Pattern of the Week: Ellen Saddle Gansey

The Ellen Saddle Gansey from Wool Studio 101 is a great cozy sweater for those chilly winter days. The garter-stitch panels on the front and sleeves add a textural element to an otherwise simple sweater. It’s worked in the round from the top down, so you can try it on as you go! That way, you won’t completely finish your sweater, only to discover that it doesn’t fit. (I may be speaking from experience here…) This sweater also has a fairly inclusive size range, ranging from 31” to 57½” in circumference. Make one for all the sweater-worthy folks in your life!

Working sweaters in the round is my favorite construction method for a few reasons. First, no seams! I know, I know—seams exist for a reason, and some sweaters really benefit from being made in pieces. On the other hand, it’s so satisfying to finish the knitting and have a completed project. Second, working in the round always seems to go faster for me. I don’t know if it’s because it doesn’t have a clear stopping point or if you’re saving time by not flipping it back and forth from the right side to the wrong side, but it just feels speedier. Third, circular needles (affiliate link) are my favorite. It’s impossible to lose a needle, and it keeps everything nicely contained in one piece.

I also love the yarn for this project, Sugar Bush Rapture. (I actually used it for another sweater too!) It’s a blend of llama fiber and merino wool, making a super soft sweater that’s incredibly warm. It also uses my favorite style of coloring, heathers. Heathered yarns are made by dyeing the fibers first, then carding them together to create a complex color with flecks of other shades and hues. The resulting many-colors-in-one color has more depth and interest than a yarn that is dyed a solid color. It’s so pretty!


Photos by Harper Point Photography

Pattern Details

FINISHED SIZE 31 (35, 38¼, 41½, 46¼, 51¾, 57½)” circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 35″; modeled with 2″ of positive ease.

YARN Sugar Bush Yarns Rapture (50% Llama Soft, 50% superfine merino wool; 211 yd [193 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #1010 merlot madness, 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins.

NEEDLES Size 7 (4.5 mm): 16″ and 32″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn) (affiliate links). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); removable m; stitch holders; tapestry needle (affiliate links).

GAUGE 20 sts and 27 rnds = 4″ in St st.


Are you ready for a new snuggly sweater?