Alvord by Noma Ndlovu

Alvord

Knitting
June 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Alvord Pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1155 - 2525 yards (1056 - 2309 m)
37½ (42½, 46½, 50½) (54½, 58½, 62½) (66½, 70½, 75¼, 78½)" [95.5 (108, 118, 128.5) (138.5, 148.5, 159) (169, 179, 191, 199.5) cm] circumference at chest
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Out where sunlight dances on golden fields, Alvord keeps you warm as the cool summer evening sets in. Inspired by the grab-and-go comfort of your favorite sweatshirt, this drop-shoulder pullover combines classic textures with modern tailoring. Alvord’s thick bands of familiar garter and simple seed stitch are gorgeous in one color and radiant in two, whether knit in Arbor’s saturated solids or the softly tonal hues of Dapple’s organic cotton and Merino wool blend. Make this breezy pullover all yours with the personalized fit of mix-and-match body and sleeve sizes.

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Construction

  • This pullover is worked from the top down. The back is worked first to the underarm, with short rows to shape the shoulders (see Special Techniques: Short Rows: Wrap and Turn method). Stitches are picked up from the back shoulders for each side of the front and the fronts are worked separately to the end of the neck shaping, then joined and worked to the underarm. The back and front are joined and the body is worked circularly to the hem. Stitches are picked up from the armholes for the sleeves, which are worked circularly to the cuff.
  • This garment’s construction allows for a mixing-and-matching of body and sleeve sizes to tailor fit; see Schematic for dimensions.

Finished Dimensions

SIZES 1 (2, 3, 4) (5, 6, 7) (8, 9, 10, 11)

  • 37½ (42½, 46½, 50½) (54½, 58½, 62½) (66½, 70½, 75¼, 78½)“ [95.5 (108, 118, 128.5) (138.5, 148.5, 159) (169, 179, 191, 199.5) cm] circumference at chest
  • See Schematic for additional dimensions
  • Alyssa is 5’8”/173 cm tall with a chest circumference of 33”/84 cm and is wearing the Dapple Two-Color Version sample in Size 2 with 9½”/24 cm positive ease, and the Arbor Single-Color Version sample in Size 3 with 13½”/34.5 cm positive ease.

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

Yarn

Brooklyn Tweed Dapple — 60% Merino Wool, 40% Organic Cotton (165 yards/151 meters per 50 grams)

Single-Color Version

  • 7^ (9, 9^, 10) (11, 12, 13) (13^, 14^, 15, 16) skeins

Two-Color Version

  • 4 (5, 5, 5^) (6, 6^, 7) (7^, 8, 8, 8^) skeins of Color 1 (C1); 4 (4^, 5, 5) (5^, 6, 6^) (7, 7, 7^, 8) skeins of Color 2 (C2)
  • Dapple sample photographed in colors Medallion (C1) and Plinth (C2)

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Brooklyn Tweed Arbor — 100% American Targhee Wool(145 yards/132 meters per 50 grams)

Single-Color Version

  • 8^ (10, 11, 11^) (12^, 13^, 14^) (15, 16, 17, 18) skeins
  • Arbor sample photographed in color Mesa

Two-Color Version

  • 5 (5^, 6, 6) (7, 7, 8) (8, 9, 9, 10) skeins of Color 1 (C1); 4 (5, 5^, 6) (6, 7, 7) (8, 8, 8^, 9) skeins of Color 2 (C2)

The marked skein counts “^” are near or exact to the listed yardage; consider adding an extra skein.

Yardage

Single-Color Version

  • 1155 (1340, 1480, 1585) (1725, 1870, 2015) (2145, 2285, 2400, 2520) yards 1056 (1225, 1353, 1449) (1577, 1710, 1843) (1961, 2089, 2195, 2304) meters of DK weight wool or wool/cotton yarn

Two-Color Version

  • C1: 615 (705, 775, 825) (905, 980, 1055) (1130, 1195, 1255, 1320) yards 562 (645, 709, 754) (828, 896, 965) (1033, 1093, 1148, 1207) meters; C2: 550 (640, 705, 755) (820, 895, 965) (1030, 1095, 1145, 1205) yards 503 (585, 645, 690) (750, 818, 882) (942, 1001, 1047, 1102) meters of DK weight wool or wool/cotton yarn

Gauge

  • 20 stitches & 36 rows/rounds = 4”/10 cm in Alvord Pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking

Needles

Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One 32”/80 cm circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge
  • Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Size B (for Neckband)

  • One 16”/40 cm circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3.75mm (US 5)

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

Knitted Cast On
Backward Loop Cast On
Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method
Blocking 101
Knitwear Care

Skill Level
2 out of 5: Adventurous Beginner