Fusion by Elizabeth McCarten


February 2017
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Seeded stocking stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1290 - 2190 yards (1180 - 2003 m)
34, 36, 40, 44, 48"
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This little square-necked cardi brings together elements from Scandinavian and Fair Isle traditions. Since only the front opening is steeked, the pattern is suitable for knitters wanting to have a first try at that technique. I wanted to avoid classic picot hems as they can be fussy to work, but discovered that the usual instructions for picot bind offs produced a loose, sometimes slanting edge. A little exploration led to the pretty edges you see here, with the picots almost having the appearance of little beads. I’m particularly pleased with this “unvention”, to coin a Zimmermannism.
Takes 8 (8, 10, 11, 13) skeins Main Colour + 1 skein each of 5 or 6 other colours.
Colourway #1: Frank’s Plum (MC) + Crocus, Split Pea, Snap Pea, Bosc, Carrie’s Yellow.
Colourway #2: Iceland (MC) + Slate, Glacier, Bird’s Egg, Frank’s Plum, Crocus, Bosc.
See project page for more info about third version with Glacier as main colour.
Cardigan has waist shaping: hips are 2” larger than finished bust measurements.