The Beauceron (by Vincent Deslandes)


This pattern is available in English and in French as a digital download. Upon checkout, you will automatically receive a link to download a PDF file. 

Laurian was my mother’s father. He was a proud Beauceron, i.e. an inhabitant of the Beauce region in Quebec, Canada. Laurian is also the name that Amélie from Émilia & Philomène gave the gray colourway I used to design this sweater. A gray that reminded me of the many suits I’ve seen my grandfather wear.

The Beauceron is a unisex pullover sweater with a slip-stitch colourwork pattern (also called “mosaic colourwork”) that is easy and addictive to knit. It worked from the top down in one piece, without seams, but features “faux” seams on the shoulders and sides that give it a nice detail.

1 (2, 3, 4)(5, 6, 7)

Finished chest girth:
30 (34, 38, 42)(46, 50, 54) in
75 (85, 95, 105)(115, 125, 135) cm

Choose a size that allows for 0 to 2 in (0 to 5 cm) of positive ease around the chest. 

Weight: DK

Main colour:
780 (860, 945, 1,040)(1,140, 1,255, 1,380) yd
715 (790, 865, 955)(1,050, 1,155, 1,270) m

Contrasting colour:
380 (420, 460, 505)(555, 610, 670) yd
350 (385, 420, 465)(510, 560, 615) m

Sample shown in Émilia & Philomène Eddy:
MC (Laurian, grey), CC (Busky, yellow)

Circular needles, at least 32 in (80 cm) in length, in three sizes:
US #6 (4 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge
US #7 (4.5 mm) or one size larger than main needles
US #5 (3.75 mm), or one size smaller than main needles
Optional: Double-pointed or short circular needles  in the same three sizes for the sleeves, if you’re not using the magic-loop method

21 sts and 32 rnds = 4 in (10 cm) in stockinette stitch with main needles

Stitch markers (2, including one to distinguish the beginning of the round)
Tapestry needle

Cable cast-on
Choosing the right size
German short rows
Sewn bind-off
Tubular cast-on