The Starburst Sweater by Julee MacKessy embraces the idea of order out of chaos, with a beautiful pattern of entwining and twirling twisted stitches radiating out from the neckline in this textured, round yoke pullover. A topdown, seamless construction means that you start with the twisted-stitch pattern before relaxing into the mindless knitting of the stockinette-stitch body and sleeves.
This yoke sweater is knitted top down seamlessly in the round to the underarm where the work is then divided for the sleeves and body. Short row shaping is incorporated at the yoke before dividing for an improved fit. The body is then worked in the round. The sleeves are picked up in the round and knitted top down.
“Cumbria Fingering allows the cables and smaller details to really shine in this sweater. It also creates a warm, but lightweight sweater that is perfect for layering over or under clothes.” – Julee MacKessy
The Starburst Sweater is the eighth pattern from The Almanac Series II, a seasonal guide to knitting with The Fibre Co. yarns.
The end of autumn is celebrated in our Yarn of the Month for November, Cumbria Fingering. This yarn is a beautiful blend of English Masham wool, Argentinian mohair and the finest Merino, for a classic blend that is warm and strong, creating fabrics with a lustrous finish to be worn daily in this transitional season with love! The fingering/4ply-weight makes this a versatile yarn for warm yet lightweight sweaters and an ideal yarn for shawls and accessories.
Designer: Julee MacKessy
Design inspiration: Starburst Sweater with Julee MacKessy
Collection: The Almanac Series II
- PDF of Starburst Sweater knitting pattern
- 4-7 hanks of The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering (depending on your size)
- Free Project Bag from The Fibre Co.
The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering (60% Merino wool, 30% Masham wool, 10% mohair; 300 m (328 yd) per 100 g hank) in Windermere – 4 [4: 4: 5: 5: 6: 6: 7: 7] hanks.
The photos show the sweater in the shade Windermere. Choose from any shade of Cumbria Fingering as 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): 78 [88.5: 96.5: 106.5: 117: 129: 139: 150.5: 158] cm (30.75 [34.75: 38: 42: 46: 50.75: 54.75: 59.25: 62.25] in)
Needles and notions required:
- 3.5mm (US 4) circular needle or double-pointed needles for working a small circumference in the round
- 3.75mm (US 5) 40 cm (16 in) circular needle (or size to obtain gauge)
- Stitch markers
- Stitch holders or waste yarn
- Darning needle
- Short Rows – Wrap and Turn Method
- Long Tail Cast-on
This is an advanced beginner pattern. For more specs, please go to the Starburst Sweater pattern page.
You can also purchase items in this kit separately: Starburst Sweater knitting pattern, Cumbria Fingering yarn and Project Bag from The Fibre Co.
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