This is the kind of cardigan that you will wear often and for many years because it never goes out of style. It also makes it clear to anyone who sees you that you know your knitting! Three different cable patterns are used, evoking the ripples in the Kaw, the river that runs through Lawrence, just north of Yarn Barn. The cable repeats are worked following a combinaiton of charted and written out instructions. The body is worked flat in one piece from the bottom ribbing to the armholes. The shoulders are shaped using German short rows and joined with a 3-needle bindoff. Stitches are picked up at the armholes and worked in the round down to the cuffs. Stitches are picked up for the front bands and neck, using short rows to shape the shawl collar. The pocket linings are knit separately and then sewn into place. The finished chest measurements are 39.5 (42.5, 45.75, 49, 55.5, 59.75)" with lengths of 23.5 (24, 24.5, 25, 25.5, 26)".
The Kaw Valley Cardi was created by Kansas City-area designer Cheryl Murray as a salute to the beautiful Kaw Valley, where the Yarn Barn is located. The sweater was designed using Harrisville's Highland, a 100% wool yarn spun in New Hampshire. Highland is a heavy-weight worsted or Aran weight yarn and is knit at 4.5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch for this project.
For this project you will also need:
- Harrisville Highland: 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) skeins or approximately 1000 (1200, 1400, 1600, 1800, 2000) yards of heavy worsted or Aran weight yarn
- 40" circular needle or single point needles in US size 9 (OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE)If you adjusted the needle size above to get gauge, adjust the needle sizes below accordingly
- 32" circular needle or single point needles in US size 9
- double points in US size 9 (or knitter's preferred style of needle for small circumferences)
- 5 stitch holders or waste yarn
- stitch markers (18 total, including 2 unique markers)
- 5 removable stitch markers
- 5 1.25" buttons
- tapestry needle
The Kaw Valley Cardi is shown in Highland color Foliage.