Checkerboard Pullover

This chic pullover is a top down raglan with a retro twist. A deep woven portrait collar and striped sleeves provide visual interest.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 34¼ (36½, 38¾, 41¼, 44½, 48, 50¼)” / [87 (92.5, 98.5, 105, 113, 122, 127.5) cm].

1-3” of positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 36½” / [92.5 cm].

Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rnds = 4” [10 cm] in St st with smaller needle.

14 sts and 24 rnds = 4” [10 cm] in Slipped St with larger needle.

Materials

Yarn:

Bulky Weight Yarn Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 137 yards [125 meters]/100 grams): 24270 Coal (MC), 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) hanks; 23856 Bare (CC), 1 hank.

Needles: US size 10 (6 mm): 29” circular needle and DPNS; US 10.5 (6.5mm): DPNS. If necessary, adjust needle size to obtain gauge.

Notions: Markers; scrap yarn or stitch holders; spare DPNS.

Abbreviations

M1L (make 1 left) – With left needle, lift strand between needles from front to back, knit lifted loop through the back to twist stitch (left leaning increase).

M1R (make 1 right) – With left needle, lift strand between needles from back to front, knit lifted loop through the front to twist stitch (right leaning increase).

CC       contrast color
m         marker
MC      main color
pm       place marker
sl m     slip marker
wyif     with yarn in front

Pattern Notes

Raglan is worked from the top down. The front neck is shaped by CO sts at the end of each row before joining to work in the rnd. The yoke is shaped with raglan increases and then the body increases and sleeve increases are worked at differing rates according to size. When the yoke is completed, the sleeve sts are placed on scrap yarn and the body is worked in the rnd and shaped with body darts. Sleeves are worked top down in the rnd. The bi-colored collar is picked up from the neck opening and worked in the rnd from the bottom up.

Slipped Stitch (even sts over 2 rnds)

Rnd 1: *K1, sl 1 purlwise wyif; rep from * to end.
Rnd 2: *Sl 1 purlwise wyif, k1; rep from * to end.

Rep Rnds 1-2 for patt.

Pattern

Yoke

With smaller needle and MC, CO 44 (44, 44, 44, 46, 52, 52) sts.

Set-up Row (WS): P2, pm, p6 (6, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8), pm, p28 (28, 28, 28, 30, 32, 32), pm, p6 (6, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8), pm, p2.

Next Row (Raglan Inc): (Knit to 1 st before m, M1R, k1, sl m, M1L) twice, (knit to m, M1R, sl m, k1, M1L) twice, knit to end, CO 1 st – 9 sts inc; 53 (53, 53, 53, 55, 61, 61) sts.

Row 2 (WS): Purl to end, CO 1 st – 1 st inc.

Rows 3-10: Rep Rows 1-2 four more times – 94 (94, 94, 94, 96, 102, 102) sts: 38 (38, 38, 38, 40, 42, 42) sts for Back, 12 sts each for Left Front and Right Front, 16 (16, 16, 16, 16, 18, 18) sts for each Sleeve.

Row 11: (Knit to 1 st before m, M1R, k1, sl m, M1L) twice, (knit to m, M1R, sl m, k1, M1L) twice, knit to end, CO 14 (14, 14, 14, 16, 18, 18) sts – 116 (116, 116, 116, 120, 128, 128) sts: 40 (40, 40, 40, 42, 44, 44) sts each for Front and Back; 18 (18, 18, 18, 18, 20, 20) sts for each Sleeve.

Place beginning of rnd m and join to work in the rnd.

Next Rnd: Knit to end.

Next Rnd (Raglan Inc): (Knit to 1 st before m, M1R, k1, sl m, M1L) twice, (knit to m, M1R, sl m, k1, M1L) twice, knit to end – 8 sts inc; 124 (124, 124, 124, 128, 136, 136) sts.

Rep Raglan Inc Rnd every other row 4 (7, 10, 10, 13, 13, 14) more times – 156 (180, 204, 204, 232, 240, 248) sts: 50 (56, 62, 62, 70, 72, 74) sts each for Front and Back; 28 (34, 40, 40, 46, 48, 50) sts for each Sleeve.

Next Rnd: Knit to end.

Note: Additional Body and Sleeve Inc rnds are worked at different rates according to size. Please read ahead BEFORE beginning Body and Sleeve Inc rnds.

Body Inc Rnd: Knit to 1 st before m, M1R, k1, sl m, knit to m, sl m, M1L, knit to m, M1R, sl m, knit to m, sl m, k1, M1L, knit to end – 4 sts inc.

Sleeve Inc Rnd: Knit to m, sl m, M1L, knit to 1 st before m, M1R, k1, sl m, knit to m, sl m, k1, M1L, knit to m, M1R, sl m, knit to end – 4 sts inc.

Sizes 34¼ (36½, 38¾)” / [87 (92.5, 98.5) cm] only

Work Sleeve Inc Rnd every other rnd 2 (2, 2) times total, then every 4th rnd 2 (1, 0) time(s). AT THE SAME TIME, work Body Inc Rnd every 4th rnd 3 (2, 1) time(s) total – 184 (200, 216) sts.

