Betsy Ray

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Betsy Ray Pattern


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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

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

About Designer

About Designer

Kristen Hanley on

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 force. She designs knitwear whenever she gets half a chance.

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