Brettwood Cardigan by Valerie Hobbs

Brettwood Cardigan

by Valerie Hobbs
October 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette, blocked
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1110 - 1630 yards (1015 - 1490 m)
36 - 52" finished bust
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Simple and practical, this cardigan with its loose fit and wide, above the wrist sleeves slips on easily for a quick extra layer. The geometric stitch pattern on the yoke and sleeves, punctuated with clever I-cord seams, adds texture and contrasts with the stockinette A-line body. Trimmed with cozy garter stitch on the wide collar band and hems, this cardigan will be a new favorite.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Bust - 36 (38, 40, 42, 44)(46, 48, 50, 52)“, based on twice finished back measurement. Collar bands meet at center.
Intended to be worn with 2-4” of ease. Size shown is 40” with 2” of ease.
Length - 24¾ (24¾, 24¾, 25¼, 25¼)(26, 26, 26½, 26½)”.

YARN: 1110 (1155, 1210, 1300, 1345)(1425, 1485, 1580, 1630) yds worsted weight wool or wool blend.
Shown in Stonehedge Fiber Mill “Shepherd’s Wool” (100% merino wool; 250yds/4oz) - Berries #012. 5 (5, 5, 6, 6)(6, 6, 7, 7) skeins.

NEEDLES: U.S. size 8 (5mm) 32” (80cm) circular needle.
Circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.
Adjust needle size as needed to obtain correct gauge.

OTHER: Stitch holders, removable stitch markers, tapestry needle, extra needle in same size for 3-needle I-cord bind off.

GAUGE: 19 sts/26 rows = 4” in stockinette, blocked.
19 sts/30 rows = 4” in stitch pattern, blocked.

SKILL LEVEL: Advanced beginner. Techniques include long tail cast on, cable cast on, 3-needle I-cord bind off, I-cord bind off, decreases, and picking up stitches.

CONSTRUCTION: Beginning at the center back, each half of the upper body is knit flat to the sleeve hems and then joined at the center back with 3-needle I-cord bind off. The lower back and fronts are knit in pieces from the bottom up, with decreases worked for slight A-line shaping, and then joined to the upper body with 3-needle I-cord bind off, after stitches are picked up at the lower edges of the upper body. Stitches are picked up for the garter stitch collar band, which is finished with an I-cord bind off. Underarms and sides are seamed.

PATTERN: 6 page pdf includes written instructions, chart, and schematic.