Elara by Laura Patterson


November 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
960 - 1710 yards (878 - 1564 m)
35, 37.5, 40.5 (43.5, 46, 49, 52) in; 88.9, 95.3, 102.9 (110.5, 116.8, 124.5, 132.1) cm
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Jupiter’s eighth largest moon, Elara, is in the Himalia group, and may have originated as a piece of an asteroid that broke apart in a collision. In Greek Mythology, Elara was one of Zeus’ lovers. He hid Elara from his wife, Hera, deeply underground, where she gave birth to a giant named Tityas.

This simple v-neck cardigan is mostly stockinette stitch with cable details at the hems, bands, and pocket tops. Worked from the hem up in pieces, it’s then seamed, and the bands are knit on. Pockets are placed while knitting the fronts, and need to be tacked down as part of finishing. Though sweater is designed without buttons, they could easily be added, placing the buttonholes between cables on the button band.

The same size large sweater is shown on two different models: on the redhead there are 3 inches (7.6 cm) positive ease, and on the brunette there are 7 inches (17.8 cm) positive ease.

Himalia, a short-sleeved sweater, uses the same cable stitch in a completely different way.

Yarn: worsted weight 960, 1100, 1190 1300, 1430, 1580, 1710 yards.
Model: Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair in Raven; 140 yards in 2 oz (128m in 57g); 70% wool 30% yearling mohair.
Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm).
Gauge: 17 sts and 24 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch.
Finished size: xs, sm, med (lg, 1x, 2x, 3x) includes 3 inches (8 cm) positive ease; 35, 37.5, 40.5 (43.5, 46, 49, 52) in; 88.9, 95.3, 102.9 (110.5, 116.8, 124.5, 132.1) cm.
To fit bust sizes: 3 inches (7.6 cm) smaller than given chest measurements.
Difficulty: Easy-intermediate.
Skills: k2tog, ssk, p2tog, ssp, make 1, 2x2 (4-stitch) cable, long-tail cast on.
Stitch instructions: Written and charted.
Body and sleeve schematic: Includes both U.S. and metric measurements.