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Kite Sweater is a relaxed-fit, seamless, top-down pullover worked in a stitch pattern that combines lace and ribbing to form kite shaped motifs. The stitch pattern looks best in solid or semi-solid colourways. 

The sweater is designed to be worn with 5-20 cm/2-8 in of positive ease and the body is worked straight, without any shaping. There are two body length options and two options for finishing the neckline: ribbed neckband or a loose turtleneck. 

The pattern contains both charts and written instructions.

The pattern has been tech edited by Corrina Ferguson.


English, Polish


1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

Finished body circumference: 95 (114, 133, 152, 171) cm/38 (45.5, 53.25, 60.75, 68.5) in. Shown in Size 1 with shorter body (pink sweater) and Size 2 with longer body (blue sweater), to be worn with approx. 5-20 cm/2-8 in of positive ease. 

Gauge (blocked)

Stockinette Stitch: 22 sts and 30 rows = 10 cm/4 in, with larger needle(s).

[K11, p1] Pattern: 23 sts and 30 rows = 10 cm/4 in, with larger needle(s).

Kite Pattern: 1 pattern repeat of 24 sts and 30 rows measures 9.5 cm/3.75 in wide and 10 cm/4 in high, with larger needle(s).  

1x1 Rib Pattern: 25 sts and 34 rows = 10 cm/4 in, with larger needle(s).


Smooth DK weight merino wool with good stitch definition, in a solid or semisolid colourway.  

For hip length sweater: 1260 (1515, 1755, 2220, 2485) m/1390 (1670, 1935, 2445, 2735) yds. 

For shorter sweater: 1100 (1320, 1535, 1965, 2200) m/1210, 1455, 1690, 2165, 2420) yds.

For turtleneck (optional): if you make a turtleneck, add 150 m/165 yds.  

Shown in Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK (100% superwash merino wool, 116 m/127 yds per 50 g).

Needles and Notions 

two 4 mm/US 6 circular needles, at least 100 cm/40 in long, or size to obtain gauge,

3.75 mm/US 5 circular needle, at least 100 cm/40 in long, or size to obtain gauge,

3.75 mm/US 5 and 4 mm/US 6 needles in preferred style for knitting small circumferences, or size used to obtain gauge,

removable stitch markers,

scrap yarn or 2 short stitch holders.

Skills Needed

Long tail and backward loop cast-ons, knit, purl, picking up sts, increases, decreases, German short rows.

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You will get the following files:
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