Gather a collection of sport and DK weight yarns for this color blocked pullover. The bottom up construction begins with the body and sleeves shown in solids and variegated yarns from Jill Draper Makes Stuff. The body and and sleeves showcase a deceptively simple slip stitch pattern that has a woven look. Only one strand of yarn is used during each row. The yoke uses several contrasting scrap yarns in a 1x1 stranded pattern. Neat and tidy hems with pops of color decorate the edges.
The instructions indicate where all the color changes occur, but this garment is meant to be a canvas for playing with color. Use more or less colors as you please and don’t be afraid to experiment fuzzy mohair fibers and hand dyed yarns. Reis means ‘trip’ in Dutch and this project traveled with me on several trips starting in Portland, Oregon at Happy Knits where I bought the wool.
It came back to Amsterdam where I started the sweater body. Once the sleeves were completed it accompanied me on a trip to Reykjavik, but I got distracted by petting cats and starting other projects so it lived in Iceland for a few months until I returned to Amsterdam again from another trip. After all the time passed, I decided I needed to leave the slip stitch pattern behind and start a stranded yoke with fresh colors. So, I grabbed some of my favorite scraps from my stash bins and worked the colorful yoke. I can’t wait to take my new favorite sweater on more trips!
Sizes S (M, L, XL, XXL)
Finished Measurements 38 (42, 46, 50, 54)“ / 96 (107, 117, 127, 137) cm chest circumference. Medium 42” / 107cm size is modeled with 1” / 2.5cm of ease for a slim fit. For a more casual fit, choose a size with 2-4” / 5-10cm of positive ease.
Yarn Sport or DK weight Make a gauge swatch with many yarns if you decide to use varying thicknesses. The sample sweater’s stranded yoke includes yarns from sport to worsted weight.
Yardage Yardage estimates will vary depending on gauge and personal color choices. For example, I switched from color B (gray) to color C (light blue) in the body when color B ran out. You could insert more or less color blocks if you wish.
Color A (variegated body) - 300 (320, 340, 360, 380)yds / 274 (293, 311, 329, 347)m Color B (dark gray body) - 340 (360, 380, 400, 420)yds / 311 (329, 347, 366, 384)m Color C (light blue body) - 120 (135, 150, 165, 180)yds / 110 (123, 137, 151, 165)m Color D (beige/pink sleeve)- 340 (360, 380, 400, 420)yds / 311 (329, 347, 366, 384)m Color E (red cuffs) - approximately 40yds / 37m Color F (variegated sleeves) - 180 (200, 220, 240, 260)yds / 165 (183, 201, 219, 238)m
Colors G through O use varying amounts of yardage for the yoke. Gather a variety of scraps to work the yoke. Feel free to substitute more or less colors. Color K used the most yardage of all the yoke colors, 42g (95yds / 87m) for size Medium. Here are the other Medium size yoke amounts. Color G - used 10g Color H - used 15g Color I - used 19g Color J - used 15g Color K - used 42g Color L - used 12g Color M - used 10g Color N - used 10g Color O - used 10g
Needles 40” US 6 / 4mm circular 40” US 4 / 3.5mm circular Spare circular needle US 6 / 4mm or smaller Magic loop method is used for knitting sleeves and neck in the rnd.
Notions 1 stitch marker, tapestry needle
Gauge 24 sts & 44 rows = 4” / 10cm in slip stitch pattern with larger needles 24 sts & 30 rows = 4” / 10cm in stranded yoke pattern with larger needles
Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk Color A - Pheasant (variegated body) Color B - Graphite (dark gray body) Color C - Murky (light blue body) Color D - Shell (pinky beige sleeves) Color E - Heritage Tomato (bright red cuffs) Color F - Serpentine (variegated sleeves)
Orkney Angora St. Magnus D.K. Color G - Ultramarine (royal blue)
De Rerum Natura Gilliat Color H - Sel (white)
Blue Sky Alpacas Brushed Suri Color I - 916 Caviar (black)
Lorna’s Laces Haymarket Color J - Oh So Fresh (mint)
Blue Sky Alpacas Melange Color K - 802 (dark green)
A Verb for Keeping Warm Kush Color L - Suzette (dusty rose)
Mohair Bouclé by Canard Color M - 1081(light gray)
Bart & Francis Alien Fantasy Color N - White
Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light Color O - Edison Bulb (bright yellow collar)
This fingering weight yarn is held double with a US 4 / 3.5mm needle for the collar.