The experience of knitting a sweater in the round is like a natural evolution. Stitch after stitch, round upon round, shapes merge and morph, a jellyfish tamed into a recognizable object that fits!

Fundamental Top-Down Pullover | Purl Soho

Our Fundamental Top-Down Pullover traipses through each wonder of its engineering, starting at the neckline, increasing for the yoke, incorporating the sleeves, and binding off at the very bottom. The grand flourish is a pretty spiral of increases around the yoke, but the beauty is in the form-follows-function construction.

Fundamental Top-Down Pullover | Purl Soho

We knit up our sweater in our Linen Quill Worsted, a fundamentally lovely blend of fine highland wool, alpaca, and linen. Cozy and compelling, it also has the same down-to-earth beauty as a hand-knit sweater!

Fundamental Top-Down Pullover | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Adam Aronowitz.

Materials

Fundamental Top-Down Pullover | Purl Soho

Gauge

20 stitches and 26 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, using larger needles

Sizes

NOTE: For help deciding which size to knit, please visit our Understanding Ease + Selecting Your Size tutorial.

38½ (42½, 46½, 50½) (54½, 58½, 62½, 66½)

To fit actual chest circumference of 30–33 (34–37, 38–41, 42–45) (46–49, 50–53, 54–57, 58–61) inches, with approximately 5–8 inches of ease

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 38½ (42½, 46½, 50½) (54½, 58½, 62½, 66½) inches
  • Finished Length From Center Back: 21½ (22¼, 23¾, 25¼) (25½, 26¾, 28¼, 29) inches
  • Finished Sleeve Length From Underarm: 17½ (17, 17, 16½) (16½, 16½, 16, 16) inches

Sample: The sweater shown here is size 42½, worn with 6½ inches of ease.

Pattern

Fundamental Top-Down Pullover | Purl Soho

The Fundamental Top-Down Pullover is available for purchase as a PDF download only.

Fundamental Top-Down Pullover | Purl Soho
Fundamental Top-Down Pullover | Purl Soho