Shoji by Norah Gaughan


December 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Texture Pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1795 - 2715 yards (1641 - 2483 m)
28 (30, 32, 34, 36, 38)" [71 (76, 81.5, 86.5, 91.5, 96.5) cm] length; sized to fit approximately 30–32 (34–36, 38–40, 42–44, 46–48, 50–52)" [76–81.5 (86.5–91.5, 96.5–101.5, 106.5–112, 117–122, 127–132) cm] chest
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Wrap up two elegant ways in the same cocoon cardigan. With the ribbed edge upward, Shoji features a shawl collar, three-quarter length sleeves, and a garter hem deeply split into tails at the center back. Turn it upside down and the fronts hang with an intriguing zigzag, the sleeves bare your elbows, and the ribbing curves gracefully below hip length. The knitting is simplicity itself: a long rectangle of pebbled texture stitch folded and sewn into the final shape, with stitches picked up for the double-ribbed collar after assembly. The crisp structure of Arbor throws the stitch texture into vivid relief. Short rows add height to the collar and create the curvilinear form shown here, but may be omitted to make this garment accessible to beginners.


The main body piece is a rectangle,which is then folded and sewn into the final shape. The collar is picked up around the neck edge and worked flat after garment assembly. The collar may be worked with or without short rows to shape it.


1795 (1885, 2080, 2285, 2495, 2715) total yards of DK weight wool yarn


13 (13, 15, 16, 18, 19) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (100% American Targhee wool; 145 yards/50 grams)
Photographed in color Driftwood


24 stitches & 34 rows = 4” in Texture Pattern with Size A needle(s), after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One pair of straight needles or a 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

Size B (for Ribbing)
One 32” circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used

Finished Dimensions

28 (30, 32, 34, 36, 38)“ / 71 (76, 81.5, 86.5, 91.5, 96.5) cm length
Sized to fit approximately 30–32 (34–36, 38–40, 42–44, 46–48, 50–52)” / 76–81.5 (86.5–91.5, 96.5–101.5, 106.5–112, 117–122, 127–132) cm chest
Sample shown is size 30” length on model with 34” (86.5 cm) chest

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:
Short Rows: Yarn Over Method

Skill Level

2 out of 5