In architecture, a cloister is an enclosed courtyard or garden surrounded by a covered walkway with buildings on the outside, and an open colonnade facing in. Cloisters are usually part of a church or monastery; originally they were used primarily as places of quiet meditation or study. This pattern is named for Venice’s Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and its cloister. Though locals call the cloister I Frari, I prefer the name Gloriosa for this pattern.

Knit Gloriosa and Isola from the same yarn for a unique and cozy sweater set.

Pattern is knit flat from the hem to shoulders, then is seamed, and the collar and button bands are added.

Yarn: Aran weight 1000 [1100, 1210, 1300] yards
Model: Peruvian Sierra Aran
Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch with larger needles, blocked
Needles: US 8 and US 6 (5.0 mm and 4.0 mm), or size required for gauge
Finished size: sm [med, lg, xl] with 2 to 4 inches positive ease; 39.75 [44.25, 49.75, 54.25] inches; 101 [112, 126, 138] cm
Notions: 5 ¾-inch buttons, 2 stitch markers; additional stitch markers for lace work are optional

Skills: K2tog, ssk, YO, s1‑k2tog‑psso, make 1.
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.

Thank you!

Huge thanks to Kristen TenDyke for her hard work in taking my scribbles and guesswork, and helping me to make them into a real pattern.

Modeled photo on the coast courtesy of Used with permission.