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Here's a true study in mixed textures.
This cocoon-style cardigan prominently features a gorgeous open lace panel in the back.
Then, ribbed dolman sleeves are knit out from the sides of the back panel to provide a tailored contrast and create the cocoon shape.
A striking, yet delicate, banana leaf panel embellishes both the shaped shawl collar and the optional sleeve cuffs.
This is a conversation-starting piece that will give you a variety of stitches and techniques to work on and combine for a gratifying result.
Sample is knit up in Berroco Ultra Alpaca – a yarn that gives spectacular stitch definition with enough softness and color sophistication to carry off this design.
ERRATA fixed 7/9/14: p. 4, Candlelight Lace CHART ONLY: Middle of Row 10, sts 24 and 20 should be black dots. Fixed 6/22/14: p. 4, Candlelight Lace: end of Row 17 should be "k2tog, k1" instead of "k2" for written and chart instructions. All purchases after fixed dates are corrected pdfs.
Finished Knit Measurements: Cuff to Cuff: 46 ½ (48 ½, 51 ¾, 55 ¼)" [118 (123, 131.5, 140.5) cm]; w/o 6" long Cuffs: 34 ½ (36 ½, 39 ¾, 43 ¼)" [87.5 (92.5, 101, 110) cm]. TO FIT SIZES: XS (S/M, L/1X, 2X) or Bust Sizes 28-30 (32-38, 40-46, 48-50)" [71-76 (81.5-96.5, 101.5-117, 122-127) cm]. NOTE: If trying to decide between sizes, choose based on desired total length and "wingspan." The schematic in the pdf pattern has full measurements.
Yarn Used: Berocco Ultra Alpaca (50% Alpaca, 50% Wool; 3.5 oz [100 g]; 215 yds [198 m] per hank): 6 (6, 7, 8) hanks in Steel Cut Oats #6214 with Cuffs; 6 (6, 7, 7) hanks without Cuffs.
Pattern Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Rev St st.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A worsted weight yarn in an alpaca wool blend with a gauge of 4 - 5 sts = 1" [2.5 cm] on size 8 needles [5 mm].
Total Yardage Required: 1190 (1240, 1430, 1580) [1088 (1134, 1308, 1445) m] with Cuffs; 1120 (1175, 1360, 1500) yds) [1024 (1074, 1244, 1372) cm] without Cuffs.
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
If you have a yarn substitute to suggest for this project, email us!
Knitting Needles Used: Size 8 [5 mm]: 20" [50 cm] or longer circular needle OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE.
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Posted by Beth Giorgianni on 3rd Aug 2014
I just finished attaching the collar to my tabitha cocoon. I am very pleased with the results. I used Cascade Highland Duo yarn
It has a great feel.
The pattern has a lot of ribbing which can get boring, so I did the collar at the same time to break up the pattern.
Another great sweaterbabe pattern, looking forward to any new patterns.
Posted by Denise H. on 13th Jul 2014
I just dug out all of my Ultra Alpaca out of my stash. I have enough in a dark green and a pumpkin color. Decided to use the pumpkin. I've printed and read through the pattern-no questions, it's all clear and understandable. I'll be starting it this week. Love the pattern, love the look, love the Ultra Alpaca!! What more could a knitter want? Once again, Katherine has designed a winner!
Posted by Suzanne on 12th Jul 2014
This is a beautiful pattern!! Despite the fact that I am not an experienced knitter, I loved the pattern so much I decided to give it a try. I had a couple questions which I posted on the Ravelry Sweater Babe discussion board and got answers quickly. I would have given the pattern 5 stars except the printing on the lace charts, particularly the candlelight lace chart, is a bit light and fuzzy.