Better Than Basic Pullover Using Shibui Nest & Silk Cloud
The knitting of this pullover is straightforward—lovely fields of stockinette stitch! It’s the thoughtful styling details that add subtle elegance. The flattering dropped shoulder creates a roomy armhole (no fabric bunching under the arm), a little short-row shaping allows the front and back hemlines to hang evenly, and the length of the straight, boxy body is easy to modify! It’s a sweater you’ll wear and wear.
We knit this version of the Better-Than-Basic Pullover with one strand of Shibui Nest and one strand of Silk Cloud held together throughout. Nest is a bouncy, squishy, DK-weight yarn with an intriguing texture. Its blend of soft wool and alpaca melds perfectly with the silky fuzz of lace-weight Silk Cloud for a truly irresistible fabric!
This pullover is designed with lots of ease (8–10"/20–25cm), relaxed shoulders and slim sleeves in sizes XS (S, M, L, XL).
Finished bust: 42½ (46½, 50, 54½, 59)"/108 (118, 127, 138, 150)cm, after seaming.
To fit bust: 32–34 (36–38, 40–42, 44–46, 48–50)"/81–86 (91–96, 101–106, 112–117, 122–127)cm.
Finished body length measured from high shoulder (where shoulder meets neck) to hem.
Hip-length version (shown here): 23¼ (23½, 24¼, 24½, 25)"/59 (60, 61, 62, 63)cm.
Tunic-length version (shown on Ultra Alpaca project page): 30¼ (30½, 31¼, 31½, 32)"/76.5 (77, 79, 80, 81)cm.
Center back neck to cuff: 24 (25, 26, 27, 28)"/ 61 (63, 66, 69, 71)cm.
Hip-length version: 7 (7, 8, 9, 9) skeins Shibui Nest (175yds/160m each) and 3 (4, 5, 5, 5) skeins Shibui Silk Cloud held together throughout.
Or 1100 (1200, 1300, 1400, 1500) yds/1005 (1100, 1190, 1280, 1370)m each of a DK-weight yarn and a lace-weight yarn held together throughout. You’ll want to open it up just a little to a finished gauge of 4½ sts per inch.
To lengthen or shorten body: Add or subtract approx. 30 (33, 35, 39, 41) yds/27 (30, 32, 35, 37)m of yarn per 1"/2.5cm of knitted length.
Sample Shown: Hip-length with Funnel neck in size Small, color 2186 Dusk.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
Funnel-neck version (shown here) with ribbing.
US 8 (5mm) 24"/60cm circular needles or size to obtain gauge.
US 6 (4mm)16"/40cm circular needles, or 2 US sizes/1mm smaller than gauge size.
Both versions: 2 ring markers; 6 locking markers; 4 stitch holders (we like to use extra circular needles, in gauge size or smaller, so you can knit off holder from either end); darning needle to finish.
18 sts/25 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch on larger needle, after blocking.
The Free Pattern
See "The Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
Digital Better Than Basic Pullover pattern (Download).
Printed Better Than Basic Pullover pattern (Requires shipping).
SIZE: X-Small; COLOR: Dusk.
SIZE: Small; COLOR: Dusk.
SIZE: Medium; COLOR: Dusk.
SIZE: Large - X-Large; COLOR: Dusk.
SIZE: X-Small; COLOR:Velvet.
SIZE: Small; COLOR: Velvet.
SIZE: Medium; COLOR: Velvet.
SIZE: Large - X-Large; COLOR: Velvet.
SIZE: X-Small; COLOR: Caffeine.
SIZE: Small; COLOR: Caffeine.
SIZE: Medium; COLOR: Caffeine.
SIZE: Large - X-Large; COLOR: Caffeine.
SIZE: X-Small; COLOR: Bone.
SIZE: Small; COLOR: Bone.
SIZE: Medium; COLOR: Bone.
SIZE: Large - X-Large; COLOR: Bone.