Pattern of the Week: Sandstorm Pullover

I’m about to let you in on a little secret of mine—I love how layering looks, but I almost never dress in layers. It’s just hard, OK! Thankfully, knitting patterns like the Sandstorm Pullover (from knitscene Spring 2019) exist to convince me that layering is a style I can and should attempt.

My qualms are as follows. To start, they get hot! I go from freezing to sweating just sitting at my desk so I can’t dedicate to a sweater all day. And I’d like to remind every person reading this of the first time you got stuck in a sweater and were forced to ask a friend to free you from your knitted prison. But the Sandstorm Pullover, by Fiona Munro, addresses all of my concerns, and thus adds another lovely sweater to my 2019 knitting list.

This pullover is designed with travel (and layering) in mind. This piece is light and airy, thanks to a lovely lace pattern, and the oversized fit and wide neckline provides easy on-and-off again action! Imagine it with me: a layered sweater you remove in a work-appropriate fashion!

Seed stitch lines the hem and neckline, and a bold zigzagging lace pattern at the yoke adds knitting intrigue. It’s worked in the round to the underarm, then separated and worked back and forth. This sample is knit in Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca #807 dijon, a gorgeous baby alpaca yarn!

Pattern Details

 Fiona Munro

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 36¼ (40¼, 44¼, 48¼, 52¼)” circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 40¼”; modeled with 8¼” of positive ease.

YARN Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca 
(100% baby alpaca; 110 yd [100 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #807 dijon, 12 (13, 15, 17, 18) balls.

NEEDLES (affiliate links) Size 4 (3.5 mm): 24″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

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

GAUGE 24 sts and 32 rnds = 4″ in St st; 24 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in Lace patt.

Check out the rest of knitscene Spring 2019 for more great layering pieces and fun accessories focusing on travel and comfort!

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