Fingering pattern

Does anyone have a suggestion as to where I could go for some good men's fingering weight sweater patterns? I'm in need of a challenge....obviously. What I'd like to find is something that has lots of cables or some other complexity and something that has a "modern" feel. I've written my own patterns in the past, and may have to do that again, if I can't find something suitable, but any suggestions would be most welcome.


Check out the Jaegar pattern books. There is oftentimes a men's pattern and most Jaegar patterns are for double-knitting or 4 ply. There is even a book Jaegar JB28 that has 16 designs by Martin Storey--many of them are for 4 ply. Hope this helps. If you need any further info don't hesitate to get back to me. Good luck .

knit4brains's picture

Thanks for trying Rick, but doubleknitting or 4 ply is typically a 5 stitches to the inch pattern. What I'm looking for is more like 7 or 8 stitches to the inch....much thinner yarn.

You need to get some older vintage men's sweater patterns. I have purchased loads for very little money on Ebay (usually postage is more than the patterns). I would be happy to photocopy some of mine if you want. Let me know what you're looking for. Those from pre WWII period are almost all for fingering, since sport weight was "bulky" at the that time. I really would be happy to send some along, so don't hesitate to contact me if you want. I am in central Massachusetts (Worcester).

MMario's picture

lots of free patterns - I believe the stitch count listed is for 4 inches/10cm

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Jaegar ply guage is 28 sts for 4" (i.e. 7 sts per inch)--the standard for 4 ply. 8 Sts per inch is 3ply a weigh used almost exclusively for baby clothes so getting a non-baby colour in this weight is very difficult.

ophanim's picture

Have you looked at Knitting in the Old Way? The learning curve's a little steep, but it will help you design your own patterns with a fairly gentle hand.

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kiwiknitter's picture

Can you tell us more about the book, please? I've got it on my wish list and would appreciate knowing more before I purchase it. Thanks!

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