Sea Salt

This relaxed pullover uses the same basic construction method used in my sweater Sun Tea, but with sleeves.

A single ply or lightly twisted yarn like Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK or tosh DK gives this sweater a relaxed, drapey feel.

Shown modeled with about 5 cm of positive ease in the bust.

Skills: long-tail and backwards-loop cast-ons, short rows in garter stitch, increasing, decreasing, picking up stitches

Sizes available (actual garment measurement at bust, in cm): 87, (95, 103, 111), {119, 127}

Gauge: blocked garter (stretched): 20 stitches and 26 rows to 10 cm (for bodice); blocked stockinette: 20 stitches and 28 rows to 10 cm. You may need to use two different needle sizes to get gauge in stockinette and garter.

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for simple sweater with garter stitch detail and innovative construction
  • Schematics and in-progress photos included
  • Suitable for intermediate knitters

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 825, (900, 970, 1050), {1125, 1210} m of DK weight yarn. Sample was knit in Madelinetosh Merino DK (superwash, single-ply merino)
  • 4.5 mm/US 7 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need approximately-sized circulars or DPNs for the sleeves, neck trim, and body
  • A second circular needle or a stitch holder to hold stitches while working the front and back of the bodice separately
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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