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Finished project: Kalaloch Pullover

I made it! My Kalaloch Pullover is ready and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I wasn’t sure till the very end if it would really fit me, with its funny short sleeves (just look above) and its wide circular yoke – it’s only at the end when the decreases are really made (it’s knitted bottom up) and suddenly the yoke starts looking like it should. But even with all those doubts I persisted and now I have this awesome loose fitting sweater that I’m going to wear as soon as autumn starts (which means soon!).

If I look awkward and tired, it’s because that’s exactly how I feel. But also happy because of the new sweater 😉

I decided to use the leftovers from my Sweet as Honey cardi to knit the sections of garter stitch between the lacy panels. Initially I’d considered knitting the panels themselves with this yarn, but I wasn’t sure if I had enough of it left. I like how it turned out and I think the brown stripes make the lace panels pop more.

Speaking of the panels, that was a chance for me to learn three new, simple but interesting and pretty stitches called (at least in the pattern) the shell lace, the diagonal lace and the vertical shell. Just have a look – aren’t they awesome? I love how three-dimensional and textured they feel and look.

My pullover is a little less oversized that the one on the photo in the Interweave Knits magazine, but I think it’s the best match for me – the next size up would be just too big even for an oversized sweater.

The design, apart from the slightly more complicated lacy stitches, is very simple and straightforward and the only “shaping” is a section of short rows at the lower back, to make the back slightly longer than the front. Other that that it’s just simple knitting in the round.

The red yarn I used for it is Ice Yarns merino with some acrylic content. It was nice to knit with, now we’ll see how it wears – I hope there won’t be to much pilling, but even if there is, I’m prepared with my old and tested wool shaver that I brought with me from Poland 😉

11 thoughts on “Finished project: Kalaloch Pullover

  1. Very interesting style — which I have also heard called a “swancho” — sweater + poncho. I love the detailing on the yoke.

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    1. Never heard it called “swancho” but that is exactly what I’ve been thinking – the top part is like a poncho that later turns into a sweater, so it’s spot on!

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  2. Wow that’s a gorgeous sweater, and it looks great on you! I love everything about it, short sleeves included. Smart of you to use the brown yarn to break up the lace sections – it does make the yoke pop.

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    1. Thank you! I’m keeping all those yarn scraps forever so when there’s an opportunity to use them up finally, I go for it 😉
      I was worried the funny sleeves would make it uncomfortable but they don’t, it feels comfy and nice, just what I needed 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I love them too, especially the vertical shell stitches (the section at the very top, closest to the neck). It’s east to knit and looks so cool!

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  3. Super cute! The design reminds me just a bit of Caitlin Hunter’s Tecumseh sweater. When I was knitting that one, I kept wondering how wearable it would be because of the deep arm holes and shorter sleeves, but it’s turned out to be ultra wearable. I might have to check this one out!

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