Pattern of the Week: Cartesian Pullover

I adore simple knits.

Like any knitter, I turn to complex laces and intricate colors from time to time. But there’s something so classic and enjoyable about simple, smooth lines and knitting that you can fall into without glancing at the pattern every row.

Wool Studio VI is so much fun because the designers focused on simple, flowing designs. That focus on simplicity allows knitters a chance to focus on the most important part of our craft – namely, the yarn itself. Picking a favorite pattern from this issue was a challenge: I love knits that feature gorgeous yarns. But the piece that I kept coming back to, again and again, has to be the Cartesian Pullover.

Irina Anikeeva’s gorgeous design is worked top down and uses knit and purl stitches to create textured stripes that ripple across the fabric. It’s so brilliant because it’s so simple: the ribbing changes at unexpected places, giving the sweater a boxy shape with flattering vertical and horizontal stripes.

The Cartesian Pullover is made with the immeasurably soft Trendsetter Yarn Placid, a delicate yet sturdy blend of cashmere, superwash wool, and nylon The ribbing lets the soft color shine through.

Placid comes in twelve gorgeous, subtle colors, so you have many options for your own adventure with this piece. I’m personally hoping to cast it on with Placid copper sometime soon!

Remember to count your stitches!

Pattern Details

FINISHED SIZE 47¼ (51¾, 55¼, 59¾, 64¼, 67¾)” circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 47¼”; modeled with 14¼” of positive ease.

YARN Trendsetter Yarns Placid (60% cashmere, 25% superwash wool, 15% nylon; 120 yd [110 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g]): #5216 Smoke, 8 (8, 9, 10, 10, 11) balls.

NEEDLES Sizes 8 (5 mm) and 101/2 (6.5 mm): 32″ circular (cir). Size 8 (5 mm): set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; waste yarn for provisional CO; spare size 8 (5 mm) or smaller 32″ cir needle; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 14 sts and 22 rows = 4″ in Horizontal Rib patt on larger needles.

All images by Harper Point Photography.

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