Two things that I love: A cozy, soft cardigan in chilly weather; and, the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in New York!
I met a very interesting man in the Maine Top Mill booth. He blends very fine merino with a number of unusual fibers and create true works of art. I used Storm, a Merino, Rambouillet and Firestar nylon in a DK weight for the longer version of the Braided Cardigan.
Starting with a provisional cast on at the center back of the hem, a braided (cable) border is knit to the left front. Then, picking up the cast on stitches, the braid is knit to the right front. The corners are turned with short rows, and stitches are picked up to knit the body of the cardigan.
Yarn Yardage Requirements
While we would like to offer a simple yarn estimate in our custom patterns, however, the amount of yarn you will need will depend on choices you make like whether to make the garment a cropped or tunic length. We've anticipated that, and we have created charts that allow you to estimate yarn needed based on your choice of weight as well as length. Please refer to our yarn estimation charts and read the article for helpful hints on how to estimate the amount of yarn you will need.
24” to 32” circular needles as indicated by the weight of the yarn used.
2 Stitch Markers
To measure a proper gauge, cast on 40 stitches using the needle size recommended for the yarn. Knit in Stockinette for at least 10 cm. Take swatch off the needles, lay it flat and measure in the center towards the top of the swatch. Knit using suggested needles first. Adjust needle size until you have a swatch that feels soft and drapey without being too loose.