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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Bright River

Bright River is one of those sweaters that can really easily be dressed up or down. I wore it with jeans over a Merino base layer last week, but I think it would be perfect with a skirt for a Christmas party. It's so incredibly soft and shimmery, and it's perfectly warm. I wanted a pullover that was elegant, but cozy, and I think this fits the bill perfectly.




CONSTRUCTION
- It's worked bottom-up seamlessly. The little sleeves are worked and then joined with the yoke for raglan shaping. After completing the yoke, stitches are picked up for that gorgeous, draping cowl.

- The cowl is shaped using progressively larger needle sizes.
- Waist shaping and an engaging Cartridge Belt Rib stitch pattern create a flattering fit.

FIT
- This sweater hugs curves and it's designed to be worn with zero-2 inches of negative ease. Pick a size that's smaller than what you'd usually go with.


YARN
The yarn I used is so glorious and I was so delighted to get to work with it. It's Fibre Co. Terra, a singles blend of wool, alpaca, and silk, and it has these gorgeous little silk nubs that are in different colours and add texture, beauty, and the sweetest glow to the fabric. This yarn is so unique that any substitution is likely to look really different, but it can, of course, be done.


TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTING
- Pick a worsted weight yarn with wool to help keep its shape, but including something shiny and slippery in there would be lovely too. 
- I'd love to see this in something very different like Quince and Co. Owl, a tweedy alpaca/wool blend.
- As I'm sitting here wearing a lush sweater in Malabrigo Worsted, I have to recommend that one too. It's an extremely soft and squishy singles Merino that I think would be lovely.


MY FAVORITE DETAIL
The super soft cowl neck is really divine to wear.

GENERAL TIPS
I recommend choosing a yarn with at least some wool in it. The stitch pattern can be helpful in adding a little resilience, but the sweater is seamless, so it can use a little help from a bouncy fibre too.


Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits#BrightRiverSweater, and #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Wrapup Hoodie projects!


PATTERN DETAILS


Finished Measurements

271⁄4 (311⁄4, 351⁄4, 391⁄4, 421⁄2, 461⁄2)” (69 79.5, 89.5, 99.5, 108, 118) cm bust circumference and 253⁄4 (261⁄2, 27, 273⁄4, 283⁄4, 291⁄4)” (65.5 67.5, 68.5, 70.5, 73, 74.5 cm) long.

Shown in size 311⁄4” (79.5) cm. 
Intended to be worn with 0–2” (0–5 cm) of negative ease.

Yarn 
843 (939, 1113, 1250, 1442, 1617) yd (771 858, 1017, 1143, 1318, 1478 m) Aran weight (#4 medium).

Shown here: The Fibre Company Terra (40% baby alpaca, 40% merino wool, 20% silk; 98 yd 89 m/50 g): color Olive Leaf, 9 (10, 12, 13, 15, 17) skeins

Needles 

Size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) 16” and 24” (40 and 60 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double- pointed (dpn). 
Size U.S. 8 (5 mm) 24” (60 cm) circular (cir). 
Size U.S. 9 (5.5 mm) 24” (60 cm) circular (cir). 
Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
Markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Gauge

20 sts and 30 rnds = 4” (10 cm) over Cartridge Belt Rib using smallest needle.


See it on Ravelry


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Indie Design Gift Along 2016


Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. friends! I hope your day is full of good food and loved ones. I'm going to celebrate tomorrow with family coming up to Victoria from Seattle, but for today I'm working and thinking of how grateful I am for knitters and my designer colleagues. This community is something I couldn't have dreamed up. Not only do I get to interact with kind and enthusiastic knitters who use my patterns and attend my workshops, but I'm also among professionals who value collaboration and support. I'm so thankful for the encouragement and advice that has been given to me freely since I was a brand new designer. 

That spirit of mutual support is a big bright light to me, and the Indie Design Gift Along is an amazing example of it. If you're not familiar with the GAL, it's an enormous group sale (335 designers are participating!) and online knitting party. Participating designers are offering 25% off a specially-selected group of their indie patterns for one week. The idea is that these patterns are great for gift knitting, but you might just knit yourself a gift too! The sale is on now (use the code giftalong2016 to get your discount), and goes through November 30. But it isn't just the sale that's fun! There are also a huge number of Knit Alongs happening in the group and there will be so, so many prizes.

