The Lightning Cardigan by Susan Carlson Skalak
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The Lightning Cardigan

February 2014
Black Twig Farm worsted weight
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 9 - 5.5 mm
935 - 1122 yards (855 - 1026 m)
Small, Medium, and Large
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This cardigan is fitted through the bust and waist with a flared hip. It is knit in the round with circular needles and having a pattern of zigzags reminiscent of the Navajo representation of lightning. This sweater was designed to complement the natural dyes used to color the beautiful yarn from the Navajo-churro sheep raised at Black Twig Farm. As such, the yarn is made from a family of colors from the same dyestuff, and one complementary color for accent. The design was developed to pay tribute to the Navajo people and their wondrous rugs made from Navajo-churro yarn.

Finished Measurements:
• Bust: 42”(38”, 34”)
• W aist: 38” (33”, 29”)
• Length at center back: 22.5”
• Can be lengthened by adding rows
• Hip flared

Worsted weight naturally dyed Aran from Black Twig Farm ( 187 yards per 4 oz.

• Yarn A: Dark (4 oz)
• Y arn B: Medium Dark (2 oz)
• Y arn C: Medium (8 oz)
• Yarn D: Light (2 oz)
• Constrast Y arn (4 oz)

Needles and supplies:
• 24” circular US size 9
• US size 10 needle
• Stitch markers

Extras (included only in kits):
• Waste yarn for the provisional cast on
• Two long strips of fabric for lining the inside of the button band
• Buttons and snaps
• Circles of fabric for covering snaps
Matching thread for sewing the snaps
• Velvet ribbon to cover the insider of the neck seam

If you are interested in a kit, you can purchase one by emailing