For this stranded colourwork design I was inspired by the joy of spring sunlight streaming through stained glass, and my love of geometric forms. I really love how Art Deco designers and artists like Frank Lloyd Wright brought these elements together in fresh compositions that are both beautiful and practical.
The body of the jumper is worked top-down in the round, beginning with a tubular cast-on and 1x1 rib in CC1. Short rows are worked in stockinette to raise the back neck, then MC is joined and colourwork begins – MC and CC2 are striped, so only two colours are ever worked per round. When the colourwork is finished, body and sleeves are split and worked in MC. A smaller colourwork motif is worked at the cuffs and hem, then we continue with only CC1 for 1x1 rib.
Where to get it
This listing is for the single PDF pattern. You'll get an email with a download link immediately after purchase.
If you're interested in the pattern in print form, check out Issue 7 - that's where it first got published!
Sample shown is knit in colourways Sheep (Sunny) for MC, Rose (Stormy) for CC1 and Bloom (Stormy) for CC2. Davina wears a size 3 with 14 cm / 5.5" of positive ease.
3.5 mm / US 4 circular needle with a cable length of at least 40 cm / 16” (or needle size to obtain gauge)
2.75 mm / US 2 circular needle with a cable length of at least 40 cm / 16” (or needle 2-3 sizes smaller than main needle)
You will also need the needle sizes above in your preferred format for small-circumference knitting.
22 sts x 30 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (in the round, in stockinette stitch, on larger needle, after blocking)
24 sts x 30 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (in the round, in stranded colourwork, on larger needle, after blocking)
Sleeve length from underarm: 41 cm / 16.25” (customisable)
Marina is based in the South-West of England and designs knitting patterns inspired by nature and design history, with a love of colourwork, texture, structural lines and botanical details. She loves to create interesting, comfortable items with a bit of whimsy that are both a joy to knit and to wear.
Marina Skua's Mendip 4ply is a woollen-spun Sport weight yarn that’s a true gauge wonder. It comes from a single flock of Shetland-cross sheep that grazes in the Mendip Hills, less than 20 miles from Marina's studio.
The Mendip Stormy base we used to carry has been replaced by Mendip Cloudy. They are spun to the same specifications, but where Stormy was a warm beige base spun from grown-up sheep’s wool, Cloudy is a natural heathery grey spun from blended white and dark-coloured lambswool. This means the new Cloudy base is a little softer, and the overdyed colours come out very slightly cooler than on the Stormy base. We've also added an undyed version of Marina's Sunny base, which is a creamy white with just a hint of grey!