Pattern of the Week: Kalaloch Pullover

Summer sweaters may seem like an oxymoron, but they truly have their place. Cannon Beach, Oregon, for example. We go there often in the summer, and our favorite hotel (the Surfsand Resort) has a service where they build you a bonfire on the beach at night, complete with buckets of s’mores fixins. Highly recommended!

But it’s quite chilly in the evenings, with the ocean breeze (it’s actually more than a breeze, even in July!), and I always take a sweater. When I saw the Kalaloch Pullover in Interweave Knits Summer 2019, I knew it would be the perfect evening beach sweater.

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Kalaloch Pullover by Kate Gagnon Osborn, from Interweave Knits Summer 2019

Designer Kate Gagnon Osborn used lace patterns knit in a cotton-wool blend to make a breathable, comfortable piece. The body and sleeves are worked in the round from the bottom up to the yoke, then the pieces are joined for working the circular yoke.

This type of silhouette is what I call a “swancho.” It’s got sleeves, but they’re not traditional, and the whole thing makes a comfy, roomy pullover. I love this style, and it’s flattering on everyone.

If you’re wondering about the name, there’s a really special resort called the Kalalock Lodge in the Olympic National Forest (in Washington State). It’s an amazing place that’s so worth a visit. And you will need a summer sweater in the evenings!

Pattern Details

FINISHED SIZE 42 (48, 54, 60, 66)” circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 48″; modeled with 15″ of positive ease.

YARN BC Garn Bio Balance (55% organic wool, 45% organic cotton; 246 yd [225 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #bl05 marsh, 6 (7, 8, 8, 9) skeins. Yarn distributed by Kelbourne Woolens.

NEEDLES Sizes 2 (2.75 mm) and 4 (3.5 mm): 40″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16″ and 24″ cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

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

GAUGE 24 sts and 35 rnds = 4″ in St st on larger needle.

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