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Le Smoking

Knitting
April 2008
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1440 - 1920 yards (1317 - 1756 m)
Chest 40 (44, 46, 49)" (101.5 [112, 117, 124.5]cm)

Pattern Description from A Fine Fleece: “Who’s to say that ladies can’t still enjoy an incarnation of the smoking jacket as well? For my version, I wanted the most decadent of fibers to be worn next to the skin and soft rippling cables as design elements. Limiting the placement of cables, in this case a repeating pattern that creates its own fabric, creates the contrast and allows the smooth stockinette to become a resting place for the eyes.”

Skill Level: Intermediate Beginner

Finished Measurements:

  • Chest 40 (44, 46, 49)” (101.5 112, 117, 124.5cm)
  • Length 26 (26.5, 27, 27)” (66 67.5, 68.5, 68.5cm)

Yarn: #4 medium

  • 1450 (1550, 1700, 1850) yds (1326 1417, 1554, 1692m) heavy worsted weight
  • 6 (7, 7, 8) skeins Harrisville Designs Orchid with Cashmere, 3.5 oz (100g) skeins, each approximately 240 yds (220m), 25% mohair, 70% fine virgin wool, 5% cashmere, 253 Claret

Needles and Notions:

  • US size 8 (5mm) circular needle 24-29” (60-74cm) long, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US size 8 (5mm) 16” (40cm) circular needle or double-pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle

Note: The cardigan is worked in one piece, back and forth in rows, from the lower edge to the armhole. Back and Fronts are then worked separately and the shoulders are joined with a three-needle bind-off. Sleeves are picked up around the armhole edge and worked downward in rounds to the cuffs.