Trailhead by Veronik Avery


September 2015
yarn held together
+ Fingering
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s) and yarn held double, after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
3345 - 5000 yards (3059 - 4572 m)
37¾ (40½, 46, 48¾, 53½, 56¾)" circumference at bust
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Ready for a challenge? Trailhead is toothsome knitting with eye-catching results. This A-line raglan cardigan features twin strands of diamonds forking upward from the back hem. The fronts are in stockinette with handsome pockets for trailside treasures; the back is emblazoned with a dramatic V of reverse stockinette to show off cables filled with moss stitch. All pieces are knit flat, and an unusual shaping scheme provides a tailored fit around the shoulders but also means you’ll need your wits about you as you work the back and yoke. The double-ribbed collar and button bands are worked on stitches picked up from the neck edge and the fronts; wear the collar turned up or down. Trailhead is knit in Loft held double for a dense, outerwear fabric—you may want to consider choosing two different hues for a marled effect.


3345 (3575, 4020, 4290, 4715, 5000) yards of fingering weight wool yarn (held double throughout)


13 (13, 15, 16, 18, 19) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)

Photographed in color Artifact


19½ stitches & 30 rows = 4” in stockinette with Size A needle(s) and yarn held double, after blocking
23-stitch cable from Chart A measures 4” wide with Size A needle(s) and yarn held double, after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One pair of straight needles or a 32” circular needle* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for ribbing)
One 32” circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Finished Dimensions

37¾ (40½, 46, 48¾, 53½, 56¾)“ circumference at bust

Intended Ease: +4-6”
Sample shown is size 40½“ with +6” ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method
Sloped Bind Off
Sewn Bind Off (Elizabeth Zimmermann’s method)

Skill Level

5 out of 5