Vanilla Heirloom by Verena Cohrs

Vanilla Heirloom

April 2018
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in knit in the round, in stockinette stitch, on larger needle, after blocking
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) [Finished bust circumference: 84 (92, 100, 108, 116, 124, 132, 140) cm / 33 (36.25, 39.5, 42.5, 45.75, 48.75, 52, 55)"]
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This pattern has recently been updated with a few fit improvements to make it even more comfy. Please note that the photos show samples that have been knit from the pattern before it was updated.

Vanilla Heirloom is destined to become a beginner knitter’s very first handmade sweater, and it’s also an excellent choice for more experienced knitters who are looking for a relaxing-to-make wardrobe staple. This pattern uses only a small set of techniques – you should be able to knit, purl, and do basic increases (M1R / M1L) and decreases (k2tog / k2tog-tbl) – and it’s knit from the top down, which means there’s no seaming involved and you’ll be able to try it on as you go to determine your favourite length.

To give you a lot of options, we included instructions for 8 sizes and 5 yarn-weight specific versions for each size, so you can use whatever yarn weight you’re most comfortable with. In addition, the pattern comes with lots of helpful information, e.g. on choosing the right size, on gauge, on customising parts of the pattern.


1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) Finished bust circumference: 84 (92, 100, 108, 116, 124, 132, 140) cm / 33 (36.25, 39.5, 42.5, 45.75, 48.75, 52, 55)”; recommended to be worn with a bit of positive ease

Melinda wears a size 1 (Version C in The Fibre Co.’s Arranmore Light) with approx. 2.5 cm / 1” of positive ease

You’ll need a sweater quantity (approx. 795-1725 metres / 870-1887 yards for Version A, 755-1639 metres / 826-1793 yards for Version B, 714-1550 metres / 781-1696 yards for Version C, 678-1472 metres / 742-1610 yards for Version D, 634-1376 metres / 694-1505 yards for Version E) of a yarn with which you’ll be able to get one of the listed gauges. We recommend:

Version A: De Rerum Natura’s Ulysse, Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft, Blacker Yarns’ 4ply bases
Version B: The Fibre Co.’s Road to China Light, Quince & Co.’s Chickadee, BC Garn’s Semilla Melange
Version C: The Fibre Co.’s Arranmore Light, Blacker Yarns’ DK bases, Brooklyn Tweed’s Arbor, Quince & Co.’s Owl
Version D: De Rerum Natura’s Gilliatt, Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter, The Fibre Co.’s Cumbria
Version E: De Rerum Natura’s Cyrano, The Fibre Co.’s Arranmore, Quince & Co.’s Osprey

The gauge is indicated over 10 x 10 cm, knit in the round in stockinette stitch, on larger needle, after blocking

Version A: 24 sts x 36 rounds
Version B: 22 sts x 32 rounds
Version C: 20 sts x 28 rounds
Version D: 18 sts x 26 rounds
Version E: 16 sts x 22 rounds

Circular needle in main size to obtain gauge with a cable length of at least 60 cm / 24” (We recommend 3 mm / US 2.5 for Version A, 3.5 mm / US 4 for Version B, 4 mm / US 6 for Version C, 4.5 mm / US 7 for Version D and 5.5 mm / US 9 for Version E)

Circular needle 1-2 sizes smaller than main needle for hem, cuffs and neckline

Blocking tools (optional), darning needle, scrap yarn or stitch holders, stitch markers, tape measure

Photography: Ricarda Schueller
Hair & make up: Paloma Bryschta
Model: Melinda Leisterer
Clothing: Armedangels
Sample knitting: Cesca Schneider
Tech editing: Marina Skua