Kirwin by Julie Hoover


December 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in pattern from Right Diagonal or Left Diagonal Chart with Size A needle, after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
930 - 1495 yards (850 - 1367 m)
52½ (56½, 64, 68)" [133.5 (143.5, 162.5, 172.5) cm] circumference at chest
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Simple comfort elevated by carefully chosen details will make this poncho vest a practical favorite. With a split hem and a cartridge rib collar wide enough to wear comfortably over button-downs, Kirwin is gently flattering and easy to style. The fabric is textured with a diagonal seeded pattern that changes direction on the bias. An exposed seam highlights the gracefully sloped shoulders, and I-cord edges create a neat, minimalist finish. Knit Kirwin in a classic neutral to go with everything you own or choose a pop of your signature color.


The pieces are worked flat from the bottom up. The shoulders are joined using Modified Exposed Joinery Bind Off and the front and back are sewn together for 6” just below the underarm. The neckband is picked up and worked circularly after garment assembly.


1080 (1250, 1540, 1740) total yards of worsted weight wool yarn


8 (9, 12, 13) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50 grams)
Photographed in color Long Johns


17 stitches & 29 rows = 4” in pattern from Right Diagonal or Left Diagonal Chart with Size A needle, after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One 32” circular needle and one spare needle (any style) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for Collar)
One 16” circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Finished Dimensions

52½ (56½, 64, 68)“ / 133.5 (143.5, 162.5, 172.5) cm circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 52½” (133.5 cm) with 20½“ (52 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:
Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method
Modified Exposed Joinery Bind Off
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.