Osprey by Jacqueline Cieslak


September 2020
Sport (12 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in half brioche stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
875 - 2250 yards (800 - 2057 m)
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
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OSPREY is a squishy, simple pullover with clean lines and quiet texture. This pattern was adapted from PLOVER, the lightweight warm-weather cardigan in a loose gauge that was originally published in Making No. 9 / SIMPLE. Knit in a heavier yarn at a denser gauge than Plover, Osprey includes 9 sizes and drections and yarn requirements for two lengths (cropped/full length). This versatile pullover makes the perfect layering piece for any cool-weather wardrobe.

This pattern is designed to work in anything from fingering to dk/worsted weight yarn. I’ve written up a blog post with sample swatches and some notes about how to substitute yarns at different weights. Read it here!


All of my garment patterns are #sizeinclusive up to at least a 60” full bust circumference.

To get a sense of how this sweater might fit you, check out the test-knitting round-up on my blog here.

To choose your size, measure the circumference of your torso around the fullest part of your chest and choose the size that fits with 6-14” of ease. If you are between sizes, you can size up or down depending on whether you want more or less ease in the bicep.

Sizes by finished bust circumference:
In inches: (40, 44, 48) [52, 56, 60] {64, 68, 72}
In centimeters: (101.5, 112, 122) [132, 142, 152.5] {162.5, 172.5, 183}

In the pattern photos, Jacqui is wearing a cropped size 6 (60” /152.5cm) with 6” of positive ease.

Gauge: 16 sts and 34 rows over 4”/10cm in half brioche stitch after blocking

Recommended needles:
Main needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) 32”/80 cm circular needle

Notions: stitch markers, locking stitch marker, stitch holders or scrap yarn, darning needle

This sweater is designed for a sport weight wool/wool blend. I knit my sample in The Farmers Daughter Fibers Recollect (57g / 185 yd / 169 m), a 100% Montana Rambouillet wool with a loose ply that is super soft with a subtle tweedy texture.

Skeins: (5, 5, 6) [6, 7, 8] {9, 10, 11}
Yards: (875, 925, 1000) [1100, 1225, 1375] {1550, 1750, 1975}
Meters: (800, 850, 925) [1000, 1125, 1250] {1425, 1600, 1800}

Skeins: (6, 7, 7) [8, 9, 10] {11, 12, 13}
Yards: (1075, 1150, 1250) [1375, 1550, 1725] {1950, 2200, 2475}
Meters: (1000, 1050, 1150) [1250, 1425, 1575] {1775, 2000, 2250}

Other suitable yarns:

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Drops Baby Merino
Berroco Ultra Wool DK

Custom Woolen Mills Field & Forage
Brooklyn Tweed Shelter
Quince & Co. Chickadee
Kelbourne Woolens Andorra

The Farmers Daughter Fibers Pishkun
Ocean by the Sea Meadow
Magpie Fibers Nest Sport


☀️ See pictures of other Osprey Pullovers and share pictures of your own progress on Instagram with the hashtag #OspreyPullover. Be sure to tag @jacquelinecieslak too! ☀️

Clothes in pattern photos: The overalls are the Burnside Bibs by Sew House Seven, sewn in Merchant & Mills European Linen from EWE Fibers. Please note that I cannot answer questions about clothes that are not made from my own for-sale patterns!

Thank you Kristina McGrath for her work as tech editor on this pattern.