Woolen Explorer by Andrea Rangel
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Woolen Explorer

Knitting
July 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in St st using smaller needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1184 - 1995 yards (1083 - 1824 m)
333⁄4 (373⁄4, 411⁄4, 451⁄4, 491⁄4, 53, 57)" (85.5 [96, 105, 115, 125, 134.5, 145] cm) bust/chest circumference with 1" (2.5 cm) overlap

This unisex cardigan was inspired by the Lopapeysa tradition of decoratively yoked Icelandic sweaters. Ístex’s Lettlopi yarn, a worsted, creates a fabric that is incredibly warm and sturdy enough for farm chores, camping, and trekking, and will remain beautiful for generations. It’s worked in the round and then a steek is cut open to separate the fronts. Deep pockets make it that much more functional.

Finished Size
333⁄4 (373⁄4, 411⁄4, 451⁄4, 491⁄4, 53, 57)” (85.5
96, 105, 115, 125, 134.5, 145 cm) bust/chest circumference with 1” (2.5 cm) overlap and 26 (263⁄4, 271⁄4, 281⁄2, 291⁄4, 293⁄4, 301⁄2)” (66 68, 69, 72.5, 74.5, 75.5, 77.5 cm) long.

Intended to be worn with “2−4” (5−10 cm) of positive ease for standard fit or 9−13 in (23−33) cm for oversized fit. Shown with oversized fit.
Shown in size 451⁄4” (115 cm).

Yarn
Worsted weight (#4 medium).
Main Color (MC): 811 (907, 993, 1089, 1185, 1270, 1366) yd (741 829, 908, 996, 1083, 1161, 1249 m).
Contrast Color 1 (CC1): 280 (313, 343, 376, 409, 439, 472) yd (256 286, 313, 344, 374, 401, 431 m).
Contrast Color 2 (CC2): 93 (104, 114, 125, 136, 146, 157) yd (85 95, 104, 114, 124, 133, 143 m).

Shown here: Ístex Lettlopi (100% wool; 109 yd 100 m/50 g skein): colors #0086 Light Beige Heather (MC), 8 (9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins; #0005 Black Heather (CC1), 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins; #0054 Light Ash Heather (CC2), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s).

Needles
Size U.S. 6 (4 mm): 16” and 32” (40 and 80 cm) long circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double- pointed (dpn).
Size U.S. 8 (5 mm): 24” and 32” (60 and80 cm) long circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double- pointed (dpn).
Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauges.

Notions
Stitch markers (m); stitch holders; waste yarn; size C-2 (2.75 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle; ten 9/16” (14 mm) buttons.

Gauge
18 sts and 26 rows = 4” (10 cm) over St st using smaller needles.
18 sts and 24 rows = 4” (10 cm) over Color Patt using larger needles.

Learn more about this design on my blog.