Pattern of the Week: Dashing Cardigan

Every once in a while, you come across a project you know will be special. That’s what I felt when I saw Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s Dashing Cardigan in Interweave Crochet Fall 2018. The form, featuring five rectangles and a collar, is simple. The technique, however, is not.

The stitch technique here is more than innovative, it’s revolutionary. For years, crochet cables were characterized by post stitches worked in such a way that they created holes in the fabric. You could create intricate patterns, but only if you were willing to have holes, ranging from small to large, surrounding the post stitches. With this new technique, however, you can create cables just as intricate but without the surrounding holes.

This is done by working shadow stitches, stitches created by working a single crochet in the indicated stitch directly followed by a post stitch worked around the indicated stitch two rows below. Although you may think this will create a fabric that increases every other row, the fabric doesn’t increase at all because the post stitch part of each shadow stitch will be skipped on the following row. The resulting fabric is almost completely flat on the back, creating a beautiful canvas for the shadow stitches to travel over.

Are you ready for a technique that will completely change the way you look at cables? If so, look no further than this pattern. Once you’ve tried it, please let us know what you think in the comments!

Happy stitching!


Pattern Detail

DESIGNER Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby


FINISHED SIZE About 59 (631/2, 681/2, 771/2)” bust circumference with 53/4″ overlapping collars. Sample shown measures 59″ bust circumference, modeled on a 35″ bust.

YARN Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool; 220 yd [200 m]/31/2 oz [100 g]): #1917 Vinci, 16 (20, 24, 27) balls.

HOOK Sizes G/6 (4 mm) and F/5 (3.75 mm). Adjust hook size if needed to obtain correct gauge.

NOTIONS Yarn needle.

GAUGE 22 sts and 26 rows = 4″ in sc ribbing patt with smaller hook; 20 sts and 20 rows = 4″ in cable patt with larger hook

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