This top down sweater is a canvas for playing with a wide variety of yarn weights and fibers. Select your gauge and choose stash and scrap yarns and try mixing them with something special from your local yarn store. I started with six colors of Quince & Co. Owl for the short row yoke and then I found the rest of the yarns at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver, Colorado. The construction of this sweater is very fun and begins with a stockinette stitch hemmed cowl neck, great grab & go knitting! Garter stitch short rows with yarn over shaping form the asymmetrical yoke and the body is worked on a bias with stripes followed by more garter stitch short rows to bring the biased angle down to the waist. Finally, knit simple stockinette stitch tubes for the arms and bind off. The resulting shape is flirty with extra drape on one side of the body and a larger than normal yoke depth gives a cape-like effect. This sweater is definitely for the playful and adventurous knitters out there. Stitch gauge is your starting point, but it’s not meant to be a tightly fitted and tailored pullover. It’s meant to be spontaneous, improvisational, and fun. You should feel like jumping and twirling with glee in your sweater upon completion. All yarns don’t have to be the exact same weight or fiber blend. If you run out of yarn, grab a new ball or some leftover scraps and keep knitting. The sweater only uses knit stitches with the exception of a few rounds for easy breezy knitting. So basically, the sweater is just some long armwarmers, a stockinette tube and garter stitch triangle for the body, some potato-chippy garter stitch short rows for the yoke, and a little stockinette stitch cowl. You’ll be done in no time at all!
Sizes: One size, customizable with varying gauges.
The pattern is written in one size with DK weight yarn (4.5 sts = 1” / 2.5cm). For varying sizes, follow the gauge chart. Swatch with different yarns and needle sizes to get gauge for your desired size. This sweater is meant to fit with a few inches or more of positive ease to accentuate the drape in the body of the sweater. The same sweater with 4.5 sts / 1” is modeled on a 37” / 94cm and a 41” / 104cm chest circumference for 6” / 15cm and 2” / 5cm of positive ease.
3.5 sts = 1” / 2.5cm
Chest Circumference - 56” / 142cm
Sleeve Circumference - 15” / 38cm
Recommended Yarn Weight - Heavy Worsted/Worsted
4 sts = 1” / 2.5cm
Chest Circumference - 49” / 124cm
Sleeve Circumference - 13” / 33cm
Recommended Yarn Weight - Worsted
4.5 sts = 1” / 2.5cm (Sample Size)
Chest Circumference - 43” / 109cm
Sleeve Circumference - 12” / 30cm
Recommended Yarn Weight - DK / Worsted
5 sts = 1” / 2.5cm
Chest Circumference - 39” / 99cm
Sleeve Circumference - 10.5” / 27cm
Recommended Yarn Weight - Sport/DK
5.5 sts = 1” / 2.5cm
Chest Circumference - 36” / 91cm
Sleeve Circumference - 9.5” / 24cm
Recommended Yarn Weight - Sport/Fingering
6 sts = 1” / 2.5cm
Chest Circumference - 33” / 84cm
Sleeve Circumference - 8.5” / 22cm
Recommended Yarn Weight - Fingering/Lace
Body and sleeve lengths are customizable. For tighter or looser sleeves, you can change the needle size to get a different gauge.
Yarn: DK weight and thinner with 4.5 stitches = 1” / 2.5cm
DK weight is the thickest yarn I used. Other yarns are sport, fingering and lace weight yarns with the same needle size for sections with more drape and airiness. Working with smaller yarns using the same needle size usually results in a similar gauge. The sample pictured uses a single strand of DK or fingering weight yarns as well as two strands of lace weight held together and one strand of lace weight and one strand of fingering weight held together. Be adventurous and freely mix different colors and fibers together.
Instructions are written using colors A, B, C, etc… to mark when different colors are used, but feel free to ignore the exact color changes and throw in bits of color and texture whenever you want. If one section is striped but you feel like using one ball of yarn, make it solid. If another section is solid, but you’re feeling antsy and adventurous then throw in a dozen different colors. Have fun and make it your own!
Yardage: The total yardage for a version with 4.5 sts / 1” is approximately 1200yds / 1097m. This sweater is meant to use odd balls and scrap yarn for a patchwork/color blocked effect. If you run out of yarn in one section grab another ball of yarn and keep knitting!
Shown in: Quince & Co. Owl - 6 colors, 1 skein each
Alchemy Silken Straw - 1 skein
Handspun - approximately 100g of fingering weight
Isager Spinni - 2 colors, 1 skein each
Habu Mohair Linen Paper - 1 ball
Habu Mohair - 1 ball
Anzula Camel Silk - 1 skein
Needles: 40” circular in the size needed to obtain desired gauge
40” spare circular needle same size or smaller
Sample photographed used US 8 / 5mm needles
Notions: 1 stitch marker, tapestry needle, waste yarn
Sample Gauge: 18 sts & 24 rnds = 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch with DK weight yarn & US 8 / 5mm needles