Palomar by Carina Spencer


September 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
800 - 1200 yards (732 - 1097 m)
31¼ (36, 43½, 48, 52½, 55½)"
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Palomar was designed and knit on a two-week summer road trip across the American Southwest where the air is hot and dry and the populations are sparse. The rocky desert landscape inspired the lines of nestled diamonds across the front and back and the gentle curves of waist shaping incorporated into the cables at the sides. It is knit in one piece, bottom-up, with the only seams at the shoulders, making finishing a breeze. The set-in sleeves are picked up around the arm opening and knit top-down using a detailed method of working short rows to shape the caps, which may be new to many knitters. This method creates a well fitting sleeve with a strong and flexible join between the sleeve and sweater body.

I find it fun to work after using it several times; I strongly prefer it to a seamed set-in sleeve! If you find you enjoy working sleeves this way and would like to investigate the method further, please check out “Top Down: Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design” by Elizabeth Doherty.

Finished Measurements:
Chest: 31¼ (36, 43½, 48, 52½, 55½)“
Length: 22¾ (23¼, 24¼, 24½, 25½, 26¼)”

Harrisville Highland (Worsted Weight)
100% Pure Virgin Wool
200 yds per 3.5 oz skein
Shown in #51 Walnut, 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6) skeins

US7 4.5 mm and 6 4 mm or size to obtain gauge and one size smaller circular needle, 24” or 36” depending on size of garment.

US 7 4.5 mm and 6 4 mm or size to obtain gauge and one size smaller DPNs. US 5 3.75 or two sizes smaller than gauge circular needle, 16” for picking up sleeves.

Stitch markers and removable stitch markers
Stitch holders or waste yarn
Yarn needle
Cable needle

21 Sts and 32 Rounds = 4” across all stitch patterns, blocked.

20 Sts and 28 Rounds = 4” in stockinette, blocked.