Vanora by Michele Wang


March 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1650 - 2855 yards (1509 - 2611 m)
37 (41¾, 46¼, 51, 55¾, 60¼)" [94 (106, 117.5, 129.5, 141.5, 153) cm] circumference at chest
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This featherweight interpretation of the gansey is entirely feminine and perfect for dressing up. The slight A-line is embellished with flattering diagonals formed by small, simple mirrored cables and jaunty tilted blocks of purl stitches. All pieces are worked flat from the bottom up and sewn together; a few stitches at the shallow V-neck form a cabled self-edging that’s grafted at the back neck and stitched in place for a quietly perfect finish. Modified drop shoulders delineated by cables yield an attractive detail at the upper arm; the bracelet-length stockinette sleeves keep the look simple and understated.

Vanora’s tranquil texture shifts will be shown to best advantage in a pale color. We used Fossil, but a soft hue like Postcard, Foothills or Bale will work beautifully, too.


The hat shown in these photos is our Crag cap — click here to read more about this pattern.


  • The pieces are worked flat from the bottom up and sewn together. The front neck has a few stitches which form a self- finished edge, which are then continued on each side after the shoulder bind-offs to make an edging for the back neck. The edgings are joined using Kitchener Stitch and sewn to the back neck edge.
  • The Sloped Bind Off is used at the shoulder edges.


1650 (1845, 2100, 2340, 2615, 2855) yards of fingering weight wool yarn


6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Fossil


23 stitches & 34 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch, after blocking
24 stitches & 35 rows = 4” in Right or Left Diagonals Chart, after blocking
4-stitch panel from Right or Left Cable Chart measures ½“ wide


One pair of straight needles or a 24” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used.

Finished Dimensions

37 (41¾, 46¼, 51, 55¾, 60¼)“; 94 (106, 117.5, 129.5, 141.5, 153) cm circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 41¾” (106 cm) with 9¾“ (25 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:
Sloped Bind Off
Backward Loop Cast On
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Skill Level

3 out of 5

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