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  • Craft: Knit
  • Free/Paid: Paid
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Yarn Weight: Dk
  • Yarn Base: Resilient Sock
  • Yarn Base: Pearlescent Fingering
  • Yarn Base: Sparkle Dk
  • Yardage: 800+
  • Project Type: Pullovers
  • Difficulty: Advanced
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XS (S, M, L) (XL, 2XL, 3XL) (4XL, 5XL) with finished bust measurements of 32 (36, 40, 44) (48, 54, 58) (62, 64)”/ 81 (91, 102, 112) (122, 137, 147) (157, 163) cm 

Designed to be worn with 2–4”/ 5–10 cm of positive ease.

Sample is shown in a size Small modeled on a 34”/86 cm bust with 2”/5 cm of ease. 


Expression Fiber Arts Resilient Sock, Sparkle DK, and Pearlescent Fingering yarn

Shown in color: Cherry Red

Yardage needed – Yarn Base 1: 300-625 yds (274-572 m), Yarn Base 2: 433-938 yds (396-858 m), and Yarn Base 3: 213-463 yds (195-423 m), depending on the size you make.

Use the table on page 6 of the pattern to find the amount of yarn needed for your size.

If you wish to make the torso longer, you will need additional yardage.

If those colors aren't available, any from this category or this category will work.


US sizes 3 (3.25 mm) and 4 (3.5 mm) 12” and 24–32” / 30 cm and 60–80 cm circular needles or size needed to achieve gauge


Advanced: For the adventurous knitter who loves to tackle something a bit more complicated. Skills/concepts include chart reading, yarn placement planning, two-stitch cables, decreasing, short rows, and garment sizing.

Notes from the Designer:

The Firebird is a character from Russian folklore that symbolized rebirth, beauty, and magic, and all three characteristics are represented in this sweater’s three-color fade. This very simple but effective pullover is worked bottom up to the underarms, separated for the front and back, and then joined at the shoulders with a three-needle bind off. The sleeves are picked up at the armholes, and the fade is worked in reverse. The neckline is finished with a twisted rib. The twisted cable motif on the front is reminiscent of the Firebird’s feathers, as it travels from the darkness into the light. For an even simpler garment, you can use a single color of yarn.

  • Click the Videos tab to watch a video tutorial on how to read the chart for right and wrong sides and how to work the cables featured in this top.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: You will need to decide upfront how you want to handle the fade of your garment. This is NOT noted in the pattern. 
  • For a single dark-to-light fade using three colors that covers the entire garment, divide your total expected length by five. (There are a total of five sections in the fade). For example, the sample shown has a total length of 19.75” (50 cm), which makes each section approximately 4” (10 cm).
  • Please note that length is very subjective, and only you will know for certain how long you want your garment to be. If uncertain, measure a favorite garment from the underarm to the bottom hem, and use that as your length measurement.
  • The first section is only worked with Yarn 1. The second section is worked alternating one round of Yarn 1 with one round of Yarn 2. The third section is only worked with Yarn 2. The fourth section is worked alternating one round of Yarn 2 with one round of Yarn 3. The fifth section is only worked with Yarn 3.
  • If you wish to add length to the torso, you will need to adjust the pattern accordingly, which will require additional yarn. 
  • Click here to watch a tutorial on German Short Rows.
  • When working the fade on the upper body after the split for front and back, you will be working back and forth, rather than in the round. To easily manage the yarn, work one right side row in the first color. Slide the stitches back, and work another right side row in your second color. Turn and repeat on the wrong side. This gets a little tricky when working the front charted stitches, so be sure to check that your stitches look correct after working the wrong side. 
  • The chart is on page 9, and the schematic is on page 10. 

Designed by Debi Maige


3.13.24 Neck and Shoulder Shaping instructions update. Please download a new version of the pattern.

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