Nantasket by Amy Herzog


July 2013
Sport (12 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
551 - 1366 yards (504 - 1249 m)
29½ (31¾, 32¾, 35, 37, 39¼, 41½, 43¾, 44¾, 47, 49, 53½)"/75 (80.5, 83, 89, 94, 99.5, 105.5, 111, 113.5, 119.5, 124.5, 136) cm
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Nantasket is available in two formats!

The original pattern, available here, is a traditional pattern, written in multiple sizes, with a fixed gauge. You get both the pullover and the cardigan as part of this traditional pattern. To make the traditional pattern fit you well, modifications are likely required. (My books, Knit to Flatter and Knit Wear Love, have guidance on selecting a size and performing the modification math, as does my website.)

The cardigan version of Nantasket is currently only available in traditional pattern form.

The pullover version of Nantasket is available both in traditional pattern form, and directly via CustomFit. CustomFit will write a Nantasket pattern specifically to your personal gauge, measurements, and choice of fit.

If you’d like to make a CustomFit-Nantasket-Cardigan “Mash Up”, I’ve written a free worksheet to help. Click here to get an explanation and download the worksheet.

Photographs copyright Amy Herzog 2013. Technical editing by Alison Green.

Nantasket is an easy, breezy choose-your-own adventure tank. The simple lace trim is a great introduction to stitch patterning, the stockinette portions are a snap to modify, and it comes both in a v-neck cardigan version and a scoop-neck pullover. What more could you want?

  • For the knitter, Nantasket is a simple, portable little thing that’s easy to take on all of your jaunts. The lace pattern? Easy to memorize. The rest? Effortless Stockinette stitch. The yarn, and size? Perfect for toting along in the car, on the beach, or wherever your feet take you.
  • For her wardrobe, Nantasket is a crowd-pleaser. It’s versatile, drapey, a great layering piece, and fits in everywhere: on the beach, in the office, or having warm-evening drinks on the patio. And, like all of my patterns, it’s designed to be easy to modify. So it’ll fit you perfectly, too.

The tank is constructed in pieces and then seamed, with edgings picked up and knit after seaming. This stabilizes the linen but if you’re using a sturdier yarn, it could be knit in one piece to the armholes and then flat.

Classic Elite’s Firefly is a stunningly drapey, soft, silky blend of viscose and linen. It’s comfortable to work with, produces a beautiful and interesting fabric, and is lightweight enough even for summertime walks on the beach. (Of course, it works equally well in other seasons, layered as shown here.) Should you decide to substitute yarn, I would suggest a fiber selection with a good amount of drape and movement.

Vertical darts enable easy customization to fit your needs. Should you desire less waist shaping than specified, either omit the shaping rows entirely, or omit/reduce only the shaping on the front of the sweater. Bustier women can work more increases on the front of the sweater, and not in the back. Extra stitches should be decreased into the neckline.

As with all patterns, compare the schematic against your own measurements and make alterations as necessary.