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New! Purl Soho's Worsted Twist

Our budding collection of Purl Soho yarn is growing... Introducing our latest inspiration, Worsted Twist! Worsted Twist pays homage to a classic 2 ply farm yarn with its straightforward earthiness and deep sophistication. Spun in one hundred percent of the softest merino wool you can imagine, our newest yarn is so fresh and simple that all of our fall ideas start here!

Its smooth finish makes Worsted Twist a fabulous choice for interesting stitch patterns, and its amazing softness makes it just right for everything that you wear close: cowls, scarves, hats, mittens, sweaters, and blankets. Choose from a palette of moody blues and evocative neutrals, animated by pops of our favorite brights.

Worsted Twist's timeless look and toasty touch reminded us immediately of our favorite sweater from college. Remember it? The one that kept you cozy at bonfires and football games, on autumn walks and winter adventures? The Purl Soho Pullover is that sweater... only better: classic, comfy and totally beautiful!

With ingenious shoulder shaping and simple design details, The Purl Soho Pullover is a super fun and quick knit. Joelle actually whipped up the prototype in one trans-Atlantic flight! It is knit in one easy piece and is sized for everyone with sizes Child's 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12/Women's XS, S, M, L/Men's S, Women's 1XL/Men's M, Women's 2XL/Men's L). The finished chest measurement for these sizes is 20 1/4 (22, 24, 26 2/4, 28 1/4, 30, 32, 36 1/4, 40, 44 1/4, 48) inches. 

Pick up The Purl Soho Pullover Pattern here and get ready for autumn's first frost! And browse our whole gorgeous collection of Worsted Twist right here. From gentle Sea Salt and Ballet Pink to rich Peacock Blue and Dark Loam, we can't wait to find out your favorites!

ps- Below is all the info on sizing and yarn amounts!


  • 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins for Purl Soho's Worsted Twist, 100% Merino Wool (approx 164 yards / 100 grams)
  • One US size #8, 20-inch to 32-inch circular needle for body of sweater
  • One US size #8, 16-inch circular needle for neck of sweater
  • A seto fo US size #8, double pointed needles or 12-inch circular needle for sleeves
  • One US #7, 16-inch circular needle for neck of sweater
  • Removable stitch markers (includeing 1 in contrasting color)
  • Stitch holders of scrap yarn


4 1/4 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch, using larger needle


For Child's 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12/Woman's XSmall, Woman's Small, Woman's Medium, Woman's Large/Man's Small, Woman's 1X-Large/Men's Medium, Woman's 2X-Large/Man's Large)...

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 20 1/4 (22, 24, 26 1/4, 28 1/4, 30, 32, 36 1/4, 40, 44 1/4, 48) inches
  • Finished Length from Shoulder to Bottom Edge: 16 1/2 (17 1/2, 19, 20, 21 1/2, 22 1/2, 26, 26, 28, 28 1/2, 28 1/2) inches
  • Finished Length from Underarm to Bottom Edge: 10 3/4 (10 3/4, 12, 12 3/4, 14 1/4, 14 3/4, 17 1/2, 16 3/4, 18 1/2, 18 1/2, 17) inches 

Update: The Purl Soho Pullover in Alpaca Pure

The Purl Soho Pullover is also beautiful in our gorgeous Alpaca Pure yarn! Alpaca Pure knits up at the same gauge as our Worsted Twist, but its unique qualities create a significantly different sweater. Alpaca, with its long fibers, is slightly downier than merino. It is also heavier and denser than merino, which means a super cozy Pullover with a drape like a warm waterfall. But a little goes a long way. For a child, the weight of an Alpaca Pure sweater feels snug and comfy, but for adults it might be a little much (stick with the Worsted Twist!).

To make The Purl Soho Pullover in Alpaca Pure for kids' sizes 2 (4, 6, 8, 10) you'll need...

The gauge of the Alpaca Pure version is exactly the same as for the Worsted Twist version (although on a smaller size needle), which means the pattern is exactly the same too! For the full story (and more inspiring photos) click right here!

