La Peregrina by Stephanie Earp

La Peregrina

August 2018
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
870 - 1860 yards (796 - 1701 m)
7 Women’s Sizes: 32/36/40/44/48/52/56” at bust
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This yoke sweater features a slightly wider scoop neckline and a pretty lace pattern at the neck and shoulders which blends into a reverse stockinette ground with columns of knit stitches. The lace pattern is repeated at the sleeve cuff, and the hems are worked in 1x1 rib.

Worked seamlessly from the top down, this pattern uses German short rows to raise the back neck and an increase borrowed from Estonian lace knitting to shape the yoke. It’s named for the famous La Peregrina pearl once owned by Elizabeth Taylor, because this garment involves a lot of purling. (For a tutorial on knitting parts of this sweater inside out, visit this YouTube tutorial:

This is an easy-to-intermediate pattern. The star increases and short rows may take some getting used to if they are unfamiliar, but are easy to learn and fun to work.

Be sure to match gauge in garter stitch for the neck cast on and initial four rounds, which is significantly looser than the gauge for the rest of the garment.

Choosing a Size:
This sweater is designed to worn with 1-2” of ease in the fullest bust, which means it is meant to be worn just a bit larger than your actual measurements.

Number of pages: 7
Written instructions and charts
7 Women’s Sizes: 32/36/40/44/48/52/56” at bust
Measurements given in inches


  • 870/990/1170/1330/1490/1630/1860 yards sport weight yarn - sample shown in Yarn Experiments Sport Monkey (80% merino, 20% nylon; 100g; 300 m/328 y) in Mexico City
  • US 4 (3.5 mm) needles, 16” & 24” or 32” circular and needles for small circumference knitting (sleeves)
  • US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, 32” circular and needles for small circumference knitting (ribbed hem and cuff)
  • Darning needle
  • 3 stitch markers
  • stitch holders or waste yarn


  • 24 st/35 rounds over 4”/10cm square in stockinette, after blocking
15 sts over 4”/10cm in garter stitch, after blocking

Size 36 modeled on 34” bust
Sample shown in Yarn Experiments Sport Monkey in Mexico City

FILE UPDATED ON AUG 30: Pattern V1 contains an error, relating to moving the marker in the yoke section. Please download the updated file.