Royale by Francesca Hughes


August 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
3.0 mm
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
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Royale is a cropped colourwork steeked cardigan. With dropped shoulders, unshaped cropped sleeves and a boxy shape, this surprisingly lightweight garment is a super fun knit.
The body is knit in the round from the bottom up with the front seam, armholes and neck shaping being Steeked. Armhole steeks are reinforced and cut. The sleeves are then picked up and knit in the round to the cuff. The centre seam and neck line are then reinforced and cut, clasp bands are worked using Kate Davies sandwich trim technique.

There are plenty of great tutorials online and in books, but I found Kate Davies step by step Steeking tutorial especially helpful.The trims neck, hem and cuff seams are two colour I-Cords.

This versatile cardigan has plenty of techniques to keep you busy. Knit in funky contrast colours for a statement, or work in neutrals with small accents.

I used some gorgeous clasps from Textile Garden to fasten mine, but you could easily crochet chain some button holes for a alternative finish.

Bust (Actual Measurement) 82.5 [89:92:98.5:101.5:108:114:117.5:124:127:133.5:140] cm
(32½ [35:36¼:38¾:40:42½:45:46¼:48¾:50:52½:55]”) to be worn with 2-4” positive ease.

Hem to Armhole:

Armhole Depth
1414:14:17:17:17:20.5:20.5:20.5:20.5:20.5 cm (5½5½:5½:6¾:6¾:6¾:6¾:8:8:8:8:8”)

Upper Arm & Cuff circumference
24.524.5:24.5:31.5:31.5:31.5:31.5:35:35:35:35:35 cm (1010:10:12½:12½:12½:13¾:13¾:13¾:13¾:13¾”)

Sleeve length
2929:30.5:32:33:33:33.5:33.5:33.5:33.5:34.5:34.5 cm (11½11½:12:12½:13:13:13¼:13¼:13¼:13¼:13½:13½”)

Easy Knits Smoke 55% Exmoor Blueface, 25% White Wensleydale, 10% Grey Gotland, 10% Zwartbles. (approx 500m per 150g)
22:2:2:2:2:2:3:3:3:4:4 x 150g skeins Royale (A)
11:1:1:1:1:1:1:2:2:2:2 x 150g skeins Coif (B)
11:1:1:1:1:1:1:1:1:2:2 x 150g skeins Ember (C)

2 pairs 3.25mm circular needles at least 80cm long.
3mm Crochet hook
Spare strong yarn for reinforcing Steek
Darning needle
Stitch Markers, including one different one to mark beginning of round.
55:5:6:6:6:6:6:6:6:6:6 Old Pewter Clasps from Textile Garden

32 sts and 32 rows to 10cm over colour work pattern in the round using 3.25mm needles.