Telos by Jennifer Dassau


November 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Check stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1000 - 1650 yards (914 - 1509 m)
34 (40, 46, 52, 58)”
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When there’s a little chill in the air but you don’t want to wear a coat, reach for Telos, a cozy coat-style cardigan. Practical warmth and knitterly interest meet, in a boxy silhouette with a heavily textured reversible alternating check patterned body and stockinette sleeves. The oversized shawl collar is worked seamlessly along with the body; the reversible stitch pattern allows it to be worn folded back or overlapped for more warmth. Dropped shoulders and wide ribbing at the hem and cuffs enhance the relaxed style, and hidden pockets in the bottom ribbing are there when your fingers get chilly.

Telos is worked seamlessly from the top down, beginning with the stitches cast on provisionally for the center back of the collar, which is worked sideways in Check pattern. Stitches for the back shoulders are cast on to the live stitches of the collar, and the back shoulders worked with a series of short rows to build up the center back and help the collar hug the neck, then the back is worked to armscye level. Shoulder stitches are picked up for the fronts, united with the held collar stitches, and worked simultaneously to armscye level where fronts and back are joined. The body is worked to the ribbed hem, where hidden pockets are created in the ribbing; the only seaming required is to sew down the pocket lining edges on the inside of the sweater. Sleeve stitches are picked up and the cap is worked seamlessly with a few short rows for gentle shaping, then the slim, tapered sleeves are worked to the ribbed cuffs.

Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, provisional CO, backwards loop CO, knit/purl, short rows, picking up stitches, increasing/decreasing.

Size: 34 (40, 46, 52, 58)” bust; sample shown in third size worn with 11” positive ease. This boxy cardigan is designed to be worn with plenty of positive ease. I chose a very roomy fit for myself, to layer over other garments; the sample is shown in the third size worn with 11” of positive ease; choose a size that provides the amount of ease you prefer.

Yarn: The Periwinkle Sheep INTENT (100% superwash merino wool; 185 yards/170m/100g), shown in Sandstorm; 6 (7, 8, 8, 9) skeins or approximately 1000 (1150, 1300, 1450, 1650) yards of heavy worsted weight yarn.

Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge, US 7 (4.5mm) needle for pocket lining; Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Stitch markers (6); Stitch holders (2); Yarn needle.

Gauge: 16 st and 22 rows/4” in Check stitch, after blocking.

Thank you to my wonderful tech editor Kate Vanover.