La Peregrina Pattern

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This yoke sweater features a slightly wider scoop neckline and a pretty lace pattern at the neck and shoulders which blends into a reverse stockinette ground with columns of knit stitches. The lace pattern is repeated at the sleeve cuff, and the hems are worked in 1x1 rib.

Worked seamlessly from the top down, this pattern uses German short rows to raise the back neck and an increase borrowed from Estonian lace knitting to shape the yoke. It’s named for the famous La Peregrina pearl once owned by Elizabeth Taylor, because this garment involves a lot of purling. (For a tutorial on knitting parts of this sweater inside out, visit this YouTube tutorial:

This is an easy-to-intermediate pattern. The star increases and short rows may take some getting used to if they are unfamiliar, but are easy to learn and fun to work.


9 Women’s Sizes: 32/36/40/44/48/52/56/60/64” at bust. (All measurements given in inches.) 

* Sizes 60 & 64" bust sizes added April 2020. 

Choosing a Size:
 This sweater is designed to worn with 1-2” of ease in the fullest bust, which means it is meant to be worn just a bit larger than your actual measurements.

Be sure to match gauge in garter stitch for the neck cast on and initial four rounds, which is significantly looser than the gauge for the rest of the garment.

Tools & Materials

  • 870/990/1170/1330/1490/1630/1860 yards sport or heavy fingering weight yarn - sample shown in Yarn Experiments Sport Monkey (80% merino, 20% nylon; 100g; 300 m/328 y) in Mexico City
  • US 4 (3.5 mm) needles, 16” & 24” or 32” circular and needles for small circumference knitting (sleeves)
  • US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, 32” circular and needles for small circumference knitting (ribbed hem and cuff)
  • Darning needle
  • 3 stitch markers
  • stitch holders or waste yarn


  • 24 st/35 rounds over 4”/10cm square in stockinette, after blocking
15 sts over 4”/10cm in garter stitch, after blocking

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