Knitscene: Allotrope Pullover

Today I’m writing about another of my designs from Knitscene Fall 2015, the Allotrope Pullover. This was the last sweater I knit for my series of 4 sweaters for the issue, and in fingering weight I was seriously questioning my sanity!

Allotrope Pullover by Mari Chiba
© Knitscene/Harper Point

I’d also just found out I was pregnant, so I was a little distracted. I couldn’t decide on the sleeve, so I ended up knitting two different sleeves, then trying the sweater on, choosing one, and ripping the other sleeve out to re-knit it. Not necessarily the most efficient process, but it was the only way for me to test out two different sleeves and be able to effectively compare them!

Allotrope Pullover by Mari Chiba
© Knitscene/Harper Point

Because I was under a tight deadline I ended up knitting this entire sweater in about 10 days…they were a LONG 10 days!

Allotrope Pullover by Mari Chiba
© Knitscene/Harper Point

My original inspiration for this sweater was a menswear vest with beautiful texture on the front. I had a men’s argyle sweater vest in mind when I designed this, but wanted to make it feminine and something that I would want to wear. I put shaping in the back to create a an hourglass shape, and added 3/4 length sleeves to make this a lightweight cardigan I’d wear any day of the week.

Allotrope sketch by Mari Chiba

When I first swatched for this sweater I used Anzula Haiku, a wonderful blend of merino wool, bamboo, and nylon. I’m so happy that I got to use the yarn in my final design, too! It has the perfect combination of sheen, drape, and structure for this design. I also love the subtle kettle dyed colors of Anzula.
Allotrope Swatch by Mari Chiba

The diamond texture pattern isn’t too difficult, but definitely takes paying attention! Once I memorized the stitch pattern the knitting went pretty quickly with the simple stockinette back.

If you knit this or any of the other sweaters from the issue I’d love to see them!

 

5 Responses

  1. Clara
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    I love all of your designs. I just joined the Solitude Jacket KAL. This design is next on my “to do” list.

    • Mari
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      That’s great, thanks so much, Clara!

  2. Cynthia
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    Gorgeous! I love the diamond pattern.

  3. Mary
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    Lovely! Looks like something I would wear too. The pattern is beautiful.

  4. Martha
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    A sweater in 10 days? That’s crazy talk! ( love love love this design!)

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