In architecture, a cloister is an enclosed courtyard or garden surrounded by a covered walkway with buildings on the outside, and an open colonnade facing in. Cloisters are usually part of a church or monastery; originally they were used primarily as places of quiet meditation or study. This pattern is named for Venice’s Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and its cloister. Though locals call the cloister I Frari, I prefer the name Gloriosa for this pattern. Why was I looking at cloisters in the first place? It's the name of the stitch I used at the hem!

Pattern is knit flat from the hem to shoulders, then is seamed, and the collar and button bands are added.

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Pattern details
  • Yarn: Aran weight 1000 [1100, 1210, 1300] yards.
  • Model: Peruvian Sierra Aran; 80% wool, 20% alpaca; 91 yards in 50 grams.
  • Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows to 4 inches in stockinette stitch, blocked.
  • Needles: US 8 (5 mm) for gauge, US 6 (4 mm) for bands.
  • Buttons: five .75-inch buttons.
  • Finished size: 39.75 [44.25, 49.75, 54.25] inches.
  • To fit bust: 2 to 4 inches smaller than finished sweater.
  • Stitch instructions: Charted and written.
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