Named for the Leonids, a prolific meteor shower originating in the constellation Leo, this top-down seamless sweater is a humble homage to an astronomical wonder. Every 33 years the Leonids storm creates a spectacular show, represented in this sweater with two shades of Lore yarn. Featuring a bold pattern of stylized meteors round the yoke, this is a beautiful statement sweater by designer Jill Thompson Beach that is as fun to knit as it is to wear!
This cropped, yoked sweater is knitted from the top down, seamlessly in the round. After the rib neckband is knit, short rows are worked. The yoke is worked following a colourwork chart to the shoulders where the sleeve sts are put on hold and the rest of the body is worked to the hem. The sleeves are resumed and worked in the round knitted top down. Throughout the colourwork yoke section, small bobbles are worked periodically.
The Leonida Sweater is the fifth pattern from The Almanac Series II, a seasonal guide to knitting with The Fibre Co. yarns.
Crisp autumnal days are celebrated in our Yarn of the Month for October, Lore. This DK-weight yarn is woollen spun in our partner mill in the North of England for a light and lofty feel, providing a warm, hard-wearing yarn that is as fantastic for colour-work as it is for garments and accessories in one beautiful shade.
Designer: Jill Thompson Beach
Design inspiration: Leonida Sweater with Jill Thompson Beach
Collection: The Almanac Series II
- PDF of Leonida Sweater knitting pattern
- 4-7 hanks of The Fibre Co. Lore (depending on your size)
- Free Project Bag from The Fibre Co.
The Fibre Co. Lore (100% lambswool, 250 m (273 yd) per 100 g hank) in Knowing (A) – 3 [3: 4: 4: 4: 5: 5: 5: 6] hanks and Happiness (B) – 1 [1: 1: 1: 1: 1: 1: 1: 1] hank.
The photos show the sweater in the shades Knowing (A) and Happieness (B). Choose Col A from the first set and Col B from the second set of the shades shown above.
Sizes and measurements:
1 [2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9]
To fit a chest circumference of: 76-81 [86-91: 97-102: 107-112: 117-122: 127-132: 137-142: 147-152: 157-162] cm (30-32 [34-36: 38-40: 42-44: 46-48: 50-52: 54-56: 58-60: 62-64] in)
Chest circumference (at underarm): 84 [93: 105: 117: 129: 135: 147: 162: 171] cm (33.5 [37.25: 42: 46.75: 51.5: 54: 58.75: 64.75: 68.5] in)
Needles and notions required:
- 3.5mm (US 4) circular needle (or size to obtain gauge) in length smaller than finished chest circumference
- 2.75mm (US 2) circular needle in length smaller than the finished chest circumference
- 2.75mm (US 2) 40 cm (16 in) circular needle
- 2.75mm (US2) circular or double-pointed needles for working a small circumference in the round
- Stitch markers
- Stitch holders or waste yarn
- Darning needle
- German Twisted Cast-On
- 3 Stitch Bobble
- How to catch long floats when knitting stranded colourwork
This is an intermediate pattern. For more specs, please go to the Leonida Sweater pattern page.
You can also purchase items in this kit separately: Leonida Sweater knitting pattern, Lore yarn and Project Bag from The Fibre Co.
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