POW: The Frosting Pullover

You may have missed this selection for Pattern of the Week, from last year’s winter edition of knitscene, but that’s okay. I am here to ensure that you fully understand the aesthetic sweet spot that this garment achieves. And I am not exaggerating. Featured in the “Snow Day” story, the Frosting Pullover by Courtney Spainhower is a relaxed composition with unique design details. This irresistible sweater will become your go-to for stylish lounging.

frosting pullover

I am not drawn to a cowl neckline, as a general rule. Something about the way a cowl sits around my neck does not make it appealing to me. But look at the drape on the neckline of this gorgeous piece. Surely it has something to do with the bamboo in the Brushed Suri blend from Blue Sky Fibers that was used to execute the project. Included in the blend are merino and alpaca (see below for full details), resulting in a cozy aran weight that will make you want to don this sweater, tuck yourself into a chair, and read the day away.

At first glance, the Frosting Pullover seems unassuming in detail – but look closer. That garter rib texture gracing the top and bottom of the sweater is what makes this project stand apart. Then there’s that fun asymmetrical hem, a current favorite of ready-to-wear designers.

Paired with some skinny jeans and boots, you will rock this look with ease.

Happy cozy knitting,


Pattern Details

Finished Size 41 (441/2, 48, 511/2, 55, 57, 601/2)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 48″; modeled with 16″ of positive ease.

Yarn Blue Sky Fibers Brushed Suri (67% baby suri alpaca, 22% merino, 11% bamboo; 142 yd [130 m]/13/4 oz [50 g]): #905 earl grey, 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11) balls.

Needles Size 6 (4 mm): 24″ circular (cir). Size 8 (5 mm): 16″, 24″, and 32″ 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 18 sts and 22 rnds = 4″ in St st on larger needle.

Notes The hem of this pullover is worked flat in two pieces, then the pieces are joined for working the body in the round to the underarm. Stitches for the sleeves are picked up around the armhole and worked in the round from the top down.

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