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Riverbend Cardigan Project

Riverbend Cardigan Project

"Instant gratification garment knitting."

Pam had a terrific time knitting this chunky, open-gauge cardigan in Brooklyn Tweed's new Quarry yarn. It's a quick, satisfying knit and a perfect wardrobe staple for the cooler days to come.

The cutaway, higher front leaves angles over the hips (so flattering!), and the wide V-neckline leaves room for a statement shirt collar or scarf. Layer it over a classic white shirt, as shown in the pattern, or go a bit funky and easy over a tank top.

The finished cardi we show here has been assembled with the reverse-stockinette stitch side as the RS, but the knitter may choose to assemble it with the smooth, knit side as the RSyou can make that decision at assembly.

Pick up the pattern below, and then choose a shade of Quarry. The "Basic Details" tab will tell you how many skeins are needed for your size. (Please note that if you don't see the pattern below, that means we are temporarily sold out. But we'll have more again soon, so please check back!)

This cardigan is designed for approx. 4–6" of ease.
Finished bust: 35(39½, 44, 48½, 53, 57½)"/89 (100.5, 112, 123, 135, 146)cm circumference at bust, buttoned closed. Sample on dressform size 44 in Lazulite. Shown on pattern model in size 39½ in Sulphur (with 5" ease).

4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Quarry (200 yds/125m each).
Or approx. 695 (780, 875, 970, 1085, 1175) yds/636 (713, 800, 887, 992, 1074)m of a chunky-weight wool yarn.

US 15 (10mm) 32"/80cm circular needle, or size to obtain gauge.
US 11- 13 (8–9mm) 32"/80cm circular needle, or 1-2 US sizes/1–2mm smaller than gauge needle.
Large stitch markers; stitch holders or waste yarn; spare circular needle, several sizes smaller than gauge needle, for picking up stitches; darning needle to finish; a few yards of a firmly-spun worsted-weight yarn in a similar color for seaming.
Four 7/8–1"/22–25mm buttons and four ½"/13mm backer buttons.

10-2/3 sts/15 rows = 4"/10cm in reverse stockinette stitch on larger needle, after blocking.

Our sample knitter used a US 11/8mm needle to work the button band. She also worked the buttonholes a bit differently than in the pattern, raising the top button to the height of the beginning of the 'V' neck shaping, as follows: on the Buttonhole Row, she worked 8 stitches between buttonholes rather than the 6 called for in the buttonhole pattern repeat.

Because of the softly spun nature of Quarry, some knitters prefer to do their seaming with a firmly spun yarn in a similar color; alternatively, you may add twist into the yarn ) as you seam to add tensile strength (twisting it in the same direction as it is plied).

When weaving in ends, twist the yarn several times in the same direction in which it is plied before threading the tapestry needle with the yarn end. Add more twist as you sew, if necessary. You may wish to weave in the ends as you go.

Riverbend Cardigan, 12 page printed pattern (requires shipping).

COLOR: Moonstone.

COLOR: Geode.

COLOR: Slate.

COLOR: Lazulite.

COLOR: Serpentine.

COLOR: Sulphur.

COLOR: Hematite.

COLOR: Flint.

COLOR: Alabaster.

COLOR: Gypsum.