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Refracted Sweater


The idea for the Refracted Sweater was born when I was playing around with slipped stitches near the beginning of the great COVID quarantine of 2020. I wanted something that would be simple to knit but striking in appearance with the elevated details that I so love to add when knitting garments. I knit the prototype that spring. It was a lovely garment that fit my wife well, but there were still a couple things that needed tweaking. I spent quite some time searching for the perfect yarns that would match the vision I had in my head and finally hit upon the perfect combo. Sarah from Traveling Yarn and Tayler of Fiber for the People were a joy to collaborate with for the long sleeved version, and over 6 months after the initial sweater I started work on the final version. This has been a long process, but I wanted my first sweater design to be as good as it could be. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous to release this pattern out into the world, since I know I still have a lot to learn about garment design, but I hope y’all will love it all the same.


The Refracted Sweater is a comfy cropped pullover with a striking slipped stitch pattern and plenty of positive ease. It is worked in the round from the bottom up until the sleeve divide, at which point the front and back are worked flat separately and then joined with a three needle bind-off at the shoulders. The sleeves are then picked up and worked in the round from the shoulder down to the cuff, where 1x1 ribbing is worked until twice the length of the cuff for a comfy rolled cuff.

Sizes: available in 9 sizes from 41"-72" bust circumference with 8-12" positive ease

Yarn: DK, 690-3,000 yds

Needles: US 3 - 3.25 mm and US 5 - 3.75 mm

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