Pilaster by Julie Hoover


January 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in Texture Chart pattern, after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1755 - 2860 yards (1605 - 2615 m)
35 (40½, 46, 51½, 57)” [89 (103, 117, 131, 145) cm] bust circumference (with fronts overlapping)
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Named after pillars used decoratively in classical architecture, the Pilaster Cardigan features an allover textural arrangement, upon which protrude slender columns of horseshoe cables spanning the back and the fronts, before extending into a collar to gently cradle the neck. The silhouette is longline and minimal, but without sacrificing the grace of well-fitting set-in sleeves, incorporated I-Cord selvedges at the exposed edges, and hem vents at the hips to balance length. And worked in polished, fine-gauge Peerie, Pilaster yields a garment with such luster and drape — well worth the time and effort.

This garment is worked flat, in pieces, from the bottom up, then sewn together. The collar extensions are joined at the center back neck using the Joinery Bind Off. The Sloped Bind Off is used at the shoulder and back neck edges and on the sleeve caps. Stitch patterns may be worked either from charts or from written instructions.


  • 9 (10, 11, 13, 14) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Peerie (100% American Merino wool; 210 yards/50 grams)

  • Photographed in color Vintner

Note: The third uses almost all of 11 skeins. You may wish to consider purchasing an extra skein for safety due to variations in individual work.


  • 1755 (2035, 2310, 2585, 2860) total yards of fingering weight wool yarn


  • 23 stitches & 37 rows = 4? in Texture Chart pattern, after blocking

  • 28 stitches & 37 rows = 4? in Cable Chart pattern, after blocking


  • One pair of straight needles or a 24? circular needle* in size needed to obtain gauges listed

  • Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

*Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used.

Finished Dimensions

  • 35 (40½, 46, 51½, 57)” [89 (103, 117, 131, 145) cm] bust circumference (with fronts overlapping)

  • Intended Ease: +4–6? [10–15 cm]

  • Sample shown is size 40½” [103 cm] with 8½” [20.5 cm] ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • Purl Long-Tail Cast On

  • I-Cord Selvedge

  • Garter Stitch Selvedge

  • Sloped Bind Off

  • Invisible Weaving

  • Joinery Bind Off

Skill Level

  • 3 out of 5: Intermediate

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