Birch Pullover by Andrea Mowry

Birch Pullover

December 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in Fishermen's Rib knit in the round and measured after blocking.
US 2 - 2.75 mm
1674 - 3478 yards (1531 - 3180 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)(6, 7, 8, 9)
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I wanted the ultimate squishy wardrobe staple - and the Birch Pullover fits the bill to a T! Knit from the top down in a Half Fisherman’s rib stitch, it is warm and cozy and goes with everything!!This sweater is knit from the top down (meaning you can try it on as you go and add length to suit your own personal style!), beginning with the collar and then flowing into Half-Fishermen’s Rib. The yoke is shaped along the raglans for a classic style. The sleeves are then returned to the needle, picking up stitches for the underarm for a totally seamless sweater!

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

35.5 (38, 41.5, 45, 49.25)(54.5, 58.5, 62.75, 66.25)”
90 (96.5, 105.5, 114.5, 125)(138.5, 148.5, 159.5, 168) cm
Intended to be worn with 0 to +6”/0 to 15 cm ease. To pick your best size, measure your full bust and add or subtract your desired ease, then pick the finished bust circumference closest to that number.
- Sample shown in size 2 with 4”/15 cm positive ease on a woman who is 5’5” tall. The test knitters found great success playing with different amounts of ease in this pattern!

These are just approximations. Total yarn usage will depend on the yarn you use (fiber content, ply, etc.), your personal gauge, and any modifications you may make.
Fingering Weight
419 (464, 514, 556, 614)(676, 741, 810, 870) g
1674 (1853, 2056, 2221, 2454)(2702, 2962, 3239, 3478) yds
1531 (1694, 1880, 2031, 2244)(2471, 2709, 2961, 3181) m

For this sweater I chose Sojourner Sock, a non-superwash fingering weight yarn. “Sojourner is named after Sojourner Truth. She spoke throughout the Hudson Valley, advocating for the rights of black people and the rights of women. There is no other fitting name for this base. It is 60% US Sourced Merino Wool, 30% Romney that is sourced locally in New York, and 10% Nylon. It is wonderfully soft and but still maintains that rustic quality.” I fell in love with this base when I used it for my DRK Everyday Socks, and found it equally beautiful knit up in socks and sweater!

Birch Hollow Fibers - Sojourner Sock 60% US Sourced Merino Wool, 30% NY State Romney, 10% Nylon (100 g/400 yds/366 m)
5 (5, 6, 6, 7)(7, 8, 9, 9) skeins in Oatmeal

US 2/2.75 mm - 16”/40 cm (collar) and 32”/80 cm to 40”/100 cm (body) circular and preferred needles for small circumference knitting (sleeves)
(Use the needle size you need to achieve gauge.)

Stitch markers (8 - with 1 of them being unique from the others), cable needle (optional), tapestry needle, stitch holders or waste yarn

27 sts & 52 rows = 4”/10 cm
Measured over Half Fisherman’s rib stitch pattern in the round after blocking.

2x2 Long tail tubular cast on
or Twisted German cast on
Short rows
Resolving short rows in half fishermen’s rib
Resolving the final wrapped stitch in half fishermen’s rib after returning to work in the round.
Half fishermen’s rib
Increasing in Half fishermen’s rib
Picking up stitches
2x2 tubular bind off (rearranging stitches & using kitchener stitch)
or Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off
Decreasing in half fishermen’s rib (k2tog and ssk)

Click here to be directed to a pdf with some yarn substitution ideas! These yarns have not all been tested, so we can not guarantee their outcome, but we do hope they provide a jumping off point for inspiration!