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  • Craft: Knit
  • Free/Paid: Paid
  • Yarn Weight: Dk
  • Yarn Base: Dewy Dk
  • Yardage: 800+
  • Project Type: Pullovers
  • Difficulty: Advanced
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Sizes are based on actual bust measurement and are designed to be worn with 2” of ease: A – XS/32-34” (B – S/36-38”, C – M/40-42”D – L/ 44-46”) (E – XL/48-50”, F – 2XL/52-54”, G – 3XL/56-58”) H – 4XL/60-62”.

The sample shown is a size B (Small) and is shown on a 34” bust with 2” of positive ease.


Expression Fiber Arts Dewy DK yarn

Sample is shown in color: Pink Pearl

5-7 skeins are needed based on your selected size. If you decide to add additional rounds, you will need additional yarn.

Yardage requirements can be found on page 8.

If that color isn't available, any from this category will work.


US size 6 (4.00mm) circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge

The Small sample shown here was made using 32” (81cm) circular needles for the body of the sweater. For the neck and sleeves, 16” (41cm) circular needles were used. Double pointed needles were used to knit the sleeve ribbing.


Intermediate to Advanced - This pattern is for those who feel comfortable with knitting and have made a few projects, using various skills and techniques. Skills/concepts include garment construction, German Short Rows, and intermediate embroidery skills, if you plan to add embroidery. 

Notes from the Designer:

Malvarosa is the Italian word for hollyhock. Hollyhocks are popular, ornamental garden plants. During the Victorian era, the hollyhock symbolized both ambition and fecundity in the language of flowers. One of the meanings of the word fecundity is the ability to produce many new ideas. That is the reason why Malvarosa is the perfect name for this sweater.

The sweater is a knitted, cropped sweater with gorgeous, puffy, bishop sleeves. The knitter picks the color, whether to add embroidery, the colors of embroidery thread, and how much or how little embroidery is desired. You will love your sweater. Enjoy creating your ideas!

  • Click the Videos tab to watch a tutorial on how to embroider your sweater.
  • The pattern includes two short row sections for shaping the bust and shoulders, and the German Short Row method is recommended. Click here to watch a video on this technique.
  • The pattern has long, puffy bishop sleeves with cuffs. The Stockinette section on the sleeves is knitted to the bend of the wrist, just below the wrist bone. At that point, you’ll begin the cuff ribbing, and this creates the sleeve puff. Occasionally try on the sleeve to ensure it is the correct length for your body.
  • Malvarosa is knit with a semi-solid yarn in a single color. The embroidery is optional. The embroidered flowers add a nice touch to your sweater. I added flowers to the yoke of the sweater. If you want flowers all over your sweater, go for it!    
  • The joy of knitting a sweater from the top down is that you can try it on as you go and modify it as needed. Try on your sweater several times to test your fit. You can always add increase or decrease rounds between the sections for a better fit. Adding additional rounds will require additional yardage.
  • Be sure and check the table on page 9 for the stitch count at each increase.
  • When you follow the decrease section of the body under the arms, you will decrease the body by 2”. This decrease adds shaping that narrows down to the waist.
  • When you follow the decrease section of the body under the arms, you will decrease the body by 2”. This decrease adds shape narrowing down to the waist.
  • VERY IMPORTANT – If you wonder what row you are on, count the rows on the middle front of the sweater. The back has extra rows for the short row sections. Remember, your row/round count will be off if you count the rows/rounds on the back of your sweater. Count the rows in the front of the yoke all the way down to the BO. I suggest keeping a safety pin or removable stitch marker handy and moving it down the body IN THE FRONT, as you reach every 10th row. Use this method to track your count on each sleeve, too.

Designed by Candy Key

Errata: On page 9 of the pattern, the row with the stitch count "After the ribbing" was added to the chart.

Errata: On page 6 of the pattern, a typo in round numbers was fixed.

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