Saddle-shoulder Pullover with Colorwork Detailing

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A bold diamond motif embellishes the hem and cuffs of a distinctive pullover perfect for mountain scouting or paddling a canoe through the riffles. The body and sleeves are worked in the round from the bottom up to the underarm, then the sleeve caps are worked flat and set into the yoke with seams inverted to highlight the unusual shaping: a combination of fashioned and invisible decreases create a handsome gambrel form on the back while the front is a classic saddle shoulder. A light fabric of Loft and an open V-neck make Carson a great layering piece. The colorwork and unusual construction ensure a satisfying level of challenge in the knitting.


Fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:

  • 415 (500, 585, 710, 810) yards Color 1 (C1)
  • 150 (155, 165, 180, 190) yards Color 2 (C2)


  • 24 stitches & 38 rows/rounds = 4″ in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
  • 24 stitches & 34 rounds = 4″ in charted colorwork pattern with Size B needle(s), after blocking
  • 17-round motif from Chart measures 2″ tall 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: 3½ mm (US 4)

Size B (for Charted Colorwork Sections):

  • One 24″ circular needle and one set of DPNs*, one size larger than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)
  • 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 Tubular Cast On and Ribbing):

  • One 16″ or 24″ circular needle (use 16” circular for 3 smallest sizes) and one set of DPNs*, one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)

*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.

Finished dimensions
  • 23¼ (24¾, 26, 28¾, 31¼)” circumference at chest
  • Sized for 2 (4, 6, 8, 10) years
  • Intended Ease: approximately + 2-4″
  • Sample shown is size 6 (26″) shown on child who normally wears size 6
  • Shown in fourth and fifth photos on child who normally wears size 5

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern


  • Cast on of choice (for 2×2 ribbed fabric)
  • Sloped Bind Off
  • Sewn Bind Off (Elizabeth Zimmermann’s method)
  • Blocking (Suggested method: Wet-Blocking)


  • Tubular Cast On (for 2×2 ribbed fabric)
  • Grafting (Kitchener Stitch)
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