Masten by Rachel Brockman


October 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1400 - 2500 yards (1280 - 2286 m)
XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X]
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I love naming patterns after places I love, and Masten is no exception. This cardigan is named after the remnants of a ghost town tucked into the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. Today, Masten is the trailhead for a circuit backpacking loop.

Although I’ve spent countless hours in that forest, this place is particularly special because I chose the trail for my first solo backpacking trip. What remains of this town is the trail: Old Logger’s Path, and the stone chimney of a building destroyed long ago: an echo of the history of the lumber industry in that region.

Masten features panels of traveling cables that remind me of old images of timber booms, in which logs were transported to sawmills via rivers. Eyelet panels give the fabric more fluidity, providing balance to the structured panels of cables.

Women’s XS(S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X)
Shown in size S with 2.5 inches/6.5 cm of positive ease.

Bust (buttoned): 32.75(36.75, 40.25, 43.5, 48.25, 52.25, 56.25, 60.75) inches/ 83(93.5, 102, 110.5, 122.5, 132.5, 143, 154.5) cm
Length: 24.5(25, 25.75, 26.25, 27, 27.75, 28.25, 28.75) inches/ 62(63.5, 65.5, 66.5, 68.5, 70.5, 72, 73) cm

Universal Yarn Deluxe DK Superwash 100% superwash wool; 284 yd/259 m per 100g skein
MC 856 Teal Rustic; 56, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9 balls
CC 803 Terra Cotta; 1 ball
Needles always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter’s gauge is unique
1 32- or 40-inch US #6/4mm circular needle (to accommodate large number of sts)
1 40-inch US #4/3.5mm circular needle
1 set US #4/3.5mm DPNs for small circumference in the round
Stitch markers
Stitch holders and waste yarn
Tapestry Needle
spacer 8 1 inch buttons – sample shown with Katrinkles Knitting Jewelry Summit buttons

21 sts/29 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch with larger needles
24 sts/31 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Chart A with larger needles
Note: gauge is always taken after blocking.

Knitty’s list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.

Masten is worked from the bottom up. The body is worked flat in one piece. The right and left fronts are separated from the back at the armholes. Sleeve stitches are picked up and worked top-down in the round. Afterthought pockets are added during finishing and include the slightest pop of color that peeks through the eyelet columns. Stitches along the front opening are picked up and knit for the button band, and short-rows are used to create the shawl-collar. When working charts, always take care to ensure you are working from the correct chart for your size.