Little Peregrina Pattern

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This is the child’s version of the La Peregrina sweater. The yoke features 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. The back neck is a keyhole closure using a single button.

Worked seamlessly from the top down, this pattern uses 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 may take some getting used to if they are unfamiliar, but are easy to learn and fun to work.


5 Children’’s Sizes: 2/4/6/8/10 years, 
22/24/27/29/31” at chest. (All measurements given in inches.)

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

    • 400/500/680/720/825 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” circular and needles for small circumference knitting (sleeves)
    • US 3 (3.25 mm) needles, 16” or 24” circular and needles for small circumference knitting (ribbed hem and cuff)
    • Darning needle
    • stitch markers
    • stitch holders or waste yarn
    • US E (3.5 mm) crochet hook
    • button


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

    • 15 sts over 4”/10cm in garter stitch, after blocking