This sweater is inspired by my spectator status when it comes to body art. As much as I admire tribal tattoos, I am never going to make the lifetime commitment to one. I knit this sweater instead, and named it for Ishmael’s heavily tattoo’d bunkmate in Moby Dick.

Two tattoo options are offered for the back neck detail. Set in sleeves are worked flat, and may be worked as shown or with matching motifs.

Sample shown is 42½”, worn with 1” of ease.

Notions: 2 stitch markers, long stitch holder or extra circular needle in gauge size or smaller or scrap yarn for holding body stitches, extra needle in size to match smaller needle for holding neck stitches, darning needle for weaving in ends
Yarn weight: Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi)
Gauge: 20 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches in St st
Needle size: US 7 – 4.5 mm
Yardage: 1200 – 1800 yards (1097 – 1646 m)
Sizes available: 32 ½ ( 36½, 38½, 42½, 46½, 50½)”

Photos copyright Caro Sheridan