Kirigami by Gudrun Johnston


January 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1175 - 2060 yards (1074 - 1884 m)
33½ (37½, 41¾, 46, 50, 54¼)" [85 (95.5, 106, 117, 127, 138) cm] circumference at chest
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A beautiful geometric design graces the shoulders of this classic round yoke with sinuous lines and purled acorn caps at diminishing scale. Gentle waist shaping and carefully placed short rows ensure a comfortable fit, and a generous neckline adds to the comely, face-framing effect. This is a pullover to knit in your signature color, and Arbor’s nuanced palette offers ample selection.

The body and sleeves are worked circularly from the bottom up and joined at the underarms, then the yoke is worked in the round.

* 9 (10, 11, 12, 14, 15) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (100% American Targhee wool; 145 yards/50 grams)
Photographed in color Dorado*


  • 8 (8^, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Dapple (60% American Merino wool, 40% organic cotton; 165 meters/50 grams)
  • Photographed in color Honeybear
  • The marked skein count “^” is near or exact to the listed yardage; consider adding an extra skein.

1175 (1320, 1515, 1680, 1895, 2060) total yards of DK weight wool yarn

23 stitches & 34 rounds = 4" in stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking

27 stitches & 36 rounds = 4" in pattern from Yoke Chart with Size A needle, after blocking

Note: Correct length of the one-piece yoke is dependent upon achieving the stated round gauge.

Size A (for Main Fabric)
One each 16", 24", and 32" circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

*32" circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (e.g., Sleeves).

Size B (for Neckband)
One 16" circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Finished Dimensions

  • 33½ (37½, 41¾, 46, 50, 54¼)" (85 (95.5, 106, 117, 127, 138) cm) circumference at chest
  • Dapple Honeybear sample shown is size 37½“ 95.5 cm with 3” 7.5 cm ease on model
  • Arbor Dorado sample shown is size 37½” 95.5 cm with 5½” 14 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
German Twisted Cast On
Short Rows: Sunday Method
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Skill Level
3 out of 5

Our sincerest thanks goes to our translators: Bianca French (German), Marina Melnikova (Russian), Sophie Oudry-Braillon (French), and our Japanese translator (who wishes to remain anonymous).

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