Chessie by Donna Estin


February 2024
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1070 - 2106 yards (978 - 1926 m)
XS (S, M, L)(XL, 2X, 3X, 4X) see below for measurements
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Local legend has long told the tales of Chessie, the Chesapeake Bay’s very own sea monster. Some marine scientists theorize that the Chessie sightings have been from the massive, aloof sturgeon which still lives in the deepest waters of the bay, but no one is sure. This loose-fitting, boxy sweater with exaggerated drop shoulder sleeves pays homage to Chessie with the deep ribbing that resembles Chessie rising from the water.

It is worked flat from the top down and at the underarms, joined in the round and worked in the round to the bottom edge. Stitches for drop-shoulder sleeves are picked up around the armhole and sleeves are worked in the round down to the cuff.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Women’s XS (S, M, L) XL, 2X, 3X, 4X Shown in Size S

Chest circumference: 40.5 (44, 48, 52) 56.5, 60, 64, 68”/101 (110, 120, 130) 141, 150, 160, 170 cm

Intended to be worn with 10-12”/25-30cm positive ease

Cascade Yarns, Pure Alpaca, (220yds/200m, 3.5oz/100g, 100% Baby Alpaca): #3091 Monterey Bay Heather 6 (6, 7, 8) 8, 9, 10, 10 hanks

Total Yarn Needed:
1070 (1270, 1395, 1525) 1619, 1851, 1985, 2106 yds/979 (1161, 1275, 1394) 1481, 1692, 1815, 1926 m

Size US 6 (4mm), circular 16”/40cm for neck, 24-36”/60-80cm depending on sweater size, and one set of double pointed needles (dpns) or one size smaller than gauge needles

Size US 7 (4.5mm), circular 24-36”/60-80cm depending on sweater size, and one set of double pointed needles (dpns) or size needed to obtain gauge

Cable needle (cn)
Removable stitch markers
Spare needle
Stitch markers
Stitch holders
Tapestry needle

Pattern is charted and written out with schematics.
Pattern is in English only.

Photos by Shelby Louise Photography