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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 : Langstroth

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on, knit, purl, slip stitches, basic decreases, bind off, knit in the round

Pattern Description:

This raglan pullover looks dashing and is easy to make. The honeycomb pattern on the body of the sweater is a simple combination of knit, purl, and slipped stitches. The body and sleeves are knit in the round separately and joined at the yoke. The body and sleeves are then worked all together from armpit to neck, which leaves mere inches of seaming to be done at the end of the project.

I am a historian of science, so I name some of my designs for scientific figures from the past. In 1853, Rev. Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth published The Hive and the Honey Bee, which for the first time described many of the beekeeping techniques that are still used today. Langstroth invented the concept of "bee space," which means leaving about 1 cm (the size of a bee) between each frame in a hive box. This encourages bees to build honeycombs only on the removable frames, instead of on the hive box itself. This made it possible for beekeepers to handle the frames and extract honey as they had never been able to do before.


19 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in honeycomb

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 26", 28", 30", and 32" chest


  • 660-990 yds KnitPicks City Tweed HW
  • size 7 circular needle, 24" length (or size needed to obtain gauge)
  • size 5 circular needle, 24" length (or two sizes smaller than the larger needle used to obtain gauge)
  • set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles (dpns) in smaller and larger sizes (or, to knit sleeves on two circulars, a second 24" circular needle in the smaller and larger sizes)

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch markers