Saturday, June 23, 2018

Easy knitting pattern, Portuguese Fisherman, never out of style

The Portuguese Fisherman's Pullover sweater knitting pattern has been knit thousands of times and one I used to teach my daughter how to knit, as it is classified an "easy knitting pattern." It's a great summertime project for beginning and vintage knitters. The unisex size range is 2 to 46, for men, women, and children. Knit on a US 10 (6mm) with Aran or worsted yarn, the pullover sweater's classic style is a timeless unisex design.

This is a great outdoor play jumper pattern for three-season children's wear, and serves men and women equally well; fabulous outdoor sweater for soccer moms or football dads. The sleeves are knit flat down to the cuff, so they can be lengthened as the child grows.

The ribbing is knit sideways and then the stitches are easily picked up, back and front are knit separately on straight needles or both can also be easily managed in-the-round for less sewing up later. Only one size needle is used, either US8 or US10, depending on your yarn choice.

Over 50-years-old, this vintage pattern is by Reynolds Candide and calls for "Candide Heavyweight," easily duplicated with Bartlett Yarns, homespun in Maine, USA. I have knit this with both of their Fisherman yarns, 2-ply and 3-ply, adjusting the needle size for the gauge, which is 4 sts = 1 inch.  Bartlett Yarns color range is fabulous, they answer the phone, and there is always a pleasant person on the other end to answer your questions.

(Or, if you prefer, acrylic or cotton yarns can be substituted as well.)

Children sizes: 2 to 12, can be knit for $30 to $40, 3-4 skeins.
Women's sizes: 32 to 38, $50 to $70, 5 -7 skeins.
Men's sizes: 40 to a finished 46, pattern calls for 8 to 9 skeins.

This unisex easy pattern keeps on giving year after year and can be purchased for a mere $5 from Halcyon Yarns, a 4-page scanned pdf you can download from near and far, knitting over and over again for generations to come.

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