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Silkroad Cardigan

Knitting
August 2004
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in k2, p1 rib on larger needles for body and sleeves, slightly stretched
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1126 - 1230 yards (1030 - 1125 m)
21.25 (22.75, 25.25, 28.25)" (54 [58, 64, 72] cm) bust/chest circumference, tied closed.

Pattern description from Interweave Knits: “Narrow ribs and a contrasting collar/front band with knitted-in ties gives a slimming silhouette to Jo Sharp’s chic cardigan. The yarn, called silkroad, is a blend of wool, silk, and cashmere that is lightweight and pleasingly soft to the touch. The main-color part of the body is worked in a single piece from the lower back edge, up to the shoulders, then down to the lower front edge in two sections. The ties are worked simultaneously with the contrasting collar/front band, which is also worked in a single piece - from one lower front edge, up around the neck, and down the other side.”

Finished Size: 21.25 (22.75, 25.25, 28.25)” (54 58, 64, 72 cm) bust/chest circumference, tied closed. Note: Fabric stretches to fit up to a 31.5 (35.5, 39.75, 43.25)” (80 90, 101, 110 cm) bust/chest for a close, body-conscious fit.

Yarn:

  • Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed (80% wool, 15% silk, 5% cashmere; 104 yd 95 m/50 g): #120 ash (medium gray, MC), 8 (8, 9, 9) balls.
  • Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed (85% wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere; 147 yd 134 m/50 g): #407 magnolia (cream, CC), 2 balls. Yarn available through www.josharp.com.au.

Needles:

  • Body and sleeves - size 8 (5 mm).
  • Collar - size 6 (4 mm).
  • Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch holders; removable stitch markers or scrap yarn

Additional Gauge: 28 sts and 29 rows = 4” (10cm) in k2, p2 rib on smaller needles for collar, slightly stretched

Note from Interweave Knits: “The back and fronts are worked in one piece, beginning at the bottom edge of the back. At the shoulder line, the center back stitches are bound off for the back neck, and the piece is divided into two sections for the fronts. the two fronts are worked at the same time, from the shoulder line down, using two separate balls of yarn.”