Scintilla by Sophie Ochera


January 2023
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
492 - 656 yards (450 - 600 m)
XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL
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Irregular stripes on the body, intersected with Fair Isle motifs at the yoke, give this simple yoked sweater an unusual look.
With only 5 contrast colours, this is a really fun sweater to choose harmonious colour variants for. Think of the red colour (CC3) as your highlight colour.
Seamless and knit in the round, this sweater is knit from the top down, gradually increasing to shape the shoulders. The body and sleeves are then divided equally and short rows are added at the top back (to raise the back neck) and at the bottom back edge which, along with the gentle tapering, gives a lovely rounded shape to the body. Sleeves are knitted straight and then gathered into a fitted cuff.

Level of difficulty and skills required
Intermediate. Pattern requires chart-reading
skills and knowledge of how to do short rows. Pattern also assumes knowledge of the Fair Isle technique (stranded colourwork) and a cast on and off of your choice.


  • 1 size 2.25 mm (US 1, UK 13) circular needle 60 cm (24 inches) long for the neck ribbing (and 40 cm (16 inches) long for the cuffs (or dpns, as you prefer)).

  • 1 size 2.75 mm (US 2, UK 12) circular needle 80 cm (32 inches) long for the yoke and body (and 40 cm (16 inches) long for ease of working sleeve stitches (or dpns, as you prefer)). or needles to get gauge

  • 2 stitch holders or waste yarn

    Yarn Look for a super fine (1) or fingering-weight yarn that knits to 26 stitches in 10 cm on 2.75 mm-3 mm needles. My sample is made from Poll Dorset and naturally dyed by Renaissance Dying, available here:

MC - Ecru, 300 g
CC1 - “Narbonne” (Bright Yellow), 100 g
CC2 - “Banana” (Light Yellow), 25 g
CC3 - “Troubadour” (Bright Red), 25 g
CC4 - “Mont Canigou” (Teal), 25 g
CC5 - “Aventure” (Khaki), 25 g

Colourway 2 meterage
The brown and blue colourway in the photos uses Isager’s Merilin yarn and requires the following amounts:

MC- 200-150 g
CC1-50-60 g
CC2-25 g
CC3- 25 g
CC4- 25 g
CC5- 10 g

On 2.75 mm needles, in stocking stitch and after washing and blocking:
26 stitches and 36 rounds to 10 x 10 cm (4 inches x 4 inches).
Or use any needles to get gauge, then use two sizes down for the ribbing. On the same needles:
26 stitches and 28 rounds to 10 x 10 cm in yoke (Fair isle) pattern.

Please note: Some knitters find their tension varies between the 2 techniques. Therefore, you may wish to change needles to a smaller size when you start the stocking stitch stripes. It’s good to do a test swatch using both techniques. Please also note that I have a loose tension and many of my testers use 3 mm where I used 2.75 mm.

This sweater has a classic fit with 6-10 cm of positive ease.
Finished chest circumference:
XS 88 cm
S 92 cm
M 100 cm
L 111.5 cm
XL 119 cm
2XL 128 cm