Brompton by Alice Bell


January 2008
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in st st
US 5 - 3.75 mm
3.25 mm (D)
766 - 1312 yards (700 - 1200 m)
XS to 5X
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Cardigans, like Spring, are a matter of transitions, and this is a piece for layering through changeable weather. A relatively loose-knit garment (kept in check with some side-shaping), yet also long enough to keep your bottom warm. It’s a simple knit, but with some neat finishing touches to keep a proficient knitter entertained passed television-knitting and teach newbies a few tricks. Chief amongst these being flexible, reversible, sleeves you can fold up (to keep out of the way while working) or wear low (to cover and comfort hands on colder days).

It’s named Brompton after a bit of London I’ve been lucky enough to work, play, teach and study in for just shy of a decade. Once a bohemian artist’s quarter, the area became substantively gentrified after the Great Exhibition which also left us some of the grandest Victorian architecture in the world – galleries, lecture rooms, libraries, concert halls and monuments. But the place maintains a more anarchic, arty feel with the Royal Colleges of Mines, Science, Art and Music, not to mention the hoards of schoolkids pouring in and out of the national museums every day.