Mock Cable Cardigan
Doesn't this picture have a wonderful fresh spring feel? As if summer is just around the corner. It looks just right with a summer dress, to fling casually over the shoulders for those cooler English summer breezes - or for a more formal look - buttoned up with a scarf plus a narrow tweed skirt (and possibly gloves!) to complete the outfit (see photo at the end).
This design has been calling to me for quite some time but as usual I have yet to find the time to try it out. So here it is untested.
"raglan armholes and and firm ribbed bands for this useful cardigan in white to go with everything"
Figures in bold blue given in brackets, refer to the larger size; where
only one figure is given, this refers to all sizes.
With No 13 needles cast on 123 (133) stitches
and work 10 rows in k1/p1 rib, starting the first row, k1.
1st row (right side facing): *
p3, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, p3.
These 4 rows form the pattern.
Continue straight in pattern until back measures 12½ (13)
inches at centre.
Now with right side facing, shape shoulders as follows:
Left. With No 13 needles, cast on 58 (63)
sts and work 10 rows in k1/p1 rib as before.
With right side facing, shape armholes by casting off 5 (5) stitches at the beginning of the next row, then k2tog at this edge on every following alternate row until 48 (53) stitches remain. Work straight until back measures 20 (20½)inches, ending with a wrong side row.
Now with right side facing, shape shoulder and neck edge as follows:
Next row (armhole edge): cast off
3 (4) stitches; pattern to end.
Continue in pattern, decreasing 1 stitch at the neck edge on the next
15 (15) rows, and at the same time
shape at the shoulder edge by casting off 3 (4)
stitches; at the beginning of the next and following 3 alternate rows,
then 3 (3) stitches at the beginning of the
following 5 alternate rows.
Work as for left front reversing all shapings.
With No 13 needles, cast on 59 (59) sts, and work 2½ inches k1/p1 rib, increasing 4sts evenly across on last row. [63 (63) sts]
Change to No 8 needles and work pattern as for back, shaping sides by increasing 1 stitch at each end of the 7th and every following 6th row, until there are 97 (97) sts, taking the eextra stitches into the pattern as they are made.
Work straight until sleeve measures 16 inches or required length.
With right side facing, shape top by casting off 2 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows.
Repeat from ** to **
3(5) times more: [85 (81)
Next row(right side facing): p2,
Front Borders and Neckband
Pin sleeves into armholes - top of sleeve fits right across shoulders to neck edge. Sew carefully in position.
Front Borders: With No 13 needles, cast on 13 stitches and work
a strip in k1/p1 rib to go up right front, round back of neck, and down
Sew border strip in position as you go along.
To Make Up
Press parts only very lightly on wrong side under a damp cloth.
A word on the wool.
Yarns called "quick knit" "quickerknit" and such variations evolved as a compromise for baby designs. They were half way between traditional DK and 4 ply.
These days, there are quite a few yarns that might have a suitably similar tension as "light weight" double knits.
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino ( 125m per 50g ball) is one such yarn being of superb quality, highly practical, and knitting to this convenient gauge. If I were going to knit this cardigan, this is what I would use.
BUT - how much you might need is open to question. Most of the baby quick-knits
were blended or completely synthetic and thus probably had a better yardage
than pure wools. The name of the original yarn "Botany" implies
it might have been a pure wool but who knows what "Patonised"
implied and I have no idea of the yardage.
The French manufacturer Phildar has traditionally offered ranges in this kind of yarn weight, but in practical wool/synthetic blends, currently for example: Laine Merino Alpaga, Phildar Partner 3.5, Fil Oxygene - all coming in at around 110-130m per 50g equivalent.
Bergere de France is a manufacturer whose yarns I know little of but they seem to have at least two suitable offerings eg: Annecy, Coton Fifty.
It was a bit of a surprise to me to find that I can't find much in the
way of baby yarns with this designation any more.