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Bairn

Knitting
June 2014
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking; gauge given is for Version I
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1485 - 1635 yards (1358 - 1495 m)
Version I: 35¼" wide; 51¾" long; Version II: 29" wide; 41¾" long; measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking
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Cast on a beautiful cabled heirloom. Bairn is given in two versions: a large nap blanket knit in Shelter that will serve a child as he grows or make a handsome throw in the living room, and a smaller baby blanket worked in Loft to tuck into a pram or use as a stylish nursing cover. The twining serpentines of the central motif and the echoing cables are easy to track and memorize once they’re established, making this a soothing, contemplative knit. Lightweight and warm in either size, Bairn will remain a family favorite after the little ones are grown.

MATERIALS
Version I:
1635 yards of worsted weight wool yarn
12 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Soot

Version II:
1485 yards of fingering weight wool yarn
6 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Long Johns

GAUGE
Version I:
16 stitches & 29 rows = 4” in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
22 stitches & 29 rows = 4” in pattern from Chart A or C with Size A needle, after blocking
One 14-stitch cable from Chart B measures 2½” wide with Size A needle, after blocking

Version II:
20 stitches & 36 rows = 4” in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
26 stitches & 36 rows = 4” in pattern from Chart A or C with Size A needle, after blocking
One 14-stitch cable from Chart B measures 2” wide with Size A needle, after blocking

NEEDLES
Size A – Version I (for Main Fabric):
One 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B – Version I (for Ribbing):
One 32” circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size A – Version II (for Main Fabric):
One 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size B – Version II (for Ribbing):
One 32” circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

FINISHED DIMENSIONS
Version I:
35¼” wide; 51¾” long
Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking

Version II:
29” wide; 41¾” long
Measurements taken from relaxed fabric after blocking

SKILL LEVEL
3 of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.