Interweave Knits Summer 2018: Four Corners Cardigan
So, you want to try steeking? You’ve got your chance with Interweave Knits Summer 2018 with the Four Corners Cardigan. Steeking is cutting your knitting to make an opening in the fabric. Why would you want to cut your knit? The most common use of steeking comes into play with stranded knitting projects that are open in the front, such as a Fair Isle cardigan. It’s a shortcut method so you don’t have to knit stranded back and forth—it’s much easier to do in the round, and it mitigates problems later, giving you a much cleaner-looking finished product. Best of all, reinforcing the stitches makes cutting your knitting easier and less scary because you can be sure they won’t just fall out when you cut.
The Four Corners Cardigan is a stranded colorwork project that utilizes steeking. The sweater is worked from the bottom up, back and forth through the ribbed section, and then in the round for the stranded body. As you knit in the round, the front has a steeked section, the center of which is the beginning of the round. The sleeves are then worked separately in the round, and the sleeves and body are joined to work the yoke.
DESIGNER Andrea Cull
FINISHED SIZE 34 (37½, 40¼, 43¾, 50, 56¼)” bust circumference with fronts over- lapped. Cardigan shown measures 37½”; modeled with 5½” of positive ease.
YARN Rowan Felted Tweed DK (50% merino wool, 25% alpaca, 25% rayon; 191 yd [175 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #157 camel (tan; A), 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 7) skeins; #154 ginger (rust; B), 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3) skeins; #175 cinnamon (dark brown; C), 2 skeins; #192 amethyst (purple; D), 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skein(s); #161 avocado (light green; E), 1 skein; #158 pine (dark green; F), 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skein(s); #152 watery (teal blue; G), 1 skein; #181 mineral (yellow; H), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s). Yarn distributed by Sirdar USA.
NEEDLES Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16″ and 32″ 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); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 23 sts and 31 rnds = 4″ in St st on larger needle.