Renee Pullover

The stranded motifs adorning the yoke and lower sleeves of this pullover exemplify the stylized geometric motifs, bold outlines and curvilinear forms of Art Deco. They were inspired by wrought iron panels created by Rene Gobert for the Exposition des Arts Decoratifs, held in Paris in 1925—hence the name “Renee” (the female version of “Rene”).

This hip-length pullover is worked entirely in the round from the neck down, in a light worsted weight yarn. The stranded patterns on the yoke and lower sleeves separate contrasting colors, with the darker color used for the main body and upper sleeves, while the lighter color draws attention to the shoulders, neck and sleeve cuffs. Sleeves are slightly elongated, calculated to end just above the base of the thumb (see Hints for tips on adjusting sleeve or body length). 

Instructions are given for two hip circumferences for each size: equal to bust circumference, and approximately two inches larger than bust circumference. The latter is in keeping with the Craft Yarn Council standards for body sizes (and with the body shape of many women). Front and back waist darts (included in the sample shown) add definition to the waist—or omit darts, and just work side waist shaping for a less fitted silhouette.

Shown in Madelinetosh Tosh DK, a hand dyed superwash merino yarn with subtle color variations that add interest to the solid stockinette areas. Rolled edgings keep finishing to a minimum; the lower body hem is finished with a second contrasting rolled edging (which may be omitted if desired). 

Difficulty: Intermediate. Skills include increasing and decreasing, stranded knitting using two colors, reading a non-symmetrical colorwork chart, knitting in the round, picking up stitches from the wrong side for the second rolled edging, and keeping track of row counts. 

Materials: Yarn Madelinetosh Tosh DK, 100% superwash merino wool, 225 yds (206 m)/100 g skein, Main Color (MC) Toast, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins, Contrast Color (CC) Warm Mushroom, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins. 

If substituting yarn: MC, approx 750 (850, 950, 1030, 1160, 1300, 1400) yds/690 (800, 880, 950, 1070, 1200, 1290) m; CC, approx 330 (360, 380, 425, 450, 470, 480) yds /310 (330, 350, 390, 405, 430, 445) m.

Needles: US size 6/4 mm circular needle, 24-47" depending on selected garment size. US size 6/4 mm double pointed (dp) needles, one set, for sleeves. Larger sizes may use US size 6/4 mm circular needle, 16" long, for upper sleeves. Suggested (see Notes): US size 7/4.5 mm circular needle for stranded yoke, 24-47" depending on selected garment size. US size 7/4.5 mm double pointed (dp) needles, one set, for stranded pattern on sleeves. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. 

Notions: 4 stitch markers; 2 stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Gauge: 22 sts/27 rnds to 4"/10 cm in stranded pattern on US 7/4.5 mm needles. 22 sts/27 rnds to 4"/10 cm in stockinette stitch on US 6/4 mm needles. Measure gauge on blocked swatch.

Sizes and Garment Measurements  

Bust29 3/433 3/437 1/241 1/24549 1/253 1/2inches
Length22 1/422 1/222 3/423 1/423 1/223 3/423 3/4inches
Sleeve17 3/418 1/418 3/4191919 1/419 1/4inches
Underarm11 3/41212 3/413 3/415 1/41718 1/2inches

Shown in size S, modeled with one inch positive ease at bust. 
Notes: For most knitters, stranded pattern gauge is slightly tighter than one-color stockinette stitch gauge, if worked using the same size needles. I suggest that knitters use a needle one size larger for the stranded pattern, to compensate for possible gauge differences.


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Price: $7.00