her input in a design that she helped bring to life with her lovely yarn.

I personally feel that good design can (and should!) represent many things to many people, and some of the different name suggestions we received for this particular sweater include Crusader references, Swiss flags, stained glass windows, feathers, shields and many more. I was personally moved by Tania’s suggestion of Tecumseh and her reasoning that he was a great leader who promoted unity, a sentiment that I feel is relevant to our craft. Knitting brings together people of many cultures and backgrounds, and I was proud that my design spoke to her in this way.

Whatever this design says to you, I hope you enjoy knitting it and appreciate the ability of knitting to bring us closer together!

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