Cobra by Laura Bennett


November 2007
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1075 - 1505 yards (983 - 1376 m)
Finished chest: 42 (44, 48, 52)"
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Pattern description from Son of Stitch ‘n Bitch: “This simple and contemporary sweater design was born of a collaborative process involving several men who are pretty persnickety when it comes to what they wear. The shape of the sweater is inspired by the ever-popular fleece sweatshirts. The stripes are inspired by my dad’s AC Shelby Cobra (a famous roadster from the 1960s), and I suppose there’s something snakelike about the zipper at the neck as well, as it can open to allow even the largest of heads to slip comfortably through. I made it using a moderately priced alpaca blend that men seem particularly drawn to because it is lightweight, warm, and has an understated softness. The contemporary simplicity of this design is made easy because I wrote the pattern s that you can knit almost all of the body and the sleeves in the round. Life is so much happier when there are fewer ends to work away!”


  • S (M, L, XL)
  • Finished chest: 42 (44, 48, 52)“
  • Finished length: 24 (25, 26, 27)“


  • Berroco Ultra Alpaca (50% alpaca, 50% wool; 100g/215yd)
  • MC: 4 (4, 5, 6) hanks #6289 Charcoal Mix
  • CC: 1 hank #6281 Redwood Mix
  • US 8 (5mm) 16” and 36” circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 8 (5mm) double-pointed needles (set of 5)
  • Waste yarn
  • 7”-9” invisible zipper in black
  • Sewing needle and matching thread