Traveling Man Sweater


Designed by Anne Berk

My friend Elaine knit Karen Alfke’s Traveling Sweater. Her husband liked the fabric and asked me for advice, and I was inspired to design a wanted  sweater of his own. The sweater that no man could resist.

This is an homage to Karen’s vision, incorporating her use of ribbing and shawl collar and the cushy softness of Woobu yarn. This design is knit in one piece and requires virtually no finishing. Customization of sleeve and body length are done at the end, so the sweater can be tried on in process for perfect fit. The end result is designed to look effortless, and be easy to wear.

Colorway shown: Meet Brown, Joe


  • 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5) skeins Blue Moon Fiber Arts® Woobu
  • US size 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge
  • US size 3 (3.25mm) needles, or one size smaller than needles used to obtain gauge. You will need circular needles in both sizes in a range of lengths, from 16" to 32", as well as double pointed needles, if that is your preferred method for working the sleeves.
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle

Gauge: 24 sts and 36 rows = 4" (10cm) over 2x2 ribbing after blocking

Sizes: men’s x-small (small, medium, large, 1x, 2x, 3x)

Finished measurements:

  • 39¼ (40¾, 42¾, 45¼, 48¾, 52, 55¼)" [99.5 (103.5, 108.5, 115, 124, 132, 140.5)cm] bust/chest circumference
  • 25 (26, 26½, 27, 28, 29, 30)" [63.5 (66, 67.5, 68.5, 71, 73.5, 76) cm] length
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