Pattern of the Week: Arcetri Pullover

The Arcetri Pullover merges comfort and visual intrigue to create the ideal winter couch project. It’s a great choice for a knitter with some upcoming downtime who is seeking some indulgent knitting. Speaking of indulgent, make sure to check out the rest of Wool Studio Vol. V!

The most striking element of this pullover is the use of positive and negative space to create a sense of darkness and light. The cable pattern transitions along a diagonal line into a simple rib stitch, creating visual continuity. Jennifer Wood designed the sweater to represent where light meets dark and positive and negative spaces merge.

“The cable pattern transitions along a diagonal line into a simple rib stitch that carries on the lines developed in the pattern, creating continuity while creating positive and negative spaces. Carrying this further, the cable pattern itself creates the two spaces with the small reverse stockinette stitch diamond embedded in the large stockinette stitch diamond.” – Jennifer Wood (designer)

This pullover is worked from the top down beginning with saddle shoulders that are shaped with short-rows.

Photos by Harper Point Photography

Photos by Harper Point Photography

Pattern Details

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 38¾ (43, 47½, 51¾, 56, 60¼, 64½, 69)“ circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 43”; modeled with 9½” of positive ease.

YARN (affiliate link) HiKoo Rylie (50% baby alpaca, 25% mulberry silk, 25% linen; 274 yd/3½ oz): #126 ink, 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins. Yarn distributed by Skacel.


NEEDLES (affiliate links) Size 3 (3.25 mm): 24” or 32” circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS (affiliate links) Markers (m); cable needle (cn); stitch holder; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 24 sts and 27 rnds = 4” in St st; 26 sts and 30 rnds = 4” in cable patt.

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