Cascade Locks by Kay Hopkins

Cascade Locks

November 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1111 - 1800 yards (1016 - 1646 m)
Finished Bust: 36(40, 44, 48, 52, 56) inches / 90(100, 110, 121, 131, 141)cm
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Cascade Locks is a simply elegant top that is worked top down in a seamless manner that allows for fit and length adjustments as you go.

What a fun way to construct a sweater! The stitch pattern is easy to memorize and makes for a great takealong knitting project. This is a versatile and flattering sweater to dress up or down.

The slight A-line body style includes lots of texture with mock cables (no cable needle needed!) running horizontally through the yoke and longer side and back hemline for a fun and flattering fit for many body types. The scoop neck is finished in I-Cord as are the sleeve cuffs and the angled hemline. The loose, flowing sleeves match the body style.

Cascade Locks Sweater is named after a small city in Hood River County in Oregon. The city took its name from a set of locks built to improve navigation past the Cascade Rapids of the Columbia River. The design incorporates mock cables to represent the Rapids and the Bridge of the Gods, a toll bridge that crosses the Columbia River at one end of Cascade Locks. This is an incredibly beautiful part of God’s creation that has recently been impacted by forest fires.


Finished Bust: 36(40, 44, 48, 52, 56) inches / 90(100, 110, 121, 131, 141)cm

Length (back shoulder to hem): 22(23.75, 24.25, 25.25, 25.25, 27) inches / 55(59, 60, 63, 63, 68)cm

• Garment is constructed top down and seamlessly

• The yoke section is worked flat, horizontally from shoulder to shoulder with decreases and increases shaping the front neckline. Stitches for the body are then picked up along the horizontal edges of the yoke, joined at the underarm and the body is worked in the round.

• Sleeves are worked top-down from provisional cast on and stitches in stitch holder from last row in yoke

• Cuffs, hemline and neckline are all finished in I-Cord.

• Short rows are used to shape the angle of the hemline which also adds a bit of width and flare across the hips. Any short row method will work, although German short rows is preferred method and a link is provided in instructions to a good, printable tutorial.

Skills Required: Provisional cast on, short rows, picking up stitches, I-cord (instructions provided), grafting (for I-Cord join). Instructions are not included for most of these techniques but I do include some links and there are tons of youtube videos to help you. This is a good design to try your hand at a few new skills as the pattern is fairly forgiving if it’s not perfectly executed.

Yarn Requirements estimated per size: 1111(1225, 1402, 1551, 1673, 1794) yds / 1016(1120, 1282, 1419, 1530, 1641)m. Yarn requirements will vary depending on gauge.