A neat cardigan worked top down, with hour-glass cables
Laxtons Sheepsoft DK (100% British Wool (Blue Faced Leicester / Masham blend) 220m/240yds per 100g skein)
Carleton: 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins
Check sizing table for garment dimensions. If you wish to add length to body or sleeves, you may need an extra skein of yarn.
Needles and Notions
Gauge-size and below gauge-size circular needles of appropriate lengths for working body
Gauge-size and below gauge-size needle(s) of your preferred type for working small circumferences
Gauge-size dpn for working i-cord
Waste yarn for holding stitches
8-12 buttons, approximately 1.5-2cm / ½-1in diameter
22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm / 4in over stockinette in the round and back and forth using gauge-size needle. Use 4mm needle as a starting point for swatching.
If your gauge has a tendency to draw in over small circumferences, you may need to go up a needle size when working sleeves.
Finished bust circumference (with overlapped front bands): 84 (87.5, 91.5, 99, 105.5, 109, 119.5, 127, 134.5, 141, 152.5) cm / 33 (34½, 36, 39, 41½, 43, 47, 50, 53, 55½, 60) in
(finished measurements take account of the drawing-in effect of the cable panels)
Select the size above your actual bust measurement with the amount of ease preferred. Shown in the second size.
This cardigan is worked from the top down, casting on a few stitches, placing cable panels for sleeves and back, and increasing in pattern to shape the upper body and front neckline. Stitches are then cast on for each front, where two further cable panels are placed, before shaping the sleeves and upper body with raglan increases. Sleeve caps are divided and set aside, then the body is worked to the desired length. Sleeves are picked up and worked top-down, before front bands and neck edging are worked. I-cord buttonholes complete the cardigan.