Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Week Forty-Four: Beastly

Original intended release date: October 30, 2010. See explanatory post.

I'd intended this cardigan to have cables shaped like spruce trees. (Yes, their branches point up, not down.) But when Fabulous Husband saw it he immediately guessed, "Millipedes?" And I have to concede he has a point. So call them spruce trees or call them creepy-crawlies; I'm calling it Beastly.

I do really like how the arms turned out with all the ribbing, and the little collar (which can be folded down) I think is cute. The recipient is a little boy but my Z is modeling it here (with a little assist from Fabulous Husband).

Beastly Cardigan

Beastly Cardigan

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Beastly is a cabled raglan unisex cardigan for toddlers. It is worked flat from the bottom up, with ribbed sleeves worked in the round from the bottom up and joined to the body at the yoke. Stitches are picked up for the button band afterward. There are two small underarm seams.

The majority of the pattern instructions are charted.

Price: FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 300 yards of an aran-weight wool for best results. (Pictured: Classic Elite Yarns Bazic Wool in Trojan Blue – aran, 5 skeins / 250g / 325 yards, 100% wool)

  • 16” (or longer) US size 8 circular needle
  • Four US size 8 double-pointed needles
  • US size 8 cable needle or other cabling method of your choice
  • stitch holder or waste yarn
  • Five 1” buttons
  • needle and thread
  • tapestry needle
Gauge: 4 inches = 16 sts / 24 rows in stockinette

Sizing: Finished cardigan will measure approximately 18” in circumference at the waist and approximately 11” in length from the shoulder to the hem when laid flat. It will fit most 12- to 18-month-old children with approximately 1” negative ease. See schematic for more detailed measurements.

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