When you knit a sweater from the top down, every junction is an opportunity to make a design decision, from shaping to sizing to styling. In knitting our Twisted Rib Pullover, all of these little decisions left a trail of thoughtful details.
The trail has you work the turtleneck and raglan yoke, complete the body and split the side seams, shape the front edge and leave the back boxy. Then, you will have to do what I couldn’t: Decide on a sleeve length, cap, elbow, or long. Or you can do what I did, and knit all three!
Our Twisted Rib Pullover is in simple twisted rib stitch, which makes a distinctive and sturdy fabric, flat on the wrong side and wonderfully ridged on the right side. And in our 100% merino Worsted Twist the rib takes on a crisp definition, while the sweater itself is as soft and cozy as anything!
With its three sleeve lengths and classic split hem, the Twisted Rib Pullover is my new uniform. The short sleeve version is ushering me into fall, while I know before too long I’ll be cozy in long sleeves, and then cap sleeves for spring. The only real decision is which to knit first! -Laura
In addition to a Purl Soho Twisted Rib Pullover pattern, you’ll need…
- Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist, 100% merino wool. Each skein is approximately 164 yards.
- Long Sleeve Sweater: 7 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins. We used Oyster Gray.
- Short Sleeve Sweater: 5 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins. We used Tabby Gray.
- Cap Sleeve Sweater: 5 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins. We used Rose Granite.
- US 7, 32 or 40-inch circular needles, depending on sweater size
- US 7, 16-inch circular needles
- A set of US 7 double pointed needles
- 4 stitch markers including 1 of a unique color or shape for end-of-round
- A removable stitch marker
- 2 stitch holders
- A few yards of scrap yarn and size I crochet hook, for Provisional Cast-Ons
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Twisted Rib
To make a flat swatch of Twisted Rib…
Cast on an even number of stitches.
Row 1 (right side): * K1 through the back loop (tbl), p1, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2 (wrong side): * K1, p1 tbl, repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.
35¼ (38½, 41½, 44¾, 48, 51¼)
To fit actual chest circumference of 29¼-31¼ (32½-34½, 35½-37½, 38¾-40¾, 45¼-47¼) inches, with 4-6 inches of positive ease.
- Finished Chest Circumference: 35¼ (38½, 41½, 44¾, 48, 51¼) inches
- Finished Length from Shoulder to Front Bottom Edge: 24¼ (24¾, 26¼, 26¾, 28¼, 28¾) inches
- Finished Length from Underarm to Back Bottom Edge: 16 (16, 17, 17, 18, 18) inches
- Finished Length from Underarm to Cuff:
- Long Sleeve Option: 16½ (16½, 17, 17½, 18, 18) inches
- Short Sleeve Option): 7¼ (7¼, 7¼, 7¾, 7¾, 7¾) inches
- Cap Sleeve Option: ½ inch
- Finished Armhole Length: 8¼ (8¾, 9¼, 9¾, 10¼, 10¾) inches
SAMPLES: The three samples pictured here are Size 38½ inches, shown with 6 inches of ease.
Our Twisted Rib Pullover pattern is available as either a hard copy or download.