#24 Map of the World Sweater by Kay Niederlitz
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#24 Map of the World Sweater

March 1991
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in over Stockinette stitch and colorwork using larger needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
Bust at underarm 43 (46, 49)"/108 (115, 122)cm
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Errata available: vogueknitting.com

Pattern Description from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2007: “Designer Kay Niederlitz’s global mastery of colorwork is evident in her Map of the World sweater, a two-sided garment with intarsia hemispheres on either side. the world is greener today than it was in ‘91, so Niederlitz updated the palette in eight earthy shades of ‘Saucy’ mercerized cotton by Reynolds/JCA. the oversize pullover is simply constructed: dropped shoulders, crew neck, narrow-ribbed edges.”

“Oversized, reversible front-to-back pullover with intarsia knit map of the world motif, drop shoulders and crewneck.”

Knitted Measurements:

  • Small (Medium, Large)
  • Bust at underarm 43 (46, 49)”/108 (115, 122)cm
  • Length 25 (25, 26)”/62.5 (62.5, 65)cm
  • Upper arm 20 (20, 21)”/50 (50, 52)cm


  • 1991 Colors: 3½oz/100g skeins (each approx 185yd)/167m) of Reynolds Saucy (mercerized cotton) in #50 turquoise (A); 3 balls in #3555 light teal (B); 1 ball each in #529 green (C), #372 fuchsia (D), #385 orange (E), #341 light orange (F), #365 pink (G), #130 yellow (H) and #654 lilac (I).
  • 2007 Colors: 3½oz/100g skeins (each approx 185yd)/169m) of Reynolds/JCA Saucy (mercerized cotton) in #57 spruce (A), #899 black (B), #753 beige (C), #960 greek olive (D), #729 brown (E), #528 sage (F), #2821 grey (G), #405 golden wheat (H) and #536 emerald (I).
  • One pair each sizes 5 and 7 (3¾ and 4½mm) needles or size to obtain gauge
  • Size 5 (3¾mm) circular needle 16”/40cm
  • Bobbins
  • Stitch markers


  1. You can download the charts from Vogue’s website or oder them by mail.
  2. When working charts, use separate bobbin of yarn for each large block of color. When changing colors, twist yarns on WS to prevent holes.
  3. When working a rib st in a new color, k it on RS rows and p it on WS rows.
  4. Knit first and last st of every row for selvage sts. do not count these sts at seam edges when measuring pieces. work incs and decs at edges inside of these sts.
  5. The instructions and charts are written for the 1991 version. The 2007 version shows the garment in reverse.

A new version of this was printed in the Fall 2007 issue. The 1991 version was available as a leaflet, but may be out of print now.

It is #29 in the original VK Spring/Summer 1991

Charts Note: a/o 10/5/09
Charts are at http://www.vogueknitting.com, select “Charts”. Charts for this issue are at:
The links for the left and right sleeves are not correct on Vogue’s website. Here are the direct links for all 4 charts:

Link that works.