This past October I knitted 2 sweaters for my Rhinebeck weekend, one for each day of the weekend. And for the first time in a few years, not only did I finish both sweaters in time to be able to wear them, but it was also cool enough at the fair to wear them un-ironically. My little group arrived at the fair on the Saturday, expecting by all accounts to need to de-layer by mid-morning, only to realize we actually needed to layer-up a bit more. The shawls and fingerless mitts also came out, so essentially we all lived our dreams of being as covered in knitwear as it is possible to be without needing real coats as well. A+ all things considered.
My Sunday cardigan (above) was super cozy, and I’m very glad to have it knitted up in perfect time for the November chill to arrive (and boy has it arrived in full force this week), and also to have it written up as a new pattern. I’m so pleased to offer the Rustique Cardigan – available as a Ravelry download for $7 CDN. Earlier this month when I was teaching some classes in Peterborough, Bridget of Needles in The Hay graciously obliged me with some superior sweater-modelling skills, thanks Bridget!
This is a raglan cardigan worked from the bottom up, in pieces, featuring modest waist shaping and vertical cable panels on all pieces. It’s a cushy, cozy knit as it is, but I’m very pleased with the shawl collar as well, to take away some of the chill at the back of the neck. At an Aran-weight gauge of 16 sts/4 ins (stockinette), it’s also pretty warm and quick compared to lighter gauges. As usual, all cabled patterns are fully charted in the pattern instructions, and I also include some basic tips on working the cables without a cable needle (it’s my go-to method for most cables). The pattern has been fully tech edited as well.
I worked this up in Imperial Yarns Columbia, a nice wooly wool that does quite nicely at 4 sts/inch. (though it is listed as a worsted weight, typical worsted weight gauge of 4.5-5 sts inch was far too stiff for my preference). Another nice choice would be Briggs & Little Heritage, for which I achieve the same gauge as Imperial Columbia pretty easily. Or, your preferred Aran-weight wooly option!
All in all I’m glad to share this with you – hopefully a perfect warm layer to take you well into winter. And if this winter is anything like last, I fully plan to go in with more new handknits than I know what to do with.
Happy knitting this Tuesday! I hope you’re warm and cozy where you are.