Ainur Berkimbayeva‘s Laurel Leaf Pullover borrows an ancient Greek victory crown and sweeps it around the shoulders, mesmerizing and triumphant.

Ainur Berkimbayeva For Purl Soho: Laurel Leaf Pullover | Purl Soho

My goodness, knitting is amazing. How to render such vividly depicted branches and leaves? Ainur figured out that it’s all a matter of quick little two-stitch cables (aka crosses) against a backdrop of 1×1 ribbing. Nearly invisible increases maintain the illusion, and both charted and written instructions show you the way!

Ainur Berkimbayeva For Purl Soho: Laurel Leaf Pullover | Purl Soho

Knit from the top down, you start with the action-packed yoke, then settle into simple ribbing for the body and sleeves. And since it’s all knit in one piece with perfectly neat edges built right in, instead of fussy finishing, you’ll end with a victory lap!

Ainur Berkimbayeva For Purl Soho: Laurel Leaf Pullover | Purl Soho

Ainur chose our gorgeous Mulberry Merino for her Laurel Leaf Pullover. Eighty percent extra fine merino wool and 20% mulberry silk, it’s a tidy yarn that allows every thoughtful detail to shine. The color Green Spruce is a literal (and beautiful!) choice for the subject matter, but why not Cinder Gray or Red Plum, Alpine Rose or Mustard Seed? Feel free!

Ainur Berkimbayeva For Purl Soho: Laurel Leaf Pullover | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Ainur Berkimbayeva.

Materials

Ainur Berkimbayeva For Purl Soho: Laurel Leaf Pullover | Purl Soho
  • 5 (6, 7, 8) (8, 9, 9) (10, 10, 10, 11) skeins of Purl Soho’s Mulberry Merino, 80% extra fine merino wool and 20% mulberry silk. Each skein is approximately 247 yards/100 grams; approximately 1340 (1465, 1625, 1775) (1925, 2055, 2190) (2335, 2415, 2555, 2700) total yards required. We used the color Green Spruce.
  • US 3, 16-inch circular needles
  • US 4, 16-inch circular needles
  • US 4, 32-inch circular needles
  • A set of US 4 double pointed needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Scrap yarn

Gauge

34 stitches and 32 rounds = 4 inches in k1, p1 rib on larger needles, after blocking

Sizes

26¾ (29¾, 32½, 35¼) (38, 41, 43¾) (46½, 49½, 52¼, 55½)

To fit actual chest circumference of approximately 29–33 (32–36, 35–39, 38–42) (40–44, 43–47, 46–50) (49–53, 52–56, 55–59, 58–62) inches, with 2–6 inches of negative ease

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 26¾ (29¾, 32½, 35¼) (38, 41, 43¾) (46½, 49½, 52¼, 55½) inches
  • Finished Length From Back Neckline To Bottom Edge: 23½ (24, 24½, 25) (25½, 26, 26) (26¼, 26¼, 26½, 26¾) inches
  • Finished Sleeve Length From Underarm: 18 inches

Sample: The sweater shown here is size 29¾, worn with 6 inches of negative ease

Pattern

Ainur Berkimbayeva For Purl Soho: Laurel Leaf Pullover | Purl Soho

The Laurel Leaf Pullover is available for purchase as a PDF download only.

Ainur Berkimbayeva For Purl Soho: Laurel Leaf Pullover | Purl Soho
Ainur Berkimbayeva For Purl Soho: Laurel Leaf Pullover | Purl Soho