The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower which have the appearance of originating from the constellation Perseus. The meteors appear to twinkle delicately in the night sky of the Perseids Sweater, designed by Lotta H Löthgren, who was inspired by her recent study of the meteor shower. The Perseids Sweater plays on traditional Nordic designs for stranded colour-work yoke to create a classic sweater pattern. This is a beautiful project for the ambitious beginner who would like to try a colour-work garment.
This sweater is knitted seamlessly in the round from the top down. The work is separated after the yoke is finished, and the body and sleeves are worked separately. The pattern gives instructions for shaping the upper back neck by working German Short Rows and creating a flexible bottom edge with an elastic cast-off method.
The Perseids Sweater is the seventh pattern from The Almanac Series II, a seasonal guide to knitting with The Fibre Co. yarns.
The hibernating winter world is celebrated in our Yarn of the Month for January, Cumbria. This worsted-weight yarn is a beautiful blend of English Masham wool, Argentinian mohair and the finest Merino, for classic blend that is warm and strong, creating fabrics with a lustrous finish to be worn daily in this cold season with love!
Designer: Lotta H Löthgren
Design inspiration: Lotta Löthgren on the Perseids Sweater
Collection: The Almanac Series II
More from Lotta H Löthgren: Braided Moss Socks, Braided Moss Sweater, Lowther Cardigan (Worsted), Lowther Cardigan (Fingering)
- PDF of Perseids Sweater knitting pattern
- 6-10 hanks of The Fibre Co. Cumbria (depending on your size)
- Free Project Bag from The Fibre Co.
The Fibre Co. Cumbria (60% Merino wool, 30% Masham wool, 10% mohair, 216 m (236 yd) per 100 g hank) in Derwentwater (A) – 5 [5: 6: 6: 7: 7: 8: 8: 9] hanks and White Heather (B) – 1 hank.
The photos show the Sweater in the shades Derwentwater (Col A) and White Heather (Col B). Choose Col A from the first set and Col B from the second set of shades of Cumbria 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)
Finished chest circumference (at underarm): 92 [100: 113: 125: 133: 144: 157: 166.5: 176] cm (36.75 [40: 45.25: 50: 53.25: 57.5: 62.75: 66.5: 70.5] in)
Needles and notions required:
- 4mm (US 6) 80 cm (32 in) circular needle or double-pointed needles for working a small circumference in the round
- 4.5mm (US 7) 80 cm (32 in) circular needle or double-pointed needles for working a small circumference in the round (or size to obtain gauge)
- Stitch markers
- Stitch holders or waste yarn
- Darning needle
- German Short Rows
- German Twisted Cast-On Technique
- Corrugated Rib
This is an advanced beginner pattern. For more specs, please go to the Perseids Sweater pattern page.