Interweave Knits Fall 2018: Cambridge Cardigan

There were three things on my “To Sew This Summer” list: a gingham dress, a Madras skirt, and a plaid lumberjane buttondown. In other words, plaid, plaid, and more plaid. As tends to happen, I got distracted by other projects, and they didn’t get made in time; lightweight summery dresses and skirts aren’t practical once the leaves begin to turn. (The flannel lumberjane shirt is still a possibility.) Fortunately, I can still get my plaid fix from Interweave Knits Fall 2018.

Made in traditional Shetland wool, the Cambridge Cardigan is worked in the round using stranded knitting. After finishing the body, you cut open (or “steek”) the front opening and armholes. It’s a very traditional method for making cardigans. It allows you to work the colorwork in the round rather than working back and forth; this keeps the tension more even, resulting in a smooth finish. Because Shetland wool is “sticky” and has a bit of grip to it, the stitches won’t run when you cut them. It’s always a little nerve-wracking to steek your knitting!

Another advantage of Shetland wool is the color selection. For generations, Shetland sheep were bred to be a variety of colors, creating a wide array of natural colors to choose from. Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift comes in over 150 natural and dyed colors, so you can match your cardigan to whatever outfit you have in mind. Make it in green, blue, and black for a traditional Blackwatch plaid. Knit in dark colors, it can be decidedly masculine and perfect for sipping whiskey in a dark, wood-panelled clubroom. Or choose shades of pink and purple to represent the heather flowers on the Shetland moors and wear it to attend the Ladies’ Gardening Club meetings.

Cambridge Cardigan

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Linda Marveng

DIFFICULTY Experienced

FINISHED SIZE 34¼ (37¾, 40¼, 43¾, 49¾, 52¼)” bust circumference. Cardigan shown measures 43¾”; modeled with 11¾” of positive ease.

YARN Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift (100% Shetland wool; 115 yd [105 m]/7⁄8 oz [25 g]): #243 storm (gray-green; MC), 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14) skeins; #122 granite (light gray; CC1), 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 7) skeins; #576 cinnamon (pink; CC2), 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins. Yarn distributed by Simply Shetland.

NEEDLES Size 2½ (3 mm): 16″, 32″, and 40″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Size 3 (3.25 mm): 32″ cir and set of dpn. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); tapestry needle; nine 5⁄8″ buttons.

GAUGE 24 sts and 33 rnds = 4″ in St st on larger needle; 24 sts and 33 rnds = 4″ in charted patt on larger needle.

Cast on for your perfectly plaid Cambridge Cardigan!

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