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Jenny at the Fair

By">Mary Jane Mucklestone

Every year Rhinebeck creeps up and surprises me. Suddenly I need a sweater that is both fun and fast to knit, and comfortable no matter what the weather brings. A gently fitted colourwork cardigan hitting just below the bum was this year's solution. It's cute and swingy unbuttoned for warm weather, perfectly comfy when buttoned, and has just enough ease for additional layering should temperatures plunge.

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A worsted weight yarn with crisp stitch definition that will show off the strong yoke design is ideal, wool or wool blends with a bit of elasticity will work best.
Shown in Shelridge Farm W4 (100% wool, 220yds/201m, 3.5oz/100g) in MC: Bordeaux and CC: Spanish Moss.

20 sts and 28 rnds = 4" / 10cm in st st in the rnd.
20 sts and 24 rnds = 4" / 10cm in colourwork.

US 7 - 4.5 mm

Finished chest circumference: 32[34, 37, 39, 42] (44, 47, 49, 52) [54, 57, 59, 62]" / 81.5[86.5, 94, 99, 106.5] (112, 119.5, 124.5, 132) [137, 145, 150, 157.5]cm.
Shown in size 39" with 2" / 5cm of positive ease.

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    The V-neckline is smart and cool on its own, yet invites a scarf or cowl for added warmth. Lively, easy-to-memorize colourwork patterns flow into an even easier peerie pattern for the upper body and raglan yoke. Sneaky pockets for stashing vendors’ cards offer a wee jolt of unexpected colour. Nash Island yarn makes the garment perfect. It is thick enough to make the work go quickly, yet lofty, so although the sweater is long, it is light as a feather! Jani, the colour wizard of Starcroft Fiber, has developed a gorgeous colour palette: all the shades look lovely together no matter what the combination, making it simple to customize your own version of this sweater.

    Worked from the bottom up, the lower body ribbing is worked back and forth in rows, and then joined with centre front steek stitches for working in the round, making the colourwork sections easy and fun to knit. Sleeves are knit in the round up to where they are joined with the sweater body. Then the yoke is worked in the round. V-neck shaping and raglan armhole shaping are worked simultaneously. When the body is complete, the steek is reinforced with a line of slip-stitch crochet, and cut down the centre … not to fear! This is a great first project for steeking. The sweater is finished with a ribbed button band.



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  • YARN

    A non-superwash woolly wool yarn that blooms well. Starcroft Nash Island Light (175yds / 160m, 3.5 oz. / 100g) shown in MC: pine cone, CC1: lobster bake, CC2: acorn, CC3: finch and CC4: cove.

    MC: 750850, 900, 1000150, 1250)yds / 700800, 850, 900050, 1150)m
    CC1: 110[110, 110, 120] (120, 120, 120)yds / 100[100, 100, 110] (110, 110, 110)m
    CC2: 75[75, 80, 80] (80, 85, 85)yds / 70[70, 75, 75] (75, 80, 80)m
    CC3: 45[50, 50, 55] (60, 65, 70)yds / 45[50, 50, 55] (60, 65, 70)
    CC4: 45[45, 45, 50] (50, 50, 50)yds / 45[45, 45, 50] (50, 50, 50)m

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