Cellophane Flowers by Kristen Jancuk

Cellophane Flowers

November 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in st st worked flat and blocked
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1000 - 2000 yards (914 - 1829 m)
XS (S, M, L) [1X, 2X, 3X, 4X]; finished bust measurement 32 1/4 (36 1/4, 41, 44 3/4) [48 1/4, 52 1/4, 57, 60 3/4]”/82 (92, 104, 113.5) [122.5, 132.5, 145, 154.5] cm
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The speckled yarn craze has dominated socks and shawls, but I found myself wondering—what about sweaters? It seemed like the only way to use one of those splashy yarns for a garment was to knit a very plain sweater, or else run the risk of a muddled mess of colors and stitch patterns.
So I set out to design a sweater that would be fun to knit, incorporating stitch patterns that worked with the speckles, rather than competing with them. Cellophane Flowers features bold chunky cables that stand out against the color variations in the yarn, and squishy Fisherman’s Rib that holds its own against all-over speckling. Worked from the bottom up, this drop-shoulder open-front cardigan eliminates the fuss of buttons, waist shaping and setting in sleeves, but still challenges the knitter with a cozy shawl collar and POCKETS! You’ll be reaching for it year after year when sweater weather arrives.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L) {1X, 2X, 3X, 4X}; finished bust measurement 32 1/4 (36 1/4, 41, 44 3/4) {48 1/4, 52 1/4, 57, 60 3/4}”/82 (92, 104, 113.5) {122.5, 132.5, 145, 154.5} cm, with approx. 2”/5 cm opening at the front
To be worn with 4” or more + ease; sample is size S, shown on 36”/91.5 cm bust.

Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 4”/10 cm in st st on larger needles, worked flat, blocked
16 sts and 26 rows = 4”/10 cm in Fisherman’s Rib on larger needles, worked flat, blocked
20 sts and 28 rnds = 4”/10 cm in st st on smaller needles, in the round, blocked

Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Merino Aran, 100% Merino wool, 182 yd/3.5 oz (166 m/100 g):
5 (6, 7, 8) {9, 9, 10, 11} skeins in Dijon

Suggested needles: US 8/5mm 32”/80 cm+ circular needle
US 8/5 mm 16”/40 cm circular needle
US 7/4.5 mm 32”/80 cm+ circular needle
Set of US 7/4.5 mm DPNs, or long circular needle for magic loop

cable needle · yarn needle · stitch markers · scrap yarn or stitch holder

Techniques to Know (or be ready to learn!):
Basic increases and decreases
Picking up stitches
Knitting and purling into the row below
Working cables
Kitchener stitch
Short rows (w&t)
Old Norwegian cast-on

Special thanks to Hedgehog Fibres for providing yarn support, and to Sarah Walworth for her tech editing magic!