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.
Yarn: 3 colors of Worsted (or Heavy DK) Weight Yarn
Shown in: Rauwerk Wool Merino Heavy DK
100% wool, 220 m / 100 g
in Graphit (A – medium gray), Obsidian (B – dark gray) and Kies (C – light gray)
Yardage: 666 (868, 926, 1054, 1127) m / 728 (950, 1012, 1153, 1233) yards / 4 (5, 6, 7, 7) skeins in total
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!
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
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