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A hybrid between saddle shoulder and raglan construction, the Saglan Pullover is a unisex pattern with hints at military styling. The main feature of this design is the flare of the saddle shoulders, which creates a structured silhouette with the flexibility to accommodate individual differences in shoulder width and slope. This highly adaptable pattern includes a number of bodice shaping, sleeve shaping, and neckline finish options - to suit a variety of figures and stylistic preferences. Knit the version that’s right for you and enjoy this cozy, versatile knit at a quick Aran-weight gauge.



SIZE 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
garment measures as follows around chest circumference:
92cm/ 36.75” (101cm/ 40.5”, 106.5cm/ 42.5”, 115.5cm/ 46.25”, 123.5cm/ 49.5”, 129cm/ 51.5”, 138cm/ 55.25”, 148cm/ 59.25”, 156.5cm/ 62.5”, 162cm/ 64.75”)

suitable for DK to Aran weight yarns,
approximately 160-190m/ 175-205y per 100g/ 3.5oz

project requires approximately:
5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8) 100g/3.5oz skeins
(assuming yarns toward the heavier end of the spectrum)

18 sts x 24 rows = 10cm x 10cm
(in stockinette for main fabric)

circular needle, 4.5mm (US 7) in diameter
or as needed to meet gauge for main fabric

removable stitch markers, measuring tape, scrap yarn, tapestry needle

provisional cast-on, picking up sts from selvage edge, optional: basic hand-stitching (for sewing down neckband)

This pullover is worked seamlessly, from the top down, with traditional neckline shaping (there are no short rows in this pattern)



Choosing a yarn toward the DK end of the weight range will result in a more airy, open fabric (a woollen spun yarn that can be worked above gauge is recommended if opting for this). Choosing a yarn toward the Aran end of the weight range will result in a denser, firmer fabric.

Another possibility is to combine finer yarns to achieve a DK-Aran weight equivalent. For example:
. unspun wool held double (Nutiden and &Point are better suited for this than Plotulopi, which is too heavy)
. standard fingering weight yarn held double
. standard sport weight yarn, held double
. 1 strand fingering weight yarn, held together with 1 strand sport weight yarn
. 1strand fingering or sport weight yarn, held together with 1 strand lace weight mohair
Note: When combining yarns in this manner, you can use strands of the same colour, or use 2 different colours to achieve a marled effect.



In many ways, the two patterns are similar. There are however two main differences:

  1. Versal is a saddle shoulder design, whereas Saglan is a hybrid between saddle shoulder and raglan construction.

  2. Versal’s neckline is shaped with short rows, whereas Saglan’s neckline is shaped with traditional increases.

A more detailed comparison of these two patterns, can be found here.



blue tweed sample:
Studio Donegal ‘Soft Donegal’
Size 3, cowl neck option

grey tweed sample:
Studio Donegal ‘Aran Tweed’
(this is a limited edition Edel McBride colour)
Size 4, cowl neck option

green tweed sample:
Studio Donegal ‘DWS’
Size 5, crewneck option

green mohair sample:
Bear in Sheep’s Clothing Bear Sturdy + Cloud held together
Size 4, crewneck option

taupe sample:
Höner och Eir Nutiden
Size 3, crewneck option