Palomar was designed and knit on a two-week summer road trip across the American Southwest where the air is hot and dry and the populations are sparse. The rocky desert landscape inspired the lines of nestled diamonds across the front and back and the gentle curves of waist shaping incorporated into the cables at the sides. It is knit in one piece, bottom-up, with the only seams at the shoulders, making finishing a breeze. The set-in sleeves are picked up around the arm opening and knit top-down using a detailed method of working short rows to shape the caps, which may be new to many knitters. This method creates a well fitting sleeve with a strong and flexible join between the sleeve and sweater body.
I find it fun to work after using it several times; I strongly prefer it to a seamed set-in sleeve! If you find you enjoy working sleeves this way and would like to investigate the method further, please check out “Top Down: Set-In Sleeve Design” by Elizabeth Doherty.
Measurements:Chest: 31¼ (36, 43½, 48, 52½, 55½)”
Length: 22¾ (23¼, 24¼, 24½, 25½, 26¼)”
Materials:YARN: Harrisville Highland (Worsted Weight), 100% Pure Virgin Wool, 200 yds per 3.5 oz skein, 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6) skeins. Shown in Hemlock (green) and Walnut (brown).
NEEDLES: US7 [4.5 mm] and 6 [4 mm] (or size to obtain gauge and one size smaller) circular needle, 24" or 36" depending on size of garment.
US 7 [4.5 mm] and 6 [4 mm] (or size to obtain gauge and one size smaller) DPNs. US 5 [3.75] (or two sizes smaller than gauge) circular needle, 16" for picking up sleeves.
NOTIONS: Stitch markers and removable stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, yarn needle, cable needle
Gauge:21 Sts and 32 Rounds = 4" across all stitch patterns, blocked.
20 Sts and 28 Rounds = 4" in stockinette, blocked.