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Sailor's Valentine Hooded Cardigan

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Sailor's Valentine Hooded Cardigan
Sailor's Valentine Hooded Cardigan

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitting
  • Purling
  • Casting on
  • Binding off
  • Cabling/Working stitches out of order
  • Grafting

Pattern Description:

The original Sailor's Valentines were shell-encrusted boxes brought back from Barbados for sailors' sweethearts. Today, keep the love alive with Reef Knots, Heart Strings, Twin Waves, and Triple Gull stitch (cables provided in chart form). All those cables combine to make a seafaring sweater of love, perfect for any Valentine (replace the side ribbing with seed stitch for a less-fitted, more unisex sweater). Cardigan is worked flat in one piece, with sleeves incorporated into a seamless hybrid yoke topped off with a turned-heel hood that allows the Heart Strings to continue all the way up and over the hood.


16 sts x 20 rows = 4" in Stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Chest: 30 [34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54]"


  • 1050-1890yds Aran wool
  • US6/4.0mm 29" circular needle
  • Set of US6/4.0mm DPNs

You Will Also Need:

  • Coilless safety pins or removable stitch markers
  • Waste yarn or stitch holders
  • Tapestry needle
  • 23" (or desired length) zipper

Suggested yarn:

1890 yards of Chunky weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Bartlettyarns Fisherman 2-ply


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Women, Men, Plus-sized
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I live and knit in New York City and Bath, Maine, with my husband and our three children, getting my style fix in the one and my New England (Red Sox/cranberry bog/lobster roll/chilly nights in need ...

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