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Mauri Tau Pullover

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“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.” ― Elizabeth Zimmerman

The ever well-known quote by Elizabeth Zimmerman definitely rings true during these very troubled times.

Mauri Tau (calm, serene in Te Reo Mãori, though I personally understand it as “settling of the soul”) is a top-down yoke pullover featuring an eye-catching slip stitch motif. The slip stitch motif is simple enough that you can use your more variegated yarns to knit it up in and not lose the beauty of the stitch pattern.

This pattern can be easily adjusted at the body for length and waist shaping modifications. You can even add in extra flourishes at the sleeves and hem of the pattern if you so desire.

It is my hope that the ease of the slip-stitch pattern and meditative nature of the stockinette stitch will be able to create a soothing knitting experience (and even if you put it down for a while, it will be quite easy to see where you left off!). The pattern includes stitch count checkpoints, tables for all sleeve decrease rows, written and charted instructions (along with a mobile and LVA version), graded in 14 sizes up to a 66 in. bust.

May this project bring you some serenity to your soul.

Note about the LVA version. This version includes:

All black text
Sans serif font
No italics
All directions fully written out
24 point font size


  • Fingering/4-ply
  • The yarn is elastic and springy with a good twist that allows the textured stitches to pop out.
  • Yarn Café Creations Espresso Fingering Weight (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 437 yds./400 m; 100 g). 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5) 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6 skeins in Pepper (MC) and 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2 skein(s) in Mystic Topaz (CC).

  • US 4/3.5 mm and US 5/3.75 mm or size needed to obtain gauge 32 in./ 80 cm circular needle, and double-pointed needles or magic loop needle for sleeves.
  • A long circular needle is recommended in order to accommodate the large number of stitches.

  • 26 sts and 32 rnds over 4 in./10 cm in St. st with US 5/3.75 mm after blocking.
  • Stitch markers
  • Waste yarn or stitch holders
  • Darning/tapestry needle


  • Sizes 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 with measurements to fit 28 (30, 32, 36, 40, 42, 44) 46, 48, 52, 56, 60, 62, 66 in./71 (76, 81, 91, 102, 107, 112) 117, 122, 132, 142, 152, 157, 168 cm.
  • Pullover is designed with 2-3 in./5-7.5 cm of positive ease.

  • M1 increase
  • K2tog and ssk decrease
  • Simple cables
  • Slip stitches
  • Cable Cast-On

This pattern has been tech edited and test knit to ensure the best knitting experience as possible for you! If you require pattern support, I only respond to queries for pattern help via email ONLY. Email me at
You will get the following files:
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