Reader Comments (45)

What wonderful looking yarn! xo
September 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannapat

This looks beautiful! How do you get needles on a transatlantic flight? Is it on certain airlines? Would really love to know.

Thanks so much,
September 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarebells
Would it be possible to purchase this pattern as a PDF, rather than having it sent by mail? It looks lovely, and I would prefer not to wait.
September 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Cousineau
Would love to make but stymied how many skeins to buy for a women's size 10-12!
Can you assist?
Thank you.
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara
Hi Jennifer-

Unfortunately we don't have the capability to do that right now but it's something we'd like to do in the future.

Thanks so much for getting in touch!

September 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Harebells-

It was on Delta, I had the addi circulars. I've never had a problem with them except about 10 years ago on an internal flight in Australia.

Thanks for your question!

September 2, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
It's wonderfull !
Could you tell me if you deliver in France and if the explanation for the knitting sweater are translated into French?
Thank you in advance
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKabi
Is it possible to buy the pattern in the Soho store along with the yarn?

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChermia
Hi Chermia-

Yes, we have the patterns and yarn at the store in Soho. So please stop on by!


September 3, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Kabi-

We do ship to France but this pattern is only in English.

Thank you so much for getting in touch!

September 3, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi there,

is it possible to get this pattern as a pdf document to avoid shipping?
I would love to knit it, but shipping to Germany is so expensive!

September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSabine
Hi Sabine-

Unfortunately we don't have the ability to sell this as a PDF. However if you get in touch with our customer service department they can ship it to you in a regular envelope for just the price of an international stamp. Here is their email address:

Customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com

Thank you!

September 6, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Wondering about Barbara's question, many skeins for a women's M or L?
September 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJules
How in the world did you manage to create a palette that is near identical to the 2013 Farrow & Ball collection?

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMerciB
Hi Merci-

We love Farrow and Ball so it's great to see that they seem to have been inspired by similar color relationships. It must be something in the air!

Thanks for writing in!

September 12, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Is this meant to have negative ease? Or 2 inches ease?
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Hi Katie

Joelle says anywhere from 0 to 2 inches and that she prefers 2.

Thank you!

September 18, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Is there really no way y'all could scan the hard copy of the pattern and send it as a PDF to those who purchase the pattern and request the PDF? For those of us in hard-to-reach locations with unreliable postal services, it would be greatly appreciated! :)
September 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucy
Hi Lucy-

I totally understand your frustration and we are working on having PDFs available for sale on our site. I know it seems like it should be simple but our site has a lot of working parts and we want to present them in the easiest and best way possible. They will be available soon though!

Thank you for getting in touch about this and for your patience!

September 30, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm relatively new to knitting, and I am wondering whether this pattern would be a good choice for someone knitting a sweater for the first time? Thank you!
October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDianne
Hi Dianne-

This would be a great first sweater! You can feel free to ask us any questions about it as you go. Thanks for getting in touch and good luck with it!

October 14, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm working my way through this pattern, and though I'm getting the stated stitch gauge, mine is coming out a bit long. Would you be able to list the recommended row gauge? Thanks! :)
October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmmalee
Hello Emmalee-

The row gauge is 6.5 rows per inch.

Thank you!

October 17, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi, Molly,

I am knitting this right now and I have a question on the Shape the Shoulders section. In the previous section, you have (for the Women's size Medium) 12 stitches for each sleeve. Then, you instruct to knit 1 round and move the markers 1 stitch to the right for the 1st and 3rd markers and 1 stitch to the left for the 2nd and 4th markers. Wouldn't that make the sleeve stitches total 10 instead of 12 as listed for the end of the Shape the Shoulders section?

November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennie
gradirei avere le spiegazioni dei modelli in italiano . E' possibile? Grazie Anna
November 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranna
gradirei avere le spiegazioni dei modelli in italiano . E' possibile? Grazie Anna
November 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranna
Hi Anna-

I'm sorry but none of us speak Italian!

