Spartan Pullover by Kristin Nicholas

Spartan Pullover

August 2006
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch worked in the round on larger needles
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
810 - 1080 yards (741 - 988 m)
**Finished Size:** 41¾ (44½, 48, 51½, 54¼)" bust/chest circumference.
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Pattern Description from Interweave Knits, Fall 2006: “A striking single-color Fair Isle border is the perfect foil for the pared-down styling of this V-neck pullover. Knitted in the round with the right side always facing, the border is a great way to get acquainted with two-color knitting. And once you’ve completed the color work, you’re home free—the rest of the sweater couldn’t be simpler to knit. The edges are all worked in a few rows of garter stitch and the neckband, picked up and worked back and forth, overlaps at the point of the V-neckline. The heathery yarn, a combination of wool and alpaca, is soft, light-weight, and comfortable to wear.”

Finished Size: 41¾ (44½, 48, 51½, 54¼)“ bust/chest circumference.

Yarn: Tahki Yarns Kerry (50% wool, 50% alpaca; 90 yd 82 m/50 g): #5032 dark moss green (MC), 8 (9, 9, 10, 11) skeins; #5006 light green tweed (CC), 1 skein.

Yarn Weight: #4 - Medium

Needles: Sizes 7 (4.5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm): 24” circular (cir) and straight. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Marker (m); stitch holder; tapestry needle.

Additional Gauge: 17 sts and 22 rnds = 4” in 2-color stranded St st worked in the rnd on larger needle.

Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Fall 2006


  • The first and last two rounds of Fair Isle chart have long stretches where one color isn’t being used. If the pattern skips more than 5 stitches, twist the nonworking yarn with the working one to prevent long floats.
  • Body is worked in the round to the armholes, then split and worked back and forth with neck shaping.