Finn Valley by Kate Gagnon Osborn
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Finn Valley

Knitting
August 2016
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Reverse stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
875 - 1400 yards (800 - 1280 m)
37.25 (40.75, 44.25, 50, 52.25, 55.75, 60.25)” [94.5 (103.5, 112.5, 127, 132.75, 141.5, 153) cm] finished bust.
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Finn Valley is worked in pieces from the bottom up. The back and sleeves are worked in reverse stockinette stitch, and the front is worked in an all-over cable pattern. Due to the nature of the cable repeat, the front and back measurements differ from one another, and some of the sizes may share the same front and back stitch counts. In the schematic, an all over circumference is given, as well as individual front and back measurements.

Once the pieces are complete, they are blocked and seamed together using mattress stitch. When working the armhole shaping on the sweater front, work all stitches in pattern whenever possible. If there are not enough stitches to work a full cable, work those stitches in reverse stockinette stitch.

SPECIFICATIONS
YARN:
The Fibre Co. Arranmore (80% merino wool, 10% silk, 10% cashmere; 175 yds/100 gm skein): St. Claire, 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins.
GAUGE: 14 sts + 22 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Reverse St st on larger needles, after blocking. 1 cable repeat (16 sts + 28 rows) = 3.5” x 4.5” (8.75 x 11.5 cm)
NEEDLES:
1 – 24” (60 cm) US 6 (4 mm) circular or pair straights.
1 – 16” (40 cm) US 6 (4 mm) circular.
1 – 24” (60 cm) US 8 (5 mm) circular or pair straights.
NOTIONS: Stitch marker, tapestry needle, cable needle, stitch holder or waste yarn.
SIZE: 37.25 (40.75, 44.25, 50, 52.25, 55.75, 60.25)” 94.5 (103.5, 112.5, 127, 132.75, 141.5, 153) cm finished bust. Sweater is designed to be worn with about 4” (10 cm) positive ease.
SKILLS: Working cables from charts, mattress stitch, picking up stitches.

USEFUL TIPS:
• For a tutorial on working the mattress stitch, visit our tips and tricks here.
• For a tutorial on knitting pieces to the same length for seaming, visit our tips and tricks here.
• For a tutorial on working from charts, visit our Charts Series here.
• For a tutorial on working cables without a cable needle, visit our tutorial here.