Ronan by Andrea Mowry


June 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16.5 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with Size A needles, after blocking
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1610 - 2310 yards (1472 - 2112 m)
40½ (42½, 44¼, 50¼, 54, 57)” [103 (108, 112.5, 127.5, 137, 145) cm] circumference below armholes
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This open-front drop-yoke cardigan is the height of snuggly fashion. The brioche shawl collar, shaped with simple short rows, sweeps back to form pockets at the hem, and the sleeves begin below the elbows to create a cape-like silhouette. Tiny gutters of purl stitches trace a flattering A-line from hem to neckline within the volume of the coat. Top-down seamless construction makes Ronan a straightforward knit, and woolen-spun Shelter keeps the fabric light and airy despite the generous ease and long length.


This sweater is worked flat in one piece from the top down. Stitches for the sleeves are placed on hold at the end of the yoke, then the body is continued to the hem edge. The sleeves are worked circularly from the top down. Stitches are picked up for the collar around the front and back neck edges. Work continues over some of the collar stitches at each side of the bottom edge of the collar to form the pockets, which are folded back and sewn in place.


1610 (1690, 1850, 2005, 2160, 2310) total yards of worsted weight wool yarn


12 (13, 14, 15, 16, 17) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50 grams)
Photographed in color Hayloft


16½ stitches & 26 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch with Size A (larger) needle(s), after blocking
16 stitches & 52 rows = 4″ in Brioche Stitch with Size B needle(s), after blocking
Note that for Brioche Stitch, each elongated stitch in a column of knit stitches represents two rows; when you count these it will appear that 26 rows = 4″


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One 32″ circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain stockinette stitch gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5½ mm (US 9)

Size B (for Brioche Stitch)
One 47″ circular needle and one set of DPNs in size needed to obtain Brioche Stitch gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

32″ circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (e.g., Sleeves).

Finished Dimensions

40½ (42½, 44¼, 50¼, 54, 57)” / 103 (108, 112.5, 127.5, 137, 145) cm circumference below armholes
Sample shown is size 42½” (108 cm) with 8½” (21.5 cm) ease on model

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Backward Loop Cast On
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off

Skill Level

3 out of 5