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Better-Than-Basic Pullover Using Woolfolk Flette

Better-Than-Basic Pullover Using Woolfolk Flette

"Brilliantly textured, brilliantly comfy."

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 our Better-than-Basic Pullover in Flette, a dynamic, textured yarn from Woolfolk. Flette—’braid’ in Danish—is a malleable DK-weight yarn that is created with 100% Ultimate Merino. One lofty strand is ruched, spiral-like, onto a single fine thread for a puffy, plump bouclé effect. It makes even simple stockinette have the texture and squish of a cloud!

SIZES
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.

LENGTHS
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.

YARN
Hip-length version: 9 (10, 10, 11, 12) skeins Woolfolk Flette (131yds/120m each).
Or 1100 (1200, 1300, 1400, 1500) yds/1005 (1100, 1190, 1280, 1370)m of a light-worsted-weight yarn that typically knits at 20 sts to 4"/10cm. 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 (without any ribbing - see knitter's notes for details) in size Medium on 38"/96.5cm bust and 2" shorter, 21 1/2" in length.
Color 20-Deep Purple.

NEEDLES & NOTIONS
Funnel-neck version (shown here) without any ribbing.
US 6 (4mm) 24"/60cm circular needle or size to obtain gauge.
US 4 (93.5mm)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.

GAUGE
18 sts/28 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch on larger needle, after blocking.

Errata & Clarifications

Because of the boucle character of this yarn, we did without the K1/P1 ribbing on the edges, (ie: body and sleeves cast on and top edge of funnel neck). Instead, use the smaller needle to work 6 rows in stockinette stitch before changing to gauge needle. For funnel neck, knit the last 6 rows on smaller needle before bind off.

It's almost impossible to count rows after knitting and see your stitches.
To keep track of your rows use a contrasting color yarn woven through every 10 rows, or you can keep a tally on a sheet of paper.
It is also very important to count stitches on your needle every so often to make sure there are no dropped stitches.

The knitter's row gauge was 28 rows versus 25 rows, so make sure you check your row gauge and knit to desired length to the arm hole shaping.

For seaming, use a worsted weight yarn that matches in color. We used Appleton tapestry yarn.

COLOR: 00. Eggshell white.

COLOR: 01. Light grey.

COLOR: 02. Ash grey.

COLOR: 05. Dark charcoal.

COLOR: 11. Royal Navy blue.

COLOR: 18. Pale lavender.

COLOR: 20. Deep purple, almost black.

COLOR: 22. Coffee and cream.

COLOR: 25. Olive green.

COLOR: 27. Spiced honey wine.

Digital Better-Than-Basic Pullover pattern. (Download)

Printed Better-Than-Basic Pullover pattern. (Requires shipping.)

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