Snuggle up all winter in the Silver Birch cardigan. This lofty piece marries a wrap and a sweater, hugging your shoulders and ensuring you will feel cozy whenever you wear it. The design was inspired by the textures of a forest – a maze of beautiful trees in various shapes and sizes, symbolized through the many cable motifs that decorate the sweater. The silvery white, textured, peeling bark of birch trees served as inspiration for the collar in which a luxurious eyelash yarn gives a frayed appearance.
SIZES XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X] Shown in Small size, modeled with 3.5 inches / 9 cm ease at Back Bust.
Needles: US Size 11 (8 mm) 24-40” circular and set of DPNs or size needed to obtain gauge US Size 13 (9 mm) 24-40” circular and set of DPNs (or your preferred needle for knitting small circumferences) or size needed to obtain gauge Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch markers, removable stitch markers, cable needle, stitch holders or waste yarn
Note: It is recommended to work two swatches: one following the Left or Right Front Chart (Sizes XS-1X), and one in Moss Stitch pattern. Gauge is always taken after blocking.
20-st Front Panel (XS-1X) measures 7.25 inches/18.5 cm wide, using larger needles and Yarn A only 9 sts/15 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Moss Stitch, using larger needles with one strand each of colors A and B held together 11 sts/16 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Moss Stitch with smaller needles, using color A only
This cardigan is worked flat in pieces and seamed. The body is comprised of three rectangles, each worked from the bottom up. The front pieces wrap around the back of the work and are joined at the center back using the three-needle bind off.
When working the Fronts, a single strand of color B is held together with Yarn A for half of the panel, then dropped and the remainder of the panel is worked with a single strand of Yarn A. This creates a fluffy, frayed-like collar.
When placing markers to mark armhole/shoulder placement, ensure that the RS of the work is facing.