Cumberland Pullover by Cheryl Toy

Cumberland Pullover

May 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in Charted pattern on larger needles
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1179 - 2358 yards (1078 - 2156 m)
33-1/2 (38-1/2, 43-1/4, 48, 52-3/4, 57-1/2)" [85 (98, 110, 122, 134, 146) cm]
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This lacy pullover was inspired, believe it or not, by the cornerstone of all Southern food: humble grits! More subtle and delicate than the name implies, this simple corn staple comes from hominy which is related yet distinct from the common yellow corn used to make corn bread or polenta. At its best, hominy is scented with herbs like rosemary, lavender or herbes de Provence and simmered slowly in cream rather than the commonly used water, giving it a delicate flavor and silkiness when cooked. These are the characteristics that I hoped to evoke with the Cumberland Pullover. It is simple, soft and tender with classic raglan shaping and it features an all-over lace motif that represents tiny ears of corn!

The elegant Cumberland Pullover is the perfect companion for beachside outings and events. The body and sleeves of this 100-percent merino pullover are worked in the round from the bottom up to the yoke, then the pieces are joined for working the raglan yoke.

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Difficulty Intermediate

Yarn Weight 1

Finished Size 33-1/2 (38-1/2, 43-1/4, 48, 52-3/4, 57-1/2)“ 85 (98, 110, 122, 134, 146) cm circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 33½”; modeled with 2” of positive ease.

Yarn Zitron Feinheit (100% virgin superwash merino wool; 393 yd 359 m/3½ oz 100 g): #1600 white, 3 (4, 4, 5, 6, 6) skeins. Yarn distributed by Skacel.

Needles Sizes 2½ (3 mm) and 3 (3.25 mm): 24” and 32” circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); stitch holder; tapestry needle.

Gauge 30 sts and 38 rnds = 4” in charted pattern on larger needle.

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  • The body and sleeves of this pullover are worked in the round from the bottom up to the yoke, then the pieces are joined for working the raglan yoke.
  • The marker at the beginning of the round should be a different color than the ones used for the raglan shaping.
  • During shaping, if there are not enough stitches to work each lace pattern decrease with its companion yarnover, work the remaining stitch(es) as they appear.

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