Milkweed pullover by Carol Sunday

Milkweed pullover

February 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1250 - 1925 yards (1143 - 1760 m)
to fit chest sizes 27-55"
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I just couldn’t decide which neck to use for this cozy cabled pullover … so I made a pattern with options for four! Besides a cowl neck (photo #4) there’s a T-neck (#6) that can be worn rumpled or folded, and there’s also a tidy Y-neck (#5), and a wide crew (not pictured).

The sweater fits loose in the body, slender in the sleeves, and has a split high-low hemline.

Finished sweaters measure: 39 (43, 47, 51, 57, 63)“ around chest. 8-12” ease is recommended. Sweater shown is size 47 worn with 11” ease on dress form.

Needles and notions: Needles size 7 US (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles for sweater and circular or double-pointed needles for neck, size 6 US (4.0 mm) for ribbing; cable needle, tapestry needle, 6 markers, scrap yarn.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply (worsted weight) in Nirvana (merino cashmere), Eden (merino), Brigadoon (merino tweed) or Angelic (merino angora); 125 m / 137 yd per 50 g / 1-3⁄4 oz skein: 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14) skeins (enough for any version). Shown in Nirvana ash.
Or substitute any worsted weight yarn that works to gauge.

Skills needed: Cables, reading charts, short rows
(here’s a link to the popular wrapless short row method that I devised in 2009):

Pattern includes: Written instructions, charts (cable and lace patterns are in charted format only (symbols are color coded), schematic, glossary.

Construction notes: Sweater is knit flat from the bottom up with seams. Raglan shaping is worked with cable decreases and is shaped differently for the sleeves than for the sweater body for a lovely fit in all sizes. The front neckline is shaped using short rows. For all options, the neck is worked as a continuation of front, back and sleeves and is worked in the round. Instructions are for working pieces flat, but the sweater could alternatively be worked seamlessly in the round (after the split hem), eliminating selvedge stitches and working sleeve and body raglan shaping simultaneously.