Fort by Jared Flood


July 2013
both are used in this pattern
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in Checkerboard Stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
1275 - 1985 yards (1166 - 1815 m)
38 (41¼, 44½, 47½, 50¾, 54)" circumference at chest
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A utilitarian Shelter pullover distinguished by smart details will anchor any masculine wardrobe. A simple checkerboard of knits and purls creates subtle all-over texture, and a folded neckband in double rib adds a pleasing element of durable heft. Contrast-color elbow patches in Loft can be scholarly or playful, depending on your color choice. Fort is worked in the round to the underarms; the yoke and set-in sleeve caps are knit flat and seamed.


  • Pullover is worked in the round from hem to underarm. After binding off stitches for the underarms, Front and Back yokes are worked separately, back and forth, to the shoulders.
  • Sleeves are worked in the round from cuff to underarm; Sleeve caps are worked flat.
  • The doubled collar is picked up from the neck opening and worked circularly, changing needle sizes to shape it. The inner collar lining is tacked down on the inside of the garment to finish.
  • Optional garter stitch elbow patches are worked flat separately with fingering weight yarn in a contrasting color and then sewn onto sleeves.

Approximately 1275 (1395, 1495, 1670, 1800, 1985) yards of worsted weight wool yarn (MC)
Approximately 90 yards of fingering weight wool yarn (CC; for Elbow Patches only)
Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50 g): 10 (10, 11, 12, 13, 15) skeins MC
Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50 g): 1 skein CC
Photographed in color Artifact (MC) & Cast Iron (CC)

Sweater Gauge (worsted weight yarn):
20 stitches & 35 rounds = 4” in Checkerboard Stitch, using Size A needle(s) and MC, after blocking

Patch Gauge (fingering weight yarn):
28 stitches & 56 rows = 4” in garter stitch, using Size E needle(s) and CC, after blocking

Size A (for Main Fabric):
One each 16” and 32” circular needles, and one set of DPNs* in size needed to obtain Sweater Gauge
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Ribbing):
One each 16” and 32” circular needles, and one set of DPNs* two sizes smaller than Size A needle(s)
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size C (for Collar lining and Tubular Cast On only):
One each 16” and 32” circular needles, and one set of DPNs* three sizes smaller than Size A needle(s)
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Size D (for Collar Turning Round only):
One 16” circular needle, two sizes larger than Size A needle(s)
Suggested Size: 5½ mm (US 9)

Size E (for Elbow Patches only):
One pair of straight or a circular needle(s) in size needed to obtain Patch Gauge listed above
Suggested Size: 2¼ mm (US 1)

Note: 32” circular needle can be used instead of 16” circular needle and DPNs if using Magic Loop Method for working small circumferences in the round

38 (41¼, 44½, 47½, 50¾, 54)“ circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 44½” with +4½“ ease on model

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

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