Takumi Sweater


Finally, I released the Zen Variations into the wild.  For the next week or so, I will post about the designs individually.

TAKUMI is the Japanese word for ‘artisan’. The cardigan features a flattering wrap-style, with a longer length, ¾ sleeves, and is finished with i-cord trim worked simultaneously with the sweater.

Takumi Cardigan knitting pattern by Renée CallahanThe cardigan is inspired by the samue, a garment traditionally worn by Zen monks while working, Japanese artisans and manual labourers. The samue is the ultimate in workwear, meant to be the most practical of garments.

Kinfolk Cover

Image copyright of Kinfolk, featured on the cover of Vol 8.

This Kinfolk cover image was one of the first up on my moodboard and was a touchstone for the collection. I love the Mona-Lisa smile and the whole feel of the image.

Zen buddhist monk photographed by John Lander

Photograph copyright: John Lander

This picture by photographer John Lander of a monk at work wearing a samue really sums up the collection for me: mindful work done with a quiet heart. 
Takumi Cardigan knitting pattern by Renée Callahan1

Takumi is my interpretation of the garment retains some of key elements, such as the cross over fronts, which form a v-neck, a longer length and tie closures. Takumi Cardigan knitting pattern by Renée Callahan

(83, 89, 92.5, 96.5, 102)(110.5, 114.5, 120, 125.5, 129.5)cm or
31.25 (32.75, 35, 36.5, 38, 40.25)(43.5, 45, 47.25, 49.5, 51) ”
The sweater is intended to be worn with 5cm / 2” of positive ease.

Takumi wrap schematic plain
The Fibre Co. Acadia (60% merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, 20% silk; 133m (145yds) per 50g hank); shown in Blueberry 9 (9, 10, 10, 11, 11)(12, 12, 13, 14, 14) hanks.

Acadia is a DK weight yarn. Takumi uses approximately:

415 (445, 470, 490, 515, 545)(580, 600, 635, 660, 690) grams

1210 (1295, 1365, 1425, 1500, 1585)(1690, 1745, 1850, 1920, 2005) yards

1105 (1185, 1250, 1305, 1370, 1450)(1545, 1595, 1690, 1755, 1835) metres

21 sts x 31 rows = 10cm (4”) in St st blocked with 3.75mm (US 5) or size needed to get gauge.

Zen Variations Knitting pattern by Renée Callahan-45

The Zen Variations patterns are for sale individually for £5 and the collection of all 6 sweater patterns can be purchased for £15.

The Takumi Pattern: 

The Zen Variations:

Happy knitting,


Note: The Zen Variations were beautifully photographed by Tommy Martin for The Fibre Co.


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