Sun Rose

I love and have been using Barbara Walker’s top-down, seamless, simultaneous set-in sleeve method for most of my sweaters. It’s my favorite way to get a set-in sleeve - no seaming and no short-row sleeve caps with the annoying little holes around the arm. It is a bit fiddly at the start, however, so I’ve come up with a modified version that is a little simpler - fewer steps at the beginning, no tiny pieces to start with, no short rows at all, and fewer ends to weave in. This DK weight pullover is basic, easy, very wearable, and has the simplest of touches - a bit of stretchy garter at the shoulders to conform to your shape, a simple garter-edged scoop neck, 3/4 sleeves, gentle waist shaping, and an easy eyelet edging.

NO short rows! NO seams! NO provisional cast-on! NO finishing (other than weaving in ends)!

Sample is shown with about 5 cm of positive ease.

Sizes available (actual garment measurement at bust, in cm): 77, (83.5, 91.5, 99.5, 107.5), {114, 122, 130, 138}

Gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rows to 10 cm in blocked stockinette

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 innovative yet simple sweater with clever key details
  • Schematics and in-progress photos included
  • Suitable for intermediate knitters

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 705, (770, 835, 905, 975), {1050, 1115, 1185, 1250} m of DK weight yarn. Sample was knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK (superwash merino single ply)
  • Two 4.5 mm/US 7 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need appropriately-sized circulars or DPNs for the sleeves
  • Needles two sizes smaller than gauge needles for eyelet trim on body and sleeves
  • Stitch markers
  • Measuring tape
  • 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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