Metamerism Pullover

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Metamerism is the phenomenon when two colors look identical in one light but different in another. The two subtly close contrast colors in this sweater sometimes appear the same, and sometimes appear different, giving the colorwork a dynamic quality. The motif is a modern reimagining of a traditional Norwegian Star. The sleeves appear to be set-in and seamed, but are really knit in as part of a yoke. In this sturdy yarn, the seamless shaping minimizes bulk.


Yarn: Worsted weight yarn, 850[950, 1055, 1165, 1270, 1375, 1480] yds of MC, 95[105, 120, 130, 140, 155, 165] yds of CC1 70[75, 85, 95, 100, 110, 120] yds of CC2. Shown in Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney (100% American Romney; Approx. 200 yds/ 4oz) in Well Water (MC), Poppyseed (CC1), & Elderberry (CC2).
Needles: 24- (for smaller sizes) or 32-inch (for larger sizes) 4.5mm (US 7) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge; DPNs, magic loop, or other preferred method for small circumferences for the sleeves; 20- or 24-inch circular needle for neck edge.
Gauge: 20 sts & 24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) square in stockinette after wet finish & blocking (see note). Adjust needle size to obtain same stitch gauge on colorwork.
Finished Sizes: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] corresponding to finished bust of 32[36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56] inches (81.5[91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142]cm). Sample shown in 36” size on 37” bust. See schematic for specific measurements.
Notions: stitch markers, with one that looks different for the beginning of round, scrap yarn or stitch holders to hold live stitches, tapestry needle to weave in ends.
Pattern Includes: colorwork chart, written instructions
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, p2tog, ssp, m1L, m1R, placing, slipping, and removing markers, short rows using the Shadow Wraps technique (instructions provided in pattern)


This sweater begins with the sleeves, which are worked in the round to the underarm. The body is then worked in the round to the underarms. Arms and body are joined together to work a yoke. When the yoke is completed to the top of the arms, short rows are used to attach the front/back shoulders across the top of the sleeves. A neck edging is then picked up and knitted on.


This pattern is part of the Modern Colorwork Collection. The whole collection can be purchased for $18.

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