Hedge Fence Pullover

Center cable, Hedge Fence Pullover

Hedge Fence Pullover

The garment takes its name from Hedge Fence Shoal, a shallow sandbar on the far west side of Nantucket Sound, just northeast of Martha’s Vineyard. I have been contemplating a series of fisherman-style sweaters and I decided to go with a naming scheme based on the waters I sailed so much as a child.

The body and sleeves of the garment are knit in the round to the armholes, after which point the knitting is done back and forth. The only seaming required is the sewing in of the sleeve cap. The shoulders are joined by a three-needle bind-off, the underarm stitches are grafted together, and stitches are picked up around the neck for the neckline ribbing. The pattern comes with text instructions, a set of charts for each size, and a set of sleeve charts for each size. None of the cable instructions are written out – they are all charted. In addition, I have included several pages of notes on how to modify the pattern to achieve the best fit for your body while maintaining the integrity of the center cable panel. Fortunately, the side cables are small enough to allow for quite a lot of flexibility in terms of sizing. The only real challenge in modifying the pattern to ensure the center cable still flows cleanly into the ribbing at the bottom edge and neckline.

This pattern is available as a Ravelry download for $8.50.

Front view, Hedge Fence Pullover



Skills used

Reading a chart, knitting in the round, cabling, increasing, three-needle bind-off, picking up stitches, sewing together seams


To fit chest: 31 (33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 46, 49, 51, 53, 55)”

Model shown in size 39 with a narrowed shoulder width (15″ flat) and lengthened torso (27″) and sleeves (21″).

Finished measurements

Chest: 32.75 (34, 35.75, 37.25, 39.75, 41.5, 43.5, 46.75, 49.25, 51.25, 53.25, 55)”

Length: 22.5 (23.25, 23.5, 24.5, 24.75, 26, 27.5, 28, 28.25, 28.5, 31, 31.25)”


25 stitches and 28 rows = 4″ in unstretched cable pattern on US 7 (4.5 mm) needles

Back view, Hedge Fence Pullover

Side view, Hedge Fence Pullover


Briggs & Little Regal [100%  wool; 272 yd (249 m); 113 g skein]; color: Brown Heather, 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10) skeins.


US 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 29″ or 32″ long

1 set of US 7 (4.5 mm) DPNs


Stitch markers

Cable needle

Stitch holders or scrap yarn

Tapestry needle



Hedge Fence Pullover

Hedge Fence Pullover

Hedge Fence Pullover

More photos of the finished garment here.