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My mom taught me to knit when I was 12, but I really went gaga for crafting in grad school -- so much so that I've changed careers from history professor to full-time knitting designer, teacher, and ...

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from Dark Matter Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Baird

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on, knit, purl, bind off, basic increases & decreases, knitting in the round, picking up stitches

Pattern Description:

Every kid needs to look natty now and then. This V-neck pullover updates the houndstooth look and can look dressed-up or casual.

First time at stranded knitting? This pattern is for you - it provides full instructions for how to do great-looking color work. Choose the colors shown here or try your own combination. Alternate color suggestions appear on the second page of the pattern. Full instructions also included for working short rows and three-needle bindoff (on shoulders).

The sweater is knit from the bottom up, in the round, to the armholes. The front and back are then worked separately. The sleeves are worked in the round from the armhole down. In other words, no seaming!

I am a historian of science, so I name some of my designs for scientific figures from the past. Scottish engineer John Logie Baird (1888-1946) invented the first working television and also built prototypes of the color TV. The houndstooth pattern, like Baird, originated in Scotland and became well known during the interwar period. As it happens, the houndstooth stitch also reminds me of the snow patterns on black-and-white televisions.


20 sts = 4" = 22 rows in houndstooth
pattern on larger needles

20 sts = 4" = 26 rows in stockinette on
smaller needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished chest sizes: 26 (28, 291/2, 31, 34)"


  • KnitPicks Swish Worsted (100% superwash merino wool): 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) skeins / 330 (330, 440, 440, 550) yds color A, shown in Hollyberry; 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) skeins / 330 (330, 330, 440, 440) yds color B, shown in Doe; 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) skeins / 330 (330, 330, 440, 440) yds color C, shown in Parrot
  • size 8 needles (or size needed to get gauge) in 24" circular and double-pointed needles (or another 24" circular if knitting in the round on two circulars)
  • size 7 needles (or 1 size smaller than the larger needle used to get gauge) in 24"-long circular and double-pointed needles (or another 24" circular)