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!)

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