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Saddle-Shoulder Men's Pullover - Donegal Tweed Version

Saddle-Shoulder Men's Pullover - Donegal Tweed Version

"A classic in Irish tweed."

This timeless sweater combines the relaxed ease of a modified drop shoulder with a slightly shaped shoulder line and gently sloped sleeve cap—the saddle tab squares it all up. The classic crew neck has a relaxed fit so it looks handsome over a collared shirt or a tee. And she’ll love its slouchy weekend comfort, too.

In Tahki Donegal Tweed, a 100% pure wool yarn made in Ireland, this pullover is sturdy enough for outdoor work and polished enough when out to dinner. This worsted weight yarn is warm and naturally breathable, and the traditional tweedy fabric we love. Knit in pieces and seamed using mattress stitch, the neck band is picked up and knit in the round.

Pattern is filled with technique support and photo tutorials that will carry you right through this project as well as serve you for many projects to come. From detailed swatching instructions for garment success to customizing the size just for him, seaming and shoulder shaping tooa true primer!

Pick up a copy of the pattern below and choose from one of the man-friendly shades of Tahki Donegal Tweed. The Basic Details tab will tell you how many skeins you'll need.

Finished chest: 41 (44, 47, 50, 53, 56)"/104 (112, 119, 127, 135, 142)cm circumference, after seaming and blocking.
To fit chest: 36−38 (39−41, 42−44, 45–47, 48–50, 51–53)"/91−96 (99−104, 107−112, 114–119, 122–127, 130–135)cm. With ease of: Approx. 3–5"/7–13cm. For less ease, choose a smaller size; for more ease, choose a larger size.
Finished length: 27 (27½, 27½, 28, 28, 28½)"/68.5 (69.5, 69.5, 71, 71, 72)cm, from high-shoulder point (where shoulder meets neck, excluding ribbed neck band) to hem.
Details given for 41"/104cm finished size; larger sizes in parentheses ( ).

7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins Tahki Donegal Tweed Homespun (183 yds/167m each); shown in Color 872. Model is wearing 50"/127cm finished size with 5½"/14cm of ease.

For custom lengths: To lengthen or shorten body, add or subtract approx. 29 (31, 33, 35, 37, 39) yds/ 27 (29, 30, 32, 34, 36)m of yarn for each 1"/2.5cm of knitted length

US 7 (4.5mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge.
US 5 (3.75mm) needle, or two sizes smaller than gauge needle; 16"/40cm circular needle in same size.
4 locking markers.
Stitch holder.
Darning needle to finish.

18 sts/27 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch.

Garment is knit in pieces and seamed using mattress stitch. The neck band is picked up and knit in the round.

To feel confident that the garment you’re knitting will turn out the right size, it is important to swatch your yarn and block your swatch before diving into the project. Your stitch gauge is important for body fit; your row gauge will affect the body, armhole and sleeve lengths.

For this design, we’ve chosen a worsted-weight yarn knitted at 18 sts/27 rows = 4"/10cm. Cast on enough stitches to knit a swatch that measures about 6"/15cm wide; knit in pattern (St St) for 6"/15cm and bind off loosely.

Measure unblocked stitch and row gauges over 4"/10cm and write them down to use as a reference while you’re knitting. Soak swatch for about 20 minutes in tepid water with a little no-rinse wool wash, squeeze water out, roll in a towel to remove more water, and lay flat to dry with edges pinned to give you the desired gauge (you may need to apply a little tension but should not need to work too hard). Let swatch dry completely; unpin and let ‘rest’ for a day or two (don’t rush it!); check gauge again (it may have bounced back). This is your blocked gauge—write it down!

If you have more than 18 stitches in 4"/10cm, your gauge is a little too tight; try swatching again on a larger needle. If you have fewer than 18 sts, your gauge is a little loose; try again on a smaller needle. Note: Label your swatches carefully, especially if making multiple swatches. Once you get the gauge you’re after, make sure you like the ‘hand’ of the fabric (density and drape), too.

Digital Saddle-Shoulder Men's Pullover pattern. (Download)

Printed Saddle-Shoulder Men's Pullover pattern. (Requires shipping.)

COLOR: 894 Dark Gray Green. Dark muted forest green.

COLOR: 869 Dark Taupe. Between brown and gray.

COLOR: 875 Gray Blue. Warm brownish grey, with tealy blue flecks.

COLOR: 884 Light Gray. Cool pale gray.

COLOR: 897 Charcoal Marl. Black swirled with pale gray.

COLOR: 833 Dark Chocolate. Cool dark chocolatey brown.

COLOR: 872 Embers. Muted brown-gray with orange flecks.

COLOR: 862 Denim. Medium blue jeans blue.

COLOR: 844 Midnight Blue. Dark navy blue with pops of brighter blue.

COLOR: 815 Navy Blue. Bright blue.