Chainlink by Norah Gaughan


January 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Chain-link Pattern (Charts B and C, and Swatch Chart) with Size A needle, after blocking
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1745 - 2655 yards (1596 - 2428 m)
37½ (41½, 45½, 49, 53, 57)” circumference at chest
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This showstopping multidirectional puzzle in Loft is quintessential Norah Gaughan. Inspired by a quiet photograph of a wire fence in the Metropolitan collection, Chainlink features kite-shaped panels worked from the bottom up in ribbing and delicate cable mesh. An unusual butterfly hem creates a flattering shape over the hips. Knit in pieces and seamed, Chainlink will call on all your skills and reward you with an unforgettable garment.


The front and back are alike and are worked separately. Two side inserts are made first and placed on hold. The center panel is then worked from the bottom up, first in a ribbed section, and then in Chain-link Pattern in the main pattern panel, while increasing. The ribbing stitches are then transferred to holders, and new stitches are cast on to continue the ribbings. At this point, the side inserts are incorporated into the piece. After joining, stitches are increased in the side inserts, and decreased in the main pattern panel, so that the stitch count remains the same and the top of the main pattern panel mirrors the bottom. The shoulders are shaped by binding off stitches. The neck shaping is a combination of binding off, decreasing, and the interior shaping created by where the shaping is placed within the piece. Miter inserts are worked where the ribbing stitches bordering the main pattern panel were held and then cast on again. This ensures that the piece will lie flat. A ribbing is worked on each side of the lower part of the front. The side inserts, which were worked first, are then sewn to the side of the miter inserts and the ribbing. The shoulder seams are sewn, and then the sleeve stitches are picked up and the sleeves are worked flat down to the cuffs.


1745 (1895, 2055, 2315, 2490, 2655) yards of fingering weight wool yarn


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


29 stitches & 36 rows = 4” in Chain-link Pattern (Charts B and C, and Swatch Chart) with Size A needle, after blocking
26 stitches & 34 rows = 4” in 3×3 Ribbing with Size A needle, after blocking
24 stitches & 34 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
27 stitches & 48 rows = 4” in Garter Ribbing (Charts E and F) with Size B needle, after blocking

For sleeves:

21 stitches & 32 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size C needle, after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauges listed
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Size B (for Ribbing)
One each 16” and 32” circular needles, two sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 2¾ mm (US 2)

Size C (for Sleeves)
One 32” circular needle, in size needed to obtain sleeve gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Finished Dimensions

37½ (41½, 45½, 49, 53, 57)” circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 41½” with + 8½” 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
Cabled Cast On
Sloped Bind Off

Skill Level

5 out of 5

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