When I created VEILCHEN I was aiming for a sweater that meets two needs. On the one hand I wanted it to be super warm and comfortable, so that I would feel like being wrapped in a cozy blanket all day. But on the other hand, I wanted a sweater that really can be shown off in public as well and is not only worn sitting on the couch on Sundays.

The result is this generously oversized but still slightly cropped sweater made from an alpaca blend yarn that could not be softer. The beautiful and yet simple cable that starts at the neckline and runs over the shoulder all the way down to the sleeve cuff gives VEILCHEN the elegance I wanted it to have.

I named this sweater VEILCHEN which is the German name for the violet flower, also called viola, because I wanted a sweater that is - even though made from a very warm fabric - just as delicate as those tiny purple blossoms.
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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
111 (120, 131, 140) (151, 160, 171) (180, 191, 200) cm
43.75 (47.25, 51.5, 55) (59.5, 63, 67.25) (70.75, 75.25, 78.25) "

Veilchen is intended to be worn with 35-45cm / 13.75-17.75" of positive ease around the bust.

A ball of yarn with knitting needles stuck in it.


6 (7, 8, 9) (9, 10, 11) (12, 13, 14) skeins of Lana Grossa Alta Moda Alpaca (50g, 140m / 153yds), 90 % baby alpaca, 5 % merino wool, 5 % polyamide, in color 054 (bordeaux)

An abtracted illustration of a gauge swatch.


18 sts and 26 rows / rounds = 10cm / 4" in Stockinette stitch with larger needle after blocking.
The cable should be 3cm / 1.25" wide after blocking.

Two knitting needles lying on top of each other.


6mm and 5mm needles (or size to obtain gauge with)

A scissor and a stitch holder.


A tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave in the ends, 3 stitch markers.

A piece of knitting fabric still on one needle


  • knit and purl stitches
  • working in the round
  • working flat
  • working decreases
  • working increases
  • working cables
  • Tubular Cast-On
  • German Short Rows