Adult Alaskan Pullover

February 27, 2021


I'm so happy to finally show you my newest Alaskan Pullover, and this one's for me! My favorite children's sweater pattern is now sized for adults.  I've loved this pattern since it was published and have been begging for an adult version since the beginning. I've always wanted to wear one and my son is pining for one too. When the designer, Ainur Berkimbayeva, was looking for test knitters for an adult version, I jumped at the chance. It is the perfect unisex sweater for babies, children and adults. When you get the adult version you'll receive two downloads, a men's version and a women's version. They differ very slightly in shaping, such as tapered arms for women and longer arms for men. 

I used the suggested wool, Knit Picks Simply Wool, a rustic 100% wool that is available in a dozen natural shades including four marls. From their web page: No dyes or bleach are used to process the yarn; the eight natural shades are created by meticulously sorting the fiber as it comes off the sheep. As colors are naturally occurring, some variation from skein to skein is normal. My own Wilhelmina shade is a pretty mid brown with a hint of gray and I suffered no variation of color. Knit Picks is known for their value priced yarns and I was very surprised at the high quality. It had no knots, was easy to knit and while it's not next-to-the-skin-soft for me, it feels great with a light tee underneath. Garter stitch is very dense and this sweater is warm and lovely on a morning walk or to slip on at night when I'm knitting and freezing in my cold little knitting room. I would love to see this sweater as a beach coverup in Rowan Handknit Cotton or maybe Rowan Creative Linen. The designer gives yarn suggestions that work well with garter stitch and explains why yarn choice is important. She also suggests Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter. It would be FABULOUS in that. 

I've followed Ainur since she began her knitware design career. She has great style and I'm thrilled to see that she has become very popular. She has recently collaborated with Purl Soho, Pom Pom and Woolfolk and has created some really gorgeous patterns. If you don't already, you should follow her on Ravelry and sign up for her newsletter here, AKA Mama's Teddy Bear. 

Alaskan Pullover for adults by Ainur Berkimbayeva
purchase the children's Alaskan Pullover here (see Carter's cute one below)
purchase Knit Picks Simply Wool Worsted here ($6.99 for 218 yards!)

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  1. Oh, goody. I already purchased the child's pattern so I get the adult version free. Love this on you, Kristen. Looking forward to contemplating colors for both. Ainur seems really good at beautiful slipstitch patterns. Chloe

  2. Hi Chloe. Isn't she generous to give the adult version away? I know it was not an easy pattern to get it right. Sometimes patterns are easy to knit, like this one, but getting the pattern right so it IS easy to knit and fits well is not so easy! I hope you make it. I wish I had thought of Shelter for mine, but when I show it to my son I'll see if he likes the Shelter for his. Or he may want cotton. Thank you for commenting and keeping in touch.

  3. I love all your sweaters! Thanks for posting. Yvonne


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