The Indigo Smoke Pullover, the cover project for knit.wear Fall/Winter 2018, came about from the designer’s desire to knit a colorwork yoke sweater, and yet to branch out from the traditional Fair Isle motifs. She decided to pare down the number of colors and use graphic prints to create something she can incorporate into her existing wardrobe. Using only three colors and a handful of “rest rows,” this is a great option for beginner to stranded colorwork looking to create a beautiful sweater without the intimidation.
The body of this pullover is worked in the round from lower edge to the underarm. The sleeves are worked separately in the round, then the sleeves and body are joined to work the yoke. When working the yoke, change to a shorter circular needle when necessary. The yoke is shaped with raglan decreases for the first 1½” and the remainder is worked using round yoke shaping. Short-rows are used on the yoke to create the back neck height.
The charts are worked using the stranded method. Always pick up the background color over the pattern color and pick up the pattern color from under the background color. Keep floats loose.
DESIGNER Kirsten Joel
FINISHED SIZE 30½ (34¼, 38, 42, 45¾, 49½, 53¼)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 34¼”; modeled with ¼” of positive ease.
YARN Jagger Spun Heather Sport (100% wool; 332 yd [304 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #438 indigo (MC), 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins; #6562 amber (A) and #0030 smoke (B), 1 skein each.
NEEDLES Sizes 4 (3.5 mm) and 5 (3.75 mm): 16″ and 24″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Size 6 (4 mm): 24″ cir and set of dpn. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 21 sts and 30 rnds = 4″ in St st on middle-size needle; 21 sts and 29 rnds = 4″ in colorwork patt on largest needle.