View Full Version : Is there a fisherman pattern?

01-12-2006, 11:52 AM
or is Fisherman sweater just a type of cable sweater?? :??

My dad asked me to make him one which is :shock: to start off with since his scarf was my first cable and only cable project so far... He wants the color to match is scarf which is KP Mist... but I've googled for Fishermen's Sweater Pattern and all I find is aran sweaters.. so is there a certain pattern that was used or can I just pick any and call it that... He doesn't know.. just says you know those sweaters they use to wear... Then he wants to get the navy coat with the flap on the back and anchor buttons :lol: I'd really like find a raglan where I don't have to seam it all together just put the sleeves on I don't like seaming :oo: lol TIA :thumbsup:

01-12-2006, 02:05 PM
I think the term fisherman sweaters and aran sweaters are used interchangeably these days. There are a lot of 'fisherman/aran' sweater patterns that are raglans.

Fisherman ganseys are sweaters that are plain up to the chest with a design above because the fisherman's high pants would cover the bottom of the sweater. Some areas had particular patterns way back so when a fisherman died at sea, his region/family would be recognized by the pattern on his sweater. More than you needed to know, huh? :D

01-12-2006, 02:37 PM
I will pass this on to my husband who may already know it. His grandfather was a fisherman on a schooner out of Nova Scotia who unfortunatley died at sea when his father was 10 yrs old. He now has a great love of sea history/music etc. Who knows maybe someday I'll be good enough to make him a fisherman's sweater with a to die for design!

01-12-2006, 03:38 PM
Hi dustinac,

If you find a pattern you like that is knit with a front and back, you can always do it in the round, especially since all the cabling, twist stiches etc. are generally done on the right side. You'd have to change the directions for the wrong side rows and knit whenever the pattern says purl and vice versa. Then when you get to the armholes you can either work the front and back separately like flat knitting, or knit the sleeves up to the armhole shaping, and slide all the stitches together on one long circular and continue the raglan shaping all the way up to the neckline. The neckline is usually done on dpn's or a circular needle anyway. As for the sleeves, I like to knit them in the round up to the armholes, then you can either add them to that long circ, or finish them flat too.

Doing this you either end up with just shoulder seams to sew, or even with no seams at all. If you want to try this, and need help rewriting the pattern for circular needles, just let me know.

Where in Ohio are you? I'm in the Detroit area, and I have quite a collection of Aran pattern books, if you'd like to borrow any. My oldest DD lives in Columbus, so there are always opportunities for me to visit her too.

Can you tell that Aran patterns are my first love?

Happy Sweater Knitting :XX: :XX: :XX:


01-12-2006, 03:46 PM
Here's a super easy pattern if you want to start out with.


01-12-2006, 10:27 PM
:cheering: Thanks everyone for your help!! Ingrid I did know that learned it off knitty gritty ROTFLOL... Ok so now I just have to find out what style of cable he likes and go from there.. He wanted this by March 22nd... told him no way... :rollseyes: