Tucson was one of the first patterns for the Wild West Collection. I wanted to design something with a bit of flare — the bicolored cables, contrast color inside hem, contrast color edging to the collar and button band — but something very classic and wearable. Like nearly all of my sweater designs, this one features flattering waist shaping.
I wanted to make a tailored, versatile cardigan that you can dress up or down.
I found the shell buttons at a local antique store, and sewed them on shiny-side down, so you get the cream, gray, browns and taupes of the “wrong” side.
The sweater is knit from the top down, with stitches picked up from the shoulder straps, fronts and back joined at the armholes, and continued in one piece.
The sleeves are worked by picking up stitches along the armhole, working short rows for the cap shaping, then continuing in the round.
Waist shaping is easily modified, as decreases and increases occur in the stockinette panels adjacent to the cabled panels.
Total length is also easily modified in the hem–to–armhole area by working even longer prior to hip decreases, by working the waist longer, or by working even longer after the bust increases.
Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)
Bust: 30½ (34½, 38½, 42½, 46½, 50½, 54½)in / 77.5 (88, 98, 108, 118.5, 128.5, 138.5)cm
Length: 20½ (20¾, 21¾, 22¼, 23¼, 23½, 23¾)in / 52 (52.5, 55.5, 56.5, 59, 59.5, 60.5)cm
See schematic for full measurements.
Black Water Abbey 2 Ply Sportweight, 100% wool, (330 yds / 300m per 3½oz / 100g), 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins (1100 (1240, 1420, 1590, 1780, 1940, 2100) yds MC; 1 skein CC. Shown in Autumn (MC) & Ash Violet (CC). Also available in 82 yds / 25g.
US4 / 3.5mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge
US3 / 3.25mm needles (or 1 size smaller than needles used to obtain gauge) for ribbing
20 sts and 28 rows in 4in / 10cm in St st
Twisted stitch motifs average 9 sts in 1in / 2.5cm
(8) stitchmarkers; (6) ¾in buttons; waste yarn or extra needle for provisional cast on; yarn needle
twisted stitches, cabling, simple intarsia and stranding for cables, picking up stitches