Barnyard Guernsey by Norah Gaughan

Barnyard Guernsey

May 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, blocked
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1000 - 1500 yards (914 - 1372 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Knit and purl stitches are artfully combined and balanced in this relaxed version of a guernsey pullover.

Designed by Norah Gaughan for Classic Elite in 1991, this classic drop shoulder pullover was originally knit in Tapestry wool/alpaca/mohair. We have altered the pattern to be worked in the round, instead of worked in pieces and seamed as the original. The fit of the sleeve is slightly slimmer in this new version, for a more modern silhouette.

The talented Norah Gaughan has been one of the most popular and prolific hand knitting designers for decades and she continues to amaze and enthrall knitters everywhere with her novel stitches, silhouettes and construction. Check out her website for more information on her newest book Knitted Cable Sourcebook and upcoming workshops here:

Skill Level

S (M/L, XL, 2XL/3XL)
Shown in size M/L

Finished Measurements
Bust: 35¼ (41¼, 47¼, 53)“
Length: 24 (25, 26, 27)”

MountainTop Vista by Classic Elite
(50% superfine alpaca, 50% wool; 50 g = approx 100 yards)
10 (12, 13, 15) hanks 6044 Fawn

Circular knitting needle (16” and 32” or longer) and dpn in size US 6 (4 mm) or size to obtain gauge.
Circular knitting needle (16”) and dpn in one size smaller.

Other Materials
Removable stitch markers

19 sts and 25 rows/rnds = 4” in St st, blocked. Take time to save time, check your gauge.

Originally knit in Tapestry and published in Knitting the New Classics: "This Guernsey-style sweater looks equally attractive on men and women. The rather complicated diamond pattern is formed using seed stitch. Unlike some Guernsey stitches, each side of the fabric is different, and complete concentration is necessary when knitting the yoke section. The rolled bottom edge completes the casual style of the sweater."

The original pattern is available on