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Netherlands Sampler Pullover


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On this sampler fisherman's sweater, horizontal sweater patterns cover the body and part of the sleeves. If you would like to simplify the design, work a large section of stockinette stitch above the ribbing and below the armholes and use only horizontal stripes on the yoke, or work the entire body and the sleeves in an easy check pattern. * Texture stitches: horizontal bands . * Lower body worked in the round and upper body sections worked back and forth. * Shallow square neckline, finished with picked-up ribbing, plus optional eyelets and drawstring. * Sleeves picked up at armholes and knitted down to ribbed cuffs. GAUGE Make a gauge swatch in each of the pat- tern stitches you have chosen. Measure your favorite sweater or use standardized size charts (www.yarnstandards. com/sizing.html) to determine the basic dimensions for your sweater. Write the measurements on the visual plan on page 5 and the sweater-planning worksheet on page 6.

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  • In a size appropriate for the yarn you've chosen: * Circular needle for body: for most adult sweaters, you will want a needle at least 29 inches (74 cm) long * Circular needle for sleeves and neckband: 16 inches (40 cm) long * Double-pointed needles for lower sleeves: set of 4 or5 Optional for ribbings: Two sizes smaller than primary needles: * Circular needle for body ribbing: for most adult sweaters, you will want a needle at least 29 inches (74 cm) long * Double-pointed needles for cuff ribbing: set of 4 or 5
  • Select a smooth, tightly twisted yarn to make sure the pattern stitches pop out and show well. The design will be most visible if you choose a light color, but Dutch fishermen's sweaters were traditionally made in a variety of colors, so don't be afraid to experiment. If you are not sure the stitch pattern will show up adequately in the color you are considering, buy one ball of that yarn and make a swatch. Any weight of yarn will work, but for practice I suggest a medium-weight yarn and U.S. size 7 or 8 (4.5 or 5 mm) needles. For a traditional sweater, select a lightweight yarn. See the yarn estimate table on page 11 for yardages.

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Donna Druchunas | Sheep to Shawl,LLC
Donna Druchunas | Sheep to Shawl,LLC
I escaped a corporate cubicle to honor her passions for knitting, world travel, research and writing. I'm the author of Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions with author June Hall, Arctic Lace, Successful Lace Knitting, Kitty Knits, Ethnic Knitting, and more. I teach workshops around the world on topics such as rug knitting, spinning and dyeing, Lithuanian socks, Japanese sweaters and Norwegian pullovers. My latest endeavour is holding Knitting and Writing retreats in Northern Vermont as well as opening a knitting store in my local studio in my house. More info at & I live in a 140 year old New England farm house in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her husband, mother and three cats, who all help her test the usability and comfort of her finished knitted items. Visit Donna's website and online store at