My sale bundle includes 16 of my most popular patterns (you can see a few of them above) and you can check out the whole bundle here. I'm hoping to get a little gift knitting in myself, and to make the experience a little more relaxing, I'm planning to knit from friends' patterns rather than designing my own. Part of the goal of the GAL is to allow designers to promote each other, so here are the patterns I'm hoping to knit and gift.

© K Good Photography
I tried this hat on at the local Victoria launch party for Within, a new book from Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond, and it had just the perfect amount of slouch and texture. I may leave off the pom pom, but I feel like it'll be a really fun and fast knit. It's called Tread and it's by Shannon Cook, and lucky us, the pattern is in her GAL bundle! (Though I'll admit, I do already have the book in print. It's gorgeous. Go look!) While I haven't knit it yet, I have had a good look over the pattern and it seems really straightforward, with lots of gorgeous images, three sizes, helpful hints, and links to additional resources. I also love a good, clean layout and it really delivers!

© Stephannie Tallent

The other pattern I'd like to knit up is the Cayucos Shawl by Stephannie Tallent. I just love the texture in the body of the shawl and that cabled/lace edging looks so fun (and gorgeous!) I also had a good look at this pattern, and I was so impressed! The pattern includes instructions for three gauges (lace, DK, and worsted), a single-color and two-color versions, and the texture and lace instructions are given in charted and written instructions. The pattern has all these great extra helpful things too, like a special chart and written instructions for swatching, tips for using up whatever quantity of yarn you've got on hand, and a clear description of how the construction works. I'm thinking I'll do mine in a woolly neutral.

I hope you'll be participating in the GAL too! Here are some links to get you started:
- Gift Along Ravelry Group
- Participating Designers Thread
- My GAL bundle 

Don't forget to use the code giftalong2016 to get the 25% discount and please post in the KAL/CAL forum threads, and use the hashtag #giftalong2016 for your social media posts. 

Happy gifting!


Friday, November 18, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Wrapup Hoodie

I know a lot of us are starting to get deep into gift knitting, and those projects tend to be on the smaller side, but I want to share the Wrapup Hoodie with you. It's not a small project, but it is a fairly straight-forward one that I think you'll love for yourself or for someone particularly knit-worthy. This is a cardigan with all the practical features -- big, functional pockets, a roomy hood, a relaxed, loose fit that keeps the sleeves slender and the shoulders carefully shaped so it's sure to look great.



CONSTRUCTION
- I chose to work this hoodie in pieces so that mattress stitch seams would add structure to the DK weight superwash yarn I picked. Pieces also mean that the project doesn't get too cumbersome while you're working on it. 

- All the pieces are worked bottom-up with shaping. The waist shaping isn't dramatic, but it does nip in a bit for a flattering look.
- It's got drop-shoulder construction and short-row shaped shoulders that are seamed together at the end using mattress stitch.
- The pockets are worked separately and then sewn on using mattress stitch.
- The hood is worked at the very end after seaming is complete. It's worked by first picking up stitches along the collar, then shaped with increases and decreases, and joined at the top with three-needle bind-off.
- The bands and hood edging are worked all at once (so use a long circular needle to fit all the way around!)
- Bands are striped garter stitch, giving a subtle, but striking detail.
- Button loops are worked last and sewn on.

FIT
- This hoodie is designed to be worn with an oversized fit -- about 8-10 inches/20.5-25.5 cm of positive ease. That means it'll be comfortable and easy to move in.

- The sleeves are kept slender so the overall impression is of a flattering fit even though the body has so much positive ease.
- A hip-length silhouette makes this sweater great outerwear in mild climates.

YARN
I just had to have a couple very particular colours, so I used two different yarns for this one. The main colour is Baah Yarns Sonoma, and the contrast colour is Hazel Knits DK Lively. Both are superwash worsted spun Merino yarns with a whole lot of plies, a tight twist, and fantastic bounce. They work beautifully together. If you have a sweater quantity of one yarn, you may be able to use some stash leftovers for the contrast colour.


TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTING
- Pick wool or wool blend yarn with a tight twist and a bunch of plies to help the sweater keep its shape. The seams offer some support, but I recommend avoiding very slippery yarns or those without memory like alpaca or silk because the sweater is long with a lot of fabric.
- DK weight sock yarns will give a similar look to the sample. Think Madelinetosh Tosh DK, Quince & Co. Phoebe, or Malabrigo Arroyo.
- For a more rustic, tweedy look, you could try Jamieson's Double Knitting, or, for a smooth, matte look, go for Brooklyn Tweed's new DK base - Arbor.


MY FAVORITE DETAIL
Those pockets are just perfection. I love the diagonal openings and subtle edging.

GENERAL TIPS
After your swatch is dry, hang it up for a day or so before measuring to check for vertical growth. Measure your gauge before and after to see if there's any change.


Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits, #WrapUpHoodie, and #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Wrapup Hoodie projects!


PATTERN DETAILS


Finished Measurements

38 (411⁄4, 451⁄2, 483⁄4, 521⁄2, 561⁄4)” (96.5 (105, 115.5, 124, 133.5, 143) cm bust circumference with 13⁄4 (13⁄4, 13⁄4, 23⁄4, 23⁄4, 23⁄4)” (4.5 4.5, 4.5, 7, 7, 7 cm) overlap and 26 (261⁄4, 263⁄4, 273⁄4, 283⁄4, 2912)” (66 66.5, 68, 70.5, 73, 75 cm) long.

Intended to be worn with 8–10” (20.5–25.5 cm) of positive ease. 
Shown in size 411⁄4” (105 cm).

Yarn 
DK weight (#3 Light). 
Main Color (MC): 1626 (1774, 1951, 2066, 2230, 2408) yd (1487 1622, 1784, 1889, 2039, 2202 m). 
Contrast Color (CC): 86 (86, 87, 133, 136, 138) yd (78 78, 79, 121, 124, 126 m).

Shown here: 
Main Color: Baah Sonoma (100% super- wash merino wool; 234 yd 214 m/100 g): color Pecan (MC), 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins. 
Contrast Color: Hazel Knits Lively DK (90% merino wool, 10% nylon; 275 yd 251 m/130 g); color White Wing Dove (CC), 1 skein.

Needles 

Size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm) straight, 60” (150 cm) long circular (cir), and pair of double-pointed (dpn). 
Size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm) straight and 24” (60 cm) long circular (cir). 
Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
Markers (m); tapestry needle; five 11⁄2” (38 mm) toggle buttons.

Gauge

22 sts and 34 rows = 4” (10 cm) over St st using larger needles.


See it on Ravelry

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Clouds in a Blue Sky

Photos © Hanahlie Beise 2016
This week's blog post is a new pattern, Clouds in a Blue Sky. Exploring lace on an unexpected scale has always appealed to me, and this one adds texture and color to that exploration.

YARN
I picked Spincycle Yarns Knit Fast, Die Young for an unusual lace edge. It adds a moodiness to the geometry of the lace, and I adore that gradual change of color. The yarn is fairly dense and heavy, so it adds some weight to the edging.

For the body, I wanted a chunky yarn that would float and be pure comfort. Imperial Yarns Bulky 2 Strand is an un-spun roving that's light as air. It's very delicate while it's being knit (be gentle or you'll just pull it right apart), but it makes an incredibly cozy, lofty fabric when knit up. It's a tiny bit lighter (skinnier) than the Knit Fast, Die Young, but I stuck with the same needle size, so the gauge of the crescent body is looser than usual, and has a lovely drape despite also being so floaty.

Most of my testers chose to work this up in a single color, which works as well. The gauge is 3 sts = 1"/2.5 cm, so if you've got a soft wool yarn that works well at that gauge, go for it.

CONSTRUCTION
The shawl is worked bottom-up, so you'll cast on for the lace edging first. The ends of the lace are shaped, and the body is worked using a short row/decreasing method.

This is a really quick knit. It takes about 300 yards of yarn and some of my testers finished it in a day.  It would make a lovely gift, or just a special instant gratification knit for you!

KNIT FIT
If you'll be in Seattle this weekend, stop by the Spincycle booth to see this shawl in person and shop for the gorgeous edging yarn. The other colors are incredible.

I'll also be signing books at the YOTH booth on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 at 1:30. Bring your copy of Rugged Knits to be signed or pick one up while you're there!

