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Gwan Yin Sweater

    Gwan Yin is the goddess of mercy. The simple lace in this raglan is reminiscent of the lotus flower she perches on. It’s simple, cropped design is easy to wear over dresses or high-waisted pants.

    The Design

    This Gwan Yin Sweater is made from the top-down in a seamless raglan construction. Sleeves can be an area where even the most advanced knitters can loose their motivation. But that is not likely to happen with this sweater. The sleeves are a simple 2 row repeat that keep is simple to memorize and easy to knit.

    The body of the sweater beautifully starts with the lace detail after the collar which flows into the sleeves. The pattern is written as a cropped sweater, however, length can easily be added so it can as long or short as you would like.



    The yarn I used was the Purl Soho Santolina, which is interestingly named after the feathery leaves of the Santolina plant. 

    This yarn is a cotton/rayon/hemp blend and is a fingering weight. I used US 5 (3.75mm) needles on this sweater which makes it very lightweight. When trying it on after blocking, I kept wearing it, totally forgetting that I even had it on. 

    Because of the fibers used in this yarn, it is great for when the weather is transitioning – think autumn or spring. However it can easily be layered for winter as well. 

    The Gwan Yin Sweater is available for purchase on Ravelry & Payhip.



    • Cropped, seamless construction with flowy sleeves.

    • Top-down with raglan shaping.

    • Sample shown in size 1 on 34” chest circumference.


    • Main Body: US 5 (3.75 mm) in 24”/61cm or length preferred.  (multiple needles for sections)

    • US 5 (3.75 mm) double pointed needles or preferred method for sleeves.

    • Ribbing: US 4 (3.5 mm) in 24”/61cm or length preferred.

    • Ribbing for sleeves: US 4 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles or preferred method for sleeves.

    • Scrap yarn or stitch holder

    • 4 – Stitch markers (1 – unique for BORM)

    • Darning needle

    Finished size:

    34 (37.5, 41, 45.5) (49.5, 54, 57, 62)” /85 (93, 103, 114) (124, 135, 143, 155)cm bust circumference

    To be worn with 0″ – 4” [0- 10cm] of positive ease


    21 sts x 28 rows = 4”/10cm with US 5 (3.75 mm) in stockinette and lace pattern.


    For sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4) (5, 6, 7, 8)

    590 (680, 780, 890) (1020, 1140, 1230, 1400)yards

    540 (620, 710, 810) (940, 1050, 1130, 1280)m

    Yarn used:

    Purlsoho Santolina. (Fingering Weight;70% Organically grown cotton / 20% Rayon / 10% Hemp; 100g; 328 yards/ 300 meters). 2 (2, 3, 3) (3, 4, 4, 5) skeins. Color used: Red Smoke.

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