Breton by Jared Flood


September 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch; after blocking
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
1100 - 1800 yards (1006 - 1646 m)
32½ (36, 40, 43½, 47, 51)" finished circumference at chest
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“This pullover is an homage to the classic Breton Shirt – an iconic mainstay of 20th century nautical fashion. I knit mine with two colors that feature high value contrast to emphasize the graphic nature of the striping pattern, though your own experimentation with color is, as always, encouraged! Knit in Loft, Breton is great for layering under jackets to add that extra “something” to an outfit as the bold stripes peek through, or on its own as a graphic piece that isn’t overstated. With a slim sleeve and just enough body shaping to flatter, this is a classic look that never goes out of style.” – Jared Flood


  • Garment is knit flat in four separate pieces.
  • After seaming, neckband is picked up and worked circularly.
  • Garment features a fully fashioned shoulder – front shoulder tops are bound off in a straight line, while back shoulder tops are sloped.

Two colors of fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:
Background Color (BC): 830 (915, 1030, 1120, 1270, 1380) yards
Stripe Color (SC): 270 (290, 320, 360, 385, 415) yards

Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia Wool; 275 yards/50g); 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins of BC; 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) of SC
Photographed in colors Fossil (BC) & Cast Iron (SC)

Working and Finished Gauge: 26 stitches & 40 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch with Gauge Needle, relaxed after blocking

Size A (Gauge Needle): One 32” circular or pair of straight needles in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)

Size B: One 16”circular two sizes smaller than Gauge Needle
Suggested Size: 2¾ mm (US 2)

Size C: One 16” circular three sizes smaller than Gauge Needle
Suggested Size: 2¼ mm (US 1)

32½ (36, 40, 43½, 47, 51)“ finished (blocked and seamed) circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 36” with +3” of ease on model

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