Warm a dauntless Viking adventurer or a treasure hunter in search of seaboard flotsam with a light, cozy fabric of Loft. Atlas features a bold Icelandic-inspired motif about the circular yoke. The deep chevrons require the use of three colors on some rounds, so this pattern is most suited for knitters with some colorwork experience. The pullover is worked in the round from the bottom up with polished details like tubular edging and short rows for a comfortable fit.
Make it a cardigan by adding stitches for a steek and cutting the fabric open after the body is complete. (Thorough instructions in the pattern guide you through the process if you’ve never made a cardigan this way.) Consider letting the child choose the colors—one light, one dark, and one medium shade from the Loft palette will work in almost any combination. Knit your Atlas in time for late summer evenings at the fair or to brighten crisp morning walks to school.
Fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:
- 535 (645, 740, 870, 970) yards Color 1 (C1); 60 (65, 70, 75, 85) yards Color 2 (C2); 120 (130, 140, 150, 165) yards Color 3 (C3)
- 560 (670, 770, 900, 1000) yards Color 1 (C1); 60 (65, 70, 75, 85) yards Color 2 (C2); 120 (130, 140, 150, 165) yards Color 3 (C3)
Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g):
- 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) skeins C1, 1 skein C2, 1 skein C3
- 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) skeins C1, 1 skein C2, 1 skein C3
- Pullover photographed in colors Faded Quilt (C1), Snowbound (C2), and Old World (C3)
- Cardigan photographed in colors Woodsmoke (C1), Long Johns (C2), and Camper (C3)
Please note: the colorwork patterns in this garment are charted only.
- 26 stitches & 39 rounds = 4″ in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
- 26 stitches & 26 rounds = 4″ in charted colorwork pattern with Size B needle(s), after blocking
Size A (for Main Fabric):
- One each 16″ and 24″ circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
- Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)
Size B (for Charted Colorwork Yoke):
- One each 16″ and 24″ circular needles, one size larger than Size A
- Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)
- Due to significant variance between knitters, your colorwork fabric should be swatched prior to knitting your sweater to determine whether or not this needle size should be larger, smaller or equal to Size A.
Size C (for Ribbing):
- One each 16″ and 24″ circular needles and one set of DPNs*, three sizes smaller than Size A
- Suggested Size: 2¾ mm (US 2)
Size D (Optional; for Tubular Cast On and Bind Off):
- One each 16″ and 24″ circular needles and one set of DPNs*, one size smaller than Size C
- Suggested Size: 2¼ mm (US 1)
*32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e. Sleeves).
Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. Please test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.
- Pullover: 26½ (27¾, 29, 31½, 33¾)” circumference at chest; Cardigan: 27 (28¼, 29½, 32, 34½)” circumference at chest, buttoned
- Sized for 2 (4, 6, 8, 10) years
- Intended Ease: approximately + 3-4″
- Pullover shown is size 6 (29″) on child who normally wears size 6; Cardigan shown is size 6 (29½”) shown on child who normally wears size 8
Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern
- Cast on of choice (for 2×2 ribbed fabric)
- Backwards Loop Cast On
- Short Rows (Yarn Over Method)
- Blocking (Suggested method: Wet-Blocking)
- Steeking (for Cardigan only)
- 1 x 1 Tubular Cast On – circular knitting
- 1 x 1 Tubular Cast On – flat knitting
- Grafting (Kitchener Stitch)