Milk Stout by Thea Colman
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Milk Stout

Knitting
February 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in 1x1 ribbing, gauge based on final blocked fabric. Cable gauge given in pattern.
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1300 - 2200 yards (1189 - 2012 m)
30.75(33.75, 35.25, 38, 39.75)(42.5, 45.25, 47.5, 51.5, 54)” / 78(85.5, 89.5, 96.5, 101)(108, 115, 120.5, 130, 137) cm
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I always seem to come back to the basic idea of the Grandpa Cardigan – each time working it from a somewhat different perspective.

This time, it’s all about texture and cozy, satisfying depth. Bold cables are paired with a combination of ribbed and slipped stitches, and adding saddle shoulder construction creates distinct seam lines in the texture. A garter stitch shawl collar adds one more element to the mix, cementing the deep cushy feeling of the sweater.

And yes, some cables. Because I love these big, bold, undulating cables.

Julie Asselin’s Nurtured yarn is PERFECT for this cardigan. Her technique of adding color to the fleece before the spinning process creates a sophisticated and subtle tweed, and the mix of Rambouillet, Targhee and Merino is smooth and rustic and toothy while knitting, and light and soft and woofy when worn.

This sweater is easy to modify for length or width, and comments are in the pattern on how to do so. The shawl collar is narrow, but can be knit deeper if desired, and sleeve length is given for both folded back cuffs vs. straight arms.

Gauge is important on this sweater. Be aware that some sub yarns will block out differently (aka grow) in ribbing so be SURE to swatch and block a sample before knitting. Detailed notes on yarn and size choice, as well as modifying the yoke for an alternate row gauge will be in my Milk Stout Ravelry thread.

Sizing:
30.75(33.75, 35.25, 38, 39.75)(42.5, 45.25, 47.5, 51.5, 54)”
78(85.5, 89.5, 96.5, 101)(108, 115, 120.5, 130, 137) cm.

Based on finished size around bust, including button band. I suggest about 2”/5cm of ease, based on actual bust.

Yardage per size:
1300(1400,1500,1550,1600)(1700,1800,1900,2100,2200) yds
1188(1280,1371,1417,1463)(1554,1645,1737,1828,1920) meters