Pattern of the Week: The Periodic Pullover

When I was a sophomore in high school, I took a friend of mine to the “Morp” (anti-prom) dance that was held in the gym at school. I don’t know Morps at other schools, but at mine, it was a casual affair that occurred around Halloween, so everyone dressed in couples or group costumes. My date and I dressed as Boron as it appeared in the periodic table of elements. We were in a group of people all dressed as different elements: we wore white T-shirts with a black box with our elemental information. Other than that, I really know nothing about the periodic table of elements in a way that an adult should.

The Periodic Pullover from Interweave Knits Winter 2019 is a modern, clean interpretation of the periodic table of elements (something that even I can understand). Designed by Annie Lupton, this 100% wool sweater features a series of boxes around the body that represent the boxes of the table of elements. The neck and shoulders have a delicate ribbed feature that add another boxy layer to the design.

The sweater is worked from the bottom up in the round, and the top front and back are worked separately flat and seamed at the shoulders to create a simple boat neckline. The shoulders feature intentionally exposed seams that transition to a raw-edge neck. The sleeves are picked up around the armholes and worked out from the body in the round.

Don’t be like me and be ignorant to the periodic table of elements—cast on the Periodic Pullover today!

Happy nerdy knitting!

Photos by Harper Point Photography

Pattern Details


YARN WEIGHT 1 – Super Fine

FINISHED SIZE 36¾ (41¼ , 46, 50¾ , 55¼)” circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 36¾”; modeled with 2¾” of positive ease.

YARN Cloudborn Fibers Highland Fingering (100% fine highland wool; 494 yd [452 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #16-104 grey heather (MC), 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) skeins; #16-007 black (CC), 1 skein. Yarn distributed by Craftsy.

NEEDLES (affiliate links) Size 2 (2.75 mm): 24″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS (affiliate links) Marker (m); stitch holder; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 24 sts and 38 rnds = 4″ in St st; 26 sts and 43 rnds = 4″ in Sl St patt.

Get this sciencey pattern and many more in Interweave Knits Winter 2019!


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