The Oban Cardigan by Thea Colman

The Oban Cardigan

July 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, blocked. Cable gauges are given in the pattern.
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1350 - 2100 yards (1234 - 1920 m)
35.25 (38.75, 42.25, 45.75, 48.75)(52.75, 56.75, 60.75)(64.25,68.25)”/ 89.5(98.5,107.25,116.25,123.75)(134,144.25,154.25)(163.75,173.5)cm around bust, including button band, when worn closed
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I just cannot resist the combination of these cables plus BareNaked Wool’s gorgeous fiber.

This time, I used my favorite sweater shape, the Grandpa Cardigan! Worn with a bit of ease, this design has a long, slouchy silhouette that pretty much goes with anything I own, and I had time to play while designing so this cardigan has a lot of little touches that make me really happy.

The cables are worked in pairs on the cardigan fronts and down the sleeves, and a larger cable panel is featured across the back of the sweater. I once again accented this motif with smaller honeycomb cables and added a series of single ribs for highlight details on the sides and along the button bands. There’s a little detail where cables meet the ribbing, and the sweater is worked with a reverse stockinette background (making for easy mods!!).

Pockets play right into the cables, and the detail along each button band beautifully highlights the V-neck shaping as it runs into the cable panel on each side. Lastly, a delicate shawl collar is worked onto the sweater in garter stitch, adding a final touch to the sweater.

The play of textures in the gorgeous heather of Bare Naked Wool’s Kent Worsted (a soft merino/romney fiber with a gorgeous natural heather and the tiniest bit of sheen) is exactly what I want in a sweater, and I cannot wait to snuggle into this one when the weather cools down this Fall.

Notes are included in the pattern to alter length or width of either body or sleeves, and the shawl collar can easily be modified for a deeper fold if desired - or worked without shaping as a straight button band. Once again, these are simple cables, so the sweater is an easier knit than you’d think, and this yarn is as addictive as it can be!

Details below:

Construction The sweater is knit from the bottom up in one piece to armholes, then separated into fronts and back and knit in 3 pieces to shoulders. Pocket inserts are knit beforehand and joined to body as you work upwards. Once shoulders are seamed, stitches are picked up around armholes for sleeves and sleeves are knit in the round to wrist. Stitches are picked up along the cardigan fronts and back neck for collar, and short rows shape the shawl at top.

Cables are both charted and written.

Size is based on actual sweater measurement around bust, including button band, worn closed.

Yardage by size
Worsted weight yarn needed. I suggest a wool fiber - nothing too heavy or drapey, as sweater could grow with wear.

Sweater shown was knit in Kent Worsted, in color: Beachglass.

ERRATA on p9 bottom: Right Front Armhole Shaping, WS should be p2tog, NOT p2togtbl.