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Better-Than-Basic Pullover - Sleeveless Skinny Jeans Version

Better-Than-Basic Pullover - Sleeveless Skinny Jeans Version

“A classic transformed.”

Sometimes, a simple bit of editing changes the whole impact of a garment. We knit the body of our Better-than-Basic Pulloverand decided to stop right there! Without sleeves and neck, the classic pullover becomes a fun ‘popover.’ The dropped shoulder creates a cute capped sleeve and the modern, boxy shape is perfect over a tee or tank.

Our pullover is transformed even further when knit in a summery fiberlike Tahki Skinny Jeans. A lightweight blend of cotton and nylon, Skinny Jeans is a ribbon yarn that suits a whole range of gauges. Knit as a worsted-weight, the yarn’s fabric is dense and springy, yet light and airy—essential for a summer top!

Below you'll find the Better-Than-Basic Pullover pattern, the free adaptation that explains how to knit it without sleeves, and all the available colors of Tahki Skinny Jeans. See the Basic Details tab for how many skeins you'll need for your size.

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.

Hip-length version: 7 (7, 8, 9, 10) skeins Tahki Skinny Jeans) (114 yds/105m each). Shown in Color 003 Dark Denim.
Or 700 (800, 900, 1000, 1100) yds/640 (730, 820, 915, 1005)m of an equivalent cotton-blend tape yarn.
If adding sleeves and neck, add an additional 400 yards to the yardage for your size (4 skeins).

US 8 (5mm) 24"/60cm circular needle or size to obtain gauge.
US 7 (4.5mm) 24"/60cm and 16"/40cm circular needle, or 1 US size/.5mm smaller than gauge needle.
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.

Digital Better-Than-Basic Pullover pattern, plus free adaptation for the sleeveless Skinny Jeans version. (Download)

Printed Better-Than-Basic Pullover pattern, plus free adaptation for the sleeveless Skinny Jeans version. (Requires shipping.)

Free adaptation explaining changes to the Better-Than-Basic pattern for making a sleeveless version with Skinny Jeans. (Download)

COLOR: 001 Light Denim.

COLOR: 002 Denim.

COLOR: 003 Dark Denim.