Do you want to knit a sweater that will allow you to stand out in a crowd? This is the question I asked myself before heading off to Rhinebeck, NY to attend the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Festival. Since this October tradition is a bucket list item that most knitters only get to attend once in a lifetime, I decided to go all out: colorwork and rainbows. Once there, I received such strong positive feedback on this sweater that I decided to write up the pattern and share it with other like-minded knitters. What’s more fun-filled than a rainbow or a gradient of owls in a sweater that will also serve you well should the weather be chilly? The knitter has several options for colors as well as the number of owl rows to include in this sweater. Or remove all the owls and knit only the beautiful corrugated ribbing for a fancy trim option. Remember, my motto: colorful knits brighten your life!
SIZES: To fit bust circumference: 34 (37, 40, 43)(46, 49)” [86.5 (98, 101.5, 109)(117, 124.5) cm]
FINISHED SIZES: Finished bust/hip circumference with front bands just touching: 37 (40, 43, 47)(50, 53)” [94 (102, 110, 119)(127, 134.5) cm]
YARN: Worsted weight (approx. 250 yds in 113 g): 1250 (1320, 1450, 1540)(1600, 1780) yards of the main color and 150 (160, 170, 180)(190, 200) yards of EACH of 6 contrast colors. Maximum yardage totals were calculated for all 6 contrast colors to enable knitters to purchase with confidence independent of color placement.
Both samples were knit with Shepherd’s Wool Worsted 100% merino. Yellow sample (size 37″) was knit in MC: Denim and CC1-
2: Buttercup and Lemon (shown on model with size 40″ bust).
Pink sample (size 43″) was knit in MC: Milk Chocolate and CC1-6: Baby Pink; Pink, Zinnia, Fuchsia, Hot pink and Raspberry (shown on model with size 44″bust).
GAUGE: 20 sts x 26 rows per 4″/10 cm (5 sts and 6.5 rows per 1″/2.5 cm) in stockinette stitch
NEEDLES: US size 8 (5.0 mm) double-pointed needles US size 8 (5.0 mm) circular needles, 16- and 24-inch
NOTIONS: Stitch markers, smooth waste yarn, tapestry