Arewa short sleeve pullover by Kunbi Ayo-Okanlawon

Arewa short sleeve pullover

October 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch using US6/4 mm needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
490 - 1320 yards (448 - 1207 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
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The Arewà short sleeve pullover is my very first top down yoke sweater and it just had to have a lace pattern throughout. I wanted to create something that is stunning, stylish and can be dressed up or down. Arewà is knit top down in the round to the underarm where body and sleeve stitches are separated. The body is worked seamlessly and ribbing added to the sleeves to complete the short sleeve style of this gorgeous pullover. You will love every moment of knitting and rocking this beaut.

Arewà was designed during a tough period in my life (you’ll read a little more about this in the pattern) and so it has a very special place in my heart. It’s an absolute blessing to be able to share this pattern with you and I hope you enjoy making and wearing it. I’ve worn mine so many times and even layered with it already!

Fun factArewà means beauty in Yoruba, one of the major languages in Nigeria


  • Advanced beginner level pattern (should ideally have some experience of working with lace stitches)
  • Uses DK weight yarn. Pictured sample uses Berroco Vintage DK yarn in Oats | 52% Acrylic 40% Wool 8% Nylon (see a list of yarns used by my testers below)
  • Yardage: 452-1198 metres / 495-1311 yards
  • US 4/3.5 mm 12” (30 cm) circular needles or DPNs
  • US 4/3.5 mm 32” (80 cm) circular needles
  • US 6/4 mm 16” (40 cm) circular needles
  • US 6/4 mm 32” (80 cm) circular needles Stitch markers
  • Darning/tapestry needle and tape measure
  • Assistance via e-mail should you need any help


XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Finished bust: 32.5 (36.25, 40, 43.75, 47.5, 51.5, 55.25, 61, 64.75) in / 82.5 (92, 101.5, 111, 120.5, 131, 140.5, 155, 164.5) cm

YARN SUGGESTIONS (based on yarns used by testers)

  • Madelinetosh Merino Sport (using 4.5 mm needles)
  • Knit Picks Capra DK
  • Loops & Thread Joy DK
  • Lion Brand Pound of Love
  • Cygnet Grousemoor DK
  • Juniper Moon Farms Findley DK
  • Miss Babs Yowza (light worsted)
  • Knothouse La Di Da DK
  • Hayfield Bonus DK by Sirdar
  • King Cole Beaches DK
  • Stylecraft Special DK
  • Debbie Bliss Piper
  • Madelinetosh High Twist DK

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