Kellynch Cardigan KAL begins 14 March 2015 here. Hope you can join us!
The lush greenery of Kellynch Hall, so dear to Anne Elliot, inspired this fingering-weight cardigan. Waist shaping keeps it close to the body, three-quarter sleeves make it seasonless, and two sizes of leaf lace pattern decorate the round yoke. Buttonbands are worked as you go, complemented by garter-stitch hems and collar.
• The body and sleeves are worked flat, separately, then joined together to work the yoke flat in one piece. The lace sections of the yoke are separated by reverse stockinette-stitch welting in which the yoke decreases are tidily concealed.
• For the pretty twisted-chain edge on the cardigan fronts, slip the first stitch of every row purlwise with yarn in front, then bring the yarn to the back between the needles to work the next stitch. Knit the last stitch of every row normally. Do not slip stitches when working back and forth on sleeves, as they will be seamed.
• Part of the beauty of hand-dyed yarn lies in its uniqueness. Alternate skeins every other row to ensure an evenly colored fabric. In this case, the edges will not match if you carry the yarn up at the cardigan edge, so switch skeins 6 stitches in, where the front band ends, being sure to twist the yarns around one another as for intarsia.
• To ensure an easy cast-on for a large number of stitches, use the two-tail long-tail cast-on: With the ends from two skeins, make a slipknot with a 6” tail and place it on the needle. Use both strands to cast on as for a standard long-tail cast-on, but do not count the initial slipknot as a stitch. Do not break the second strand, but carry it over 6 stitches on the first row to leave it in position for alternating skeins going forward.
• A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.