BOUGHS OF HOLLY is a sweater that makes me look forward to Christmas. Still, it’s not too christmassy for me to wear in the fall season. With its beautiful yet simple colorwork and texture it is the perfect sweater for the end of the year.

It is worked out of a wonderful and GOTS certified yarn that is produced according to strict ecological specifications. BOUGHS OF HOLLY is worked seamlessly from the top down: You cast on stitches for the neckline and shape it with short rows. After the yoke is finished you divide your stitches and work the body and the sleeves separately in the round. This pattern includes both a full-length and a cropped version.

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Two pieces of fabric with measurements on the side.


2XS (XS, S, M) (L, XL, 2XL) (3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

with bust circumference of finished garment:
80 (86.5, 93.5, 100) (106.5, 113.5, 120) (126.5, 133.5, 140) cm
31.5 (34, 36.75, 39.25) (42, 44.5, 47.25) (49.75, 52.5, 55) "

BOUGHS OF HOLLY is intended to be worn with 2-4cm / 0.75-1.5" of positive ease around the bust.

A ball of yarn with knitting needles stuck in it.


BC Garn Loch Lomond (50, 150m/164yds, 100% organic wool)

Main Color: 4 (4, 5, 5) (5, 6, 6) (7, 7, 8) skeins in color LL012 (Pinie)
Contrast Color: 1 (1, 2, 2) (2, 2, 3) (3, 3, 4) skeins in color LL013 (Beige)

Please note that these values are only estimates. Changes in yarn or gauge as well as changes of the pattern can result in a different yardage.

An abtracted illustration of a gauge swatch.


18 sts and 28 rounds = 10cm / 4" in colorwork pattern after blocking.

Two knitting needles lying on top of each other.


4.5mm and 4mm needles (or size to obtain gauge with)

A scissor and a stitch holder.


A tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave in the ends and three stitch markers.

A piece of knitting fabric still on one needle


  • knit and purl stitches
  • working in the round
  • working decreases
  • working increases
  • German Short Rows
  • Stranded colorwork
Filled star.Filled star.Empty star.


This pattern is perfect for the advanced knitter. It can be a perfect project to try colorwork for the first time since you never need more than two color per row and the repeat is rather short.