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Kristen Hanley Cardozo lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and an increasingly large collection of yarn and knitting patterns. Kristen is a loose cannon, but also the best cop on the ...

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Betsy Ray

from Knitting Kninja
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Betsy Ray
Betsy Ray
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Betsy Ray
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Betsy Ray

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Work on dpns or in Magic Loop
  • Pick up stitches

Pattern Description:

I designed Betsy Ray while my daughter was deep into the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. I was imagining the sort of coat I'd have wanted as a little girl; something soft and warm with just a little bit of frill and an old-fashioned sensibility. As a mother, I worked in the details that matter to me: long cuffs for an extra year of wear, large armholes so long sleeved shirts can fit easily underneath, and pockets for warming hands and hiding treasures. Malabrigo Twist is a truly scrumptious yarn that gets softer by the wearing. My daughter says it feels like a bunny!

Construction details: Betsy Ray is worked flat in one piece from the bottom up, with a three needle bind off at the shoulders. Sleeves stitches are picked up and worked from the top down in the round.

Tech edited by Lauren Cross


15 sts/27 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st on size 10 needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16)
  • Finished chest circumferences are 21 (23, 25, 26.5, 28, 30, 31.5, 32.5) inches


  • 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9) skeins or 510 (645, 735, 900, 1040, 1180, 1245, 1350) yards Malabrigo Twist (100% Baby Merino wool; 150 yds per 100gm skein), shown in colorway Purple Mystery
  • U.S. size 10 (6 mm) 24" or longer circular needles
  • U.S. size 10 (6 mm) dpns OR long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • U.S. size 8 (5 mm) dpns OR long circular needle for Magic Loop

You Will Also Need:

  • 4 stitch markers, two each in two distinct types
  • start of round marker
  • tapestry needle
  • 8 (8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12) buttons (20.4 mm/13/16")

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Malabrigo Twist


Shown in Purple Mystery

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