Cowl-Neck Pullover with Drawstring

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Kirsten Johnstone, who previously brought us Holl (Wool People 1) and Dresden (Wool People 4), favors simple, clean shapes in her design work. Element, a sporty A-line pullover, features a cozy cowl with an I-cord drawstring to snug close against the morning chill.

A subtle openwork band embellishes the hem, which is shaped with German short rows to gently raise the front. The body and set-in sleeves are worked in the round to the underarms, then all pieces are worked flat and seamed together. Stitches for the cowl are picked up to knit in the round with a self-fabric channel for the drawstring.

Knit Element in a bright shade of Loft like Thistle or Camper to enhance its casual air, or keep it classic with a neutral like Snowbound or Soot, as modeled here. Choose a size that gives you 1-2” ease at the bust to balance the loose A-line of the skirt with a more tailored fit at the shoulders.


  • 1295 (1365, 1435, 1555, 1680, 1820, 1960) yards of fingering weight wool yarn


  • 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
  • Photographed in color Soot
  • 20 stitches & 30 rounds/rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch, after blocking

Note: A larger needle size than is normally used with Loft is employed here to create an open fabric.

  • One each 16″ and 32″ circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

*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).

Finished dimensions
  • 33¼ (35½, 37¼, 41¼, 45¼, 49¼, 53¼)” circumference at bust
  • Intended Ease: + 1–2″
  • Sample shown is size 35½” with + 1½” ease on model

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

  • Crochet Provisional Cast On
  • Short Rows: German Method
  • Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)
  • I-cord
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