I’ve been wanting a sporty cabled pullover for some time now – the kind of thing you can throw on with jeans and hiking boots before you head off into adventure. When Jen of Spirit Trail Fiberworks sent me her newest yarn, Zalti, I knew the combination would be divine. I played around with some simple cables, fiddled with the neckline a bit, and haven’t looked back.

Verglas is worked with cables on the sleeves and front, with a plain Stockinette back to accommodate a little bit of waist shaping. Locating waist shaping on the back only keeps the sweater from feeling too stiff and boxy, while avoiding a super-fitted look – which I feel would be at odds with the fundamentally sweatshirt nature of this design.

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The Zalti is soft, sproingy, and such a pleasure to knit with. It plumps up perfectly into these cables, and honestly I can’t imagine a more soothing thing to put on for a crisp, cold day. The cables are fun to work and since CustomFit automatically accounts for the cables pulling in width-wise, you can swatch in simple Stockinette. You can order the yarn for Verglas, along with a copy of the pattern, in a kit directly from Jen at Spirit Trail Fiberworks: Click here to order.

One note on fit: The sample was made for me, in an “average fit”, which is snugger than what’s shown here. I decided to photograph it on my friend Beth, to demonstrate what CustomFit’s looser fits look like. Beth and I have very similar shoulders, and I’m larger throughout the body all around than she is. So in these photos, she’s wearing Verglas with something just a bit smaller than an “oversized” fit would be. Of course, it’s hard to see motion with still photos, so Beth (because she is made of awesome) gave us all a dancing montage:


You can make your own version of Verglas right on CustomFit – I hope you love it as much as I do!