A topography of shadow cables is knit flat and folded, then two short seams form this cocoon cardigan. Short rows shape the wide ribbed edging, creating a warm and dramatic shawl collar; the ribbed edge and cuffs are finished with elegant applied I-cord.
Construction: Shadowling is cast on provisionally and worked flat, then the piece is folded and seamed, leaving armhole openings; stitches are picked up and worked in the round for long ribbed cuffs, finished with applied I-cord. CO and final row stitches are then worked in the round with short rows to shape the shawl collar, and the long edge is finished with applied I-cord. Instructions are written for the German short row method, but your preferred method may be substituted. Shadowling’s size range works for many different shapes and sizes; the Designer’s Notes section also includes instructions for further size modifications.
Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, cables, short rows, working in the round, applied I-cord; stitch pattern is both written and charted, and a link to my short row tutorials is included.
Size: S (M, L); shown in size S on a 35” bust.
Yarn: Rowan Cocoon (80% merino wool, 20% kid mohair; 126 yards/115m/100g), shown in Cloud; 6 (7, 8) skeins, or approximately 650 (775, 925) yards of bulky weight wool/mohair blend yarn; a fiber blend that blocks to a soft and drapey fabric is recommended to achieve the silhouette and ease of this cocoon-shaped garment.
Other Materials: US 11 (8mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; US 11 (8mm) 60” circular needle for ribbed edge; Stitch markers (1); Cable needle; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 15 st and 20 rows/4” in Shadow cable pattern; 14 st and 18 rows/4” in K1P1 Rib, after blocking.