Yes I do love cables. This sweater took several turns before I landed on this final style. It is worked top down, all in one piece with set in sleeves. There is minimal shaping. I love the way the seed stitches add a such a pretty touch to the cables. I loved it so much I worked a cable by itself and sewed it on for the collar. It creates a lovely whimsical detail. The yarn is wonderfully soft and warm. I feel that this sweater brings all the warm feelings of a classical cardigan but with an extra touch to bring freshness to it. Like having an old and new friend at the same time. So the name Elsie is a fun, light form of the classical beautiful name Elizabeth. This sweater looks great with dresses, skirts or thrown on with a pair of jeans for a weekend outing. You are going to love it, I know that I will be wearing mine all season!
33 (35, 38.75, 40.75, 44.5, 46.5, 50.25, 52.25, 56, 58)” when buttoned.
Yarn: Shibui Merino Alpaca, 50% baby alpaca, 50% merino wool; 131 yds per 100g skein; color: #2022 Mineral, 7 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14) skeins, 910 (1009, 1091, 1179, 1298, 1431, 1498, 1614, 1701, 1828) yds.
Shibui Silk Cloud, 60% kid mohair, 40% silk; 330 yds per 25g skein; color #2022 Mineral, 3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins, 910 (1009, 1091, 1179, 1298, 1431, 1498, 1614, 1701, 1828) yds.
Needles: Size 9/5.5mm 16” and 24” circular needles and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles. Size 7/4.5mm needles for Button Bands.
Other: Stitch markers, stitch holders, locking marker or safety pin, cable needle, waste yarn for provisional cast-on, tapestry needle, 7 (7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8) .75” buttons.
Gauge: 16 sts and 21 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch with 1 strand of each yarn held together before blocking. 19.5 sts and 22 rows = 4” in Cable Pattern with 1 strand of each yarn held together, after wet blocking.
This cardigan is constructed from the top down in one piece with short-row shoulder shaping and set-in sleeves. When working short rows (for both shoulders and the Sleeves), not all of the wraps need to be hidden. You only need to hide the wraps worked on knit sts on the RS or purl sts on the WS. The first rows of the back, front and sleeves with the short rows can seem complicated, but then the stitch pattern becomes familiar and the work moves along smoothly. The cables in this pattern relax significantly after blocking. I would highly recommend wet blocking your swatch, especially if you are using a different yarn.
Hold 1 strand of each yarn together throughout pattern.
Here is a link for the method of Provisional Cast-on that I use, of course you may use any method you are familiar with. http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/invisible-provisio...
I have also post notes and answers to some of the most asked questions in the KAL thread: