Counterpane Pullover by Nicky Epstein
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Counterpane Pullover

January 1996
DK (11 wpi) ?
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm

Pattern description from Knitting in America: “Nicky was inspired to design this roomy and comfortable Counterpane Pullover after making an afghan from Mary Walker Phillips’s book Knitted Counterpanes. Rather than making another bed covering (the traditional use for counterpanes), Nicky envisioned a sweater made up of diamond-shaped counterpanes. She chose Rowan’s Fox Tweed DK for the counterpanes and Rowan’s DK Light Wool for the foliage. To create this sweater, you must knit sixty-four triangles (thirty-six of which are stitched together to form nine diamonds) plus an unadorned diamond to be used for the center front. The diamonds and triangles are stitched together to ‘build’ the sweater shape; knitted foliage is appliquéd and embroidered in the center. The sweater can be lengthened by adding an extra row of counterpanes at the bottom edge. The pattern for the Counterpane Pullover appears on page 173.”


  • To fit woman’s Small/Medium (Large)
  • Bust at underarm 50(54)“
  • Length 21 (23)“
  • Sleeve width at upper arm 24 (25)“


  • 19 (20) 1.75oz / 50g skeins (each approx 126yd / 115m) of Rowan DK Tweed in #851 Cricket (MC)
  • 1 3/4oz / 25g skeins (each approx 74yd / 67m) of Rowan Lightweight DK in #71 Dk Rust (A), #77 Lt Rust (B), #606 Dk Green (C), #404 Lt Green (D), #11 Gold (E), #10 Lt Gold (F), and #54 Teal (G)
  • One pair size 4 (for Small/Medium) or 6 (for Large) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Sizes 4 or 6 needle 16” long


  • For size Small/Medium: 20 sts and 28 rows to 4” over St st using size 4 needles; 1 square (2 triangles sewn tog) = approx 6.25” square.
  • For size Large: 18 sts and 26 rows to 4” over St st using size 6 needles. 1 square (2 triangles sewn tog) = approx 6.75” square
  • To save time and ensure accurate sizing, check gauges.