Jan 31, 2020

​Introducing Kuffel

Meet my latest design— Kuffel, a wonderfully cozy, effortless, swingy new pullover sweater pattern with all the knitterly details that a girl could want.

She's a top-down, seamless beauty. She's also a snap to knit, worked in Hudson and West Co's Forge yarn, a soft and lofty WORSTED weight wool. Pick up a digital copy of the pattern here at KnitDarling (via Ravelry), or a paper printed pattern at Hudson and West Co.

The pattern features 6 sizes, from 42" to 70" bust, and is intended to have a loose, boxy fit with about 8"-14" of positive ease for a swingy silhouette. Top-down construction makes it easy to adjust the length and fit as you go.

The sweater has a slight high-low profile achieved by working periodic short rows between the colorwork sections. The bold, graphic colorwork is super fun to knit from easily memorized charts. I've included some clever chart shenanigans that will make your beginning of rounds almost completely disappear. Just try to spot it—prominently displayed in two of these photographs! It's little details like this that make my knitwear-designer heart swell. Efforts that, I'm sure, you will appreciate as well.

Below is my initial design sketch. I originally intended for the colorwork to be in reverse-- dark pattern on a light ground. The gals over at H+W suggested it the other way around and I could not be more pleased with the results. The beautiful navy ground that you see in the photos is their “Midnight" colorway and the cream contrast color is their “Aspen" colorway.

I worked a tubular cast-on for the neck, and did a Kitchener bind-off at the cuffs and hem, which effectively looks exactly like a tubular bind off. I've written about this lesser known bind-off technique before--check out my post if you're unfamiliar. It's my favorite 1x1 rib bind-off and I think more people should know about it.

The pattern is part of Hudson and West Co's Deep Winter 2020 collection, which is chock full of cozy, colorwork stunners. I'm honored to be included in this talented bunch. My favorite design from the collection is Wildhaven by Jesie Ostermiller (@knitty_jo on instagram). I might have to make this for my husband!! (but no promises, Brian!)


  • Maryanne
    over 3 years ago

    Hi I’d love to make this pattern in a cotton blend yarn for spring Do you have any suggestions?

  • Doris
    over 2 years ago

    Pattern says size A and Size B but doesn't say which is size A and bready th cast on but am stuck. what is size /A and B

  • Julie price
    about 2 years ago

    Kuffel sweater Hi can you tell me if this sweater instructions are written as if I was using the magic loop. The reason I ask is I was following a pattern I thought was written for the magic loop but it was just circular needles and I have now given up as my ’beginning of row’ didn’t appear to be in the same place as theirs and I am not experienced enough to work out different places to put markers. If this pattern is written for ‘magic loopers’ then I’ll go ahead and buy it. Thanks in advance Julie Price

  • Alexis Winslow
    about 2 years ago

    Hi Julie, Thanks for your comment! I'm so glad that you found me here. Yes, the Kuffel sweater pattern was designed using the magic loop method. That said, I do not include instructions for where to place your loop. Generally, I put my loop at the halfway point. If you want a refresher on this technique, you can read my tutorial on my blog here: https://knitdarling.com/blog/the-lovable-magic-loop I hope that you enjoy your project :)

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