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Knit Along with Me: The Kayleen Pullover

May 19, 2014

When I saw the cover of the summer 2014 issue of Knits, I fell in love with the cover sweater, the Kayleen Pullover. I've been looking for a new pattern, and this is it!


Cassie Castillo's cable motif is beautiful, and it looks like a lot of fun to knit. I love the petal detail on the sleeves—so cute!

I know this top has been really popular, so I thought I'd offer it as a knit-along.

My knit-along success has been dismal. I've cast-on all of the projects, but only finished a few. This one, though, I vow to finish! Since I don't have a sweater project going right now, this will go on the needles immediately (well, as soon as I get my yarn). I'll probably finish it mid-summer, so it'll be ready for wear when the weather is perfect for it.

There are so many things to like about Kayleen: the hem, sleeve detail, interesting cable work, and the transeasonality of the cotton/llama blend yarn. It's great to be able to wear a knitted garment as much as possible!

Kayleen is worked from the bottom up to the sleeves, and the the front and back are worked back and forth in rows. The back and sleeves are worked in stockinette and the front is worked in reverse stockinette after the hem is completed.

This project has a simple silhouette, but all of the details that Cassie has worked into the pattern make it really special.

Here are the details of the Kayleen Pullover:

Finished Size 32½ (34¾, 38, 40½, 43½, 46)" bust circumference. Pullover shown at left measures 32½", modeled with 3" of negative ease. 

Yarn Juniper Moon Farm Sabine (40% cot­ton, 30% royal llama, 30% merino wool; 218 yd [199 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #014 musca­dine, 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins. Yarn distributed by Knitting Fever.

Needles Body and sleeves—size 6 (4 mm): 24" circular (cir). Applied I‑cord-size 5 (3.75 mm): two double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); cable needle (cn); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 20 sts and 30 rnds = 4" in St st on larger needle.

Sabine yarn in the sungold colorway
This pattern only goes up to a 46" bust, so I'm going to need to upsize it to a 52" or 53" bust. I'll share the math with you as I figure it out. This one will be pretty easy to resize. I'm a pear shape, so I'll cast on more stitches at the beginning and decrease quickly when I get to the waist.

I'm going to use Juniper Moon Farm Sabine, which is the yarn the designer used, but I'm going with a pretty yellow/gold called Sungold.

I can't wait to get my yarn and get started! Won't you join me?

You'll need to get a copy of Interweave Knits Winter 2014; did you know you can get a digital subscription? Get Interweave Knits delivered to you on your tablet or computer!


P.S. Check into the Kayleen Pullover forum and let us know what yarn you'll be using for your Kayleen!


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Esoderholm wrote
on Oct 13, 2014 10:41 AM

I have also just reached the cable pattern.  I started with everyone else and thanks to all the valuable advice posted by faster knitters, I was not stymied by the twisted-ness for joining in the round, and successfully made the turn in the hem, avoiding the slant that plagued some.  Just after I joined the hem in late May, I got the word that I was being transferred to Albania (from northern VA).  There really wasn't any time to think about anything other than moving chores, and then the challenge of settling into a new job once we arrived in Tirana in early July.  I picked up the project again about a month ago, and got as far as the pattern, wimped out because I'm not a very experienced knitter and finished another project that gave me some confidence.  I can do cables and follow a pattern, but haven't mastered short rows or i-cord.  Still, I've come this far, and I know I can do it, given enough time - and patience.

Does anyone know if there is a knitting group (that speaks English) in Tirana?

Thanks, ladies, for the updates, tips, fellowship and encouragement.  I'll post it - whenever I'm finished, which I hope won't be much longer.

suefalcone wrote
on Jun 23, 2014 2:27 PM

I am on the last sleeve. I will post modifications and observations when I post the photos. It's been a pretty fun knit!

Lola@11 wrote
on May 24, 2014 11:13 PM

I am going to make this sweater. I have never made a fitted sweater before. How do I figure out the correct bust size? I do not understand the 3 inches of negative ease. Any help would be appreciated.

NancyG@4 wrote
on May 24, 2014 6:51 PM

Glad I didn't pay for and download a copy of "Interweave Knits Winter 2014" as the article said to - it's not in that issue! It's in SUMMER 2014.

djbseb wrote
on May 24, 2014 9:22 AM

I need to size up, too. What are  the ease recommendations? When does the KAL start? And why, gosh darn it, aren't more stylish patterns created for us plus sized gals?

MarylenS wrote
on May 19, 2014 1:12 PM

I'll need to resize to a 50" plus add about 2 - 3" to sleeves.  How much yarn will I need? Thanks.