August 2010
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in diagonal rib
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1722 - 2460 yards (1575 - 2249 m)
43", 47", 50", 54" chest
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Erratum: The third line of the sleeve instructions should say to being the increases on Row 6 of the sleeve, which is a RS row, instead of on Row 5. Continue working sleeve increases every 6th row (etc.) from there.

Most men prefer sweaters that are practical and comfortable, but a little luxurious high style never hurt anyone. The merino-cashmere blend yarn used here means this sweater can be worn right next to the skin.

I am a historian of science, so I name some of my designs for scientific figures from the past. In the 1870s, Scottish mill owner Joseph Dawson traveled to Kashmir to attend his daughter’s wedding. There, he saw how Kashmiris dehaired, spun, and wove cashmere shawls by hand. After Dawson returned home, he developed and patented the first mechanical process for dehairing this fiber, and he is widely credited as the founder of the modern cashmere industry.


  • 14 (16, 18, 20) skeins / 1722 (1968, 2214, 2460) yds KnitPicks Capra (85% merino wool, 15% cashmere), shown in Admiral if subbing, choose a worsted-weight yarn
  • size 6 (4 mm) circular needle – or size needed to obtain gauge – at least 24” length
  • 2 additional size 6 (4 mm) needles (straight or circular; any length) for working 3-needle bind-off
  • size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle – or 2 sizes smaller than needle that obtains gauge – 24” length

Sweater designed to fit with 2-4” positive ease. The sweater pictured measures 43” and is worn with 1” positive ease.

Pattern includes detailed instructions about how to do short rows and three-needle bind off, so is a great place to start if you would like to learn these techniques.