Karou pullover by Brandy Velten FullSizeRender_3

Get all the test knitting details here.

Meet Karou. I’m so happy she’s finished and ready to be introduced to the world (the online world at least, because I have to admit I’ve worn her out a couple times already with great pride). This design was born out of the realization that all my pullover ideas seemed to focused around fingering weight yarn. And it’s not just my designs, either, I have a tendency to knit up a lot of fingering weight sweaters. I hadn’t truly realized that I was stuck in the zone of teeny yarn until I was going through my knits this summer. Almost every sweater I had knit recently was with fingering yarn… and then I realized I had a problem.

I needed to get myself out of the “fingering zone,” and so I picked out some delicious DK weight yarn and started jotting down ideas for a comfortable and casual sweater with just a bit of fun and spunkiness. Once the pullover was finished and I was searching for a name, I realized that all those descriptors basically summed up one of my favorite literary heroines, so Karou it was.

Karou pullover by Brandy Velten

Karou is the main protagonist in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor. She’s one cool chick, with magically azure hair, a biting sense of humor, a playful nature, and just a bit of mysterious vibe. But through the course of the series, she also reveals herself to be a courageous, selfless, compassionate, and loyal, warrior and leader. I kind of really dig her.

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And I dig this pullover, too. (I swear, that bright blue colorblock of lace is really just a coincidence that proves Karou is the right name for this design). It is knit seamlessly from the bottom up to the underarm, when the front and back are worked flat. The front features a bright, bold colorblock of eyelet lace that continues down into the sleeves. The set-in sleeves are knit from the top down using my new favorite technique of using short rows to shape the sleeve cape. With no body shaping and a couple inches of positive ease, the sweater is definitely casual and cozy. It has become my go-to top to toss over a tee for a bit of extra warmth on these cooler autumn mornings.

I’m currently looking for test knitters for this design before it is released to the public. If you are interested in adding a Karou of your own to your wardrobe, check out all the details over at my Ravelry group.


5 Comments on Test knit: Karou pullover

    • DK is a great yarn weight. I haven’t used it much myself, but now that I have worked with it for this design, I am definitely on the look out for more DK weight projects/yarns.

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