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Palette Cleanser Sweater

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.

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Details

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

  • Color A: 332 (433, 452, 526, 562) m / 363 (474, 505, 575, 615) yards / 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) skeins
  • Color B: 180 (235, 250, 285, 305) m / 197 (257, 273, 312, 334) yards / 1 (2, 2, 2, 2) skeins
  • Color C: 154 (200, 214, 243, 260) m / 168 (219, 234, 366, 284) yards / 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins

Gauge:
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!

Sizes:
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

Needles:
US 7/4.5 mm circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge or optimal drape); 
optional: DPNs of the same size for cuffs

Notions:
tapestry needle, 4 stitch markers, stitch holder/waste yarn or spare cable or alternatively a second set of circular needles