NEWSLETTER SALE
I'll be sending out a coupon for this pattern in my next weekly email newsletter, so if you haven't signed up and you'd like a special deal on this pattern, please subscribe now!

PATTERN SPECS
Finished Measurements 
Wingspan: 49 in/124.5 cm
Depth at Center: 15.5 in/39.5 cm

Yarn
Super Bulky Weight Yarn in two colors:
Bottom Lace Edging: 175 yd/160 m
Body of Shawl: 125 yd/114 m

Bottom Lace Edging shown in Spincycle Yarns Knit Fast, Die Young (100% wool; 100 yd/91 m per 127g skein); Color: Paper Planes; 2 skeins

Main Body of Shawl shown in Imperial Yarn Bulky 2 Strand (100% wool; 200 yd/183 m per 116g skein); Color: Pearl Gray; 1 skein

Blocked Gauge 
Gauge measurement should be taken after blocking.
7 sts/16 rows = 4 in/10 cm in St st

Needles & Notions 
Needle Sizes are recommendations only. Always use needle size necessary to obtain gauge.

US #15/10 mm 40 in/100 cm circular needle
tapestry needle
stitch markers (optional for dividing lace repeats)

Skills
working lace using charted and/or written instructions, short row shaping

Technical Editing by Susan Moskwa
Copy Editing by Jessie Kwak

SEE IT ON RAVELRY



$7 PDF download

If you're into this pattern, you'll probably like my other macro lace patterns too. Check out Sentiment, Pembroke Wrap, and Squam Confidential.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Weathered Mountain

This week's pattern is probably the least flashy in the Rugged Knits collection, but it's one of those projects that I think will really get worn. Weathered Mountain is a slim beanie worked in super lightweight yarn with a simple, but fun-to-work knit-and-purl stitch pattern. It's great for fellas who only want basics while still being engaging to knit, and it's perfect for anyone who wants a versatile accessory that can be slipped under a bike or climbing helmet or just worn on crisp fall days.




CONSTRUCTION
- This one has pretty standard construction - bottom-up, starting with a ribbed brim and topped off with a handsome square crown.


FIT
It's meant to fit as a snug beanie and it's written for four adult head circumferences: 18.5 (20, 21.25, 22.75)" (47 [51, 54, 58] cm).

YARN
I picked Brooklyn Tweed Loft because it's just so light and lofty while still being warm. I adore the fabric it makes, particularly how it blooms so beautifully, the stitches relaxing into each other to make a cohesive but really interesting fabric. 


TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTING
- If you want the lightness in the original sample, stick with a woolen spun fingering weight yarn. Some yarns that fit this bill are Sincere Sheep Equity Fingering and Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight.
- You could also go for something with crisper stitch definition. Grab that special skein of sock yarn you've been saving or try Quince & Co. Tern.


MY FAVORITE DETAIL
I always love a square crown. It's so neat and brings everything together so beautifully.

GENERAL TIPS
This pattern includes charted and written instructions, so you're covered whichever you prefer!


Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits#WeatheredMountainHatand #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Weathered Mountain projects!

UPCOMING EVENTS

I'll be teaching three workshops at Knit Fit in Seattle November 12-13, 2016. Click here to sign up!

PATTERN DETAILS


Finished Measurements

About 18.5 (20, 21.25, 22.75)” (47 51, 54, 58 cm) circumference and 7 (7.25, 7.5, 7.75)” (18 18.5, 19, 19.5 cm) long.

Example A shown on woman in size 18.5” (47 cm). 
Example B shown on man in size 21.25” (54 cm).

Yarn 
154 (170, 181, 192) yd (141 155, 165, 175 m) sock weight (#1 Super Fine).

Shown here: Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yd 251 m/50 g): color Sap (Example A); Artifact (Example B), 1 skein.

Needles 

Size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular (cir) and set of 5 double-pointed (dpn). 
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions

Markers (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge

22.5 sts and 43 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in Dots Textured st.


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Passing Glacier

I've had colorwork on the brain lately, planning for my upcoming class at Knit Fit in Seattle, so this week I'm going to highlight Passing Glacier, a worsted weight hat that's relatively quick to knit with a big payoff. This is a very toasty hat that will keep you comfy in the coldest weather.



