Kaleidoscope, published in Magknits September 2008

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What I really wanted was a sweater that would show off all those beautiful hand dyed sock yarns that I keep seeing but that would not hide them in shoes, partly because I have never fallen in love with knitting socks. If you love knitting socks, of course, please continue to do so, but if you do happen to have about 640 yards [590 metres] (for the small or medium sizes) of sock yarn which you want to go crazy with, please read on.

This close fitting, hip length sweater is perfect for early autumn, when you need a little something, but you don’t want to be so committed to the cold as to be bundled up. It is knit in a loosely spun soft sock yarn in a loose gauge, which is something to keep in mind if you want to substitute yarns and keep the same drape. It is wonderful over a collared shirt or tank top





Finished bust 28 (32, 36, 40, 44)” [71 (81, 92, 102, 112) cm]


2 (2, 3, 3, 3) skeins Princess Farms 3 ply sock weight (80% alpaca, 10% silk, 10% mohair; 320 yd [292 m] per 90 g), colour 55-G

US 7 [4.5 mm] circular needle, 24″ [60 cm] or longer

US 7 [4.5 mm] double pointed needles or circular needle, 16 inches [40 cm] long

6 3/4″ [15 mm] buttons

Stitch markers

Tapestry needle

Stitch holders

Waste yarn for provisional cast on

Crochet hook for provisional cast on (optional)

Sewing needle and thread


18 sts and 22 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stockinette



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martha krikeles

I made your kaleidoscope sweater with magallanes yarn (from Araucania). This is slightly heavier than the yarn you suggested, but it swatched out at the same gauge. I had bought the yarn on sale and was having some difficulty finding a pattern for it. Your pattern was just what I was looking for- I love doing minimal seaming. I did the sleeves from the cuff up rather than doing the provisional cast on and I brought the neckline up about an inch- my shoulders are narrow and off the shoulder styles tend to be way off the shoulder on me. I was delighted with the result. Thanks.