Ginsberg by Norah Gaughan


September 2017
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
1090 - 1555 yards (997 - 1422 m)
25¾ (31½)" [65.5 (80) cm] back width at chest; approximately 22 (26)" [56 (66) cm] length from shoulder
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Ginsberg’s dramatic volume creates a striking silhouette and a cocoon of snuggly warmth. The knitting begins with a barn roof-shaped back piece, with the fronts worked on stitches picked up from the upper gambrel slopes. These projecting wings fold over the shoulders and are seamed to the back piece at the sides. Hem ribbing is worked along the fronts and back in one piece. Cables and blocks of textured stitches create a large-scale plaid effect on the fabric. Cuffs are knit in the round on stitches picked up after seaming to form a gentle puff above the elbow. We knit Ginsberg in woodsy Serpentine; choose Obsidian for mystery or creamy Gypsum for wear-with-anything magic appeal.


The back is worked first from the bottom up. Both fronts are picked up along the sloped edges of the upper back and worked simultaneously from the top down. The back and fronts are joined to work the lower ribbing in a single piece.


  • 1090 (1555) total yards of chunky weight wool yarn


  • 6 (8) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Quarry (100% American Targhee-Columbia Wool; 200 yards/100 grams)
  • Photographed in color Serpentine


  • 14 stitches & 22 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
  • 19-stitch cable and texture panel from chart = 5” wide with Size A needle, after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 6½ mm (US 10½)

Size B (for Ribbing)

  • One each 16” and 32” circular needles, two sizes smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 5½ mm (US 9)

Finished Dimensions

  • 25¾ (31½)“ 65.5 (80) cm back width at chest; approximately 22 (26)” 56 (66) cm length from shoulder
  • Intended to fit 32–42 (44–54)“ 81.5–106.5 (112–137) cm chest circumference
  • Sample shown in Serpentine is 25¾” 65.5 cm wide on model with 31″ 78.5 cm chest
  • Sample shown in Moonstone is 25¾” 65.5 cm wide on model with 34″ 86 cm chest

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Skill Level

3 out of 5

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