Thanks for getting in touch!

November 29, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly
I just ordered the pattern but I cannot figure out how many skieins to buy for Woman's Medium.
Plus should I buy a size smaller? I wear size 6/8.
Thank you
December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllemiek
Hi Ellemiek-

You should look at the finished measurements to see what size you should make. The way you read the measurements and yarn amounts can be a little tricky so here's an explanation:

The sizes are listed like so:

Child 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12/Women's X Small, Women's Small, Women's Medium, Women's Large/ Men's Small, Women's 1-XL/ Men's Medium, Women's 2-XL/ Men's Large)

Which means that for, say, the Women's Medium size you will always follow the instructions/ yarn requirements/ sizing that is listed seventh in from the parenthesis.

For example, again for the Women's Medium, you would need 8 skeins.

Please let us know if you have any more questions and good luck with the project!

December 4, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Dear Molly

Thank you for the explanation but I am afraid that when I start this project I will need some more (lots) more help. Maybe it is because I am Dutch or maybe because I am a beginner but the knitspeak is like acabadabra to me! I tthink I understand how to knit the body but after that I am lost. YOKE PREPARATION FOR MEDIUM: Do you mean knit 4 and then put the 8 stitches that you haven't knit yet before these 4 stitches on a stitch holder?

Don't get me started on the sleeves but I will ask you later if I may. I want to work out the pattern before I start.

Thank you

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllemiek
Hi Ellemiek,

For that step you will knit 4 stitches past the marker and then put the last 8 stitches you knit (which are the 4 stitches before the marker and the 4 stitches after the marker) on a stitch holder. I hope this helps you envision the yoke preparation better! Good luck and please let us know if you have any more questions!
December 9, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

I was wondering if you might have a picture of this sweater on a man? I am thinking of Knitting this for myself, and despite being employed in a creative field, I am lacking the imagination to picture this in a masculine context.

I am mostly curious to know if it will suit me. I'm a younger guy (29), 6', slight to average build and probably, dare I say, usually found sitting in the 'hipster' neck of the woods wearing a well worn pair of skinny leg jeans and a gingham shirt with my long hair piled up on my head... I know I know...

It looks like it would be ok, but I would love your opinion/advice. Happy new year and happy knitting!
January 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAust Knit Guy
I was looking at the finished sizes and it appears that there is a measurement missing in the list. Perhaps one in between the 32 and 36 1/4 measurements? Thanks!
January 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Hi Sarah-

I don't see what you're referring to. When I count there are 11 sizes and 11 finished measurements but I'm sure I could be missing something. Are you talking about the chest measurements?

Sorry for being a bit dense!

January 3, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly,

In the Shape Underarm section - K2tog twice means 4 stitches decreased?

Isn't K2tog - 1+1 = 1 - then K2tog again - 1+1=1 - thus we're going from 4 to 2 stitches? Per round.

So that after DECREASE ROUND 1, Knit 1 round, DECREASE ROUND 1, Knit 1 round, by the end of the Shape Underarm section basically, I would have decreased (1+1=1) x 4 thus going from 8 stitches to 4 stitches.

Thus ending up with 208 rather than 204 for the Women's Small.

I hope this makes sense! Confused ;)

Thank you in advance for your guidance, Molly!

January 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOana
Is a women's medium size equivalent to a women's size 10-12?
January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMel
Hi Mel-

There is no universal standard for sizing so unfortunately we can't give you a definitive answer. The finished measurements are listed at the very bottom of the story above. I think that a women's 10-12 would probably be more like the large size here.
I hope this helps. Thank you for your question!

