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Rafters Cardi in Twist Collective!

rafters_z_500_medium2Oh, I’m so excited about this one.  And now it’s out!  Rafters Cardi on Ravelry, but make sure you check out the entire Fall Twist Collective.  I love they chose an older model — she looks lovely, strong, & accomplished.

My favorite part?  The shawl collar. I love deep shawl collars, and with this pattern, I really wanted to accentuate that.

I loved working with SHELTER.  I loved that I could do a very cabled, very textured cardi but, because the yarn is woolen, not worsted, the cardi isn’t too heavy or bulky.


This cozy cardi is worked top down in one piece. It features subtle waist shaping and a deep shawl collar.

Saddle straps on worked first, with stitches picked up for the back, left front & right front. All pieces are joined & worked flat once armhole shaping is completed.

The sleeves are worked top down. Pick up stitches around the armhole, shape the sleeve caps with short rows, then continue in the round.

Pick up stitches for the button band & shawl collar. The deep shawl collar is shaped with short rows.

Bust: 32 (36, 39 ¼, 43 ¼, 47 ¾, 50 ¼, 54 ¾)” / 81.5 (91.5, 99.5, 110, 121.5, 127.5, 139)cm.  I’d intended several inches of positive ease, but the model is wearing it with no ease & it looks fantastic.

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER in Embers, 1400 – 2250 yards (1280 – 2057 m)

Needles: US6 / 4mm & US7 / 4.5mm

Gauge: 20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch

Notions: Stitch markers, cable needle, waste yarn or spare circular needle, yarn needle.

Skills: Short rows, charts, picking up stitches, cabling


4 comments… add one
  • thea August 15, 2013, 8:46 am

    It’s lovely Stephannie!!!! Collar, cables, color, the whole thing!!
    Congrats. And the model is way cool too.

  • Luise August 15, 2013, 8:49 am

    Congratulations, Stephannie! It ‘s a beautiful design!! Twist Collective is so fabulous – wonderful to see your design there!

  • Sharripie August 15, 2013, 5:31 pm

    This is one of my favorite sweaters from this issue! How do you think it would knit up in a worsted-spun yarn? I’m going to a mill next week, and all their yarn is worsted-spun. Thanks!

    • StephCat August 15, 2013, 5:39 pm

      I think fine, just warmer and heavier! Smooth multiplies worsted spun should be cozy. 🙂

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