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Falling Water Sweater: for Beginner Colorwork Knitters

by | All Designs, Knitting, Winter

If you’re looking or an easy and gratifying project, the Falling Water Sweater may be the one you’re looking for. With it’s simple construction and eye-catching motif, it’s a great yoke project for beginner colorwork knitters who are nervous about colorwork but want to try a new skill. The chunky yarn ensures this won’t be a project that languishes in a project bag for very long. When you’re finished, you’ll have a stunning and cozy new addition to your winter wardrobe.

falling water sweater collage pin


Where to Buy the Falling Water Sweater Pattern

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Get the complete knit kit from Lion Brand Yarn


The Inspiration

As indicated by its name, the Falling Water Sweater is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Falling Water House. Although I’ve never been, I love the different vertical and horizontal elements all stacked together and cantilevered out over a waterfall. The house seems to blending effortlessly into its natural environment. I tried to bring those vertical and horizontal elements to life in each section of the yoke, and used a variegated yarn to represent the journey, in a way, through the yoke. A bit abstract maybe, but I like the balance of color and minimalism in the motif.

variegated chunky yarn looks like stained glass window on a sweater

Yarn, Yardage, and Measurements

The Falling Water Sweater uses Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick, although I’m sure you can find and use alternative super bulky weight yarns. I appreciate the different colorways in the Wool Ease Thick and Quick line – there’s plenty of variegated options, as well as heathers and tweeds. There’s so many color combos available – keep scrolling to see some of the combinations my testers picked out.

chunky sweater and snowboots by icy pond

Below are the finished measurements and yardage requirements for sizes XS to 5XL of the Falling Water Sweater, including both the Main Color and Contrast Color.

Falling Water Sweater finished measurements

MC: 450 (500, 550, 650)(700, 750, 800, 850, 900) yds / 411 (457, 503, 594)(640, 685, 731, 777, 823)m of Category 5, bulky weight yarn

CC: (55 (60, 65, 70)(75, 80, 85, 90, 95) yds / 50 (55, 59, 64)(69, 73, 78, 82, 87)m of Category 5, bulky weight yarn

Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick and Quick (6oz/ 170g, 106yd/ 97m)

5 (5, 6, 7)(7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins in MC: Fisherman

1 skein in CC: Spice Market

chunky winter yoke sweater with snowboots

Skill Level

The Falling Water Sweater is a Level 2, Easy knitting pattern. You will need to be familiar with knitting in the round, the stockinette stitch, and a 1×1 ribbing. There are a few techniques to challenge a beginner or advanced beginner knitter – the pattern uses German short rows, and a centered double decrease to ensure a correct fit. And of course, there’s the colorwork itself. The motifs are straightforward for beginner colorwork knitters. For most sections, you can carry the unworked yarn on the inside of the yoke, but on a few rounds, you’ll need to know how to capture a float.

Bonus Tip:

Always capture the float at a different point for each round, so they’re not stacked on top of each other, which creates a visible gap on the front of your work!

stained glass look for beginner colorwork knitters


As with the Lola Hooded Vest, I had some wonderful testers confirming the fit of this sweater. They also picked out some beautiful and unexpected color combinations. Take a look below, and give them a follow to see more of their work!

variegated yarn on dark sweater

@najettemae used Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Eggplant and Eden


blue on blue falling water sweater

@firesidehandmade use Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Glacier and Dusk


color yoke on cream sweater

@beautifulyarnthings used Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman and Hudson Bay


white on black colorwork yoke

@bluecricketknits used Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Obsidian and Fisherman


rust and warm colors on a simple colorwork sweater

@meganinstitches used Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Spiced Apple and Jam Cookie


gold and burgundy yoke sweater

@macleanknits used Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Eggplant, Fisherman, and Mustard

@piece_o_knit used Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Carousel and Raspberry

@darlingferals used Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Hudson Bay and Fisherman

If you’re a beginner colorwork knitter, or just love colorwork yokes, share your projects with¬† me on Instagram @1dogwoof and tag your makes with #FallingWaterSweater!

bright sunburst colors on chunky colorwork yoke sweater

falling water sweater beginner colorwork yoke sweater



  1. Cathy

    I need the pattern for the 2 bunnies in the new country woman magazine!

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