CONSTRUCTION
- This hat starts off with a provisional cast-on so that you can work a soft inner brim. I used Road to China Light, a sport weight luxury yarn for mine
. Once you've completed the inside of the brim you'll switch to the contrast color of your main yarn and work a turning round, followed by the outside of the brim, worked in wide vertical stripes. Then you'll remove your provisional cast-on and join the live inner brim stitches to the outer brim, making a cozy, clean doubled brim with a secret soft layer inside.
- The rest of the hat is worked following color charts to get a gorgeous swirling stitch pattern.
- The crown decreases are incorporated into the color pattern.

FIT
This is a snug beanie that comes in three sizes to fit ladies and gents.

YARN
I used Istex Lettlopi for the main yarn and Fibre Company Road to China Light for the inside-brim yarn. I love that Lettlopi is incredibly warm and insulating, and it has that lovely bit of a halo too. Some folks can find it a bit scratchy, so I opted for a luxurious super soft yarn for the inside of the brim.


TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTING
- Stick with a hearty wool yarn for warmth, durability, and easy colorwork. Wool has good elasticity, which is more forgiving in colorwork than plant fibres, silk, or alpaca.
- For a rustic, tweedy look, try one of my favorite worsted or aran yarns like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, Imperial Yarn Columbia, or Cestari Traditional Two Ply.
- Use up your luxury sock yarn leftovers for the inside of the brim. 
- Try working this up in your favorite hand dyed worsted for a more watercolor look.

MY FAVORITE DETAIL
I love the secret soft inner brim and I'm particularly proud of the crown.

GENERAL TIPS
Be sure to use colors that have a strong contrast to make your color pattern pop. If you're not sure how well the colors contrast, take a picture of them together in black and white - if they still have a strong contrast without color, you're on the right track. For general colowork tips, check out the blog post I wrote for VeryShannon.com.


Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits#PassingGlacierHat, and #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Passing Glacier projects!

UPCOMING EVENTS

I'll be teaching three workshops at Knit Fit in Seattle November 12-13, 2016. Click here to sign up!

PATTERN DETAILS


Finished Measurements

19.25 (20.75, 22.5)” (49 52.5, 57 cm) head circumference and 7.5” (19 cm) long.

Shown in size 20.75” (52.5 cm)



Yarn 

Worsted weight (#4 medium): 
Main Color (MC): 67 (72, 78) yd (61 66, 71 m). 
Contrast Color 1 (CC1): 41 (45, 48) yd (37 41, 44 m).

Shown here: Ístex Lettlopi (100% wool; 109 yd 100 m/50 g): colors #0053 Acorn Heather (MC), 1 skein; #0054 Light Ash Heather (CC1), 1 skein.


Sportweight (#2 Fine): 26 (28, 30) yd (24 25, 27 m).


Shown here: The Fibre Company Road to China Light (65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere; 159 yd 145 m/50 g): color #710 Riverstone (CC2), 1 skein


Needles 

Size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular (cir). 
Size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). 
Size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). 
Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions

Markers (m); size U.S. E-4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook; waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Gauge

20 sts and 22 = 4” (10 cm) over chart using largest needles


See it on Ravelry

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hinterland Straits: Camber & Halyard

This week I'm going to interrupt my Rugged Knits pattern highlights to talk about two new patterns that I published as part of a collaboration with some fantastic BC designers and a great local yarn company. Hinterland yarns are totally Canadian, with alpaca fibre from alpacas right here in Victoria that blended with Canadian wool at an Alberta mill. The yarn is perfect for this region - woolen spun, rustic, warm, and soft. It blooms like nothing I've ever seen before and I'm totally smitten with it.

Photos by Hanahlie Beise, 2016


My designs for the collection are Camber, a sophisticated, textured vest, and Halyard, a very cozy cardigan with an enormous collar.

Both garments are worked in pieces. You can, of course, modify them to be worked seamlessly if you like, but here's why I, myself want seams:

- I often find it more relaxing to work smaller pieces. It means I don't have to keep track of quite as many "at the same time" instructions. This can be especially helpful if you're new to making garments.
- I like the portability of smaller pieces.
- I like the satisfaction of finishing each piece.
- Seams add stability and durability.
- I find mattress stitch to be pretty magical - it's so neat and beautiful!

