January 15, 2018 by Jennifer Wood

Mika by Jennifer Wood

Stripes and speckles, double the fun! Mika is a fun to knit and wear pullover. It is has plenty of positive ease to make it very comfortable and stripes pulled into a v shape to make it stylish. This is one you might want to live in! Mika is a Japanese name meaning beautiful aroma or beautiful increase. Not sure how the meaning fits, except that there are increases in the pattern. But I decided to use it because somehow the name seems to work to me.


Finished bust: 40.25 (44, 48, 52.25, 56, 60.25, 64, 68.25)”/ 101 (110, 120, 131, 140, 151, 160, 171) cm. Modeled size is 44″/110cm with 10″/25.5cm positive ease.Mika by Jennifer Wood


Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Primo Sport, 75% Merino wool, 20% Cashmere, 5% Nylon; 275 yds/251 m per 104g skein; Main color (MC): Grumpy Old Sailor, 2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins, 525 (635, 705, 840, 915, 970, 1125, 1215) yds/ 480 (580, 645, 765, 840, 885, 1030, 1115) m; Contrast color (CC): Frasier, 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins, 455 (565, 630, 770, 840, 905, 1065, 1155) yds/415 (520, 575, 705, 770, 830, 975, 1055) m.

Mika by Jennifer WoodNeedles: Size 4/3.5mm 24″/60 cm (or longer) circular needle and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles.

Other: Stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle

Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows = 4″/10 cm in Stockinette Stitch.


This drop shoulder pullover is constructed seamlessly from the top down. Back and front are worked separately from the shoulder down to the underarm then joined in one piece to work lower body in the round. Stitches are picked up around the armholes to work the sleeves from the top down. The yarn is worked at a slightly looser gauge to enhance drape.Mika by Jennifer Wood

Stripes are worked on the body, beginning with 2-row stripes, then widening to 4-row stripes then to 6-row stripes. You may work the stripes as stated in the pattern or to suit your preference.

An increase/decrease row is worked every four rows throughout the pattern. This creates the asymmetrical v-shape; it does not change the stitch count.





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