Shield by Veronik Avery


April 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Single Shaker Rib, with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
2060 - 2970 yards (1884 - 2716 m)
39¾ (42¾, 47, 50, 54¾, 57¾)” circumference at chest
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James Dean goes to Amsterdam. This brioche masterpiece is part cardigan, part bomber jacket—a debonair outer layer for the transitional seasons. Large faux cable motifs swirl from hem to shoulders and deep pockets add vintage appeal. Modified drop shoulders ensure a neat fit despite the roomy styling, and extra-long sleeves are designed to be turned back at the cuffs.


The pieces are worked flat and sewn together. The pocket placements on the fronts are made by working a portion of the stitches in waste yarn. The waste yarn is later removed and the pocket linings are worked downwards from the upper released stitches; the pocket edgings are worked upwards from the lower released stitches. The neckband is worked from picked up stitches and held stitches from the garment neck edge. The button bands are picked up from the front edges of the garment and collar.


2060 (2220, 2420, 2600, 2840, 2970) yards of worsted weight wool yarn


15 (16, 18, 19, 21, 22) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Long Johns


21½ stitches & 34½ rows = 4″ in Single Shaker Rib with Size A needle(s), after blocking
21-stitch panel from Right or Left Faux Cable Chart measures approximately 4″ wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric):
One pair of straight needles or a 32″ circular needle and a spare needle for Joinery Bind Off in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Ribbing and Pocket Lining):
One pair of straight needles or a 32″ circular needle and/or one 24″ circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Size C (optional; for Tubular Cast On only):
One pair of straight needles or a 32″ circular needle, one size smaller than Size B
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used

Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.

Finished Dimensions

39¾ (42¾, 47, 50, 54¾, 57¾)” circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 42¾” with + 3¾” 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:
1×1 Tubular Cast On
Chain Selvedge
1×1 Tubular Bind Off
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)
Joinery Bind Off (Three Needle Bind Off)

Skill Level

4 out of 5

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