Interweave Knits Fall 2018: Mt. Auburn Cardigan

I see a lot of gorgeous hand-knitted sweaters in my job as project editor for Interweave Knits, but not all of them “speak” to me the way the Mt. Auburn Cardigan from Interweave Knits Fall 2018 did when I first saw it.

For example, while this issue is chock-full of beautiful cabled pullovers, I know that if I make one for myself I will most likely never wear it. That’s simply because I prefer the versatility of cardigans: I can put them on when I’m cold and take them off easily if I get too warm. There is additional versatility in the way the collar of the Mt. Auburn Cardigan can be buttoned all the way up or left open.

There are loads of other details that make this cardigan a must-have for me: For one thing, I like the fact that the body is worked in one piece and that the sleeves are worked in the round because I don’t like having to seam a lot of different parts together.

The other thing I like about this cardigan is that the cable pattern is interesting without being overwhelming because the cables are confined to panels at the center of the back, fronts, and sleeves and are framed with simple Moss stitch at each side.

Adding to the understated elegance is the way the ribbings begin with a tubular cast-on and end with a mirrored treatment at the bind-off edge.

The leather buttons on the sample cardigan give it a masculine vibe, but this can easily be changed (and I have some beautiful hand-crafted wooden buttons that have been waiting for just the right project).

This cardigan is destined to be a wardrobe staple that will get plenty of use for years to come!


Mt. Auburn Cardigan

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Irina Anikeeva

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 35¾ (40, 43¾, 47½, 51¼)” chest circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 43¾”; modeled with 5¼” of positive ease.

YARN Harrisville Designs WATERshed (100% pure virgin wool; 110 yd [100 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #945 Farwell, 14 (15, 17, 19, 20) skeins.

NEEDLES Sizes 6 (4 mm) and 7 (4.5 mm): 32″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); cable needle (cn); waste yarn for provisional CO; stitch holders; spare cir needle in same size or smaller than smaller needle; tapestry needle; eight 3⁄4″ buttons.

GAUGE 15 sts and 26 rows = 4″ in Moss st on larger needle; 21½ sts and 26 rows = 4″ in cable patt on larger needle.


A garment for all: the Mt. Auburn Cardigan will get your needles moving!

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