Canisp Sweater

Canisp is an adventure in unorthodox construction, with the deceptively simple striped front revealing itself on a closer look to be anything but ordinary.

Narrow stripes highlight the contours of bias-knit sleeves; wrapping organically around the shoulders to meet the back in an unexpected raglan seam. The geometry is perfectly pleasing; the wide, boxy style modern and eminently wearable. The wonderful British wool Devonia (a blend of three fine breeds) brings unbeatable drape and lustre, making this a key wardrobe piece as well as a rewarding knit.


Size: S (M, L, XL, XXL)
Finished bust circumference: 97.5 (112.5, 127.5, 142.5, 157) cm / 39 (45, 51, 57, 62.75) in

The sweater is shown in size XL, modelled with 22.5 cm / 9 in positive ease at full bust.


The pattern requires two colours of fingering weight yarn. I recommend using a worsted spun wool yarn that will give good drape at the stated gauge.

MC: 560 (630, 700, 780, 860) m / 610 (690, 790, 890, 980) yds
CC: 510 (580, 650, 740, 820) m / 560 (640, 740, 840, 930) yds

Sample is made using:

John Arbon Textiles, Devonia 4 ply, 50% Exmoor Horn, 30% Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Wensleydale, 388 m / 424 yds per 100g skein.

MC: Dark Skies, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins.
CC: Pollen Gold, 2 (2, 2, 2, 3) skeins


27 sts and 35 rows over 10 cm / 4 in, in stocking stitch, knit flat, after blocking.


2.75 mm circular needles
3.25 mm circular needles


The body is knit in one piece, from the bottom up, before dividing front and back at the underarm cast off. The bias sleeves are cast on and worked flat to the armhole, and then joined to the body and knit together with the front yoke. The back in knit flat. After blocking and seaming, the collar and cuffs are picked up and knit.


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