Caspian by Jared Flood
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Caspian

Knitting
March 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1095 - 1865 yards (1001 - 1705 m)
31 (35¼, 39¼, 43¼, 47½, 51)" [78.5 (89.5, 99.5, 110, 120.5, 129.5) cm] circumference at midriff
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Errata available: brooklyntweed.com

This pullover in Shelter honors every feature of the traditional gansey. Stout chain cables boldly mark the textured yoke both fore and aft. The gentlest of A-lines makes for an easy fit, and details like the split ribbed hem and decorative side seams make Caspian both eye catching and knitterly. The front and back are worked flat with modified drop shoulders; sleeves are knit in the round to the underarm and then finished with small caps and wide ribbed saddles that ensure a trim, smart fit.

Knit Caspian in a moody blue — we used Faded Quilt — or try Fossil or Cast Iron for the perfect wear-with-anything staple: the burly motifs won’t be lost in a dark color.

Yardage

1095 (1230, 1385, 1560, 1710, 1865) yards of worsted weight wool yarn

Yarn

8 (9, 10, 12, 13, 14) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Faded Quilt

Gauge

20 stitches & 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
31¼ stitches & 28 rows = 4” in yoke pattern from charts with Size A needle(s), after blocking
One 25-stitch panel from Chain Chart + one 14-stitch panel from Link Chart measures approximately 5” wide in total with Size A needle(s), after blocking

Needles

Size A (for Main Fabric)
One pair of straight needles or a 32” circular needle, one 16” circular needle, and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Ribbing)
One pair of straight needles or a 32” circular needle and one set of DPNs, two sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size C (for Tubular Cast On and Neckband)
One pair of straight needles or a 32” circular needle, one 16” circular needle, and one set of DPNs, one size smaller than Size B
Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used

32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (e.g., Sleeves).

Note: If you have adjusted the needle size to obtain the correct gauge, it may or may not be necessary to make a matching adjustment to the needle size used for Tubular Cast On due to variance in individual work. You may wish to test your chosen cast-on method on your swatch.

Finished Dimensions

31 (35¼, 39¼, 43¼, 47½, 51)”; 78.5 (89.5, 99.5, 110, 120.5, 129.5) cm circumference at midriff
Sized to fit approximately 30–32 (34–36, 38–40, 42–44, 46–48, 50–52)” / 76–81.5 (86.5–91.5, 96.5–101.5, 106.5–112, 117–122, 127–132) cm bust
Sample shown is size 35¼” (89.5 cm) on model with 32” (81.5 cm) bust

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
1x1 Tubular Cast On (Flat Knitting, Odd Number of Stitches)
1x1 Tubular Cast On (Circular Knitting, Even Number of Stitches)
Sloped Bind Off
Binding Off Over Cabled Fabrics
1x1 Tubular Bind Off
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)
Sewn Bind Off (Elizabeth Zimmermann’s method)

Skill Level

4 out of 5

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