Size 41¼” / [105 cm] only

Work Body Inc Rnd every other rnd, 2 times. AT THE SAME TIME, work Sleeve Inc rnd every 4th rnd once – 216 sts.

Sizes 44½ (48)” / [113 (122) cm] only

Work Body Inc Rnd every other rnd, 1 (2) more time(s) total – 236 (248) sts.

Size 50¼” / [127.5 cm] only

Work Body Inc Rnd every row twice – 256 sts.

All Sizes

184 (200, 216, 216, 236, 248, 256) total sts on needles: 56 (60, 64, 66, 72, 76, 78) sts each for Front and Back; 36 (40, 44, 42, 46, 48, 50) sts for each Sleeve.

Work even until Yoke (including half of sleeve CO) measures 8 (8¼, 8½, 8¾, 9¼, 9½, 9¾)” / [20.5 (21, 21.5, 22, 23.5, 24, 25) cm].

Divide Body and Sleeves

Beginning of rnd m is moved to the center of the left underarm CO.

Set-up Rnd: Remove beginning of rnd m, knit to m, remove m, transfer 36 (40, 44, 42, 46, 48, 50) sts to holder for Left Sleeve, CO 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5), place beginning of rnd m, CO 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5), knit to m, remove m, transfer 36 (40, 44, 42, 46, 48, 50) sts to holder for Right Sleeve, CO 4 (4, 4, 6, 6, 8, 10) sts, knit to end – 120 (128, 136, 144, 156, 168, 176) sts.

Body

Knit 7 rnds.

Set-up Rnd: K18 (19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27), pm, k24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 32, 34), pm, k36 (38, 40, 42, 46, 52, 54), pm, k24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 32, 34), pm, k18 (19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27).

Next Rnd (Dec Rnd): (Knit to 2 sts before m, ssk, sl m, knit to m, sl m, k2tog) twice, knit to end – 4 sts dec; 116 (124, 132, 140, 152, 164, 172) sts.

Work Dec Rnd every 10 (9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9)th rnd 3 more times – 104 (112, 120, 128, 140, 152, 160) sts.

Work even until piece measures 8¾ (8½, 8¼, 8, 7¾, 7¾, 8¼)” / [22 (21.5, 21, 20.5, 19.5, 19.5, 21) cm] from armhole.

Next Rnd (Inc Rnd): (Knit to m, M1R, sl m, knit to m, sl m, M1L) twice, knit to end – 4 sts inc; 108 (116, 124, 132, 144, 156, 164) sts.

Work Inc Rnd every 6 (6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7)th rnd, 4 more times – 124 (132, 140, 148, 160, 172, 180) sts.

Work even until piece measures 14” / [35.5 cm] from armhole.

Next Rnd: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Work rib pattern for 4 rnds.

BO in patt.

Sleeves

Transfer 36 (40, 44, 42, 46, 48, 50) Sleeve sts to smaller needle.

With RS facing and MC, at the center of underarm, pick up and knit 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5) sts, place beginning of rnd m, pick up and knit 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5) sts, knit to end of rnd – 40 (44, 48, 48, 52, 56, 60) sts.

Knit 4 rnds.

Next Rnd (Dec Rnd): K1, ssk, work to last to 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 2 sts dec; 38 (42, 46, 46, 50, 54, 58) sts.

Work Dec Rnd every 16 (16, 10, 10, 8, 6, 6)th rnd 3 (3, 5, 5, 7, 9, 9) more times – 32 (36, 36, 36, 36, 36, 40) sts.

Work even until Sleeve measures 11½ (11½, 12, 12¼, 12½, 13, 13½)” / [29 (29, 30.5, 31, 32, 33, 34.5) cm].

Rnds 1-2: With CC, knit to end.
Rnds 3-6: With MC, knit to end.
Rnds 6-12: Rep Rnds 1-6.
Rnds 13-14: Rep Rnds 1-2.
Rnds 15-20: With MC and larger needle, k2, work Slipped Stitch pattern to end.

BO loosely in knit.

Collar

With larger needle and MC, beginning at the center of the Right Sleeve CO, pick up and knit 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts, 28 (28, 28, 28, 30, 32, 32) sts from Back CO, 6 (6, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8) sts from Left Sleeve CO, 11 sts from Left Front, 14 (14, 14, 14, 16, 18, 18) sts from Front CO, 11 sts from Right Front, and 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts from Right Sleeve CO, place beginning of rnd m – 76 (76, 76, 76, 80, 88, 88) sts.

Set-up Rnd: Knit in MC.

Rnds 1-2: With CC, k1, work Slipped Stitch pattern over 32 (32, 32, 32, 34, 38, 38) sts, k2, work Slipped Stitch pattern over 40 (40, 40, 40, 42, 46, 46) sts, k1.
Rnds 3-4: With MC, *k1, work Slipped Stitch pattern over 32 (32, 32, 32, 34, 38, 38) sts, k2, work Slipped Stitch pattern over 40 (40, 40, 40, 42, 46, 46) sts, k1.
Rnds 5-16: Rep Rnds 1-4 three more times.

With MC, BO loosely in knit.

Finishing

Weave in ends and block to measurements.yarn ball

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