Sailor's Valentine by Kathleen Dames
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Sailor's Valentine

March 2013
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1050 - 1890 yards (960 - 1728 m)
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
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The original Sailor’s Valentines were shell-encrusted boxes brought back from Barbados for sailors’ sweethearts. Today, keep the love alive with Reef Knots, Heart Strings, Twin Waves, and Triple Gull stitch (cables provided in chart form). All those cables combine to make a seafaring sweater of love, perfect for any Valentine (replace the side ribbing with seed stitch for a less-fitted, more unisex sweater). Cardigan is worked flat in one piece, with sleeves incorporated into a seamless hybrid yoke topped off with a turned-heel hood that allows the Heart Strings to continue all the way up and over the hood.

Chest: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54) inches

Bartlettyarns Fisherman 2-ply (100% Wool 210 yards/192 meters per 113 gram/4 oz. skein); color: Cranberry #378; 5 (5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9)
One US6/4.0mm 29-inch circular needle
Set of four (or five) US6/4.0mm DPNs
Stitch markers
Coil-less safety pins or other removable stitch markers
Waste yarn or stitch holders
Tapestry needle
23” (or desired length) zipper in color to match yarn
Knit-picker tool, or desired tool(s) for zipper installation

16 sts x 20 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch

Skills Needed
Cast on
Bind off
Work stitches out of order (cabling)