Tuesday 4 July 2017

Do the twist: Barley Twist Cardigan available now!

One of the things I have been focussing on for the past couple of months is getting some of my patterns that were originally published in magazines re-released so they can be enjoyed by a wider audience. One such pattern is my Barley Twist cardigan, which was originally published in Knit Now magazine at the end of last year. At that point the pattern was available in only one size (0–3 months), and one of the things I was keen on for its re-release was expanding the size range, which I have done. As of today, the pattern is available in my Ravelry store in sizes 3 months to 12 years (covering chest sizes 40.5 cm [16.25 in] to 76 cm [30.5 in]).

The Barley Twist cardigan is my take on a traditional raglan children's cardigan. Sometimes I want to knit something simple, but with little details that maintain my interest as a knitter: the Barley Twist cardigan does exactly that. The raglan lines feature cabled details, and the A-line shape stops the body being endless stocking stitch! The cardigan is named for the cables along the raglan lines.

The cardigan is knitted top-down, and the yoke is knitted back and forth in reverse stocking stitch with a cable detail along the raglan lines, then the sleeve stitches are held and the body knitted back and forth. The body includes increases to create a gentle A-line shape, and the buttonholes and button-bands are knitted at the same time as the body and yoke. Once the body is complete, the sleeve stitches are returned to the needles, and the sleeves are knitted in the round. Instructions are given for both long and short-sleeved options.

The cardigan is knitted in aran-weight yarn (all three samples shown are knitted in MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino Aran* [100% merino wool; 80 m (87 yds) per 50 g ball] because I am completely in love with the yarn!), making it a quick and straightforward knit. And the size range means this is a pattern you can go to again and again.

Fancy picking up a copy? Head to the pattern page! And if you use the code TWIST you can get the pattern for the introductory price of £3.75 (the code is valid until 11.59pm BST, Tuesday 18th July 2017, after which the pattern will cost £4.50).

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