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Long Faroese Sweater

Free pattern for Faroese sweater with raglan sleeves and worked in the round

Size: (Small )Medium/Large.
If you want to increase or decrease the pattern for custom sizing, note the chart is repeated over 12×12 stitches.

(300) 400 g 3 ply un-dyed white Sirri yarn,
(200) 300 g 3 ply un-dyed light gray Sirri yarn.
Circular needle size 6 mm and 8 mm.
Stitch markers.

Gauge: 10 cm = 11 sts.

Abbreviations: knit = K, purl = P, stitches = sts, continue = cont,  increase = INC, decrease = DEC,  main colour = MC, beginning = BEG, knit 2 together through the back loops = k2tog tbl, knit 2 together = k2tog,  Double Pointed Needles = DPN.

IMPORTANT: You need to be familiar with the magic loop method to knit this sweater, alternatively, when the pattern states magic loop is needed, you can work in the round on DPNs.


Using MC cast on (124) 136 sts on circular needle size 6 mm and join in the round to work circular.
Work 12 rounds of rib K1, P1.
Change to circular needles size 8 mm and knit rows circular. On row 1 Inc evenly to (132) 144 sts .
On row 2, while working in pattern from chart, divide the work up so you have a clear vision of what is the back and front of the piece as follows:
Using stitch markers split the work up by inserting a stitch marker at the beginning of the row, now work (66) 72 sts and insert another marker.
While at the same time work the pattern repeat from the chart.
To get a diamond in the middle of the front:
Size small start by the red arrow, size medium/large start by the green arrow. The red and the green block show the 12×12 sts that you repeat.
Work (45) 48 cm in pattern as charted.
Armhole: Cast off 6 sts under each arm (3 on each side of the stitch markers).
Now rest this piece.


Using MC cast on (28) 30 sts on circular needle size 6 mm and join in the round – magic loop.
Work 12 rounds of rib K1, P1.
Change to circular needles size 8 mm and knit rows in rounds. On row 1 Inc evenly to (34) 38 sts.
Start working the chart pattern design and inc 1 sts at the beg and end on every 4th row until you have (54) 60 sts.
Cont working straight up without further inc until the sleeve is (50) 52 cm long.
Cast off 6 sts under each arm .
Ensure you finish on the same pattern row as on the body.

Knit another sleeve in the same way.

Join for raglan

Ensure you have reached the same row of the pattern chart on the sleeves and body.
Now join the sleeves and body as follows:
Using circular needle size 8 mm  and working in pattern knit a row on one sleeve, now take the resting body piece and work the sts from the front of the body, then work the second sleeve, and finish of working the back of the body.
You have now joined all the stitches on one needle and you are ready to continue working the raglan.
Place 4 stitch markers where the four parts are joined (i.e. one at the beg and end of each sleeve). Ensure to use a marker in a different colour to indicate where the row starts. (The beg of the row is behind the left sleeve).
The stitch markers are placed where you are supposed to decrease for raglan. Work 3 sts on each side of the marker (6 in total) in MC all the way to the neck while working the body and sleeves in pattern.

Dec for raglan on every second row as follows:
In MC work 3 sts on each side of the stitch marker (6 sts in total) as follows: k2tog tbl, k2, k2tog.

Cont raglan decreases until you have worked (18) 20 cm.
Now work short rows as follows still in chart pattern
*K until you reach the second stitch marker, turn and P back until you reach the 3rd stitch marker. Turn and K back to the second stitch marker again.
Knit a whole round*.
Repeat from *-* two more times.


Change to MC and and knit one round. Then knit one round where you dec evenly to (56) 60 sts.
Change to circular needle size 6 mm  and work  rib k1 p1 for 5 rounds.
Cast off (K over K and P over P).
Sew in ends and sew the gaps under the arms together neatly.

The un-dyed Sirri yarn can be dirty, so hand wash the sweater before use. Roll it into a big towel to press out most of the water and let it dry flat in shape.
When it is dry you can press it under a wet towel using a hot iron.

