Pamplemousse by Thea Colman


September 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette. Specific gauges given in pattern for garter/slip-stitch and cable motifs.
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1100 - 1900 yards (1006 - 1737 m)
36(39.25,42.5,45.5,48)(51.25,55.25,59.25,62.5)” 91.5(99.75,108,115.5,122)(130.25,140.5,150.5,158.75) cm
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This sweater is ALL about this beautiful yarn from Shani of Bleu Pouissiere. You know how much I love finding small female-run companies that aren’t usually in the spotlight and introducing you guys to them, and Shani’s work is really something special. Natural dyes, local yarns, and the most gorgeous images ever. This will not be my only design in her beautiful fibers. Go Look!

That said, Pamplemousse is designed as a somewhat cropped, loose pullover, with a generous cowl. I wanted to take advantage of the wonderful squish in this yarn, so lots of slipped stitches add depth and create a wonderfully satisfying fabric. Delicate, assymetrical cables are featured on front and back, and the whole thing reads as textured and cozy. A few fun details are worked in there as well - a subtle curve to the sweater body, visible seams and edge detail, and some cool lines in the sleeve shaping.

The sweater is knit flat in pieces and seamed, and then both sleeves and cowl are picked up and knit to end in the round. Short rows are used to shape shoulders and hem.

As always, I have included notes on how to modify this for length or width, and there are a few options for playing with both neckline and cowl (and yes, it works without the cowl! See testknits!)

Details on sizing and yardage are below:

36(39.25,42.5,45.5,48)(51.25,55.25,59.25,62.5)” 91.5(99.75,108,115.5,122)(130.25,140.25,150.5,158.75) cm

Size around body at hip and bust, based on final blocked fabric. Sample is worn with 6”/15.25cm of positive ease.

Bleu Poussiere Taiga (100% Dorset wool from Quebec), 240 yds/220m per 113g/4oz skein.


Sample knit in Crimson Kiss, hand dyed with hibiscus & cutch.

If substituting yarn, I suggest a heavy worsted or aran weight wool without a lot of elasticity. YOU MUST SWATCH. The slipped stitches behave differently in other fibers and your gauge may be affected. I have notes in the pattern to counteract this, but a sub yarn without much memory will probably work to gauge more easily.