Desert Sunrise by Thea Colman

Desert Sunrise

July 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette, based on final blocked fabric.
US 7 - 4.5 mm
900 - 1600 yards (823 - 1463 m)
see notes below
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From now until 7/22, the code DesertSunrise will get you $1.00 off this pattern -- more summer sweater bribery for casting on in the middle of July! (but it will be ready to wear the moment the chill returns….)

Magpie Fiber’s new Solstice yarn comes in so many stunning colors that I couldn’t choose just one!

35.25 (37.5, 40, 42.5, 44.75) (47.25, 49.5, 54.5)”/ 89 (95.5, 101.5, 108, 113.5) (120, 125.5, 138.5) cm Based on finished circumference around hip and bust. Sample is worn with 3”/7.5cm of positive ease at bust.

These soft, gorgeous hues are beautifully sophisticated and were inspired by shades of mesas and plateaus in the Southwest. Between color and fiber, the yarn was just perfect for a soft pullover with a delicate, feminine vibe to wear with a tank or tee underneath when there’s a little chill in the air.

Desert Sunrise features intricate diamonds around the body, accented by a contrasting hem and cuff detail. Besides that, it boasts seamless construction, a lot of soothing stockinette and an easy, slouchy silhouette when worn. I found it to be a deeply satisfying knit. The classic shape and smooth stitches show off the subtle textured combination of silk, cotton, and merino that makes up this unique fiber.

The sweater and sleeves are knit in the round, from the bottom up and joined. The raglan yoke is then worked seamlessly to the top, and a few short rows make up the neckline shaping.

Dami has made up some lovely kit color combinations that can be found at

Yardage by size:


35.25(37.5,40,42.5,44.75)(47.25,49.5,54.5)”/ 89(95.5,101.5,108,113.5)(120,125.5,138.5)cm

Based on finished circumference at hip and bust. Sample is worn
with 3”/7.5cm of positive ease. I suggest picking a size that will allow 3-4”/7.5-10cm of ease, based on circumference around bust.


Main Color: 900(1050,1150,1200,1300)(1400,1500,1600) yds/ 825(960,1055,1100,1190)(1280,1375,1465) yds. Last size MAY get away with 5 skeins of MC, but I’ve estimated w padding.

Accent Colors: 200 yards/182m of Accent Color 1 (use a strong contrast to the body color, so diamond detail will show). You’ll need about 50 yards/45m of Accent Color 2. Shown in Alloy (MC) Harpoon (AC1) and Tenderness (AC2)

Note, the yarn is listed on Rav as a DK weight, but it’s a nice, round fiber that I found knit beautifully at worsted gauge - Gauge for this sweater is 5sts/7rows per 1”