Upper West Sweater by Thea Colman

Upper West Sweater

February 2021
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in cable pattern, based on final blocked fabric. Assume 20 sts/28 rows in stockinette.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1100 - 1900 yards (1006 - 1737 m)
37.25(41.25,45.25,49.25,53.25)(57.25,61.25,69.25 77.25)” /94.5(104.75,115,125,135.25)(145.5,155.5,176, 196.25)cm based on circumference around body in finished, blocked fabric.
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The Upper West Sweater is all about this cable motif - it’s both delicate and bold at the same time, and it’s so fun to work.

As an allover panel, it creates a deep eye-catching texture across the body of the sweater that I just fell in love with. It doesn’t need much to shine, but I’ve worked the transitions from hem to body and from sleeve to cuff to allow for a sweet little dip at the end of each cable column. I then added a folded, picot collar that adds to the femininity of the sweater and gives it a bit of a cozy feel.

Armhole shaping is deliberately designed by size to move the outer garter rib column inwards, resulting in a distinct diagonal from armhole towards body, and then a crisp edge detail running upwards along shoulder.

The deep Caramel color of this De Rerum Gilliatt yarn adds sophistication to the sweater and gives it a modern feel, and the gorgeous merino fiber really shows off the cables beautifully.

The Upper West Sweater is worked in the round from hem to armholes and then separated into front and back, which are worked flat to shoulder. Once shoulders are seamed, stitches are picked up around armholes and sleeves are worked in the round to cuff. Collar stitches are picked up around neckline and worked in the round, then folded over and seamed down.

Cables are both written and charted.

Notes are in pattern on how to modify for length or width, and sizing information is below.


37.25(41.25,45.25,49.25,53.25)(57.25,61.25,69.25,77.25)” 94.5(104.75,115,125,135.25)(145.5,155.5,176,196.25)cm

Sizes are based on circumference around body in finished fabric.
Sweater is shown on me with 6”/15.25cm of positive ease at bust.
I suggest choosing the size that allows between 4-6”/10-15.25cm of positive ease for a similar fit. If between sizes, choose the smaller of the two and see notes in pattern on adding width or length as needed.

Note that gauge may vary in substitute yarns. Make a large enough swatch to judge how your yarn behaves if substituting and be sure to block your swatch for finished measurements.

Yardage by size:
De Rerum Natura Gilliatt
100% Merino wool. (273 yds/250m, 3.5oz/100g per skein)
Shown in Caramel.

1100(1200,1300,1400,1500)(1600,1700,1800,1900)yds. 1005(1100,1190,1280,1380)(1465,1555,1645,1735)meters
Yardage may vary with substitute yarns or modification.
If substituting, I suggest a worsted weight wool without too much drape or elasticity in a subtle colorway that will show off the details of the sweater well.

And about the drink name on this one?

It was the deep brown of this Caramel yarn that reminded me of a drink I had on the Upper West Side with friends a few years back. It had been a long cold day of Vogue Live, museums, and adventures in the city on a cold day - so we ducked into a cozy bar. It was dark and warm and perfect, and somewhere on the Upper West side, hence the name.

It was a great day of friendship and yarn, and one of us ordered something like this that I have been obsessed with ever since. I never managed to find the actual recipe, but I think I finally managed to make a fine substitute:

The Upper West

2 oz bourbon
1.5 oz coffee liqueur
1 oz cinnamon simple syrup
1 oz Cointreau or dry curaco
0.5 oz lemon juice
A dash of Peychauds bitters

Shake all in jigger with ice and strain into short glass.
Garnish with orange twist.

Cinnamon syrup: Boil a cup of water, cup of sugar and 4 cinnamon sticks in a pot. Let cool. Take the cinnamon sticks out. Store syrup in a sealed jar. Will last a week or two in fridge.