Auster Pullover by Michele Wang

Auster Pullover

September 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1540 - 2195 yards (1408 - 2007 m)
39¾ (43¼, 47¼, 50¾, 54¾, 57¾)" [101 (110, 120, 129, 139, 146.5) cm] circumference at chest
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Auster is a handsome modified raglan with a branching cable motif layered over a tracery of diamonds. The front and back are patterned with allover texture standing proud against reverse stockinette sleeves. This straight-bodied crewneck in Shelter is designed for a classic fit, just right for wearing over buttondowns during the cold months. Choose a pale neutral to emphasize the cable motifs; for the wearer who prefers an understated look, pick a dark shade like Artifact (shown here), Soot, or even Cast Iron.

The pieces are worked separately and sewn together. The neckband is picked up and worked circularly after garment assembly.


1540 (1640, 1700, 1835, 2065, 2195) yards of worsted weight yarn


11 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool 140 yards/50 grams)
Sample photographed in color Artifact


18 stitches & 28 rows = 4” in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
24 stitches & 27 rows = 4” in Vine Chart pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking
One 22-stitch repeat from Vine Chart measures approximately 3¾“ wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for Ribbing)
One each 16” and 32” circular needles, two sizes smaller than Size A Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Size C (optional; for Sleeve Tubular Cast On only)
One 32” circular needle, one size smaller than Size B
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.

Finished Dimensions

39¾ (43¼, 47¼, 50¾, 54¾, 57¾)“ 101 (110, 120, 129, 139, 146.5) cm circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 43¼” (110 cm) with 2¼“ (5.5 cm) ease on model

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
2x2 Tubular Cast On
Sloped Bind Off
Binding Off Over Cabled Fabrics
2x2 Tubular Bind Off
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Skill Level

3 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.