Sailing Sweater by Beckie Paul

Sailing Sweater

May 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1100 - 1300 yards (1006 - 1189 m)
Original, Tall (pattern also contains instructions for easily adding and removing ease and is completely customizable - see notes below for additional measurements and yardages)
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Mini Version Here

*Half sweater, half poncho - like the sails on a ship, steadfast and sturdy but constantly caught in beautiful moments of movement*

Pattern is both written and charted in entirety.

Yarn / Needles / Notions

1100 yards (Tall - 1300 yards) Worsted Weight Yarn
24” or 32” US 8 / 5.00mm needle
12” circular or DPNs US 8 / 5.00mm needle
Stitch Markers
Darning Needle


20 sts & 24 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch & in pattern, after blocking

Notes on Construction & Sizing

The garment is knit in two identical pieces, wrist to wrist

This pattern has been written with the intent to fit everyone the exact way you want it to fit.

When I first started wearing the sweater out and about a lot of women gave it a try, it was my great pleasure to find out that it fit all who tried it and looked fantastic on them.

Please see schematics in photos for measurements of finished project if knit to exact pattern Original or Tall.

Knit the Original for an overall neckline to bottom hem of 20”, and 60” total circumference
Knit the Tall for an overall neckline to bottom hem of 25”, and 74” total circumference

If you would like to add or remove additional ease you just need to add or remove repeats in Section 3 - Body. Each body repeat represents 2.5” of width (blocked) to the mid-section of the sweater. Knowing these measurements you can add or remove as you like to fit you best.

Approximate yardage requirements for additions to the Body are as follows:
Original size / per Body panel repeat / per side - 15 grams / 28 yards
Tall size / per Body panel repeat / per side - 19 grams / 36 yards

*** sweater shown in photos is Original size on a bust measurement of 36” and a 5’3” frame

I enjoy wearing mine as is or tucked in with a french tuck at the front

Some of my testers preferred more ease and some wanted a more fitted sweater - it is up to you!

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Special Thanks

Thank you to my amazing group of test knitters - Lianne, Katie, Leslie & Michelle

Thank you so much to my tech editor Tian Connaughton

Thank you to my pup Oliver for allowing me the many hours of time needed to write this pattern up, Dan for your photography skills, and Amazon Alexa - without you, I wouldn’t be able to do the mathing.