YARN: 4, (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skein(s) of Expression Fiber Arts Luster Superwash Merino Tencel Worsted yarn (113 g/200 yds per skein), shown in colorway: Brocade. If that color isn't available, any shades from this category will work. This yarn is beautifully soft, has a subtle sheen and will hold up well to wear.
SIZES: XS, (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)/ 30", (34", 38", 42", 46", 50", 54") finished bust and 20" (21", 22", 23", 24", 25", 26") length, meant to be worn with 0-2" of positive ease. Sample shown in size S on a 34" bust.
NEEDLES: US size 7 and 8 (4.5 and 5.0 mm) 32" circular needles (or size needed to make gauge), plus an additional needle in the larger size for working a three-needle BO.
Notes From the Designer:
•You know how everyone wants to show off their best sweaters at fall yarn festivals? Let this cardigan be yours! A deep V-neck keeps you from overheating in worsted weight yarn when the weather warms up, and instructions are included if you want to add an optional button and crochet loop closure at the bottom. Cable columns in the front disappear artfully into the neck shaping and ribbed trim, but it's the cable panel on the back that will show off your knitting skills to the fullest! Everyone who sees that cable will be asking or complimenting you about your pattern choice.
•This sweater is knit flat in one piece from the bottom hem to the underarms, then the back panel and fronts are worked separately to the shoulders, which are joined with a three-needle BO. The set-in sleeves are knit flat from the cuff to the shoulder and seamed into the armholes after blocking. Stitches are picked up around the fronts and neckline to work the ribbed trim.
•This is an intermediate pattern, meant for those with some cable and garment experience. There are a lot of things going on at any given time, so make sure to read through all instructions for clarity before casting on.
•When working with hand-dyed yarns, make sure to alternate skeins every couple of rows to avoid color pooling.
•This pattern was inspired by several things, including my love of cables and the urge to jump on the festival sweater bandwagon (everybody knows which festival, right?). I went with a very open front to keep this sweater from becoming too warm to wear on those unusually warm fall days, and decided on simple cable columns on the front to spark some visual interest before the showstopper cable panel on the back. This cardigan can be worn open with swinging fronts, or with a button and loop closure at the bottom, so there's a little something for everyone.
•Pattern is in written form only. Info is provided for locating the back cable chart if desired.
This is also a little bit of a fangirl piece. A couple of years ago, I was in New York for a Perfume concert, but stopped in at a convention at the Javits Center for a couple of hours before the show. I met some lovely people while I was there, but my favorite was someone who found out that I knit and said she enjoyed knitting, too. I was just starting down the design road at the time, but when she asked about my patterns, I pulled out my iPad and showed her my work. It was a short encounter, but when she showed a genuine interest in my work and a shared hobby it caught my attention, so I decided to name this pattern after Gates McFadden, one of the nicest people I've been fortunate enough to meet (or one of the most underrated actresses, but I'm an optimist!).
Designed by Emily Walton.
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