Boundary Pullover by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

Boundary Pullover

June 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1115 - 1835 yards (1020 - 1678 m)
36¼ (37¾, 40¾, 45¼, 49¾, 53¼, 57¾)” [92 (96, 103.5, 115, 126.5, 135.5, 146.5) cm] circumference at chest
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The mock turtleneck gets a futuristic lift from racing stripes of graphic double rib that delineate the sides and underarms and then slalom around the shoulders. Knit in Arbor, the base fabric of reverse stockinette throws the ribbing into high relief, and tubular edges create a durable and professional finish. When choosing a size, keep in mind that the sleeve caps have an unusual construction that makes the cross-back measurement more important than the bust dimension; you may need to knit a size larger than usual. The shoulders are designed to fit closely while the body of the sweater hangs loose and straight.

The pieces are worked flat from the bottom up and then sewn together. A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches. The collar is worked circularly after garment assembly.


1115 (1175, 1270, 1425, 1570, 1700, 1835) total yards of DK weight wool yarn


8 (9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (100% American Targhee wool; 145 yards/50 grams)
Photographed in color Dorado


21 stitches & 32 rows = 4″ in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size B (for Ribbing)
One each 16″ and 32″ circular needles, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Size C (optional; for Tubular Cast On only)
One 32″ circular needle, one size smaller than Size B
Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)

Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.

Finished Dimensions

36¼ (37¾, 40¾, 45¼, 49¾, 53¼, 57¾)” / 92 (96, 103.5, 115, 126.5, 135.5, 146.5) cm circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 37¾” (96 cm) with 3¾” (9.5 cm) ease on model

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
2×2 Tubular Cast On (Flat Knitting; Multiple of 4 stitches + 2)
Sloped Bind Off
1×1 Tubular Bind Off
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Skill Level

4 out of 5