Mary Rebecca by Ellen Mason

Mary Rebecca

January 2013
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
775 - 1420 yards (709 - 1298 m)
30-32-34-36--38-40-42-44--46-48-50-52 inch bust (finished garment)
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Mary Rebecca is a versatile cardigan with wrist warmers to match; slip them off for dirty work without fear of soaking or soiling the three-quarter length sleeves. The sweater is worked from the bottom up on circular needles. The sleeves and body are joined on one long circular needle, and the round yoke conceals short rows to create subtle shaping. There are no seams to sew.

Nash Island Light yarn is thick and lofty, making for a quick knit that is surprisingly lightweight. The wool is strong and fluctuates ever-so-slightly in gorgeous color and thickness, creating rich character. Learn more about Nash Island wool at There is a wonderful story behind this wool, the island sheep from which it is shorn, and the steadfast people that make it possible.

Starcroft Fiber Mill’s Nash Island Light (shown in Finch)
5-5-5-6---6-6-7-7---7-8-8-8 skeins
175 yds (160m) - 3½ oz. (100g)

Suggested subs (lofty, but not slick): Green Mountain Spinnery’s Wonderfully Wooly or Mountain Mohair, or Harrisville Design’s Highland 775-830-880-925--1010-1065-1110-1170--1255-1310-1365-1420 yds

• Suggested Needles: Sizes US 7 (4.5mm) and US 8 (5mm) 32“ (80cm) circulars (or longer, if available)
and one set each US 7 & 8 double pointed needles,
or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch Markers: 5, plus 2 of a different color or style to indicate decorative stitch boundaries
• Cable needle
• Stitch holders or waste yarn
• Tapestry needle
• 5 to 7 excellent buttons, and 5 to 7 small buttons for inside the button band (optional)

Skills Used
Cabling, short rows, knitting a small circumference in the round. There are several tips and diagrams in this pattern, and the decorative stitches are charted and written.

Fit is a matter of personal taste. I prefer to wear this sweater with no ease in the bust. There is optional waist shaping in the pattern.

Mary Rebecca is a part of a personal project called Dress + Cardigan; twelve dresses, twelve cardigans. You can read more about it at my website,, or check out my Pinterest board titled Dress + Cardigan.

Mary Rebecca is my lionhearted older sister, and she can do anything she puts her mind to. I like that about her.

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