Penguono by Stephen West


March 2014
yarn held together
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
800 - 1300 yards (732 - 1189 m)
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Gather a colorful array of yarns from your collection and knit a dreamy convertible jacket! Begin with a seed stitch rectangle followed by a series of welts on the back. The sides and fronts are knit sideways in garter stitch with simple v-neck shaping. Then, work two rectangles for the shoulders and tapered seed stitch sleeves. Garter stitch short rows form the collar and another garter stitch rectangle forms the bottom band, all outlined in I-cord. Penguono is a fun short sleeved jacket during the day, but flip it upside down and it becomes a long dramatic coat for evening wear.


Shown in size L with a gauge of 16 sts / 36 rows = 4″ / 10cm.

The sample is worn with about 10″ / 25cm of positive ease.

This pattern is written in six sizes based on gauge and yarn
weight. Please refer to the gauge and size chart to select
your size.

Finished Measurements
42 (48, 54, 60, 68, 80)″ / 107 (122, 137, 152, 173, 203)cm chest circumference.
11 (12, 13.5, 15, 18, 22)″ / 28 (31, 34, 38, 46, 56)cm armhole circumference 18 (19, 21, 24, 27, 31)″ / 46 (48, 53, 61, 69, 79)cm long from top shoulder to bottom waist

Garment is designed to fit with a dramatically oversized,
boxy effect.

Chest circumference is determined by row gauge so you
can mix yarns with a different needle and gauge for another

Use stash and scrap yarns of all weights by holding them together to get your desired gauge. Have fun and play with different fibers and adventurous color combinations.

Approximately 800 (900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300)g total

Start with a big pile of yarn and have lots of extra colors at hand so you have several options to choose from while you knit.

US 10.5 / 6.5mm circular in 40″ / 100cm length (for XXL size) or size needed to obtain gauge

Refer to the recommended gauge in the size chart and select a needle that achieves that gauge. I recommend knitting a little swatch to experiment with colors and to determine which needle size you like for your fabric.

1 stitch marker, 1 split ring marker, tapestry needle

20 (18, 16, 14, 12, 10) sts & 44 (40, 36, 32, 28, 24) rows = 4″ / 10cm in garter stitch after blocking.

Pattern Notes
Instructions include when to break yarn after each section, but instructions do not indicate what colors to use or when to stripe yarns. Those choices are totally up to you! Improvise and play with stripes and color blocks within each section. The instructions include several photos to use for color and construction reference.

As you knit each section, you can refer to this front and back view to visualize and plan your color choices. Each number corresponds to that section’s number in the written instructions.

Row 1 (RS): K1, (k1, p1) to last st, sl1 wyif. (this is only incorrect in the version in the Westknits Bestknits 2 book.)
Row 1 (RS): Slip first 28 sts onto waste yarn, k37, sl1 wyif.
Row 1 (RS): K37, sl1 wyif, slip next 28 sts onto waste yarn.
Row 27 (RS): CO 28 sts, k 37, sl1 wyif. 66 sts

For the brioche border option in the Penguono from Westknits Bestknits Number 2, Row 3 should read Row 3 (RS) both times.

English PDF corrected August 16, 2018

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