My Sweater Canvas is a pullover with raglan sleeves that is knit from the top down. Without embellishment, it is a simple, easy-to-knit staple, sure to be a go-to favorite in your wardrobe. But by adding embroidery to the pullover, the basic sweater morphs into a bespoke piece that can be a true reflection of the personality of the wearer!
As with all my Canvas designs, this pattern was created with embroidery in mind. There are five “corridors” of knitting ready to be adorned with stitching once the knitting has been completed. The increases and decreases that comprise the piece have been constructed in such a way that you can opt to embroider the front and back, the top of the sleeves, the forearms or the long swath from wrist to hip. Or all of the above, if you’re bitten by the stitching bug!
The sweater is knit from the top down, meaning the maker can try the sweater on for a truly customized fit. I recommend this project for beginners who are looking to try their hand at a garment, as well as for advanced knitters who would like to try a fresh approach to embroidery.*Please note that the pattern does not include instructions for embroidery. For the entire Canvas collection, embroidery tutorials, charted motifs and my teaching schedule, please visit my website, www.bloomhandmadestudio.com. And for the latest creations in my studio - and discount codes! - please subscribe to my newsletter on my website, [bloomhandmadestudio.com].*
The yoke of this pullover is worked in one piece from the top down, beginning with a provisional cast-on. The sleeves are placed on hold while the body is worked in the round to the bottom edge, then finished with an I-Cord Bind-Off. The sleeves are placed back on the needle(s) and worked in the round to the cuff, where they are finished with an I-Cord Bind-Off. Finally, the provisional stitches are unzipped and the neck is finished as for the body and sleeves.
1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9)
To fit bust sizes 30-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42-44, 46-48) (50-52, 54-56, 58-60, 62-64)“ 76-84 (84-91.5, 94-101.5, 99-106.5, 106.5-114.5) (117-124.5, 127-134.5, 132-139.5, 139.5-147.5) cm
34 (38, 42, 46, 50) (54, 58, 62, 66)“ 86.5 (96.5, 106.5, 117, 127) (137, 147.5, 157.5, 167.5) cm bust
Julie Asselin Fino (75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk; 115 grams / 400 yards): 4 (4, 5, 5, 5) (6, 6, 7, 7) skeins
1365 (1520, 1685, 1830, 2000) (2160, 2355, 2510, 2630) yards 1249 (1390, 1541, 1674, 1829) (1976, 2154, 2296, 2405) meters
Note: If you adjust the length of body or sleeves, you may need to adjust the amount of yarn you purchase. Yarns with a high twist are recommended for both knitting and embroidery.
One 16” (40 cm) and one 24” (60 cm) or longer circular needle, size US 2 (2.75 mm)
Needle(s) in preferred style for knitting small circumferences in the rnd, size US 2 (2.75 mm)
(Or size required to reach gauge.)
Additional needle to complete the I-Cord Bind-Off. (See notes on I-Cord Bind-Off regarding needle size.)
Stitch markers, including 1 in unique color or style for beginning of rnd
Crochet hook size US F-5 (4.0 mm), for Provisional Cast-On
28 sts and 40 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in St st
Take time to check your gauge.