Breslin by Julie Hoover


March 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette stitch or Chart Patterns with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
1510 - 2595 yards (1381 - 2373 m)
33¼ (37¼, 41¼, 45¼, 49¼, 53¼)" [84.5 (94.5, 105, 115, 125, 135.5) cm] circumference at chest
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Set-in sleeves and waist shaping update the traditional boxy gansey for women who prefer a sleeker fit. Both yoke and upper sleeves are textured with a spare, high-relief, industrial pattern that recalls beams, trusses, and grating. The reverse stockinette body and sleeves are knit circularly to the underarm, then all pieces are completed working flat and sewn together. An open, minimally finished neckline and a light fabric of Loft make Breslin great for layering over collared shirts.

This sweater can’t miss in nautical blues and greys, but consider an unconventional choice like Meteorite or Fauna for an earthier, warmer look.


The body is worked in the round from the hem to the armholes, then divided for front and back. The back and front are worked flat separately to the shoulders. The sleeves are worked in the round to the underarms, then the sleeve cap is worked flat. The neckband is picked up after garment assembly and worked circularly.


1510 (1725, 1930, 2115, 2370, 2595) yards of fingering weight wool yarn


6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Sweatshirt


24 stitches & 38 rounds/rows = 4” in reverse stockinette stitch or chart patterns with Size A needle(s), after blocking
Note: Be sure to swatch both stitch patterns.


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One each 16” and 32” circular needles, and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs), in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Size B (for Ribbing)
One 32” circular needle and one set of DPNs, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)

Size C (for Tubular Cast On)
One 32” circular needle and one set of DPNs, one size smaller than Size B
Suggested Size: 2¾ mm (US 2)

32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (e.g. Sleeves).

Finished Dimensions

33¼ (37¼, 41¼, 45¼, 49¼, 53¼)“; 84.5 (94.5, 105, 115, 125, 135.5) cm circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 37¼” (94.5 cm) with 5¼“ (13.5 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:
1x1 Tubular Cast On (Circular Knitting; even number of stitches)
Sloped Bind Off
Sewn Bind Off (Elizabeth Zimmermann’s method)

Skill Level

3 out of 5

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