Pattern of the Week: Värma Pullover

Sweater knitting season is here, and I’m deep into winding yarn and casting on. I thought I had my first fall sweater all picked out, but then I saw the Värma Pullover in Interweave Knits Fall 2019.

It stole my heart, you guys. So much about Värma fits my style: the loose fit (the sample is modeled with about 7 inches of positive ease), the moss stitch that I love, and that cool neckband. Designer Sloane Rosenthal pulled all of this together and more to create another perfectly snuggly, timelessly chic sweater.

The wide stockinette-stitch ribbed panel up the front and the sides is a real stand-out in this piece, and it couldn’t be simpler.

Another bonus for me is that Värma is worked back and forth from the bottom up in separate pieces and seamed. I know, just about everyone loves sweaters knit in the round, and I don’t hate them, but I think pieced sweaters hang better on me, and I love the portability of them. And, true confessions, I enjoy seaming and finishing!

Here are the deets for this beautiful sweater.


varma pullover

All photos by Harper Point Photography

Pattern Details

FINISHED SIZE 34¾ (39¼, 43¼, 47¾, 51¾)” circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 39¼”; modeled with 7¼” of positive ease.

YARN Purl Soho Worsted Twist (100% Merino wool; 164 yd [150 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #4000WT Gray Fig, 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) skeins.

NEEDLES Size 7 (4.5 mm): 16″ and 32″ circular (cir). Size 8 (5 mm): 32″ cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holder; waste yarn for tubular CO; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 17 sts and 29 rows = 4″ in Moss st on larger needle.


Sloane Rosenthal is a California-based knitwear designer. She designs modern, wearable garments and accessories, with a particular focus on cabled designs. Sloane lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children. Her work has been featured in By Hand Serial, Wool Studio, and Interweave Knits.


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