Milkweed pullover

I just couldn't decide which neck to use for this cozy cabled pullover ... so I made a pattern with options for four!

Besides the cowl-neck up above, there's a T-neck which can be made shorter and worn rumpled like this one, or knitted longer and folded over for a more traditional turtleneck.


Or make it with this pretty Y-neck, which goes up like a T, but then widens out (thanks to some spiffy cable increases) for a nice tidy foldover.
Or work a simple wide crew neck (sorry I don't have a picture of that option, but you can imagine what that would look like).

Here's the back, worked in the same gorgeous cables and lace as the front is.

With plaited-cables on the sleeves and a split high-low hemline.

Milkweed pullover uses lots of unique cable techniques. It is knit flat from the bottom up with seams. Raglan shaping is worked with cable decreases and is shaped differently for the sleeves than for the sweater body for a lovely fit in all sizes. The front neckline is shaped using short rows. The neck is worked as a continuation of front, back and sleeves and is worked in the round. Instructions are for working pieces flat, but could be modified for working in the round (after the split hem), eliminating selvedge stitches and working sleeve and body raglan shaping simultaneously.


Sizes: Finished sweaters measure 39 (43, 47, 51, 57, 63)" around. 8-12" ease is recommended. Sweater shown is size 47 worn with 11" ease on 36" dress form. The fit should be very relaxed in the body and more slender in the sleeve.

Yarn: 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14) skeins (enough for any neck option) Sunday Knits 5 ply worsted weight yarn (137 yds / 125 m per 50g skein) in Nirvana (merino cashmere), Angelic (merino angora), Eden (merino), or Brigadoon (merino tweed). Shown in Nirvana ash.

Needles & Notions: Needles size 7 US (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles for sweater and circular or double-pointed needles for neck, size 6 US (4.0 mm) for ribbing; cable needle, tapestry needle, 6 markers, scrap yarn.

Gauge: 19 sts and 28 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch using larger needles.

Techniques used: Cables, reading charts, short rows (explained).

Pattern includes: Written instructions, cable instructions in charted format only (symbols are color coded), schematic, glossary.

Knit Milkweed pullover

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Edited by Sandra Whittaker.