Trailhead by Veronik Avery


September 2015
yarn held together
+ Fingering
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s) and yarn held double, after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
3345 - 5000 yards (3059 - 4572 m)
37¾ (40½, 46, 48¾, 53½, 56¾)" circumference at chest
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Ready for a challenge? Trailhead is toothsome knitting with eye-catching results. This A-line raglan cardigan features twin strands of diamonds forking upward from the back hem. The fronts are in stockinette with handsome pockets for trailside treasures; the back is emblazoned with a dramatic V of reverse stockinette to show off cables filled with moss stitch. All pieces are knit flat, and an unusual shaping scheme provides a tailored fit around the shoulders but also means you’ll need your wits about you as you work the back and yoke. The double-ribbed collar and button bands are worked on stitches picked up from the neck edge and the fronts; wear the collar turned up or down. Trailhead is knit in Loft held double for a dense, outerwear fabric—you may want to consider choosing two different hues for a marled effect.


  • Yarn is held double throughout; the term “working yarn” refers to two strands held together as one.
  • Pieces are worked flat from the bottom up and then sewn together.
  • The back is shaped with short rows, internal chart shaping, and internal garment shaping at several points. All shaping is worked concurrently. The raglans are shaped differently on the edges of the front and back, and differently on each side of the sleeve. The sleeve raglan caps are shaped internally as well as at the edges. The garment fronts have pockets. The pocket edges are shaped after joining the pocket lining to the front; when pocket shaping is complete, the pocket side and the pocket lining side of front are joined and the front is continued in one piece


3345 (3575, 4020, 4290, 4715, 5000) yards of fingering weight wool yarn (held double throughout)


13 (13, 15, 16, 18, 19) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)

Photographed in color Artifact


19½ stitches & 30 rows = 4” in stockinette with Size A needle(s) and yarn held double, after blocking
23-stitch cable from Chart A measures 4” wide with Size A needle(s) and yarn held double, after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One pair of straight needles or a 32” circular needle* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for ribbing)
One 32” circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Finished Dimensions

37¾ (40½, 46, 48¾, 53½, 56¾)“ circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 40½” with +6” ease on model

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method
Sloped Bind Off
Sewn Bind Off (Elizabeth Zimmermann’s method)

Skill Level

5 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.