The Traveling Sweater


Designed by A. Karen Alfke

This sweater in one way or another has been traveling since it was a spark of a knit idea roaming my brain. A journey starting with an initial spark of inspiration shared and transformed by Karen into this wonderful final design. A sweater whose k2, p2 ribbing makes an excellent track that takes us on a journey up and around and then back again. A sweater which winds into shape with a generous lapel effect in the front and a lovely shawl-like collar; the perfect protection against a sudden storm. We have nicknamed her the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Sweater” after the book, because it fits, looks, and feels good on everyone who has tried it. We hope you feel the same.

Colorway shown: Corbie


  • 4, (4, 5, 6) skeins Blue Moon Fiber Arts® Woobu
  • US size 3 (3.25mm) long straight or 24" (60cm) circular needles, or size to obtain gauge
  • Two US size 2 (2.75mm) 24" (60cm) circular needles, for assembly
  • 10 yards smooth, contrasting waste yarn
  • 9, (10, 10, 10) stitch markers
  • Safety pins or locking stitch markers for assembly
  • Tapestry needle

Sizes: women's extra small (small, large, extra large); to fit up to 36 (40, 48, 56)" [91.5 (101.5, 122, 142)cm] bust

Skill level: Intermediate

Finished measurements:
width across back, from underarm to underarm 20 (22½, 25, 27½)" [51 (57, 63.5, 70) cm]
approximate back length, from shoulder 28½ (30, 32, 34)" [72.5 (78, 82.5, 86.5) cm]

note | Due to the unique construction of this garment, it will fit a
wide range of body shapes and sizes. Choose the size to work based on
the “to fit” measurements, then try on the garment after assembling it
and adjust the sleeve lengths if necessary before finishing the sleeve

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