Tea Room Pullover by Ailbíona McLochlainn

Tea Room Pullover

Knitting
June 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
35" - 51"
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Inspired by the patterns found on vintage porcelain, the Tea Room pullover is charming and simple.

Worked from the bottom up with raglan construction, envelope neckline, and 3/4 length sleeves, this quick and unfussy knit is sure to delight lovers of stranded colourwork.

Special care has been taken to avoid the use of advanced techniques such as steeking, purling in colourwork, and increasing in pattern, making this design suitable for a range of skill levels. If you have some previous experience with stranded knitting and are looking to try an all-over colourwork garment, the Tea Room Pullover makes for a fun and addicting project.

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MATERIALS & INFO

arn

suitable for fingering to sport weight yarns
designed with Townhouse Yarns Olla No.2, 410m/ 100g (448y/ 3.5oz)
Background Colour: 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins
Contrast Colour: 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins



Gauge

colourwork & hem: 24 sts x 28 rounds = 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”) 

cuffs & neckband: 26 sts x 32 rounds = 10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”)



Needles

circular needles, sized as follows (or as needed to meet gauge!)
Needle A: 3.50mm (US 4) in diameter (colourwork)
Needle B: 3.00mm (US 3) in diameter (hem)
Needle C: 2.50mm (US 1) in diameter (cuffs & neckband)

Notions

stitch markers, tapestry needle, scrap yarn, measuring tape

Special Techniques

stranded colourwork, decreasing in pattern, grafting (aka Kitchener stitch), basic sewing

Size 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
garment measures as follows around chest circumference:
88cm/35” (93cm/37”, 99cm/39.5”, 105cm/42”, 111cm/44.5”, 117cm/46.75”, 122cm/49”, 128cm/51”)

Fit Recommendations
I originally envisioned the Tea Room Pullover as being quite form-fitting. However, it also works with a looser fit for those who prefer that - so it is really up to you. In the photos, the models are shown wearing this sweater with 10cm (4”) of ease, and zero ease, respectively. Pattern includes a schematic and detailed measurements.

Yarn Recommendations
Designed with Townhouse Yarns Olla No.2, this pattern is suitable for a variety of fingering-to-sport weight yarns. As with all stranded colourwork, it is traditionally recommended to use yarn that is 100% wool, non-superwash, and woollen-spun. However, if your preference runs toward sock yarn, superwash merino, cotton, alpaca, or other blends that deviate from this recommendation, that is also do-able …just be aware that ‘results may vary’ and in particular your row gauge may be quite different.
Colourway Recommendations
This design features two colourways: Background Colour (BC) and Contrast Colour (CC). As long as there is sufficient contrast between the two, the colour combination possibilities are endless! You can use a darker colour for CC and a lighter colour for BC, or the other way around. You can use a solid for CC and a speckled for BC, or the other way around. Using either solid or speckled yarns for both also works, as do various combinations of tweed and marled yarns. Finally, you can choose to work the edgings in CC rather than in BC as indicated in the pattern …or use a third colourway altogether for a slightly different look still. The world is your oyster; just be sure there is enough contrast.