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Constant Companion

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  • A simple knit, the Constant Companion cardigan knits up quickly and is both an enjoyable knit for seasoned knitters and also a great introduction to Fair Isle knitting for beginners. Susan was inspired to recreate a favourite cardigan that she has worn for many years. Constant Companion is the result. The simple elegant shape and beautiful yoke make this a cardigan you will reach for again and again.

    The cardigan is knitted in one piece from the bottom up, and is written to be worked back and forth until it is joined together into the round to knit the Fair Isle yoke. At this point a small steek section is worked and serves as a great starting point for anyone scared of steeking. For more experienced knitters it is simple to work the steek from commencement of the body to avoid purl rows if preferred.

    Sleeves are knitted separately and then joined to the body at the armhole divide and from there the garment is knitted in one piece. A moss stitch button band is picked up and worked after the body is completed.

    A wide range of sizes are provided in the pattern to fit from a 28 inch chest to a 62 inch chest.

    The cardigan is knitted in Excelana DK 100% British wool from Susan Crawford.

    Susan is wearing the 4th size knitted in Pomegranate with additional contrast colours on the yoke of Olea, Tansy and Snowdrop.

    Charlie is wearing the 2nd size knitted in Olea with additional contrast colours on the yoke of Heliotrope, Tansy and Snowdrop.

    The pattern contains full written instructions as well as full colour charted instructions and clear schematic diagrams.

    A yarn kit is available to accompany this pattern.
  • Sizing
    192cm x 46cm (75.5-18in)

    Yarn
    Susan Crawford Excelana DK, 100% British wool (247m / 270yds per 100g skein)
    4(4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins, shade Pomegranate or Olea
    1 skein each of Snowdrop, Tansy and Olea or Heliotrope

    Gauges
    22 sts and 30 rows = 10cm(4in) measured over stocking stitch worked flat, after blocking. We obtained this gauge using 4mm needles.
    22 sts and 26 rows = 10cm(4in) measured over stranded colourwork knitted in the round, after blocking. We obtained this gauge using 4mm needles.

    Suggested Needles
    Small needles: 3.25mm (US 3) circular needle (80-100cm in length)
                   Set of 3.24mm (US 3) DPNs
    Large needles: 4mm (US 6) circular needle (40cm in length)
                   4mm (US 6) circular needle (80-100cm in length)
                   Set of 4mm (US 6) DPNs

    Notions
    Waste yarn or stitch holders
    Stitch markers
    11 buttons approximately 1.5cm (0.5in) in diameter
    1 metre (approx 40in) length of 1.5cm (0.5in) wide grosgrain ribbon
    Sewing needle and thread
  • Stranded colourwork
    Working in the Round
    Working from a chart
    Basic decreases
    Steeking
    Sewing on buttons and ribbon
    Blocking to size






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