I am quite proud of my newest knitting pattern. Hyphenated is my favorite design that I have created thus far, and it is also among my favorite sweaters that I have knit, ever.

I knit two samples for this design. The sample shown here is the pullover version. In a few days I’ll be posting a steeking tutorial for the second sample, which is my cardigan version, so be on the lookout for that!

Hyphenated may be a grammatical term, but in this sweater, hyphens are generated by mathematics. In its early stages, the colorwork chart for this design was complicated and messy, but once I allowed the math to conduct the show, the colorwork pattern began to take shape and formed the vertical hyphens naturally. I love how they dance around the neck and shoulders in waves. 

Yet Hyphenated wanted more than a geometric yoke: it craved texture! Beginning early in the yoke, small groupings of purled stitches branch out to the body, where they expand into true, horizontal hyphens for a fun allover texture. A texture chart is worked for both the body and sleeves, and there are two style options for the sleeves: balloon (shown in the photos here) and tapered. 

Hyphenated is seamless and its construction is entirely top-down. One set of short rows raises the back of the neck, while a second optional set lowers the back bottom edge of the sweater. The fit can be loose or more fitted depending on the size chosen.  (See the sizing information below.) The sample pictured here uses portions of five mini skeins to fade through the yoke.

Below is the sizing and yarn info. For more details, including the yardage info and schematic, visit the Ravelry pattern page here.


1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

To fit: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44) (48, 52, 56, 60, 64) in / 70 (80, 90, 100, 110) (120, 130, 140, 150, 160) cm bust

Finished bust circumference: 33.25 (36.5, 41.25, 44.5, 49.25) (52.5, 57.25, 60.5, 65.25, 68.5) in / 83 (91.5, 103, 111.5, 123) (131.5, 143, 151.5, 163, 171.5) cmIntended to fit with 4.5-5.25 in/11.5-13 cm of positive ease. Size up for a looser fit; size down for a tighter fit. I have a 36 in/90 cm bust and am wearing a size 41.25 in/103 cm in the photos. 


La Bien Aimée Super Sock (75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon), fingering weight

3 (4, 4, 4, 4) (5, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins of MC (467 yds/425m/100 g per skein) 

1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) mini skein of CC1 and CC2 (93 yds/85 m/20 g per mini skein)

1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 2, 2) mini skeins of CC3

1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) mini skeins of CC4

1 (1, 1, 1, 2) (2, 2, 2, 2, 2) mini skeins of CC5

Sample colorways: Shaela (MC), Caramel (CC1), Rust (CC2), Kitsune (CC3), Lannister (CC4), Madeleine (CC5)

I should have steamed the side seams of the sleeves before taking these pictures, but oh well…

The balloon sleeves are my favorite element of this design. They are so roomy and comfy, and I love the look. However, the tapered (standard) sleeves look good as well. To see that style of sleeve, check out the testers’ projects on Ravelry. Some knit 3/4 sleeved as well, and they look fabulous. Actually, all of their projects look fabulous, so regardless of sleeve style, you should check out all of their projects!

As mentioned above, the pattern also includes an option for lower back shaping for a longer back. You can see this style in the pictures below.

Be sure to “dash” over to Ravelry and buy this pattern this week while it is on sale! The pattern can be purchased here. Enjoy!

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