Beatnik Sweater Knitting Pattern

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Love the features of this winter fisherman’s sweater which comes with a free knitting pattern:  intricate cables, a boat neck, cropped sleeves, and … the crazy photo shoot!

The pictures of the original Beatnik sweater made me laugh. Thanks, Chris! I love sweater reviews that make me want to go crazy (with yarn). Who doesn’t?

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What’s in a name: Beatnik Sweater or Cable Jumper?

It’s dubbed the Beatnik* Sweater as it’s so 60s in style, but I can see it sported today just the same.


Yarn needed

This sweater is made with Clementine-colored Berroco Remix. This is definitely a luxury yarn, that’s a bit unusual! It has silk in it, and linen. (30% Nylon, 27% Cotton, 24% Acrylic, 10% Silk, 9% Linen.). It’s super soft, recycled and wool-free tweed.  This blend of yarns make it lighter than expected.  It’s as warm as needed for the season, while the silk/linen means it’s also good for cool Spring/Fall days, as well as to sit by a nightly summer bonfire.

How much yarn in a skein?
100g (3.5oz), Aran | 10-Ply)

And how much yarn do you need for a jumper? Depends on your size. For this yarn, you’ll need:

  • XS / S: 6 skeins
  • M: 7
  • L: 8
  • 1X: 9
  • 2X: 10
  • 3X: 11

Yes, the pattern comes in that many sizes! How great!

Which color’s best?

It was originally designed in this rusty orange.  However, I have seen it knit in olive green, charcoal grey, wheat beige, aubergine purple, winter blues, and other colors, and  they  will all be equally great-looking.

It is a well-fitted sweater with a cable pattern of moderate difficulty. Not a project to take along on the bus, but a rewarding sweater project if you want to embark on cabling and make something pretty at home.

Free Knitting Pattern for the Beatnik Sweater

Nuf said. Here is the free sweater knitting pattern for you:

Sweater Knitting Pattern
photo credit : Chris Vaccaro
  • sweater designer: Norah Gaughan
  • pattern source :


Eh .. Beatnik ?!

What does beatnik mean? It refers to a  young person in the 1950s and early 1960s belonging to a subculture associated with the beat generation, i.e.  underground, anti-conformist youth.

Blame Jack Kerouac for the term.  He coined it.

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