Pattern of the Week: Tucson Pullover

Selecting palettes for colorwork projects is a huge weakness of mine, but they often turn out a lot like build-your-own sandwiches and salads I make—kind of gross. Thankfully, Meghan Babin, editor of Interweave Knits, has a special skill for it, and it’s on full display inside this issue and in the cover project, the Tucson Pullover.

The Tucson Pullover pays homage to the American Southwest with its bold colorwork patterns, but the color palette gives this timeless look a modern aesthetic. Meghan coordinated with Caroline Sommerfeld, owner of Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts, to put together a palette that complements and enhances this gorgeous pattern, and what their talented yarn brains came up with is quite possibly my favorite colorwork project.

The vibrant yellow, teal, and red are colors I want to wear every day, and the calming tan grounds the sweater, allowing each color section to stand out but simultaneously blend together. This Interweave Knits Summer 2018 cover project simply has to be made. Will you cast on before I do?


Tucson Pullover

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Jesie Ostermiller

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 38½ (43, 46¼, 50 , 55½)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 38½”; modeled with 6½” of positive ease.

YARN Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts Passion 8 (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon; 437 yd [400 m]/4 oz [113 g]): Irish linen (beige; A), 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) skeins; Davy Jones’ locker (teal; B), a midnight clear (dark blue; C), swashbuckle (orange; D), goth chick (red; E), and goldmine (gold; F), 1 skein each.

NEEDLES Size 1 (2.25 mm): 16″ and 24″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Size 2 (2.75 mm): 24″ circular (cir) and set of dpn. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

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

GAUGE 26 sts and 36 rnds = 4″ in St st on larger needle; 26 sts and 30 rnds = 4″ in charted patt on larger needle.


Explore this colorful issue, one stunning project at a time.

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