Alta is an old-school cabled turtleneck with some serious upgrades: Gorgeous wool-silk yarn, a lovely set of stitch patterns, and a bit of waist shaping to keep things tailored.

This traditional pattern is written in 12 sizes and can be downloaded immediately after purchase.

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Alta happened when I tried to imagine an updated version of the old-school ski sweater, done in a way that flatters the figure.

It has a few modern updates, but will still keep you toasty warm all winter. The luscious wool-silk blend in a large, modern turtleneck positively cuddles your neck. The longer sleeves do the same for your wrists. The cables are intricate enough to be interesting but aren’t fussy, lending a classic look to this longer sweater. Vertical waist shaping darts keep everything supremely flattering. The combination of lace and cablework gives the sweater a somewhat delicate feel.

And of course, the yarn can’t be beat. Spirit Trail Fiberworks Birte is a glorious blend of wool and silk that lends just the right drape, color depth, and sheen to this classic sweater. Should you desire to substitute yarn, please choose a yarn that produces a slightly springy, drapey fabric at gauge.


30½ (32, 34, 36½, 38½, 40, 42, 46½, 50, 54½)”/77.5 (81.5, 86.5, 92.5, 98, 101.5, 106.5, 118, 127, 138.5) cm

Intended to be worn with 1-2” (2.5 – 5 c) ease in the bust (or upper torso)


22 sts and 30 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch


Spirit Trail Fiberworks Birte [75% merino; 15% cashmere; 10% silk]: 275 yds/251 m per 113 g hank, shown in color Graphite: 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) hanks or 1112 (1202, 1269, 1393, 1501, 1577, 1671, 1821, 1993, 2198) yds / 1015 (1097, 1158, 1271, 1370, 1440, 1525, 1663, 1819, 2006) m.


Alta is constructed in pieces from the bottom up, with set-in sleeves. The neckline is picked up and worked after seaming.


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