Siwash/ Cowichan Sweater Pattern

I am looking for the pattern for a Siwash sweater for men. It was originally called Cowichan sweater. While I am not particularly fond of the artwork that is usually found in these 1960s gems, I do like the design. Does anyone know of a source?

Here is site where I found the pictures of some.

Canadian Design Resource

Update: I did find a pattern of the Cowichan sweater for purchase on Etsy but, as all of us try to do, I'm trying to find something that is free.

Cowichan Pattern



knitsandbakes's picture

If you're on Ravelry, a search for Cowichan turned up 14 free patterns. The pattern called the Shawnigan Jacket has graphs for 4 different animals: deer, bear, eagle and salmon.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks! You'd think that Ravelry would be one of my first places to research patterns. I did as you suggested and found some very interesting things.

superi's picture

They look like very basic drop shoulder, or raglan sleeve sweaters done in a bulky yarn. I would suggest getting Elizabeth Zimmerman's book, "Knitting Workshop", and would be very easy to come up with a similar design yourself. Jared Flood's pattern, "Smokin" out of Son of Stitch n' Bitch is very similar in design and shape.


CLABBERS's picture

I had forgotten about the Smokin' pattern. I really do have to go revisit my library collection of knitting books. Thanks! I found it on p. 106. :)

Tom Hart's picture

I did a search on Ravelry and typed in "Mary Maxim". Got a gazilllion patterns (socks, scarves, blankets, et al.) but some knitted-jacket patterns came up that I really like. One that I especially liked was called "Vintage Reindeer Sweater". I think I just might try it, once I get through the projects I'm currently working on. I've always wanted something like this. It's done in bulky yarn, interestingly enough. It's not free though. It goes for $3.99.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Tom. I found the Vintage Reindeer Sweater and it is beautiful. I may even work it up and do the design in it. It's so retro that it's new again!


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Have fun knitting on this. They are a unique bit of knitting history/tradition.

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raydio's picture

I highly recommend Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts' _Salish Indian Sweaters_, Dos Tejedoras Fiber Arts Pubs. If your local library doesn't have it, request it thru inter-library loans. It has graphs, techniques for a variety of styles and collar treatments, yarn descriptions and sources, history, etc. In short, it has it all.

Tom Hart's picture

Thank you so much for that. My library does have it. I've just put a hold on it. Thanks again. Much, much appreciated! Tom