winding and waiting

Yarn, including the luscious Malabrigo, just waiting to be knit up…I’m thinking BPT from knitty for the Malabrigo. I swear I’m not trying to copy you, Rebekkah!

Various WIPs, all sadly neglected. Boohooo.

But! I have finished a couple of scarves – the brioche alpaca one, and the black cashmere one! Really feeling the scarves lately. That means I’ve settled on the scarf version of Clapotis in the Ultramerino seen above!

Brioche Scarf
2 skeins Inca Alpaca Sport, 6.5 mm needles, 16 stitches (I think).

1 skein Handmaiden 4-ply cashmere in black, 4 mm needles, mistake rib.

Cavern the Pattern

Here it is finally – the pattern for the Cavern Cardi.

Cavern Cardigan
Cavern is a top-down cardigan in one piece. It features a seed stitch edging, almost-straight sleeves, cropped length and front tie-closure.

Inspired by glampyre’s minisweater pattern.

M (to fit 36” bust)

4 skeins Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (215 yd/100g)
4.5 mm 24” circular needle
4.5 mm dpns or 16” circular
3.5 mm crochet hook

18 sts/24 rows in 4”/10 cm square


Cast on 71 stitches.
Work 9 rows seed stitch:
All rows: *k1, p1* across to last stitch, k1.

Switch to stockinette stitch on next row.
Next row (RS): (k1, p1) twice, k8, pm, k11, pm, k25, pm, k11, pm, k8, (p1, k1) twice.

The row is set up like this:
12-11-25-11-12 stitches

You will be keeping the first and last 5 stitches in seed stitch – knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches.

Next row (WS): 5 sts seed st, purl across to last 5, 5 stitches seed st.
Increase row (RS): 5 sts seed st, *k to 1 before marker, kfb, sl m, kfb*, repeat * to * three more times, k to last 5 sts, 5 sts seed st.

Repeat the last 2 rows a total of 21 times (total 42 rows). End with right side facing for next row.

Separate sleeves and body: 5 sts seed st, *knit to next marker, slip stitches between next 2 markers onto scrap yarn*, repeat * to * once, knit to last 5 stitches, 5 sts seed st.

Try on your sweater to adjust raglan length to fit.

Work one WS row even.

Increase row: 5 sts seed st, k1, m1, k to last 6 stitches, m1, k1, 5 sts seed st.
Work one WS row even.

Repeat these last 2 rows 13 times (total 26 rows) or until the two fronts meet to your satisfaction.

Discontinue increases and continue evenly in pattern, keeping first and last 5 stitches in seed stitch and the rest of the body in stockinette stitch, until piece measures 10 inches from underarm or 1 inch less than desired length.

Work 1” seed stitch.

Bind off all stitches loosely.

Place stitches from one sleeve section onto dpn or small circular. Rejoin yarn and pick up and knit one stitch from body underarm. Place marker and begin knitting in the round.
Knit 12 rounds.

Decrease round: k1, ssk, k to 3 before marker, k2tog, k1.
Knit 5 rounds even.

Repeat these 6 rounds a total of 6 times or until desired narrowness.

Discontinue decreases and knit evenly until sleeve measures 17.5” from underarm or 1” less than desired length.

Work 1” seed stitch.

Bind off all stitches.

Pick the point on the fronts where you want the ties to be and mark on each side of front with safety pins. Using crochet hook, pick up one stitch from marked spot. Chain 10”, the work one row slip stitch back to the beginning of the chain. End with a slip stitch into the front edge of cardigan and bind off. Repeat for the other side of cardi. Weave in ends.

Let me know if you make one!

two burning questions

1) How do you pronounce “malabrigo”? I sell the stuff, I should maybe learn how to say it!


something else?

2) What should I make with this lovely lone skein of Ultramerino? I was originally going to do a pair of purdy socks, but I want to be able to wear this every day and show it off! So my other ideas include a scarfy Clapotis like Jessica’s or a pair of mittens. What you do think?