Tressa Weidenaar For Purl Soho: Stages Pullover
Navajo designer Tressa Weidenaar created her Stages Pullover as a love letter to the art of Navajo weaving that has inspired her since childhood. Named for the classifications of Navajo Chief Blankets, “stages” (or “phases”) outline how these woven blankets developed over time, from simple striped patterns to rich and complex designs.
Just as a Chief Blanket wraps around the wearer’s body, providing warmth and protection from the elements, Tressa’s colorwork yoke makes for a cozy layer around the shoulders. Knit in the round from the top down, Tressa strove to develop her own motifs that, while honoring existing Navajo designs, are unique to this sweater.
Knit in our 100% fine Falkland merino Wigeon, the Stages Pullover is soft and warm. The classic spin of this sportweight yarn also gives great stitch definition, allowing the distinctive colorwork of this design to really shine!
Tressa was particularly excited by Wigeon’s colors as she searched for a yarn that would represent the deep blue, bright red, and earthy yellow used in many Navajo Chief Blankets. She found her perfect palette in Wigeon’s Blue Abyss, Orange Carmine, and Yellow Curry!
We love the way Tressa’s Stages Pullover taps into her past, her heritage, and her current love of knitwear design… And we’re so grateful she’s shared that inspiration with all of us!
Designed for Purl Soho by Tressa Weidenaar. Tressa is a Navajo knitwear designer, weaver, and maker who has had designs published in Taproot Magazine, Making GIFTS, and PomPom Quarterly. She lives in Gallup, New Mexico with her family, where she enjoys exploring the high desert canyons and mesas of the southwest.
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- Purl Soho’s Wigeon, 100% fine Falkland merino wool. Each ball is approximately 359 yards/ 100 grams.
- Color A: 4 (4, 5, 5) (6, 6, 6, 7) balls; approximately 1275 (1385, 1530, 1680) (1850, 1985, 2125, 2295) total yards required. We used Gray Mist.
- Color B: 1 ball; approximately 85 (90, 105, 115) (130, 140, 150, 155) total yards required. We used Orange Carmine.
- Color C: 1 ball; approximately 125 (135, 160, 175) (195, 205, 225, 230) total yards required. We used Blue Abyss.
- Color D: 1 ball; approximately 35 (40, 45, 50) (55, 60, 65, 65) total yards required. We used Yellow Curry.
- US 3 (3.25 mm), 16- and 24- or 32-inch circular needles, depending on size you are making
- US 4 (3.5 mm), 16- and 24- or 32-inch circular needles, depending on size you are making
- US 5 (3.75 mm), 16- and 24- or 32-inch circular needles, depending on size you are making
- A set of US 3 double pointed needles or long circular needles for Magic Loop
- A set of US 4 double pointed needles or long circular needles for Magic Loop
- Stitch markers
- Stitch holders or scrap yarn
- A Stages Pullover Pattern
NOTE: See Special Instructions (in pattern PDF) for more information.
23 stitches and 33 rounds = 4 inches in one-color stockinette stitch with medium-size needles
23 stitches and 32 rounds = 4 inches in colorwork chart with largest needles
38¼ (41¾, 46, 50) (54¼, 57¾, 62, 66)
To fit actual chest circumference of approximately 32–36 (36–40, 40–44, 44–48) (48–52, 52–56, 56–60, 60–64) inches with 2–6 inches of ease
- Finished Chest Circumference: 38¼ (41¾, 46, 50) (54¼, 57¾, 62, 66) inches
- Finished Length from Back Neck to Bottom Edge: 22 (22½, 23, 23½) (24, 24½, 25, 25½) inches
- Finished Sleeve Length from Underarm: 17¾ (18, 19, 19¼) (19¼, 19¼, 19¼, 19¼) inches
Sample: The sweater shown here is size 41¾, worn with 6 inches of ease.
The Stages Pullover Pattern is available for purchase as a PDF download only.