Totem Sweater

from Desert Rose Designs

Totem Sweater Pattern


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Knitting: Totem Sweater
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Men, Tall, Plus-sized



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • slip stitches
  • knit in the round helpful
  • 3-needle bind off helpful

Pattern Description:

"Totem Sweater" is just what the gentlemen ordered. A distinctive sweater with a sporting attitude. "Totem" features easy color blocking and a simple mosaic pattern on the front yoke - inspired by Native American totem poles.

Using only one color and slip stitches on each row, the mosaic yoke pattern is easy to work. There is a slight different between the front & back yoke stitch gauges that give this sweater a "sport cut" shape - allowing extra room across the back. The body ribbing also gives the sweater an overall tapering fit (broad shoulders, narrower hips) that is flattering for most men.

Knit in the round to the underarms, with the shoulders joined using the 3-needle bind off technique; and the sleeves picked up from the armholes to knit to the cuffs - "Totem" is easy to adjust for both body & sleeve length - and requires minimal finishing.

"Totem Sweater" is sure to become a favorite, casual sweater.

Photos are courtesy of Knitcircus / Fall 2011


14 sts and 17 rows = 4 inches in St st
14 sts and 24 1/2 rows = 4 inches in Mosaic pattern (even though the st gauge measures the same as the St st gauge, it is slightly different)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished chest: 32 1/2 (39 1/2, 46 1/4, 53 1/4) inches
  • Finished length: 22 (25, 26 1/2, 27 1/2) inches


  • 375 (500, 625, 750) yds/339 (452, 565, 678) grams bulky weight yarn - main color
  • 500 (625, 750, 875) yds/452 (565, 678, 791) grams bulky weight yarn - contrast color
  • US 10.5 (6.5mm) 16, 24 & 29-inch circular needles
  • US 10 (6.0mm) 24-inch circular needle
  • US 10 (6.0mm) set of 4 dpns

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch holders
  • stitch markers (one distinctive for beginning of round)
  • approx 1 yd of waste yarn
  • tapestry needle

About Designer

About Designer

Desert Rose on

I've been a 'crafter' all my life, and especially enjoy fiber arts. My first professional design was published in 2005, and since then I've had my designs published in knit.wear, Knitscene, Creative Knitting, Love of Knitting, Knitcircus, Twist Collective, Three Irish Girls Yarns, Universal Yarns, and Cascade Yarns, along with several books by DRG Publications.

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