Rideau Wrap by Elizabeth McCarten
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Rideau Wrap

September 2014
Fibre Roads 2-ply sport
Sport (12 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Barbara Walker's "Banded Insertion"
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1200 - 1600 yards (1097 - 1463 m)
S/M 69" wide (fits 30-38" bust), L/XL 77 " wide (fits 40-48" bust)
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This very oversized, minimally-shaped, no-sew cardigan/wrap is designed to work on a wide range of body sizes and shapes. The stitch, Barbara Walker’s “Banded Insertion” pattern, has garter stitch ridges and stocking stitch valleys worked on two differently-sized needles, three sizes apart. The result is a light, airy, drapey fabric that works up fairly quickly.

The body is cast on provisionally at the centre back, then worked outwards until the sides are joined by 3-needle bind-off. The sleeve stitches are transferred to a small circular needle and worked out to the cuff, with the ridges gradually spaced at longer and longer intervals. Finally, the centre back is joined, and an I-cord border worked all the way around, with graceful scallops framing the neckline.

Kits in custom-spun yarn are available by mail order through Janice Lever of Windblest Farm. Fleece from Janice’s Leicester sheep makes up the wool component of the 60% alpaca/ 40% wool blend, and Janice is the one who has hand-dyed each kit separately. The slate colour is slightly darker, richer, and more gorgeous than what you see in the prototype. Inquiries should be e-mailed to Janice at windblest@storm.ca.