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The Purl Soho Pullover in Alpaca Pure

If you know me (or even just meet me!), you know that I love the basics. The walls in my home are creamy white; my wardrobe is a uniform of interchangeable layers; and ideally my cooking is confined to three fresh ingredients or less. In knitting, too, I love the basics: stockinette stitch, simple silhouettes, no-fuss engineering, and classic natural fibers.

When not much "extra" is going on, then little shifts have a big impact and slight changes become a fascinating design exercise. A simple garter stitch hat in a cool gray is a whole different thing from the same hat in a warm brown. And The Purl Soho Pullover, originally knit in our Worsted Twist merino, takes on a new life in our gorgeous Alpaca Pure, the latest fiber to join our budding collection of Purl Soho yarns!

Alpaca Pure knits up at the same gauge as our Worsted Twist, but its unique qualities create a significantly different sweater. To me, this is fascinating. The subtle differences in the texture, weight and feel of the alpaca mean a whole new 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!). 

And now what I've really been waiting for, the perfect opportunity to show off my beautiful (smart, curious and hilarious) niece, Bobbie, in her favorite new sweater! -Joelle

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


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

This gauge 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 Child's 2 (4, 5, 6, 10)

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


And if you'd like more info on making the Purl Soho Pullover in Worsted Twist (for kids and adults), just click here!

Reader Comments (8)

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterknittingkey
Never mind the kids, where can I get an adult pattern for this beautifully structured jumper? I am just finishing off the cardigan I knitted with your merino wool, which I bought while visiting NY last summer.
Happy stitching, Barbara
Adelaide, Australia
March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Reinfeld
Hi Barbara-

This is actually a version of our Purl Soho Pullover which comes in child's size 2 all the way to men's large!

Thank you for your question!

March 9, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
The colour is what captured me, it is so soft and gentle and very pretty! xx

Thank you for your lovely projects!

Somehow, the instructions and pattern of "Molly's Sketchbook: Toddler T-Shirt" are missing. Could you please fix that?

I'm sorry for the totally unrelated matter, but since the comment section on that project is also missing I thought I would contact you through a recent project.

Thank you!
March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Leal
Hi Laura-

The Toddler T-Shirt story seems to be working fine from our end.

Can you try from another browser? If you're still having problems with it please email me directly: mollyATpurlsohoDOTcom.

Thanks for getting in touch!
March 13, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly!
This is just the one that I was looking for a long time. But I want to make one for my baby. Am expecting her in this August and think it will be perfect if I can make this for her first winter outfit! Could you tell me how should I do it? Decrease sts? using smaller needle? @.@ Thanks!
June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCeline
Hi Celine-

Congratulations on your soon-to-arrive baby! Adjusting a pattern to be a smaller size is kind of tricky, and there's not a simple formula for how to do it. (And you definitely wouldn't want to use a smaller needle because the sweater would end up super dense and be uncomfortable to knit!) Additionally since this is a pullover with a thick roll neck it might be hard to get on and off of a small baby.

You might want to try looking through our other baby projects to see if something else strikes your fancy?

Thanks so much for getting in touch and sorry I can't be of more help!


June 19, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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