Ombre Yarn Eater
Gather a colorful array of scraps and stash yarns for this chunky quick-to-knit pullover. The top down sweater begins with a cozy ribbed turtleneck followed by spiral yoke increases. The rest of the sweater is knit in stockinette stitch so you can enjoy improvisational color changes. Experiment with a tonal color palette or go crazy with a whole rainbow of colors! Don’t be afraid to combine fuzzy mohair yarns with wool and silk blends. At three stitches to the inch, this sweater will quickly eat up those bits of yarn tucked in your yarn shelf and hiding in your kitchen cabinets and under your bed.
Sizes: S M, L, XL, XXL
Finished Measurements: 36 40, 44, 48, 52” / 91 102, 112, 122, 132cm chest circumference. Large size is shown with 3” / 8cm of positive ease. Sweater is intended to fit with 2-4” / 5-10cm of positive ease. Body and sleeve lengths are customizable.
Yarn: A variety of yarn weights from lace weight to worsted or bulky. Experiment holding different yarns together even though the fabric density may vary slightly depending on yarn weights and fibers. I shaded my yarns from lightest to darkest for an ombre effect. Most of the time, I worked with 3 total strands of yarn. When I was ready to start changing colors, I removed 1 strand and replaced it with a darker strand of yarn.
For example, work A, B & C together. Replace A with D.
Work B, C & D together. Replace B with E (or another strand of D).
Work C, D & E together. Replace C with F.
And so on and so forth. You could even throw in a bright pop of color for a couple rows here and there. With the multiple stranding technique, it’s not absolutely necessary to weave in ends. You can just cut the hanging strands of yarn on the inside of your sweater. Have fun and experiment with color!
Some of my yarn weight combinations were…
2 DK strands + 1 worsted strand
2 worsted strands + 1 DK strand
3 worsted strands
4 fingering weight strands
Yardage: Approximately 2000-2500 yds / 1829-2286m total
Yarn is mostly held triple.
Shown in: Be Sweet Bouclé Mohair, white (Bulky)
Madelinetosh Prairie, Olivia colorway (Lace)
Skeinny Dipping Half & Half, Wacky Tabacky colorway (Fingering)
Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted, Edison Bulb colorway
Clouds Creek DK, Leafy Seadragon colorway
Malabrigo Twist, Manzanilla Olive colorway, (Heavy Worsted)
Jurtalitad Einband Hespa (Fingering)
Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER, Sap colorway (Worsted)
Miss Babs Alpaca Silk DK, white
Retrosaria Beiroa, colorway 595 (Worsted)
Needles: 40” US 13 / 9mm circular
Neck and sleeves are worked in the round with the magic loop method.
Notions: 1 stitch marker, tapestry needle