Named for the suggestion that it has been dipped in a great, big pot of paint, our year-round Paint Pail Pullover appeals to our love of color and color blocking (not to mention our affinity for alliteration)!

Paint Pail Pullover | Purl Soho

Knit from the bottom up, it all begins with our favorite soft rolled hem and makes its way up to a raglan yoke and saddle shoulder. The beauty lies not only in the finished sweater but in the little amount of finishing work you need to finish it!

Paint Pail Pullover | Purl Soho

Stitched up in our Linen Quill, a mix of fine highland wool, alpaca, and linen, the Paint Pail Pullover is lightweight and comfortable with a raw and natural beauty. And with over 30 gorgeous colors to play with, try surprising pairings that push you beyond your color comfort zone!

Paint Pail Pullover | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Adam Aronowitz.


  • Color A: 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill, 50% fine highland wool, 35% alpaca, and 15% linen
  • Color B: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Linen Quill

We used (shown above)…

  • Top Row: Dark Iris (Color A) and Wheat Flour (Color B)
  • Bottom Row: Pale Oats (Color A) and Kettle Black (Color B)

You’ll also need…


26 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch.


33 (36½, 40¼, 44, 47¾, 51½) inches

To fit actual chest circumference of 28–31 (31–34, 35–38, 39–42, 43–46, 46–49) inches, with approximately 2–5 inches of ease

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 33 (36½, 40¼, 44, 47¾, 51½) inches
  • Finished Body Length from Underarm to Bottom Edge (unrolled): 15½ (15½, 16½, 16½, 17½, 17½) inches
  • Finished Sleeve Length from Underarm to Cuff (unrolled): 18 (18½, 18½, 19, 19, 19) inches

SAMPLE: The sweater pictured here is size 36½ inches with 4 inches of ease.


Paint Pail Pullover | Purl Soho

The Paint Pail Pullover Pattern is available for purchase as either a hard copy or  download.

Paint Pail Pullover | Purl Soho