Chimera by Jenny Raymond


by Jenny Raymond
November 2008
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch
in Sts on US7
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
150 - 200 yards (137 - 183 m)
one size
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Quick knit, approximately just over half a skein.

Skills recommended:

  • chart reading (very minimal written directions)
  • cabling without a needle technique

Thick Aran sweaters are just not always practical here in the Southern United States. I love them, but most cold winter days, it’s still just too warm when I enter a building to be wearing one. That said, very often scarves slip or miss a spot where the jacket closes, cowls sometimes drape too much to be effective… Oh, the dilemma!
Enter this little one skein project. It’s a hybrid of a dickey and a cowl, buttons like a neck warmer and looks just like an intricate styled Aran sweater when under a buttoned or zipped jacket. It’s a little bit silly and completely practical. It looks daunting, but (I hope) you should find it not too hard.

12/27/12 Edited to add: Yes, the crazy stitch noted as “=” IS a brioche stitch worked on the return ws. When I wrote this I had no idea what brioche was. Still working on a rewrite with new profession chart and full written directions.