Element by Kirsten Johnstone


June 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1295 - 1960 yards (1184 - 1792 m)
33¼ (35½, 37¼, 41¼, 45¼, 49¼, 53¼)” circumference at chest
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Kirsten Johnstone, who previously brought us Holl (Wool People 1) and Dresden (Wool People 4), favors simple, clean shapes in her design work. Element, a sporty A-line pullover, features a cozy cowl with an I-cord drawstring to snug close against the morning chill.

A subtle openwork band embellishes the hem, which is shaped with German short rows to gently raise the front. The body and set-in sleeves are worked in the round to the underarms, then all pieces are worked flat and seamed together. Stitches for the cowl are picked up to knit in the round with a self-fabric channel for the drawstring.

Knit Element in a bright shade of Loft like Thistle or Camper to enhance its casual air, or keep it classic with a neutral like Snowbound or Soot, as modeled here.


The body is worked circularly from the hem to the underarms, then the front and back are worked flat separately. The sleeves are worked circularly from the cuff to the underarm, then the cap is worked flat. The collar is picked up and worked circularly after garment assembly.


1295 (1365, 1435, 1555, 1680, 1820, 1960) yards of fingering weight wool yarn


5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Soot


20 stitches & 30 rounds/rows = 4? in stockinette stitch, after blocking

Note: A larger needle size than is normally used with Loft is employed here to create an open fabric.


One each 16” and 32” circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., Sleeves).

Finished Dimensions

33¼ (35½, 37¼, 41¼, 45¼, 49¼, 53¼)” circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 35½” with + 1½” ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

Crochet Provisional Cast On
Short Rows: German Method
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Skill Level
4 of 5