Back Cove

$12.50

This woodsy, cabled cardigan is a perfect match for a chilly fall hike – or thinking about a chilly fall hike at another time of the year! I designed it for my fall 2016 “make wear love” retreat, and features simple-to-knit but intricate-looking basketweave cables on the front and back. The sleeves, hem, and mock turtleneck are trimmed with a classic 2×2 ribbing, but the cardigan is closed with a tidy i-cord edge.

To ensure that the cable panels don't overlap with any shaping, Back Cove is a straight-sided design.

Please note that Back Cove Cardigan is available as a custom-gauge, custom-size pattern via my CustomFit custom pattern generator. Upon purchase, you'll receive a credit for a custom version of Back Cove and instructions on how to create it.

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Description

Please note that Back Cove Cardigan is available as a custom-gauge, custom-size pattern via my CustomFit custom pattern generator. Upon purchase, you’ll receive a credit for a custom version of Back Cove and instructions on how to create it.

This woodsy, cabled cardigan is a perfect match for a chilly fall hike – or thinking about a chilly fall hike at another time of the year! I designed it for my fall 2016 “make wear love” retreat, and features simple-to-knit but intricate-looking basketweave cables on the front and back. The sleeves, hem, and mock turtleneck are trimmed with a classic 2×2 ribbing, but the cardigan is closed with a tidy i-cord edge. To ensure that the cable panels don’t overlap with any shaping, Back Cove is a straight-sided design.

Sizing

Back Cove is available as a custom-gauge, custom-size pattern for the yarn and measurements of your choice via CustomFit. It’s shown here on Amy in an “women’s average” with a straight silhouette, but is available with a other fits as well.

Gauge

Your own customized version of the Back Cove pattern will be written to your gauge, whatever it may be. I recommend something in the vicinity of a DK or light worsted, though, to keep the cables at the scale shown here.

Materials

I used Green Mountain Spinnery Alpaca Elegance for this sample, in the color “Ceylon”. I love Alpaca Elegance – the woolenspun construction of the yarn gives it incredible lightness, the alpaca gives it just a touch of drape, and the tweedy, nubby look of the yarn is a perfect complement to the design.

I liked it at a gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch; at that gauge, for a standard size 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)” / 76 (81.5, 86.5, 91.5, 96.5, 101.5, 106.5, 112, 122, 132, 142, 152.5) cm sweater you’ll need approximately 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13) hanks. My sweater, an extra-long 42” garment, used 10 hanks.

If you are substituting yarns, please keep to a roughly DK / light worsted gauge to preserve the scale of the cable. If you must use a different weight yarn, to keep the proportion of the garment, smaller knitters might consider going a touch lighter weight; larger knitters might consider going a touch heavier weight.

Construction

Back Cove is worked in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed, with set-in sleeves.

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