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Pacem is a top down, long-sleeved pullover with fair isle patterning along the yoke and sleeves and a simple lace insert sandwiched between the fair isle on the yoke. It is the result of my yearning for a quick, oversized knit that would be comfy and warm in the winter months and allow a multitude of color options for the yoke.

The instructions for the fair isle patterns are charted. Additional charts with no colors are included at the end of the pattern if you wish to color in the charts to match the yarn you’ve chosen.

This sweater is meant to be a quick knit and uses worsted or aran weight yarn. I knit my versions up in Peace Fleece Worsted, but you are welcome to use whatever works for you. This is also a great sweater for using up those leftovers for the CC(s). Don’t be afraid to hold yarn double if it works. The yoke is your canvas, so please have some fun!

Options to alter the sleeve length, cuff circumference and body shape are included within the pattern. German short rows are used to shape the neckline before and after the yoke pattern is completed.


16 sts by 24 rounds = 4” in St st on US 8

16 sts by 20 rounds = 4” in Fair Isle pattern on US 8


Finished Bust Circumference:

32 (36, 40, 44, 48)“ {52, 56, 60, 64, 68}”

Ease: Approximately 4” to 8” of positive ease

Sweater shown is 40” with approximately 4” of positive ease.

Length (from back neck):

23¾ (24½, 24¾, 25½, 26¼)“ {26¾, 27½, 27¾, 28¼, 29¼}”


4 (5, 5, 6, 7) {7, 8, 8, 9, 10} skeins of Peace Fleece Worsted (75% Rambouillet/25% Mohair, 200 yds/113 g) in Antarctic White (MC) and 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) {1, 1, 1, 2, 2} skein(s) in Siberian Midnight (CC).

If using a different CC for each three-round motif as shown in the green sweater, please refer to the chart in the photos for individual yardages for each motif.


775 (800, 910, 1060, 1200) {1365, 1475, 1590, 1700, 1870} yards of equivalent weight yarn for MC and 145 (155, 165, 170, 176) {180, 192, 195, 200, 220} yards for CC

Green sweater shown in Peace Fleece Worsted Gonna be Alright (MC), Amaranth (red CC), Evening Marigold (orange CC) and Wild Mustard (gold CC)

Brown sweater shown in Peace Fleece Worsted Wooly Bear (MC) and Antarctic White (CC)


One each US 7/4.50 mm 16-inch and 29-inch (or longer) circular needle

One each US 8/5.00 mm 16-inch, 24-inch and 29-inch (or longer) circular needles

Four each US 7/4.50 mm and 8/5.00 mm Double-Pointed Needles (DPNs) for sleeves (or you may use the Magic Loop method)

Two stitch markers (different colors)

Stitch holders or waste yarn for holding stitches

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

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