Canyonville by Alice Starmore


January 1994
DK (11 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 26.5 rows = 4 inches
in Pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
2040 - 2160 yards (1865 - 1975 m)
Medium and Large
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This is a very interesting pattern in twisted traveling stitches.

From American Portraits: “For any coast-to-coast traveler of the USA, the images will linger long after the wheels have stopped turning. These ‘American Portraits’ are based on eight of many such images which have come into my mind following the Fall ’93 Knitting Across America tour. … An overnight stop in Canyonville, Oregon, left the memory of textured tree bark in a dense forest.”

Summary: Canyonville is a round-necked pullover featuring an allover intense cabling pattern of concentric, hourglass figures, giving the appearance of tree bark knots. he hemline, cuff and neckline edges are done in a cable rib using twisted stitches on a reverse Stockinette stitch background. The neckband is picked up from the body and worked onwards. The body is knit in separate pieces to be joined in the finishing stages. The drop-shoulder sleeves are worked upwards from the cuff.

Skills needed: cable knitting, pick-up stitches and increase and decrease in pattern.

Additional yarn information: pattern as per American Portraits, uses 1 colour, shown in Scottish Heather, colour Grouse.

Gauge information: 51 sts. and 32 rows on 4.5 mm (US7) needles using the chart pattern measure 7” (17.5 cm) in width and 4¾” (12 cm) in length.

Additional size and yardage information: as per American Portraits

to fit chest/bust 32-36 inches (81-92 cm), knitted underarm measurement of 42 inches (107 cm), 2040 yds.

to fit chest/bust 38-42 inches (97-107 cm), knitted underarm measurement of 48 inches (122 cm), 2160 yds.

Additional materials needed: 1 set of double-pointed or short circular needles, size 3.75 mm (US 5), a cable needle and 2 stitch holders.

Charts: 1 cable chart

This sweater is available in a yarn kit, including the pattern, from Virtual Yarns.

An additional size has been added to the Virtual Yarns kit for a finished underarm measurement of 54” (137 cm). Yardage information for this size is not available on the site.