Finished Object: The Charles Pullover

Do you ever have that moment when you see a sweater pattern and just think: ‘Must knit now!’ Well, this happens to me more than my husband would like (and probably explains my extensive stash) … and was certainly the case when I saw the Charles Pullover from Wool Studio Vol. III: The Michelle Wang Collection. I fell in love instantly and, as a knitter who almost always knits for others, knew this one would be only for me.

I wasn’t able to get my hands on the recommended yarn so opted for Jo Sharp’s Silkroad Aran Tweed in Posie instead. The color is a very pretty red, maybe a little more pink than I thought but still oh-so-beautiful. So pretty, in fact, that it adorned a decorative bowl in my living room while I knit this sweater up. This gauged up identically to the specifications in the pattern, so I was quite happy with the results. If you end up going this route, the yarn blooms slightly when blocked and becomes slightly softer as well — I know it will be pure pleasure to wear.

I was lucky enough to be starting this at the same time I was headed to an Interweave Escape in Montana where the amazing Lorilee Beltman taught us Judy’s Magic Cast On. I used this instead of the tubular cast on recommended in the pattern. It makes for a lovely finished edge that I’ll be using in the future to be sure.

I had originally planned on pulling some of the gorgeous sleeve detail into the ribbing on the front of the garment, but I have learned something important about myself: don’t try to do too many new things at once! I couldn’t quite get the knits and purls to work using the new cast on method which resulted in ripping, re-knitting (multiple times) and a complex chart I wrote out which might look more like hieroglyphics … all before I just plain gave up. Of course I discovered all of this AFTER I had made the back ribbing deeper planning for this additional added detail on the front. It still works with the deeper ribbing but I need to pull back my ambitions somewhat in the future, particularly when tackling a new technique.

I loved how quickly this one knit up: The front and back are just pure stockinette after knitting the ribbing. The sleeves are where you may get caught up while getting a hang of the cable pattern. With fall finally here, I know this will be a go to piece in my wardrobe until Spring comes to visit us again.

If you love this pattern, there are LOADS more yummy patterns like it in Wool Studio Vol. III, check it out here!

Pattern Details

Designer Michelle Wang

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 34 (38 1/2, 42 1/2, 47, 51)” bust circumference.

Yarn The Fibre Co. Arranmore (80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% silk; 175 yd [160 m]/31/2 oz [100 g]): ruari, 6 (6, 7, 8, 8) skeins.  I used Jo Sharp’s Silkroad Aran Tweed and needed 14 skeins to make the 47” bust circumference size.

Needles Sizes 7 (4.5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm): straight. Size 7 (4.5 mm): 16″ circular (cir).

Notions Markers (m); removable m; stitch holders; cable needle (cn); size 7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook; waste yarn; tap­estry needle.

Notes This pullover is worked back and forth from the bottom up in pieces and seamed. I did not need the crochet hook or waste yarn since I used Judy’s Magic Cast On instead of the recommended cast on method.

Make your own Charles Pullover!