On the Cover: Saturn’s Rings Pullover

There are ample fascinating bites of information to dissect from the Winter 2019 issue of Interweave Knits, which is dubbed THE SCIENCE ISSUE! Projects that were inspired by biology, chemistry, astrophysics, and earth sciences fill the pages of this breathtaking issue. Designer Adrienne Larsen was inspired in particular by outer space, and she developed a sweater that would end up as the cover image—the representative project—of this issue. Her fuzzy, striped pullover resembles planets in the abyss of space as viewed by earth, and was aptly named the Saturn’s Rings Pullover.

Glow from within in the Saturn’s Rings Pullover! All photos by Harper Point Photography.

Glow from within in the Saturn’s Rings Pullover! All photos by Harper Point Photography.

Much like the sparkling jewel of our solar system, the Saturn’s Rings Pullover seems to glow from within. This top-down, seamless, circular-yoke sweater shows how easy it is to achieve stunning results with simple techniques and stripes. This sweater is worked by holding a strand of smooth lace yarn with a fuzzy mohair and silk yarn to create a soft, ethereal, and contemporary look sure to please your inner space nerd.

It will also please the knitting nerd in you as well, with decadent yarn, interesting techniques, and a luxurious fabric. See the specs below and get going on your own Saturn’s Rings Pullover!

Pattern Details

The Saturn’s Rings Pullover is a tunic-length sweater.

The Saturn’s Rings Pullover is a tunic-length sweater.

FINISHED SIZE 31¼ (34¾, 38¾, 42, 46, 51)” circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 34¾”; modeled with 4¾” of positive ease.

YARN Rowan Fine Lace (80% baby alpaca, 20% merino wool; 437 yd [400 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #940 sonata (dark blue; MC), 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) balls. Rowan Kidsilk Haze (70% mohair, 30% silk; 230 yd [210 m]/⅞ oz [25 g]): #660 Turkish plum (dark purple; A), 3 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) balls; #666 Alhambra (teal; B), 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) ball(s); #680 burnt caramel (orange; C), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2) ball(s); #634 cream (D), 1 ball. Yarns distributed by Sirdar USA.

NEEDLES Size 6 (4 mm): 16″ and 32″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 24 sts and 33 rnds = 4″ in St st with 1 strand each of MC and CC held tog.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL Intermediate

The Saturn’s Rings Pullover is worked in the round, from the top down, and seamlessly.

The Saturn’s Rings Pullover is worked in the round, from the top down, and seamlessly.

If this sweater isn’t a conversation starter, I don’t know what would be! Go on, get your nerd on.

Happy nerding out,
Hannah Baker


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