Yishu by Michele Wang


January 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, after blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1485 - 2455 yards (1358 - 2245 m)
39 (43, 47, 50¾, 54¾, 58¾)” circumference at chest
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A sweater of a different stripe, Yishu features graphic suspender columns and exposed seams that emphasize an unusual construction and project casual artistry. The fronts are worked side to side with short-row shaping and extend over the shoulders; the back and wide cropped sleeves are worked flat.


The back and sleeves are worked flat from the bottom up, in Color 1 only. The fronts are worked from side to side in Color 2, beginning at the center front edge and ending at the side seam edge. The fronts are shaped with short rows and feature a contrasting Color 1 stripe. The pieces are blocked, then sewn together. The fronts extend over the wearer’s shoulder to the back. The sleeves are sewn between marked points on the fronts and back.


Fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:

935 (1010, 1090, 1210, 1300, 1430) yards Color 1 (C1); 550 (640, 755, 820, 950, 1025) yards Color 2 (C2)


Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins C1 and 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins C2
Photographed in colors Cast Iron (C1) and Fossil (C2)


22½ stitches & 34 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch, after blocking

Note: Both stitch and row gauge are important; since the fronts are worked side-to-side, the number of rows worked determines the width of the pieces


One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Finished Dimensions

39 (43, 47, 50¾, 54¾, 58¾)” circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 43″ with + 10″ 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
Garter Stitch Selvedge
Slip-Stitch Selvedge
Sloped Bind Off
Short Rows: Yarn Over Method
Wrap & Turn Method (stockinette stitch)

Skill Level

3 out of 5