Amazing Technicolor Dreamsweater
Dive into your stash and gather an array of colorful fingering weight yarns for this sideways constructed pullover. Hold yarns double for a thicker gauge and marled color effect. The colorful journey begins with a ribbed sleeve cuff followed by moss stitch. Striped moss stitch continues on the front half of the sweater and then the other sleeve and front half are worked with visible seam joining the two halves. A simple back rectangle provides another canvas for stripes and color blocks. The contrasting shoulders are worked in garter stitch while being attached to the front and back at the same time. Short rows raise the back neck and an I-cord bind off finishes the v-neckline. Decreases shape the bottom front edge for a subtle cropped effect. The oversized boxy shape is complimented by tight fitted sleeves and crisp shoulder details so you achieve a relaxed effortless style that doesn’t look too sloppy. The simple stitch pattern and shape produces a large canvas so don’t be afraid to make bold colorful choices and spontaneous striping sequences.
Sizes: Small Medium, Large
Medium size is shown on a 41” / 104cm chest circumference with approximately 27” / 69cm of positive ease.
Measurements are written in the pattern for sleeve length and the distance to knit the sideways front and back pieces. Instructions also include landmarks on the body so you can achieve proportions that work for you. For example, “Work even until sleeve reaches approximately 1” / 2.5cm past your elbow.”
Finished Measurements: 60 68, 68” / 152 173, 173cm chest circumference, 18.5 21, 22.5” / 47 53, 57cm front length measured from top of shoulder by neck edge.
Measurements taken after blocking.
Yarn: Fingering weight yarns held double. Worsted weight yarns can be substituted for holding only one single strand.
Yardage: Approximately 2200 2500, 2700yds / 2012 2286, 2469m total of fingering weight yarn
If you choose to substitute worsted weight yarn held single you will need approximately 1100 1250, 1400yds / 1006 1143, 1280m total
Shoulder and Collar - 100 120, 120yds / 91 110, 110m
The sample used a single strand of worsted weight yarn for the contrasting garter stitch shoulders and collar.
Shown in: A variety of fingering weight stash yarns including wool, alpaca, and mohair blends.
Needles: 40” US 8 / 5mm circular
Notions: 1 stitch marker, tapestry needle
Gauge: 18 sts & 28 rows = 4” / 10cm in moss stitch
Pattern Notes: Instructions are written assuming the knitter knows how to work with a 2-stitch repeat (moss stitch) while shaping (increasing and decreasing).
To get a blended ombre effect in sections of the fabric, arrange colors from lightest to darkest. For example…
Work Color A & Color B together. Break A.
Work Color B & Color C together. Break B.
Work Color C & Color D together. Break C.
To get sharper contrasting color blocks and accent stripes, break both strands of yarn and replace them with 2 new strands held together in different colors.
Don’t be afraid to throw in bold colors and if you run out of a color, grab another ball and keep knitting. Allow yourself to make spontaneous choices and while enjoying the knitting experience.