21st January 2016: We are currently working on a full re-edit of this design. The following changes are planned:
The button bands will no longer be incorporated, but instead will be worked at the end. The neckline is also being raised, so that the neck starts after the armhole shaping, rather than at the same time. The instructions are being given a full going-over, and adding more sizing information. When the new pattern is ready, it will be sent automatically to previous purchasers. Many thanks.
This is the first in my series of Edinburgh-inspired designs. The second is Firth o’ Forth
This form-fitting and very feminine cardigan was inspired by one of my favourite Edinburgh places - the Braid Hills. Covered with golden gorse in the Spring and early Summer, “The Braids” are a wonderful place for a walk, and a great viewpoint from which to enjoy Edinburgh’s spectacular landscape.
Micro-cables lend structure and definition to a neatly-fitting bodice, which is framed by a deep, square neckline. Twisted stitches run through the cable panels to the ribbing at the neck and hem, and this intertwined patterning is echoed on both cuffs. The body of the cardigan is worked in one piece from the bottom up, while the sleeves are picked up and set-in using short rows, worked from the top down.
12-page design booklet includes charts, lookbook, special techniques, full instructions, and a short editorial feature exploring the Braid Hills and their history.
Yarn. Blacker Designs Blacker “Swan” DK (50g balls / 100% Falkland Island Merino / 110m / 119 yards per ball).
Yardage 850, 900, 950, 1000, 1050, 1200, 1250, 1300, 1350, 1450 yards. Yarn quantities are approximate. If you adjust the length and / or shaping of the garment, remember that you may need to buy more yarn.
Notions 3.25mm 60 (or 80) cm circ for working rib; 3.5mm 60 (or 80) cm circ for working body (or size to get gauge). 3.5mm 20cm circ, or dpns, or longer circ for working sleeves. 3.25mm 20cm circ, or dpns, or longer circ for working cuffs. 2 sets of stitch markers, A and B. 2 x 2mm circs in your preferred length for picking up sleeve caps. Contrasting yarn for short-row placemarkers. Cable needle (if required). Tapestry needle for weaving in ends. 6 or 7 0.5 in buttons. Sewing needle and thread to match buttons.