Kirsten Pullover Pattern
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A full color printed copy of the Kirsten Pullover pattern from Harrisville Designs. This pullover uses Harrisville Designs daylights.
Designer: Kristin Drysdale
Bust Circumference: 33 (36½, 40¼, 43¾, 49, 54¾, 58¼, 62, 65½)” / 84 (92.5, 102, 111, 124.5, 139, 148, 157.5, 166.5) cm;
Hip Circumference: 30½ (34, 37¾, 41¼, 46½, 50¼, 53¾, 57½, 61)” / 77.5 (86.5, 96, 105, 118, 127.5, 136.5, 146, 155) cm, with 0 - 1” / 0 - 2.5 cm of intended negative ease at hip.
Harrisville daylights (DK weight)
85% Cormo Wool; 15% wool
250 yards per 100 g skein
shown in chirp
3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins, or 627 (734, 802, 902, 1082, 1146, 1233, 1327, 1472) yds of DK weight yarn
US 4 (3.50 mm): 16 / 32” circ.
US 5 (3.75 mm): 32” circ and 2 DPNs or spare circ for three-needle bind-off.
23 stitches and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stitch pattern on smaller needles, after gently blocking (one 24 stitch repeat for pattern measures 4.75” wide)
21 stitches and 29 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stitch pattern on larger needles, after gently blocking (one 24 stitch repeat for pattern
measures 5.25” wide)
cable needle (optional)
a. Kirsten is a vintage-style jumper with set-in sleeves. Kirsten was inspired by Danish Nattrøjer or Night Sweaters that were worn in cold weather both day and night. These sweaters were worn in Denmark for hundreds of years. Traditionally, they were knit in a single color (most often blue, red, green and sometimes white) and decorated with traveling stitches and star patterns in relief. They were often decorated with silk ribbon that was sewn on around the neckline. The traditional Nattrøjer were short and worn under a cloth bodice. This is my take on a traditional Night Sweater. It is longer, so that it can be worn alone.
b. Shaping in the body is achieved by changing needle size.
This design is worked from the bottom up, flat, and seamed. The hem rib and a portion of the body is worked on the smaller needle to achieve the hip measurement, then a larger needle is used for bust and upper body.
c. The fit is tight 0 - 1” / (0 - 2.5 cm) ease at hip. Select the size with a hip circumference closest to actual body hip measurement. If actual bust measurement is larger than the bust measurement given for that size, choose the next size up. Sleeves are worked flat, then set into armhole, then sides of body and sleeves are seamed using the mattress stitch. Stitches are picked up around neck edge and worked in the round in a stockinette facing, then sewn to the WS of neck edge using the whip stitch.
d. Body and sleeve lengths to the underarm are the same for all sizes. Add or remove length as desired by adjusting the ribbing depth. Note that adding length will require more yarn than specified above.