Sounds of Life by Andrea Rangel

Sounds of Life

February 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in St st
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
970 - 1688 yards (887 - 1544 m)
Bust Circumference: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58) in/86.5 (96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5) cm
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Sounds of Life is a cardigan pattern with a great relaxed fit, generous pockets, and a standup collar. The yarn I used in this pattern was especially inspirational. Cestari Traditional 2 Ply is woolly, rustic, and buttery soft. It comes from American Targhee-Columbia sheep and is minimally processed, so it retains lots of lanolin and even a few bits of hay. I named the pattern after a beautiful sentiment I found on the Cestari website:

“Sometimes specks of easily removable hay or straw remain in our yarn; owner Francis Chester likes to say that if you put his yarn to your ears, you can almost hear the sounds of life within it.”

Cardigan body is worked back and forth in rows and sleeves are worked in the round to the armholes. Upper Fronts and Back and Sleeve Caps are shaped working back and forth in rows. Shoulders are shaped using short rows, then joined with three-needle bind-off. Sleeve Caps are set in and seamed. Collar and front ribbed edges are picked up and worked after assembly is complete.

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Sizes and Finished Measurements
Bust Circumference: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58) in/86.5 (96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5) cm

Intended to be worn with +2-4 in/5-10 cm of ease at bust for standard fit; shown in size 34 in/86.5 cm with +3 in/7.5 cm of ease on model.

970 (1096, 1214, 1333, 1451, 1570, 1688) yd/887 (1002, 1110, 1219, 1327, 1436, 1544) m heavy worsted weight yarn

Shown in Cestari Traditional Wool 2 Ply
Color: Light Gray/Medium Gray Marled; 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10) skeins

Blocked Gauge
Gauge measurement should be taken after blocking.
16 sts/24 rows = 4 in/10 cm in Stockinette stitch using Needle B or Needle D (suggested size US #8/5 mm)

Needles & Notions
Needle Sizes are recommendations only. Always use needle size necessary to obtain gauge.

32 in/80 cm circular needles:
Needle A: US #6/4 mm
Needle B: US #8/5 mm

Set double pointed needles, long circular for magic loop method, or two circular needles (preferred small-circumference circular knitting method)
Needle C: US #6/4 mm needle
Needle D: US #8/5 mm needle

stitch markers
tapestry needle
five .75 in/2 cm buttons
needle and thread

working in the round, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, seaming, including setting in sleeve caps

Read more about this pattern on my blog.