Plover by Jacqueline Cieslak


May 2020
Light Fingering ?
16 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Half brioche stitch, after wet blocking.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1080 - 2610 yards (988 - 2387 m)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
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This pattern was originally published in Making No. 9 / SIMPLE in May 2020. The updated pattern available for download here includes directions/yardage requirements for cropped and full length versions and a slight adjustment on the yoke depth in the larger sizes. All photos are from the magazine, taken by Ashley Yousling and Carrie Bostick Hoge. The second model is Brandi Cheyenne Harper.

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PLOVER is a featherweight cardigan with clean lines and quiet texture. It is named for the birds whose cheery presence kept us company during the memorable photoshoot on Popham beach. Knit in a rustic single ply at a loose gauge, this versatile sweater is just the thing for cool mornings on the coast or chilly evenings around a campfire. The pattern is worked seamlessly from the top down, allowing you to try it on as you go to ensure the perfect fit.

Plover has a sister pullover pattern, Osprey, which was published in September 2020. View it on Ravelry here.

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 photos, Jacqui is wearing a size 6 with 10” of positive ease at the bust, and Brandi is wearing a size 4 with 12” of positive ease at the bust.

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

Recommended needles:
Main needles: US 6 (4 mm) 32”/80 cm circular needle

Notions: stitch markers, locking stitch marker, stitch holders or scrap yarn, darning needle, 4-5 19mm buttons

This sweater is designed for a fingering weight wool/wool blend. I knit my sample in The Farmers Daughter Fibers Soka’pii (50g / 248 yd / 227 m), a 100% Montana Rambouillet single ply wool with a slubby texture and super soft hand.

Skeins: (4, 4, 5) [5, 5, 6] {7, 8, 8}
Yards: (875, 925, 1000) [1100, 1225, 1375] {1550, 1750, 1975}
Meters: (800, 850, 925 ) [1000, 1125, 1250] {1425, 1600, 1800}

Skeins: (5, 5, 6) [6, 7, 7] {8, 9, 10}
Yards: (1075, 1150, 1250) [1375, 1550, 1725] {1950, 2200, 2475}
Meters: (1000, 1050, 1150) [1250, 1425, 1575] {1775, 2000, 2250}

Other suitable yarns:

Holst Garn Supersoft
Custom Woolen Mills Spinner
Cloudborn Merino Singles

Malabrigo Mechita
Neighborhood Fiber Co. Rustic Fingering
Brooklyn Tweed Loft

La Bien Aimée Mondim
Ritual Dyes Maven


See pictures of other Plover Cardigans and share pictures of your own progress on Instagram with the hashtag #PloverPullover. Be sure to tag @jacquelinecieslak too!

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