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Nordic Lights

Wrap Style
Knitting
September 2005
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
20.5 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches in charted Fair Isle pattern on size 7 (4.5 mm) needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1320 yards (1207 m)

Pattern description from Wrap Style: “Traditional Scandinavian motifs worked in bold, bright colors - the combination borrowed from a man’s runway cardigan - decorate Pam Allen’s Nordic-inspired capelet. Pam works the capelet in the round from the lower edge to the shoulders, then she divides the front and back and works them separately in rows to shape the upper body. After seaming the shoulders, Pam picks up stitches for a funnel collar worked in the round and finished off with a splash of red. If you’ve never tried Fair Isle color work, this project is a good place to being - most motifs repeat over a small number of stitches so they are easy to memorize, and more importantly, there are never more than two colors in a row.”

Finished Size: 44” (112 cm) circumference at lower edge, 18” (45.5 cm) circumference at neck edge and 14” (35.5 cm) long.

Yarn:

  • About 220 yd (201 m) each of 6 colors of worsted-weight (Medium #4) yarn.
  • Cascade yarns Cascade 220 (100% wol; 220 yd (201 m)/100 g): #9459 brown, #8010 off-white, #2404 blue, #4147 yellow, #8895 red, and #9460 light green, 1 ball each.

Needles:

  • Body - Size 7 (4.5 mm): 24” (60-cm) circular (cir).
  • Ribbing - Size 6 (4 mm): 24” (60-cm) cir.
  • Collar - size 8 (5 mm): 16” (40-cm) cir.
  • Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m), stitch holders, tapestry needle.

Notes from Wrap Style:
* The capelet is worked in the round to shoulder bind-off, then the front and back are worked separately in rows to the neck.
* The charted Fair Isle pattern begins and ends at each side edge marker; it does not flow continuously around the capelet.