Alatau Pullover by Ainur Berkimbayeva

Alatau Pullover

January 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in twisted rib (ktbl, p1)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
730 - 1480 yards (668 - 1353 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
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Alatau pullover is a top-down round yoke sweater that has two neck finishing options: a turtleneck for warmth and crewneck for comfort. Alatau is a group of mountain ranges in Central Asia. The rich texture, and the “ridges” and “valleys” of the chevron pattern reminded me of my hometown in Kazakhstan that is surrounded by these magnificent mountains.
You can knit the matching Alatau Hat and use it as a swatch for this pullover!

The pullover is knit top down and in the round. Stitches are cast on provisionally so you can decide later whether to add a turtleneck or leave as crewneck. The sweater is worked in chevron pattern which continues onto the sleeves. The sleeves have snug fit (0-2” of positive ease), whereas the body features quite a bit of ease (recommended 4-8” of positive ease). Please see the schematic in the photos.

If you are substituting yarn, worsted weight may work better than DK as it is important to have a firm fabric at the given gauge.

Skill level: Intermediate

Skills required: Provisional cast-on, German Short Rows, making increases and decreases, circular knitting, magic loop knitting

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6), sample knit in Size 2 and modeled with 6” of positive ease around bust

Finished measurements: 36½ (42¾, 48, 54¾, 61, 67)“ around bust with recommended ease of 4-8 inches

Yarn: Harrisville Designs Nightshades, woolen spun DK, 80% American Cormo and 20% Wool, 250 yards per 100g skein, sample knit in Last Call colorway
3 (4, 4, 5, 6, 6) skeins

Yardage: 730 (840, 960, 1140, 1320, 1480) yards for crewneck, with additional 100-120 yards for turtleneck

16” and 32” circular needles and DPNs in size needed to obtain gauge (suggested size: US 6/4 mm)
16” needle one size larger than gauge needle (for turtleneck option only)
16” needle one size smaller than gauge needle (for crewneck option only)

21 sts x 24 rnds in 4” in ktbl, p1 twisted rib after wet-blocking

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch markers, waste yarn

This sweater pattern is #sizeinclusive.