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 email@example.com.