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Millcreek Pullover

My newest design features a boat neck, long bell sleeves, and a simple silhouette.

Introducing the Millcreek Pullover! I had so much fun designing this sweater, and I'm so happy with the result! I kept this one really simple, but added some flare into the sleeves! I've always been a huge fan of bell sleeves, so you may be seeing more designs featuring this fun element in the future. My hope with this sweater is that it will add a fun stand-alone piece to your wardrobe. Pair it with a pair of jeans and a some flats, and you have a a simple, but beautiful outfit to wear running errands, or for date-night.

What can you expect when purchasing this pattern? The construction is very beginner-friendly, and would make for a very fun first sweater project. It is knit flat in pieces in garter stitch, so that means hardly any purling! (The only purling you'll do is on the sleeves). Once the body is complete, you cast on a few extra stitches on each side to create the sleeves/shoulders, using the Backward Loop Cast-On Method. After a bit more knitting, you'll work a few short rows, (Wrap and Turn Method), to create a bit of shaping. Those stitches are placed on hold until the second body piece is finished and then you'll graft both the front and back together along the shoulders. This is probably the most challenging part, but I wrote out step-by-step instructions to help you through it. You can also find lots of helpful YouTube videos on grafting garter stitch if you get stuck. The sides are then seamed together, and afterwards you can move on to the favorite part! Stitches are picked up around the armholes using double-pointed needles, and you continue working garter stitch in the round. Simple increase stitches are used to create the bell portions of the sleeves. After working enough increase rows, you can switch to 16-inch circular needles if you'd like to. After the sleeves, weave in your ends and block the entire sweater. This is a fun one, and I hope you'll give it a try! You can find the pattern on Ravelry in my shop here.

Just like always, the yarn is one of my favorite elements! I knew with such a simple design and stitch pattern, the yarn had to be extra special. I also knew I wanted it to have a soft halo. I finally settled on Purl Soho's Flax Down. It is a blend of Baby Alpaca, Extra Fine Merino, and Linen. It's a heavenly blend! It is incredibly soft, and knits up beautifully. I love that the linen is left undyed to create a subtle tweed effect, and the baby alpaca gives just the right amount of a halo effect. I'm so happy with the fabric it creates. It has so much texture and it is just what I had envisioned when designing this sweater. The yarn gets a big 5/5 stars! I highly recommend using this yarn when knitting your Millcreek Pullover. Flax Down comes in 20 gorgeous colors, and any would look amazing paired with this design. I chose the color Kiln Red. It is the most beautiful orange-red, and I'm so in love with it. I may have to make a few more Millcreek Pullovers in some of my other favorite colors of Flax Down.

I had so much fun designing this sweater, and I hope you'll think about knitting one for yourself, or a friend! If you do, please tag me on Instagram so I can see your finished sweater! I can't wait to see how they turn out! And please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or help you may need. I'm more than happy to help. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support. It means the world to me! xoxo

Pattern: Millcreek Pullover by: Me

Yarn used: Flax Down by: Purl Soho in color Kiln Red

Skeins used: 5

Size made: XS (37)

Happy knitting!

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