gratitude by Lori Versaci


September 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Seed Stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
950 - 1375 yards (869 - 1257 m)
XS (S, M, L)(1X, 2X, 3X) for bust size 30 (34, 38, 42)(46, 50, 54)"/76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5)(117, 127, 137)cm
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At the end of each yoga class, my teacher asks us to think of 3 things we are grateful for today. Throughout the pandemic, knitting has always been on my list. So during this stressful time, I have gravitated toward designs that are rhythmic and meditative to knit and easy to wear.

GRATITUDE is a classic, seed stitch pullover with clean lines, beautiful side vent detail and an I-cord edge worked from the hem-to-cuff. Knit all-in-one piece from the bottom up, GRATITUDE is knit in DK weight yarn on US size 8 or 9 needles. I have knit my GRATITUDEs in one of my favorite brand yarns, Shibui Knits, for an extra luxurious experience. It should be noted that I needed a different size needle when knitting with the silk/linen yarn, KOAN, than with the wool yarns, NEST and HAVEN, so it is really important to knit a swatch to check your gauge before setting out.

I chose 3 different Shibui yarns for my GRATITUDEs: the first I knit in KOAN held double for a wonderful summer look, but as fall approached, I knit a second one out of NEST for a warmer version. Of course when Shibui launched their newest yarn, HAVEN, I could not resist, so I went ahead and knit a third GRATITUDE, this time in the stunning Paprika color (it was a hard choice, as I am also in love with Deep Water)!

While normally I would knit a size M for myself, with GRATITUDE I chose to knit 2 of my sweaters in a size M and then knit the third on in a size L for a bit more ease! I know in the winter I really like the idea of layering and the larger size makes for a bit more roomy look!

XS (S, M, L)(1X, 2X, 3X)

CIRCUMFERENCE (approx 4-6”/10-15cm positive ease at bust):
34 (38, 42, 46)(50, 54, 60)“/86.5 (96.5, 106.5, 117)(127, 137, 152.5)cm
BACK LENGTH (FRONT is approximately 1 ¼”/3.5cm shorter than BACK): 23 ¾ (24 ½, 25 ¼, 25 ¾)(26 ¾, 27 ¼, 28)“/60.5 (62, 64, 65.6)(68, 69, 71)cm


  • Shibui KOAN held double 70% Linen, 30% Mulberry Silk; 248 yds/227m per 50g skein: 7 (8, 9, 10)(11, 11, 13) skeins or

  • Shibui NEST 75% Fine Highland Wool, 25% Alpaca; 175 yds/160m per 50g skein: 5 (6, 6, 7)(8, 8, 9) skeins or

  • Shibui HAVEN 80% Extra Fine Merino, 20% Cashmere; 160 yds/146m per 50g skein: 6 (6, 7, 8)(8, 9, 10) skeins or

  • DK weight yarn: approx 850 (950, 1050, 1150)(1250, 1350, 1500) yds/ 775 (875, 950, 1050)(1150, 1225, 1375)m

16 sts and 30 rows/rnds = 4”/10cm in Seed St on larger needle (blocked).
Take time to check gauge.
Note: Linen/silk yarn has less elasticity than wool yarn and may require a different needle size to achieve gauge.


  • US size 8 or 9 (5 or 5.5mm) double-pointed needles, 16”/ 40cm and 32”/80cm or longer circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge, and 1 size smaller for Tubular CO
  • Locking stitch markers, closed stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

VENTS are worked flat and then joined to form the BODY. BODY is worked in-the-round to underarm and then divided, after which FRONT and BACK are worked separately. After shoulder seams are sewn, stitches are picked up around armholes and SLEEVES are worked in-the-round to cuff. A 3-st I-cord is worked at the edges of the Front and Back VENTS, each side of the BODY, and at the center underarm of each SLEEVE.