This cardigan brings back memories of cold autumn and early winter afternoons spent hiking in the White Mountains of New England while I was growing up. I pushed my sleeves so I could grab interesting leaves, rocks, and berries to show my dad. The three-quarter-length sleeves in this coat leave your arms and hands free to explore, while the wool/ mohair blend provides warmth. The cable-and-lace pattern reminds me of the vegetation on the forest floor, and the heathered yarn, with its golds, reds, and oranges, evokes the colors of changing leaves.
A few people have emailed about setting up the chart and it not being clear enough in the pattern.
The sleeves are a bit tricky because where you start the chart depends entirely upon which size you’re making. When you get ready to start the sleeve chart, count the number of sts between the raglan increases. For example, let’s say you have 11 sts. Since the chart has many more sts than that, find the middle st on your sleeve and THAT st will become your center purl st. As you build out your sleeve by increasing for the raglan (and therefor increasing the sts you have for your sleeves) eventually, you’ll have enough to fit the entire chart. The key is to find that center st and make it the purl. The center won’t change.
You have to wait until you get to the point of having enough sts to cable. So if you’re on row 3 but don’t have enough sts to cable yet, you won’t cable and you’ll just knit those and continue on with the chart row by row. Soon enough you’ll have enough to cable, you just need to increase out enough.