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Stowaway

•Backwards loop cast on

•Picking up sts from the backwards loop cast on

•Reading sleeve charts

•Working pocket elements (3 videos)

•Colorwork knit flat

The Ultimate Knitting Statement: Stowaway Sweater


Welcome to the world of colorwork with Stowaway, our fair isle colorwork collaboration with Magpie Fibers. This delightful DK weight sweater, knit with Magpie Fibers’ luxurious Swanky DK—a blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon—features vibrant fair isle sleeves and a practical kangaroo pocket. Stowaway combines playful design with everyday comfort, making it an easy-to-wear sweater for your colorwork adventures.


A Pocketful of Color

Stowaway features customizable fair isle sleeves and a colorwork kangaroo pocket, perfect for stashing small projects or keeping your hands cozy. The sweater is a modified drop shoulder, worked from the top down for a seamless, flattering fit. Short rows create smooth neckline shaping, while the stockinette body is finished with a ribbed hem.


We include two different sleeve charts to give you options: one for playing with two strands and another for three strands, plus a coloring book-style chart to help you get creative with your stash. You can even use a double stitch to insert accent colors, as we did with our jewel-toned sample, or challenge yourself with a bit of three-stranded knitting with the more complex chart, like in our earthy sample.


Join the KAL!

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Participate in the Pocketful of Color: Stowaway Sweater KAL with Wool & Pine and Magpie Fibers! Starting August 10th with a live cast on at Flock Festival in Seattle, and running through October 15th, this KAL is perfect for building your colorwork skills. Participants are welcome to stashbust or use Magpie yarns—or both! Prizes and KAL info available on Magpie's Ravelry and Facebook pages.


Design Details

Recommended Yarn: Magpie Fibers Swanky DK - 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon: 250 yards/115 grams


Yardage:

MC - Body, hems, and collar: 560 (660, 760, 870, 940, 1040)(1140, 1220, 1320, 1440) yards

CC - Sleeves and pocket: 140 (165, 190, 220, 235, 260)(285, 305, 330, 360) grams


Needles:

US 4 (3.50mm) 16-40" circular and double-pointed needles

US 5 (3.75mm) 16-40" circular needles


Gauge:

22 sts x 30 rows in US 5 stockinette and colorwork flat and in the round = 4" x 4"


Finished Measurements:

To ensure a comfortable fit, choose a size that allows for 2-6” of positive ease at your full bust measurement. For example, if your full bust measurement is 40”, select the size with a 42” bust circumference for a closer fit or the 46” for a more relaxed fit. If you prefer a drapier sleeve and a looser fit, consider opting for more positive ease.


A) Bust: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50)(54, 58, 62, 66)" - 76 (86.5, 96.5, 107, 117, 127)(137, 147, 157, 168)cm

B) Bicep: 14.5 (15, 15.5, 16, 17.5, 19)(21, 23, 24.5, 25.5)" - 36.5 (37.5, 39, 41, 44.5, 48.5)(53.5, 58, 62, 64)cm

C) Armhole Depth: 7.5 (7.75, 8, 8.5, 9.25, 10)(11, 12, 12.75, 13.5)" - 19 (19.5, 20, 21.5, 23.5, 25.5)(28, 30.5, 32.5, 33.5)cm

D) Body Length After Armhole: 14.5 (14.5, 15.5, 15.5, 15.5)(15.5, 16.5, 16.5, 16.5, 16.5)" - 37 (37, 39.5, 39.5, 39.5)(39.5, 42, 42, 42, 42)cm

G) Sleeve Length: 17 (17, 17, 18, 18, 18)(18, 18, 18, 18)" - 43 (43, 43, 46, 46, 46)(46, 46, 46, 46)cm


Construction Overview

Stowaway is a modified drop shoulder sweater worked from the top down. The back shoulder pieces are cast on separately and worked flat with short rows to create a smooth neckline shaping. The fronts are then picked up at the shoulder and worked down to the armhole. After joining the front and back, the stockinette body is worked in the round and finished with a ribbed hem.


The fair isle sleeves are picked up and worked in the round. The kangaroo pocket is picked up at the bottom front above the hem, worked flat, and attached at the top with mattress stitch for a seamless finish.


Let’s Knit Together


Need a little help? Check out our video tutorials for step-by-step guidance on the construction, colorwork, and finishing of your Stowaway sweater. Join our knitting community on Discord for live support and inspiration, and share your progress with fellow knitters. Let’s create something beautiful together with Stowaway!



Custom Fit Video

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