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Dawson Pattern


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Knitting: Dawson
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details









Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on, knit, purl, bind off, basic increases and decreases, seaming, knitting in the round, basic sweater construction

Pattern Description:

Most men prefer sweaters that are practical and comfortable, but a little luxurious high style never hurt anyone. The merino-cashmere blend yarn used here means this sweater can be worn right next to the skin.

I am a historian of science, so I name some of my designs for scientific figures from the past. In the 1870s, Scottish mill owner Joseph Dawson traveled to Kashmir to attend his daughter's wedding. There, he saw how Kashmiris dehaired, spun, and wove cashmere shawls by hand. After Dawson returned home, he developed and patented the first mechanical process for dehairing this fiber, and he is widely credited as the founder of the modern cashmere industry.

Sweater designed to fit with 2-4" positive ease. The sweater pictured measures 43" and is worn with 1" positive ease.

Pattern includes detailed instructions about how to do short rows and three-needle bind off, so is a great place to start if you would like to learn these techniques.


20 sts = 4" = 28 rows in diagonal rib on larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished chest sizes: 43 (47, 50, 54)".


  • 14 (16, 18, 20) skeins / 1722 (1968, 2214, 2460) yds KnitPicks Capra (85% merino wool, 15% cashmere), shown in Admiral #24966
  • size 6 (4 mm) circular needle - or size needed to obtain gauge - at least 24" length
  • 2 additional size 6 (4 mm) needles (straight or circular; any length) for working 3-needle bind-off
  • size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle - or 2 sizes smaller than above needle - 24" length

About Designer

About Designer

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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 writer!

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