January 29, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly: I have joined the sleeves to the body, ending up with 234 stitches, and I am currently working the Shape Underarm section. I have the markers placed before and after each sleeve, and I am decreasing before and after the markers, so it seems I am only decreasing the front and back. I have made 20 decreases so far, and my front has 62 stitches (down from 71), right sleeve has 45 stitches (down from 46), back has 63 stitches (down from 71), and left sleeve has 44 stitches (down from 46) (214 stitches total). Should I be decreasing a stitch on the front, right sleeve, back, and left sleeve stitches on every decrease row? I am ready to begin the Shape Sleeve Cap section. If I need to end up with 12 stitches for each sleeve, I may be decreasing wrong. I hope I have given you enough information to understand what I am asking. Thanks for your help.
March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen Chinakos
Hi. I want to make this pattern using your worsted-weight yarn. However, my version of this pattern comes in the form of your Cozy,Comfy Pullover in Last Minute Knitted Gifts. The yarn is heavier in this pattern therefore the gauge and stitches cast on are very different. Could anyone tell me what number of stitches I need to start with, then I think I can take it from there. Thanks!
March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
Hi Amy,

All of the pattern details for a worsted version of the Cozy Comfy Pullover are in the Purl Soho Pullover pattern which you can purchase here:

However, If you don't want to purchase the pattern, you can find the cast on for your size by making a gauge swatch with your yarn and working with the measurements in the Cozy Comfy Pullover pattern. For instance, once you find the stitches per inch on your swatch, multiply that amount by the circumference you want your sweater to be, based on the dimensions in the schematic for the Cozy Comfy Pullover. This will be your cast on number.


March 12, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am relatively new to knitting, but so far this pattern is going well. I have noticed, however, that although my stitch gauge is accurate, my sleeves are coming out very long. I am knitting the women's small and I haven't made it through the entire "shape sleeve" section and the sleeve is already too long. Can you tell me why the row gauge would be off when the stitch gauge is accurate? My row gauge appears to be about 6 stitches per inch rather than 6.5. I am knitting this in Tosh merino instead of worsted twist, but my gauge swatches turned out accurately (at least in terms of the stitch gauge). I can modify the length of the sleeve relatively easily, but I'm concerned that when I knit the shoulder section, the sweater will turn out to be far too big. Thank you in advance for your help!
April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDianne
Hi Dianne-

Sorry you're having problems with this! First of all I want to make sure you have the latest version of the pattern because we changed the rows between increases to inches because a lot of people are getting a different row gauge. These changes are reflected on our errata page here (under purl soho pullover):

If you don't have the latest version I will be happy to forward you the PDF. You can contact me at Molly AT purlsoho DOT com

Your row gauge being 6.5 will make a big difference in the sleeve length but you are correct that you can just modify the length but it should be fine on the shoulder section since there is much less distance on the shoulder section between the decreases.

Thanks so much for getting in touch!


April 7, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Just checking what I think might be an error in the pattern in the length from underarm to bottom edge of the sweater for the Women's Medium size.

The pattern shows this dimension as 16 3/4" for the Women's M. However this seems wrong (too short?). The dimensions for this measurement are listed as follows:
10 3/4 (10 3/4, 12, 12 3/4, 14 1/4, 14 3/4, 17 1/2, 16 3/4, 18 1/2, 18 1/2, 17)"

Should it read 17 3/4" instead of 16 3/4"?


PS: The 17" length for the Men's large also would seem to be too short (perhaps it should read 19" instead of 17")? I couldn't find these in the pattern errata.
May 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
I have finished this pattern and am very happy with my first sweater! I do have a question for you: after I successfully grafted the underarms, I noticed I still have some "holes" at the points where the body meets the sleeves. How can I avoid or mitigate this in the future? I only used the Kitchener stitch on the stitches I had placed on scrap yarn--should I have picked up some more stitches from around the underarm? Or knit more tightly at the joints? Thanks for your help!
May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDianne
Hi Dianne-

This is a very common knitting dilemma and you didn't do anything wrong! Different knitters deal with it in different ways. Some people pick up extra stitches at the edge of the holes while others sew in a circle around the hole to cinch it up. It's not an exact science, you just kind of do what works for you.

Thanks so much for this great question. It's made us think that we might want to do a tutorial about this problem at a later date.


May 25, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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