Sometimes you need a blank slate, a fresh start, a Palette Cleanser*.
This oversized cropped sweater is such a project for me: a way to clear my mind, restart my creative process, hopefully with less self-doubt and second-guessing, with more knitting and less tinking.
Knit sideways from the center out, this seamless modular sweater is knit in reverse stockinette with stockinette details, ribbed cuffs, a broken-rib border, and an i-cord neckline.
The worsted weight yarn in three lively heathered shades of gray Rauwerk wool creates a rustic, yet velvety soft texture and knits up in no time.
The neutral colors and the fun shape make this a wardrobe staple, but feel free to go wild with colors, or use just one color.
* The pattern name Palette Cleanser is a wordplay on “palate cleanser” (food designed to remove any lingering flavors from the mouth so that the next course may be enjoyed with a fresh perspective) and a “color palette” used by an artist to mix colors.
XS (S, M, L, XL) to fit chest circumference of 86 (91, 102, 112, 122) cm / 34 (36, 40, 44, 48)“ with about 35 cm / 14“ ease
3 colors of Worsted (or Heavy DK) Weight Yarn
Merino Heavy DK by Rauwerk Wool (100% wool, 220 m / 100 g) in the colorways Graphit (A – medium gray), Obsidian (B – dark gray) and Kies (C – light gray)
16 sts / 22.5 rows = 10 cm / 4” in stockinette stitch (measured after blocking)
Gauge has an influence on the size of your finished garment and your yardage!
US 7/4.5 mm circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge or optimal drape); optional: DPNs of the same size for cuffs
tapestry needle, 4 stitch markers, stitch holder/waste yarn or spare cable or alternatively a second set of circular needles