Schoolhouse Shetland Pullover by Meg Swansen
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Schoolhouse Shetland Pullover

January 1996
Jamieson & Smith Shetland Fingering-Weight Wool
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch (St st) and colorwork pat using size 4 needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm

Pattern description from Knitting in America: “Meg’s Schoolhouse Shetland Pullover, full of interesting technical detail, is worked in the round, with steeks at the armholes and the neck. The sleeves are shaped on the top side, which causes them to slope down from the shoulder in a more anatomically correct manner than a straight dropped shoulder, which is typically shaped under the arm. The neckline is finished and the shoulders united with I-cord. Instructions are given for continuing the I-cord from the shoulder down the sleeve or ending it at the armhole. Instructions for decreasing to create a bloused sleeve (as in Meg’s prototype) as well as instructions for a standard tapered sleeve are also provided. Interestingly, the lower border is neither ribbed nor hemmed but is prevented from curling by a technique Meg calls ‘purl when you can.’ Anytime the pattern graph calls for the background color to be used above a stitch of the same color, the stitch is purled. The resulting texture is close enough to garter stitch or seed stitch to obviate curling and still not have any ‘purl bloops’ showing (’bloops’ will show if you purl over a stitch of a different color). Meg chose Jamieson & Smith’s Shetland fingering-weight wool in Loch Maree, a very dark green, and Slate Blue for this sweater. The pattern for the Schoolhouse Shetland Pullover appears on page 213.”


  • To fit woman’s or man’s Small (Medium, Lage, X-Large)
  • Bust/chest at underarm: 38(42,46,50)“
  • Length from shoulder 25(26,27,27)“
  • Sleeve width at upper arm 15(17,19,20)“


  • 8 (8, 9, 10)pz each Shetland fingering-weight wool in Loch Maree (Dark - D) and Slate Blue (Light - L)
  • One each size 4 circular needle 24”, 16” and 11” long (or one set dpn instead of 11”) or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Stitch holder

First published in hardcover as Knitting in America (Artisan, 1996)