The Manly Sweater by Kate Wisson

The Manly Sweater

September 2004
Aran (8 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in k5 p1 rib with larger needles
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1330 - 2280 yards (1216 - 2085 m)
Finished chest 41 (45, 50, 56)"
low vision format available
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Pattern Description from Stitch ‘N Bitch: “As a self-taught knitter, I never realized that certain things weren’t ‘supposed’ to be tackled by beginners. So when I wanted to make a sweater for my husband, I just sketched out a design, took all of the applicable measurements, and figured out the numbers from there. I wanted it to suit him, as well as other body types and tastes, so I went for something both classic and comfortable. The sweater was a bit hit. Not only was it the first piece I designed, but the first adult sweater I ever knit.”


  • Small (Medium, Large, Extra-Large)
  • Finished chest 41 (45, 50, 56)“
  • Finished length 25 (26½, 28½, 29½)“

Skills: Cast on, knit, purl, change color, decrease, bind off, sew seam


  • Brown Sheep Company, Lamb’s Pride Worsted (85% wool/15% mohair; 4oz/190yds)
  • MC: 4 (5, 6, 7) skeins #M04 Charcoal Heather
  • A: 2 (3, 3, 4) skeins #M83 Raspberry
  • B: 1 skein #M05 Onyx
  • US 8 (5mm) knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needle
  • Stitch holders

Pattern on pages 210-212.

Helpful hint from gamerchik: Apparently, there is an error in the instructions for the bind-off of the front piece (the neck/shoulder area). It should probably read (for size L) to BO 9 stitches 4 times instead of 8 stitches 4 times. I had this problem and apparently, so did a lot of other people. It was very frustrating.

Low Vision: This book is available from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled in a digital audio format.