Rain or Shine Sweater


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  • This is a PDF knitting pattern.

    Dive into your stash of fingering weight yarns and create a melted rainbow of slip stitches with this top-down sweater. The pattern begins with the folded rib hemmed collar and continues seamlessly with garter stitch short rows to raise the back of the neck. The yoke, body, and sleeves are knit in garter stitch with stockinette slip stitches. The stitches are very easy to knit, allowing you to focus on the marled color changes. Hold two strands of fingering weight yarn throughout the fabric and change one strand at a time for a smooth blended effect. Twisted ribbing frames the painterly fabric for a crisp clean finish. Enjoy stashbusting for this beginner friendly sweater pattern or treat yourself to some beautiful new yarns!

    All rights reserved. Pattern for personal use only.

  • Sizes
    1 [2, 3, 4, 5] [6, 7, 8, 9]

    Finished Measurements

    36 [38, 43, 45, 50] [53, 56, 62, 67]′′ / 91 [97, 109, 114, 127] [135, 142, 157, 170]cm finished chest circumference. Measurements taken after blocking.

    Size 5 shown with about 6′′ / 15cm of positive ease.

    Sleeve, Body, & Yoke lengths are customizable.

    DK weight

    The sample features two strands of fingering weight yarn held together to equal a DK weight thickness. The ribbed collar, cuffs, and body ribbing feature one strand of DK or worsted weight yarn for a nice firm ribbed edge to the sweater.


    Approximately 2843 (3281, 3718, 4155, 4593) (5031, 5468, 5905, 6343)yds / 2600 (3000, 3400, 3800, 4200) (4600, 5000, 5400, 5800)m total

    This is approximately 650 [750, 850, 950, 1050] [1150, 1250, 1350, 1450]g of yarn total.

    I recommend gathering a pile of yarn that is a bit more than you think you will need, so you have more color options.

    I used 1 strand of worsted weight yarn for the collar, cuffs, and body ribbing. I recomend getting two 100g skeins of worsted or DK weight yarn for the collar, cuffs, and body ribbing to be safe. You could use different colors for these ribbed cuffs, collar, and body ribbing to embrace the stashbusting spirit.


    US 5 / 3.75mm circular in 40′′ / 100cm length or 2 sizes smaller than your larger needle
    US 7 / 4.5mm circular in 40′′ / 100cm length or size needed to obtain gauge

    Magic loop method is used for knitting smaller circumferences in the round.


    1 stitch marker, tapestry needle


    20 sts & 40 rnds = 4′′ / 10cm in slip stitch pattern after blocking using larger needles (US 7 / 4.5mm recommend with 6 rows garter stitch + 2 rows stockinette stitch)

    22 sts & 32 rnds = 4′′ / 10cm in twisted ribbing after blocking using smaller needles (US 5 / 3.75 recommended)

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  • A variety of fingering weight yarns including...

    Qing Fibre High Twist BFL
    Qing Fibre Dashing Sassy
    Mominoki Finn Wool

    Garn Stories Merino

    The Urban Purl Lux Hi Twist
    The Wandering Flock Fingering Singles
    La Bien Aimée Corrie Worsted in Anemone for the ribbing