28 comments to Long Faroese Sweater

  1. Dayna says:

    love this sweater…I have such a fascination with the Faroe islands…and being a knitter I just clued in that ‘I can get wool and knit a sweater from their :)

  2. Hazel says:

    Thank you very much for this Hanne. It inspired me to teach myself circular knitting and is turning out to be a very successful project. Hazel – UK

  3. Teresa says:

    Lovely pattern. Any chance you have the measurements for the sizes, Small, Medium and Large nowadays has so many variables that having actual measurements really helps. Thanks!

  4. Jackie says:

    I would like clarification on your sleeve instructions:

    “Cont working straight up without further inc until the sleeve is (50) 52 cm long.
    Cast of 6 sts under each arm .”

    1. Do you mean to say cast OFF 6 sts under each arm?
    2. Is that 3 sts on each side of the st.markers?

    Thank you for the beautiful patterns.

    • Hanne says:

      Thank you, yes of cause it should be OFF instead of OF. I better check all my patterns for this mistake :)
      If you use a stitch marker on the sleeve, it is 3 sts on each side of it.

  5. Greta says:

    Do you have this pattern in any other languages than english (like swedish)? My mother would like to knit this but thinks the english is too complicated.

  6. Elisabeth says:

    I am sorry, but I do not understand the answer You gave Teresa:

    Finished measurements:
    Bust: small 80 cm, Medium/Large 92 cm.

    If gauge: 10 cm = 11 sts. and the total is (132) 144 sts. I thought the measurements would be: small 120 cm, medium/large 130,09 cm. Must I change the tension?

    • Hanne says:

      No, you should be fine.
      The gauge is knitted in stockinette, where the sweater is knitted in the round and with two colours.

  7. kate says:

    Hi would this sweater work using Snaeldan 5ply yarn? If so would you use bigger needles and how would you resize it? Or do you have a similar pattern for Snaeldan? Thanks

  8. julie says:

    Do you have traditional Faroese sweater pattern in Snaeldan, please? Colours are lovely

  9. Juliet Rayner says:

    Hi please would you help me. I have read in the english press that the Sirri yarn becomes very loose once washed and so the garment should be knitted smaller than required. Is this true, and if so, what do you advise as a correction?
    Also is it true that the yarn is very soft? Thanks so much. Juliet

    • Hanne says:

      If you are using the patterns on this website, you don’t have to knit smaller than required, since this is already in the pattern. The jumper will fit very tight at first and then become a little looser as you wear it – and wash it.

  10. Alda says:

    Hi and thank you for this lovely pattern. I’ve knit the body and am on the first sleeve, but am slightly confused … I’ve got 38 stitches as prescribed, but it doesn’t divide by 12 so the pattern as charted doesn’t work out, at least on a row-by-row basis. Am I misunderstanding something? Grateful for your help. Thank you.

    • Hanne says:

      The start and end of the row is under the sleeve and will not show much when you wear the sweater. This is where the chart will not fit perfectly, and this is also where you do the increases on every forth row.

  11. Marion says:

    Hi Hannah
    I am almost finished my sweater and wanted to ask what is best to wash the sweater with. Plain warm water or a mild detergent designed for wool?

  12. Dorte Hansen says:

    Jeg ønsker at strikke denne trøje i str xxl, kan du mon fortælle mig hvor mange ekstra masker jeg skal slå op. jeg bruger sirri 3 trådet:))) Har du opskriften på dansk??? på forhånd tak:)))

  13. But making my very own Faroese sweater isn’t just brilliant exercise for the fingers; it makes me part of the community of Fuglafj r ur women, clicking away on those wind-blown islands far away over the sea.

  14. H Main says:

    Hi, knitting this lovely jumper but am a bit confused with this part:
    Now work short rows as follows still in chart pattern
    *K until you reach the second stitch marker, turn and P back until you reach the 3rd stitch marker. Turn and K back to the second stitch marker again.
    Knit a whole round*.

    can you tell me where you start from as Iv started knitting the jumper from the behind the left sleeve and its not working out right for me – is this where you have started? I would be grateful for your help with this. many thanks Hilary

    • Hanne says:

      Uh, I made this pattern in 2011.
      The trick is to get the back of the sweater some cms longer than the front, so you knit a few rows back and forth – only on the back.

  15. Traditionally, wool and wool products have been the leading economic factor for the Faroese households. A considerable number of knitted sweaters were exported with standing orders to the Danish army, specially during the Napoleonic wars, when several thousand sweaters were exported yearly.