The Tiger Sweater by Robyn Berkel

The Tiger Sweater

February 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1534 - 3924 yards (1403 - 3588 m)
(1, 2, 3) (4, 5, 6) (7, 8, 9)
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100% of the purchase price of this pattern is donated to the World Wildlife Fund Save Tigers Now campaign. Thank you for helping me raise money for the fierce and gorgeous animals that inspired this design.

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This sweater is knit top down in a raglan construction. It is designed to fit with 6-12” of positive ease. The pattern comes with colorwork charts that were designed for different sizes, so all 9 sizes have the full tiger face covering the entire front of the sweater.

The colorwork technique used in this pattern is a combination of stranded knitting and intarsia used with a “color by number” style chart. You should have some experience with stranded colorwork, but no experience with intarsia is necessary. If you are hesitant about the pattern because of the techniques, feel free to watch the video tutorial before purchasing:

The Tiger Sweater was designed in the spirit of growth and change. Not just in knitting but all areas of life. Join me in celebrating the fact that no matter who you are, we all have the ability to learn, improve, and overcome - and it’s a beautiful thing.

24 stitches and 32 rows stockinette in 4”x4”

Sizes: (1, 2, 3) (4, 5, 6) (7, 8, 9)
Actual sweater bust: (37”, 42”, 46”) (50”, 55”, 59”) (63”, 67”, 72”)

Intended positive ease is 6-12”. Any amount of ease would look great! But do note that less than the recommended amount of positive ease may result in the tiger image stretching horizontally on wear.

3.00mm circular knitting needles, at least 32” cord length
10+ stitch markers (more can be used for colorwork chart)
darning needle for seaming and weaving in ends
Work Play Knit MN Sock* in Snow, Chocolate, Foxhole, Shy, and Birthday in amounts below
or similar 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon 4-ply fingering weight yarn

MC: (150g/694yds ,200g/926yds, 250g/1157yds) (300g/1389yds, 350g/1620yds, 400g/1852yds, ) (450g/2083yds, 500g/2315yds, 550g/2546yds )
CC1: (45g/208yds, ⇽, ⇽) (60g/277yds, ⇽, ⇽) (75g/347yds, ⇽, ⇽) 
CC2: (42g/194yds, ⇽, ⇽) (55g/254yds, ⇽, ⇽) (68g/314yds, ⇽, ⇽)
CC3: (30g/138yds, ⇽, ⇽) (40g/185yds, ⇽, ⇽) (50g/231yds, ⇽, ⇽)
CC4: (38g/175yds, ⇽, ⇽) (50g/231yds, ⇽, ⇽) (62g/287yds, ⇽, ⇽)
CC5: (27g/125yds, ⇽, ⇽) (35g/162yds, ⇽, ⇽) (43g/199yds, ⇽, ⇽)

Yarn Substitutions
The yarn used is a fingering weight 75% SW Merino / 25% Nylon 4-ply base. It is a popular type of base that has limited shedding, pilling, and tangling. Because this pattern is a unique combination of stranded and intarsia colorwork involving many strands, stay away from single ply and non elastic yarn substitutions.

If you purchased this pattern and want the Excel versions of the colorwork chart, please send an email to with the subject “Requesting The Tiger Sweater Excel” and put your Ravelry username in the body of the email.