Big Red Pullover by Knitting Expat Designs

Big Red Pullover

February 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1061 - 2384 yards (970 - 2180 m)
10 sizes from 32in up to 58in
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I had always had this idea for a matching set of Pullovers for me and my daughter to wear! It had been mellowing out in my mind for a while until early 2018. Then I spent most of 2018 working on this idea and I love how it turned out.

You will use two colours (or more if you wish) of fingering weight yarn to create these stripes, and then with the added detail of the cables in the Raglan area which continue down in the body, and then start to travel in towards the middle towards the bottom mimicking the Raglan shaping at the top. This sweater remains engaging without having an overwhelming amount of instructions to keep track of.

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What You Will Need:

Yarn – 300-600gm of Fingering weight yarn (425m/465yrds per 100gm) - Full yardage requirements for each size is shown in the Size Chart which can be found in the last photo on the left.

Sample shown in Mon Sheep Shop in the Petit Pieds base (75/25 Superwash Merino/Nylon) in the Terre Brulee (Main Colour / MC) & Liqueur D’Epine Noire (Contrast Colour / CC) colourways (425m/100gm). The sample pullover is shown in the 44 inch size, modeled with 0-1” of positive ease.

Needles – 3.75mm (US5) and 3.25mm (US3) 16 inch (40cm) and 24 inch (60cm) circulars for body and longer cables (32 inch/80cm or longer) for magic loop on the sleeves or DPN’s in both needle sizes.

Gauge – 24 sts and 36 rounds in 4 inches / 10 cm, in stockinette after blocking on larger needles.


  • Stitch markers (8),
  • Beginning of Round Marker,
  • Side Seam marker,
  • Scrap yarn (or stitch holders),
  • Tapestry Needle,
  • Cable Needle (optional)

Sizes – The pattern includes 10 adult sizes ranging from 32 inches up to 58 inches. The sweater is intended to be worn with about 0-4 inches of positive ease so pick a size based on your preference. I suggest you go through the pattern and highlight the numbers relevant to the size you are choosing to knit to avoid confusion when working through the pattern.

(See sizing chart and schematic in the last two photos on the left).