Introducing Adiantum

Designs often go through a number of variations in my sketchbook before I ever pick up my knitting needles, and typically that process helps me narrow down to the single best version, but sometimes it’s hard to choose just one version. And so sometimes I choose not to make that decision! That was the case for my latest Adiantum, and the end result is one seamless pullover pattern with extra options.

You can choose a cropped length, full length, or dress length, and all three lengths begin the same. The upper back is knit first, and fronts are picked up and knit from the cast-on edge. The body is joined in the round, and all lengths share the same instructions through the wait shaping. At that point you can skip to the bottom lace band to create a cropped version or move on to the hip shaping for the full and dress length versions. Sleeves are picked up around the armholes of the finished body and shaped using short rows, and they’re extra long for a cozy fit.

The pattern offers two choices for the neckline treatment. Pick between simple rib to show off the scoopneck and a lace cowl for more warmth. Adiantum’s extra options make it easy to customize your pullover. Shown here are the dress length with a cowl neck and the cropped length with a ribbed neck.

All versions are knit in worsted weight yarn on US 8 / 5 mm needles. The yellow version features madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, and the pink version is Miss Babs Yowza! Both yarns are superwash wools, so they provide extra drape compared to untreated wool.

Adiantum comes in seven sizes, ranging from a finished measurement of 32.5 in / 83 cm to 56 in / 142 cm. It’s intended to fit with 0-3 in / 0-8 cm of positive ease through the bust. Both Cathea and I are wearing the size M with different amounts of positive ease.

You can purchase Adiantum on Ravelry or from the Untangling Knots shop.





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