Prime by Michele Wang


December 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Welt Pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1705 - 2935 yards (1559 - 2684 m)
36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56)" [91.5 (101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142) cm] circumference at bust
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Prime is a textural riff on our favorite boxy pullovers. Welts on the lower torso are halved by a narrow vertical element, while the yoke is in clean stockinette fabric. Exaggerated drop shoulders and just a hint of A-line shaping through the torso finesse the roomy fit, and the light warmth of Loft makes this an easy piece to incorporate into your wardrobe. Double-deep single ribbing on the hem and bracelet-length cuffs further heightens the geometry, and transitions in fabric are subtly marked by a lateral braid.


1705 (1890, 2155, 2385, 2690, 2935) total yards of fingering weight wool yarn


7 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50 grams)
Photographed in color Woodsmoke


24 stitches & 40 rows = 4” in Welt Pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking
24 stitches & 34 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One pair of straight needles or a 24” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size B (for Ribbing)
One pair of straight needles or a 24” circular needle and one 16” circular needle, two sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)

Size C (optional; for Tubular Cast On only)
One pair of straight needles or a 24” circular needle, one size smaller than Size B
Suggested Size: 3 mm (US 2½)

Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used.

Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On, due to variances in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.

Finished Circumference

36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56)“ / 91.5 (101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142) cm circumference at bust
Intended Ease: + 6–8” (15–20.5cm)
Sample shown is size 40” (101.5 cm) with 6” (15 cm) ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
1×1 Tubular Cast On (Flat Knitting; Odd number of stitches)
Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method
Sloped Bind Off
1x1 Tubular Bind Off
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Skill Level

3 out of 5