size quarter scale of medium
US size 1[2.25mm] needles
Stitch markers, tapestry needle, stitch holders or waste yarn
Happy Valley Shaniko 3 ply Sport from Meridian Mill House, 100% super wash Shaniko wool, 100g / 306 yds (280 m). WPI 14
Catena quarter-scale of M used approximately 31g / 95 yds (87m) of undyed yarn.
Catena Quarter-Scale Pullover
I designed the Catena Quarter-Scale pullover primarily so yarn dyers could use this cute design to showcase their yarn. I love how each hand dyer has their own individual signature that they put on their yarns, and my challenge as a designer is to find ways to make that yarn sing. Although a quarter-scale version of anything will not look exactly like the final version, it is a way to get a picture of how the yarn will look worked up. It is a long-used trick to do a quarter-scale cutout of a silhouette and put it over the fabric to get a sense of what it will look like.
Catena Quarter-Scale is constructed in one piece to the armhole, but worked flat. There is a seam up the center back. These sleeves are worked from the armhole down (which I don’t usually do) because it is quarter scale, and easier. The trick is to work them flat, so the seam runs into the shoulder! Such a fun project to knit. As I often do, I’ve found a variety of ways to use the stitch pattern for texture and design. Nearly tunic length at this scale, the full-size Catena Pullover will have several length options.
This is a great opportunity to try out a Jill Wolcott Knits® pattern. My tech editor joked that the Catena quarter-scale pattern is as detailed and informative as one of my full-scale patterns, and has a lot of pages!
Inside you will find:
- Schematics and Road Maps
- Techniques (full explanations with video links where available)
- Stitch patterns and Action charts for swatching (also an appearance chart)
- Abbreviations & symbols
- Written instructions with Action charts for each segment of the design
The full-size Catena Pullover pattern will be available in January 2021. Consider this a wonderful opportunity to swatch while you await that release! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you get in on the release and all other news from Jill Wolcott Knits®.
That yarn you see was dyed at my stove with Tumeric. Great fun, and about how much interest I have in being a yarn dyer! Design and dyeing go together but don’t have to come from the same place to create magic.
Dyers get the yarn! Happy Valley Shaniko 3 ply Sport from Meridian Mill House, 100% super wash Shaniko wool, 100g / 306 yds (280 m). WPI 14
Outside North America?
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Using Written Pattern Table Instructions
Waste Yarn in Place of Stitch Holders
German Short Rows, GSR & Gtog
incR – Knitting Into the Stitch Below
Three Needle Bind Off (3-needle BO)
Work in ends and securing tails
bind off in pattern or BO in pattern
JSSBO or Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off