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Ashlar Pullover – Free Knitting Pattern

It’s finally fall! For some reason, when the weather begins to cool off, I find myself really wanting to knit. Especially sweaters – I really love knitting sweaters! Now, I am far from an expert knitter. I’d consider my skill level to be somewhere around intermediate, but I most of the time I really like to make beginner level knits. They’re so comforting to work on – especially when they have an easy repeat and squishy yarn.

With cooler weather on the horizon, I knew I really wanted to make an oversized, simple knit pullover with some fun details. I’ve always loved the look of “mini” cowl necks or loose turtlenecks, but had yet to make one. That was the first feature I decided on for my knit sweater. From there, I knew I wanted this to be a relaxing knit. I didn’t want it be fussy, or too complex to work on while I binged Netflix. I love the squish of garter stitch, but I don’t really love purling – so I decided to knit the main body flat. There’s really nothing better than rows and rows of garter knit flat!

The Yarn

Does anything scream autumn coziness more than alpaca?!?! It’s one of my favorite fibres because it adds an element of warmth without adding extra bulk. Plus the fuzzy halo really elevates the texture of the Ashlar Pullover. For this sweater, I chose to use Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca. It has the prettiest muted color palette, with perfect fall colors. I used the colorway Taupe, but I was really tempted to use Goldenrod – maybe next time!

Guess what? You can get the kit for the Ashlar Pullover from Lion Brand Yarn! It includes all the yarn you need for the sweater, plus a PDF copy of the pattern. You can choose any colorway of Touch of Alpaca for the kit.

Pattern Info

You can find the entire free pattern below, or pick up a PDF copy on Ravelry or Etsy. I’d love to see and share your work! Tag me on social media @hookedhazel or share photos of your WIPs with the hashtag #ashlarpullover.

Sizing info and schematic are below.

Materials and Notions Needed

Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca, 90% acrylic, 10% alpaca, 207/yards per 100 gram ball, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins.

US 8 & US 9 (5 & 5.5 mm) knitting needles, 32” cord

Darning needle

Scissors

Locking stitch markers

Notes

  • Pattern is written for bust sizes 30, (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62) with 7 – 12” of positive ease depending on desired fit. If you wish for a more fitted sweater, consult the sizing chart and select a size with a smaller bust circumference.
  • Pattern is written in size 1 with changes for sizes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 following in parentheses.
  • Stitch counts are indicated in < > where there is a change.
  • Pattern is worked flat, with the sides seamed. Then, the neck and sleeves are worked attached to the body, in the round.
  • If you prefer, you may work your sleeves flat and then seam, you will simply sub all purl rows with knit rows.
  • You may adjust length by adding rows before and after the neckhole section.
  • You may use the cast on of your choice, the sample uses the long tail method.
  • For your sleeves and cowl, move your marker each round.

Abbreviations

k – knit

p – purl

k2tog – knit two together

ssk – slip slip knit

st(st) – stitch(es)

co – cast on

pm – place marker

Gauge

13 sts x 21 rows = 4” in garter st with larger needles

Sizing

A 18.5 (21, 23, 25.5, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37)

B 37 (42, 46, 51, 56, 60, 64, 68, 74)

C 19.5 (20, 20, 21, 21.5, 22.5, 22.5, 23, 23)

D 18.5 (19.5, 23, 24.5, 26, 27, 28, 29.5, 30.5)

E 7.25 (7.25, 8.5, 8.5, 9.5, 9.5, 9.5, 10, 10)

Choosing a Size

  • Pattern is written for bust sizes 30, (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62) with 7 – 12” of positive ease depending on desired fit.
  • If you wish for a more fitted sweater, consult the sizing chart and select a size with a smaller bust circumference.
  • You may adjust length by adding rows before and after the neck section.
  • When measuring your bust, measure at the fullest point and do not hold the measuring tape too taught.

Pattern

With smaller needles, co 60 (68, 76, 84, 92, 96, 104, 112, 120) sts.

Front body:

Rows 1 – 10: *k 2, p 2*, repeat from * to * across. <60, 68, 76, 84, 92, 96, 104, 112, 120> 

Switch to larger needles.

Rows 11 – 102 (106, 106, 110, 114, 118, 118, 122, 122): k all sts.

Neck:

Row 1: k 17 (20, 22, 25, 28, 29, 32, 35, 39), bo 26 (28, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 42), k 17 (20, 22, 25, 28, 29, 32, 35, 39). <34, 40, 44, 50, 56, 58, 64, 70, 78>

Rows 2 – 4 (4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 8): k 17 (20, 22, 25, 28, 29, 32, 35, 39). <17, 20, 22, 25, 28, 29, 32, 35, 39>

Put these sts on hold and cut yarn leaving a long tail.

Join yarn at opposite shoulder and repeat rows 2 – 4 (4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 8) for opposite side.

Row 5 (5, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 9): k 17 (20, 22, 25, 28, 29, 32, 35, 39), co 26 (28, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 42), k 17 (20, 22, 25, 28, 29, 32, 35, 39). <60, 68, 76, 84, 92, 96, 104, 112, 120>

Back body:

Rows 1 – 91 (95, 95, 99, 103, 107, 107, 111, 111): k all sts.

Switch to smaller needles.

Rows 92 – 101 (105, 105, 110, 113, 117, 117, 121, 121): *k 2, p 2*, repeat from * to * across. 

Bind off in pattern.

Body Assembly:

Fold the body in half, with right side facing in. Using a mattress stitch, sew your side seams from the bottom ribbing, up 72 (76, 76, 80, 80, 84, 84, 86, 86) rows of the garter section. Repeat for the other side.

Sleeves:

Beginning at the underarm, with smaller needles, pick up and knit 34, (34, 38, 38, 42, 42, 46, 48, 50) sts around the armhole, pm.

Round 1: p all sts. <34, 34, 38, 38, 42, 42, 46, 48, 50>

Round 2: k 1, k2tog, k until 3 sts remain, ssk, k 1. <32, 32, 36, 36, 40, 40, 44, 46, 48>

Round 3: p all sts.

Round 4: k all sts.

Repeat rounds 1 – 4 4 (4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) additional times. <24, 24, 28, 28, 32, 32, 32, 36, 36>

Continue alternating rows of p and k until your sleeve is 1 inch shorter than desired length.

Sleeve ribbing:

Rounds 1 – 8: *k2, p2*, repeat from * to * around.

Bind off in pattern, cut yarn.  Repeat the sleeve section for the opposite side.

Neck:

With larger needles, pick up and k 60 (64, 76, 80, 84, 88, 92, 96, 100) sts around the neckline, pm.

Round 1: p all sts.

Round 2: k all sts.

Rounds 3 – 30: Repeat rounds 1 – 2.

Round 31: p all sts.

Bind off and cut yarn.

Finishing:

Weave in all ends. If desired, lightly steam block your sweater.

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