Kirwin by Julie Hoover


December 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in pattern from Right Diagonal or Left Diagonal Chart with Size A needle, after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
930 - 1495 yards (850 - 1367 m)
52Β½ (56Β½, 64, 68)" [133.5 (143.5, 162.5, 172.5) cm] circumference at bust; sized to fit approximately 30–34 (36–40, 42–46, 48–52)" [76–86.5 (91.5–101.5, 106.5–117, 122–132) cm] bust
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Simple comfort elevated by carefully chosen details will make this poncho vest a practical favorite. With a split hem and a cartridge rib collar wide enough to wear comfortably over button-downs, Kirwin is gently flattering and easy to style. The fabric is textured with a diagonal seeded pattern that changes direction on the bias. An exposed seam highlights the gracefully sloped shoulders, and I-cord edges create a neat, minimalist finish. Knit Kirwin in a classic neutral to go with everything you own or choose a pop of your signature color.


1080 (1250, 1540, 1740) total yards of worsted weight wool yarn


8 (9, 12, 13) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50 grams)
Photographed in color Long Johns


17 stitches & 29 rows = 4” in pattern from Right Diagonal or Left Diagonal Chart with Size A needle, after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One 32” circular needle and one spare needle (any style) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for Collar)
One 16” circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 4Β½ mm (US 7)

Finished Dimensions

52Β½ (56Β½, 64, 68)β€œ / 133.5 (143.5, 162.5, 172.5) cm circumference at bust
Sized to fit approximately 30–34 (36–40, 42–46, 48–52)” / 76–86.5 (91.5–101.5, 106.5–117, 122–132) cm bust
Intended Ease: + 16–22” (40.5–56 cm)
Sample shown is size 52Β½β€œ (133.5 cm) with 20½” (52 cm) ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method
Modified Exposed Joinery Bind Off
Sloped Bind Off
Sewn Bind Off (Elizabeth Zimmermann’s method)

Skill Level

3 out of 5

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