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.

Refracted Sweater

$10.00Price
  • Sizes 
    1, 2, 3 (4, 5, 6) 7, 8, 9

     

    Finished Measurements 
    Bust Circumference - 41, 44, 48 (52, 57, 61) 64, 68, 72 in/104, 111, 121.5 (131.5, 144.5, 154) 162, 167, 183 cm 
    Upper Arm - 9, 10, 11 (12, 13, 14.5) 16, 17.5, 18 in/24, 26.5, 29 (32, 34, 38) 42, 46, 47 cm 
    Hem to Sleeve Divide (adjustable) - 11in/28cm for all sizes 
    Sleeve Length (adjustable) - 14in/35cm for all sizes 
    Neck Width - 19.5, 20.5, 21.5 (22.5, 23.5, 24.5) 25.5, 26.5, 27.5 in/49.5, 52, 54.5 (57, 59.75, 62.25) 64.75, 67.25, 70 cm 
    Wrist Circumference - 5.25, 5.5, 6 (6.25, 6.75, 7) 7.5, 7.75, 8 in/13.25, 14, 15.25 (16, 17, 17.75) 19, 19.5, 20.25 cm

     

    Recommended Ease 
    8-12in/20-30cm positive ease at bust

     

    Gauge 
    18.5 sts x 25 rows = 4in (10cm) in stockinette worked in the round with larger needles 
    and
    23 sts x 29 rows - 4in (10cm) in slipped stitch pattern worked in the round with larger needles

     

    Yarn 
    Long sleeved sample used 
    Fiber for the People Kid Mohair/Silk - 459yds (420m) 100g - 2 skeins Moraine colorway 
    held together with 
    Less Travelled Yarn Sport - 328yds (300m) 100g - 3 skeins custom colorway

     

    Short sleeved sample used 
    Manos Del Uruguay Maxima - 218yds (199m) 100g - 3 skeins Petal colorway

     

    To substitute, use 
    690, 790, 870 (980, 1090, 1200) 1330, 1470, 1570yds 
    631, 723, 796 (897, 997, 1098) 1217, 1345, 1436m sport weight yarn 
    held together with 
    630, 710, 790 (890, 990, 1090) 1210, 1330, 1430yds 
    557, 650, 723 (814, 906, 997) 1107, 1217, 1308m lace weight yarn 
    Or 
    690, 790, 870 (980, 1090, 1200) 1330, 1470, 1570yds 
    631, 723, 796 (897, 997, 1098) 1217, 1345, 1436m DK/light worsted weight yarn

     

    (Note: suggested yardage/meterage is for long sleeved version. If you choose to make the short sleeve version, you will need less yarn.)

     

    Needles 
    US 3 (3.25mm) circular needles 
    and 
    US 5 (3.75mm) circular needles 
    or 
    size needed to obtain gauge

     

    Notions 
    4 stitch markers, scrap yarn or stitch holders, tapestry needle, blocking supplies

     

    For questions or pattern support, email refractedlightknits@gmail.com

     

    Disclaimer: in an attempt to be size inclusive, I have graded the pattern for people with a bust measurement up to 64in/162cm (potentially larger if worn with less than the suggested positive ease). However, I could not find people to test some of the larger sizes, so sizes 6, 7, and 8 have not been test knit. If you are interested in testing one of these sizes for me, feel free to get in touch, and I would be happy to discuss testing details with you, including a free copy of the pattern.

     

    When you purchase this pattern, you will receive the pattern as a PDF file.

     

    Copyright March 2021, all rights reserved.