Marlene Darted Knit Kit


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Marlene Darted Knit Kit; This design was inspired by a desire to wear a ‘sloppy joe’ style jumper that is actually flattering.

The dropped armhole opening makes a relaxed fit that doesn’t make the chest stand out; the sleeve pickup creates a dart in the armhole, thus creating ease.

You can make a sleeveless version, longer or crop length, and even drop the bottom band.  Make full length or shorter balloony sleeves..and you can reduce the underarm dart to add extra ease too. The pattern is written as the base design (full length, full sleeve) but has variations you can apply at the end.

Sizing XS to 3XL.  The kit comes with 4 x 75grm Sumptuous; which is enough wools to make the smaller sizes in a sleeveless option.  Please add extra wools to your kit for desired size – scroll down for sizing and wool requirement

Featured colours are Smoke, Pineapple and Sherbet


  • 4+ balls of Sumptuous 75grm (size dependant)
  • 4.5mm Knit Pro circular needles on 60 and 80/100cm (optional)
  • Pattern and ongoing support
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Marlene Darted Knit Kit;  This unique jumper is knit from the bottom up, in the round. At the bottom of the low armhole, you will be splitting the front and back in half to work each side separately. The split happens low to create sleeve darts under the arm. The front will then split around the neck with decreases on the neckline. The back works up to short rows to create shaping on the shoulders. The front and back are then joined at the shoulder with a 3-needle bind off.  The neck is picked up from the remaining stitches and worked in the round to your ideal length.  Sleeves are picked up and worked in the round with darted decreases under the arm before working straight down for a relaxed balloon-style sleeve.

There is an option to adjust the body length. Sleeves sizes and lengths can be adjusted too, including a sleeveless alternative.

XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL) 3XL

To fit body: 110 (115) 120 (125) 135 (145) 155 cm measured around

Sumptuous; 6 (7) 7 (8) 9 (10) 10 balls


Pattern Level: Intermediate

Estimated Knit Time: 10+ hours

Wool: Sumptuous; blend of NZ Alpaca and NZ Polwarth Wool

Needles: 4.5mm (5mm for tight knitters) , can be knit on straights or circulars with 60 to 80cm cable

Skills: Cast on, knit, purl, knit in the round, short rows, pickup stitches, optional 3-needle bind off, cast off, optional sewing up for shoulders

Pattern by: Michelle Joy (Stewart), written in a less traditional style to be less technical and give the crafter room to adjust the fit and style

Additional information


Star, Natural, Taupe, Limeade, Iris, Pacific Blue, Sherbet Pink, Pineapple, Light Rain, Flossie, Scarlet, Indigo, Storm, Silk, Coral Fizz, Tropical

Add on wools

None, 1 ball, 2 balls, 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, 6 balls


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