Orphans for Orphans Sweater by Jeanne Dykstra

Orphans for Orphans Sweater

October 2006
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinettek stitch (St st)
US 8 - 5.0 mm
4.0 mm (G)
350 - 600 yards (320 - 549 m)
Child's S (M, L)
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This pattern is available for free: Jumper-Pattern-Knit-for-Peace.pdf

Pattern Description from Knitting for Peace page 106: “This cozy sweater is made using a novel construction technique that keeps the knitting interesting and the finishing minimal. The center front and back are worked in simple rectangular panels; stitches are picked up from those panels to knit the sides and sleeves all the way down to the cuff. With side seams knit of grafted together, little sewing is required at the end. Like many projects in this book, this one is a blank slate onto which you can apply your favorite stitch patterns and color combinations. It’s designed to use up ‘orphan’ balls of yarn in your stash.”

Finished Measurements: 23 (26, 29)“ chest

Yarn: 350 (475, 600) yards worsted-weight yarn. Shown in book in Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair (70% wool/30% mohair)


  • One pair straight needles size US 8 (5 mm).
  • One 24” circular (circ) needle size US 8 (5 mm).
  • Change needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Notions: Stitch holders, yarn needle, crochet hook size G/6 (4 mm), stitch markers (optional), cable needle (cn) (optional).

Note: If choosing different stitch patters for Front and Back Panels, take care to match gauge.