Join as You Go with the Octagon-Dot Pullover

As garment knitters know, selecting a timeless pattern to knit can often be your best bet. Sad is the knitter who spent hours stitching, only to find the look totally dated within six months of completion. When I spotted the Octagon-Dot Pullover by Myrrhia Resneck, the presentation initially made me bristle due to this fashion rule of thumb. Upon closer examination, though, I became mesmerized by the possibilities.

Wearing garments layered, with a variety of stitches on display, is always in style. Your base layer might be a sleeveless job with a tight stitch, while the item you pull over that might have a very open stitch, executed in a chunky yarn. Textures tend to take the fore, and color theme options are blown open.

In the case of this particular design, it isn’t the stitch that defines negative space, but the manner in which the garment is joined together. The Octagon-Dot Pullover is executed using the join as you go approach. The result is an open diamond pattern that is both eye catching and unique. And when I consider the layering possibilities, my mind’s eye chooses both complementary and analogous colors.

In knitting, join as you go is very often applied to larger knitted blanket projects – and not as often applied to garments or accessories. And in the case of the Octagon-Dot Pullover, the joining is done on a smaller scale. From knit.wear Fall 2012, where this project is featured:

Each dot is worked individually as a half dot or full dot and can be attached to another dot or two other dots as necessary to create the shape of the garment. Be careful not to twist the dots in the chain when you join them.

Are you willing to take a risk on a design that is not necessarily a trend or a classic? What if that design holds a knitting technique you have never even tried before? If the answer is yes, rock star knitter, this striking pullover may be for you. If you would rather baby step your way into join as you go, embrace an accessory such as the Astral Road Ruana or the Chevron Mesh Scarf. And no matter your choice, Interweave is here to bring you along with our Join As You Go Knitting Online Workshop.

What are you waiting for? Cast on and explore the possibilities.

Craft on, crafters—

Pattern Details

FINISHED SIZE 29 3⁄4 (33 1⁄4, 36 3⁄4, 40 1⁄4, 43 3⁄4)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 29 3⁄4″. Negative ease is recommended for best fit; fabric is very stretchy in all directions.

YARN Spincycle Yarns BFL Worsted Singles (100% Bluefaced Leicester; 120 yd [110 m]/3 oz [85 g]): chicken payback, 5 (6, 7, 9, 9) skeins.

NEEDLES Size 8 (5 mm): set of doublepointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Tapestry needle.

GAUGE 16 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in garter st; a 4-dot by 4-dot section = 7″ wide and 7  1⁄2″ tall as worn.

Join As You Go, & See How Far It Takes You

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