Cocoon Shrug with Textured Band

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“Named for a genus of large, long-winged moths (inspired by the Peppered moth: Biston betularia), Biston is a relaxed cocoon-style cardigan that makes an easy layering piece for any season. The garment is a relaxing project – knit flat in one piece – that allows the tweedy nature of Loft to take focus. The textured band features a slanting rib that radiates out from the center back neck to contrast with the body’s reverse stockinette fabric.

Biston is a relaxed, unfitted shape through the main section of the body, with a close-fitting cuff on the 3/4 length sleeves. Fitting Notes have been provided below to aid you in choosing your size, or in making your own fit adjustments.” – Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark


  • Approximately 945 (995, 1085, 1150, 1245) yards of fingering weight wool yarn


  • 4 (4, 4, 5, 5) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee- Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
  • Photographed in color Soot
  • Working Gauge: 24 stitches & 32 rows = 4″ in reverse stockinette stitch (purl on RS; knit on WS) with Size A needle; before blocking
  • Finished Gauge: 23 stitches & 32 rows = 4″ in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle; measurement taken from relaxed fabric after blocking (with no stretch)

Size A (for Main Fabric):

  • One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Sizes: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size B (for Textured Band):

  • One 32″ circular needle one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Sizes: 3½ mm (US 4)
Finished dimensions
  • 28 (29, 31, 32, 34)” finished (blocked) body length measurement, suggested to fit bodies with bust measurement of 34 (36, 40, 44, 48)”
  • Sample shown is size 28″ on a model with 35″ bust
Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
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Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark