The yarn for this jumper, the yellowy-mustardy-goldenness of it, fell into my hands at the same time as the blossoms on our local Kowhai tree came out. Kowhai is the Maori word for ‘yellow’ and the Kowhai tree is riotously bright at a time when most other trees are still bare.
It was the little bell-shaped blossoms that got me thinking about bright spots on darkness, or little drops of colour against plain skies. After letting the ideas mull around in my head for awhile I had a sudden urge to cast on, the image of what I wanted to make had landed, complete.
The Kowhai Pullover is worked from the top down in one piece. The little lace holes create an all-over pattern that covers the yoke and sleeves, then the body is smooth, simple, stocking stitch. The pattern is designed to have at least 2 inches of positive ease, making it comfortable and cosy.
While this pattern is not a ‘beginners’ pattern as it requires you to ‘read’ knitting in parts, if you have a few finished items under your belt and you want a bit of a challenge, you can definitely do this!
If you would like to make a Kowhai Pullover you can find the pattern here on Ravelry. Let me know if you do cast on, I’d love to see your colour choices! I am thinking of making one in hot pink just to see the colour against the black sand of my favourite beach next spring…