The story of the Narwhal pullover started back in 2016. Karen Templer from the Fringe Association blog started a top-down pullover KAL (knit along), where all the participants improvised their own pullovers, knitted from top downwards, of course. I had fallen in love with this beautiful cable pattern after seeing it on Pinterest and desperately wanted to use it for something, so when this opportunity came, I decided to seize it.
You can watch me talk about this design in my latest YouTube video.
The whole KAL was really fun, and it was actually the first KAL I ever took part in. It was exciting to see what everyone else were making, and the amount of inspiration in the KAL’s hashtag #fringeandfriendsKAL2016 Instagram feed was overwhelming, I kept checking it many times a day.
With its bone white color and the diagonally traveling cables, and inspired by classic fisherman sweaters, what else could this pullover be called but Narwhal?
The Narwhal was my contribution to the KAL. I can’t remember how I came up with the name, but with its bone white color and the diagonally traveling cables, and inspired by classic fisherman sweaters, what else could this pullover be called but Narwhal? I knitted the sample using off-white Drops Safran, which is a sport weight cotton yarn. I really like it, as it’s both cool and warm at the same time and unlike many wool yarns, cotton can be washed in the washing machine at 60 degrees C, so it’s perfect for life with a little kid, no need to worry about getting a white sweater messy.
The Narwhal pullover had originally a splitted hem and the back hem was slightly longer than the front one. After a couple of years I realised I didn’t really like that construction. It didn’t really flatter my body shape and I felt it was a bit too much with all the cables going on the front. The good thing about knitting your own garments is the fact that you can always rip back and alter the things you don’t like about the design. So I ripped the hem and changed it to a more classic 2×2 rib that can also be found on the neckband and the cuffs.
The good thing about knitting your own garments is the fact that you can always rip back and alter the things you don’t like about the design.
Even though I had plans from the very beginning to publish this pattern, it took me the longest time to actually write down everything and do the grading (that is calculate the stitch and row counts for different sizes than my own), but I have finally done it. There’s still some way to go before I’m ready to release of this pattern and the call for test knitters will come tomorrow, so check it out if that is something you would be interested in.
PS. Karen Templer has written really good and informative instructions on how to improvise your own top-down pullover. The instructions are so clear and easy to follow that you are sure to succeed even if you have never designed your own knitwear.