Basil | Alsia

This kit includes the yarn to crochet the Alsia pullover, designed by Reed Keyes and published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 38: Autumn 2021.

Yarn (included):

Hooks & Notions (not included):

  • 4mm / US 6 crochet hook
  • 8 removable stitch markers
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle
  • safety pins or locking stitch markers (optional, 10-12 recommended)


Alsia is worked flat in pieces from the bottom up and seamed. Hem and cuff ribbing is worked lengthwise to desired width, then stitches are worked widthwise across long edge of ribbing to desired length. Decreases shape the shoulders. Shoulder detail is worked across decrease edges, with additional decreases for back and front neck shaping. Shoulders are joined before starting the collar, which is worked directly around neckline, back and forth in the round, to the desired height. Collar is then folded in half to inside of work and the edge is loosely stitched down to secure. Be sure not to pull yarn tight when stitching to help keep neckline stretchy. Sleeves are attached to body before seaming side body and sleeves.
Garment as written is hip-length. For a more cropped garment, begin back/front shaping sooner. For a longer garment, work more rows before shaping. Sleeves are designed to be full-length. If a shorter sleeve is desired, work fewer rows between increases to ensure full number of increases is completed. For a closer-fitting sleeve, work a smaller sleeve size. For a looser-fitting sleeve, work a larger size. If working a different size sleeve than body, work length to back/front shaping that corresponds with sleeve size to ensure armhole is the correct size for sleeve worked. Additional yarn will be needed if adding length or adjusting sleeve size.
US crochet terminology used throughout.

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