A little more about each pattern:

CAMBER




This vest is worked bottom-up with subtle waist shaping, a deep V neckline, and short row shoulder shaping for a flattering fit. It's got a clean silhouette with simple garter edgings. It's intended to be worn fairly fitted, with 0-3 in/0-7.5 cm of ease - if you plan to wear it over heavier layers, I recommend rounding up the size you make.

I adore the Hinterland Range yarn for this, as it give gorgeous stitch definition, but with the slightest halo and a beautifully cohesive fabric. If you do want to substitute, you for a heavy worsted or aran weight yarn like Imperial Yarn Columbia or Cestari Traditional Collection 2 Ply. Since it's got seams for added stability I'd be super curious to see this in a semi-solid hand dyed yarn like Hazel Knits Cadence.

Note on errata: A kind knitter pointed out to me that there were a couple of numbers problems with the back neckline and the short row shoulder shaping. I've corrected those numbers, so the pattern on Ravelry is now correct. If you already have the pattern, here's a link to the full explanation of the errata.


Pattern Specs

Sizes and Finished Measurements

Bust Circumference: 32 (37, 39.25, 44.25, 48, 52.25, 56.5, 60.75) in/81.5 (94, 99.5, 112.5, 122, 132.5, 143.5, 154.5) cm

Intended to be worn with +0-3 in/0-7.5 cm of ease at bust; shown in size 32 in/81.5 cm with +1 in/2.5 cm of ease on model

Yarn
522 (603, 640, 721, 782, 852, 921, 990) yd/477 (551, 585, 659, 715, 779, 842, 905) m worsted weight yarn

Shown in Hinterland Range (50% Rambouillet Wool, 50% Alpaca; 198 yd/181 m per 112 g/4 oz skein); Color: Honey; 3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins

Blocked Gauge
Gauge measurement should be taken after blocking.
17 sts/28 rows = 4 in/10 cm in Textured Garter Rib Pattern with larger needles

Needles & Notions
Needle sizes are recommendations only; always use needle size necessary to achieve given gauge.

US #4/3.5 mm 16 in/40 cm circular needle US #4/3.5 mm 40 in/100 cm circular needle US #7/4.5 mm needle
tapestry needle
three .75 in/2 cm buttons

Skills
working shaping in Garter Rib Pattern, short row shaping, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches


CAMBER: $8 pdf download


HALYARD



This cardigan is worked in pieces from the bottom-up. The construction is simple, but it's got some really special details!

- The back hem is longer than the front and, when sewing up, the front and back hem are left split.
- The cuffs are extra long, and the second half of the cuff seams are worked inside out so that they don't show when you turn the cuffs up.
- The collar is super easy to work - it's just ribbing without any shaping. You can also button it in two different ways so that it crosses over the front or just folds down.
- The sleeve caps and armholes are different for the front and back, making for a great fit.

My yarn recommendations for Camber apply to this one too, so check above for substituting suggestions.

Pattern Specs

Sizes and Finished Measurements
Bust Circumference: 35 (39, 43, 47, 51, 55, 59, 63) in/89 (99, 109, 119.5, 129.5, 139.5, 150, 160) cm including bands

Intended to be worn with +2-4 in/5-10 cm of ease at bust for standard fit; shown in size 34 in/86.5 cm with +3 in/7.5 cm of ease on model
Yarn
1253 (1397, 1540, 1683, 1826, 1970, 2113, 2256) yd/1146 (1277, 1408, 1539, 1670, 1801, 1932, 2063) m worsted weight yarn

Shown in Hinterland Range (50% Rambouillet Wool, 50% Alpaca; 198 yd/181 m per 112g/4oz skein)
Color: Truffle; 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11) skeins

Blocked Gauge
Gauge measurement should be taken after blocking.
18 sts/26 rows = 4 in/10 cm in St st

Needles & Notions
Needle sizes are recommendations only; always use needle size necessary to achieve given gauge.

US #7/4.5 mm 32 in/80 cm circular needle (Project is worked in pieces so a circular needle isn’t required, but a circular needle will make working the collar and button bands more manageable.)

tapestry needle
seven .75 in/2 cm buttons

Skills
seaming (mattress stitch), picking up stitches, increasing and decreasing

SEE IT ON RAVELRY



HALYARD: $8 pdf download 


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