By the Orchard Gate by Ailbíona McLochlainn

By the Orchard Gate

Available as a paper pattern from Apple Work Fibre Works. The electronic version will be published here in June. Please send a message or post a comment if you would like to be notified!


By the Orchard Gate is the sort of cardigan you might wear to meet a lover on a chilly country night. It is simultaneously cozy and dressy, understated and flattering. Worked top down with contiguous sleeve construction, features include semi-scooped neckline, A-line bodice, vertical lace panels and corded button bands. Suitable for solid, tonal, and lightly variegated yarns. 



Apple OakFibre Works Softwool,
300m (328y) / 100g (3.5oz)
shown in the Chéri colourway
4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins

Needle A: circular needle, 3.25mm (US 3) in diameter
Needle B: circular needle, 2.75mm (US 2) in diameter

tapestry needle; removable stitch markers; scrap yarn; 

10-12 buttons, 8-10mm 5/16-3/8” in diameter

10cm x 10cm (4” x 4”) = 25 sts x 34 rows, in stockinette

Finished garment measures as follows at chest circumference:
87cm 34.75”36.75”], 96cm 38.5”, 101cm 40.5”, 
111cm 44.5”, 122cm 48.75”)
Select size with desired amount of ease and refer to schematic for details.

Special Techniques
short rows, lace, provisional cast-on, applied cord

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