Bellows by Michele Wang


September 2014
yarn held together
+ Worsted
= Bulky (7 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Broken Rib with Size A needle(s) and two strands of yarn held together, after blocking
US 11 - 8.0 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
1760 - 2930 yards (1609 - 2679 m)
35¼ (38, 43¼, 48½, 54, 59¼)" circumference at chest (buttoned)
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Cuddle down in a gloriously warm oversized cardigan inspired by old men of the sea. Bellows knits up astonishingly fast in double strands of Shelter, with simple stitch patterns that keep the work meditative and anchor-shaped cables on the lower front and sleeves for visual impact. The garment is worked in pieces and seamed with set-in sleeves, and then the shawl collar and front ribbing are picked up and shaped with short rows.

Bellows looks handsome in any color from the Shelter palette, so choose a foresty green, a soft purple, or your favorite earth tone. Or get creative, holding two closely related hues together for a marled effect.

The cardigan is worked in pieces from the bottom up, and sewn together.

1760 (1885, 2145, 2425, 2695, 2930) yards of worsted weight wool yarn
13 (14, 16, 18, 20, 21) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Faded Quilt

12 stitches & 20 rows = 4” in Broken Rib with Size A needle(s) and 2 strands of yarn held together, after blocking
16-stitch panel from Chart A or B measures 4¾“ wide with Size A needle(s) and 2 strands of yarn held together, 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: 8 mm (US 11)

Size B (for Ribbing):
One 40” circular needle, two sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 6 mm (US 10)

Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used

35¼ (38, 43¼, 48½, 54, 59¼)“ circumference at chest (buttoned)
Sample shown is size 43” with + 9” ease on model

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

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