- The English novelist Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) wrote about social issues affecting the working class and created strong female characters. This all-over cabled cardigan dedicated to her reflects the knitwear of the late 1800s. Unshaped, with low shoulders and a shawl collar, this type of cardigan was designed as menswear, but women quickly adopted it for themselves. Gaskell comes in two lengths, with the longer version also including pockets and a deep welt. The body is knitted in flat pieces before being joined at the shoulders. The boxy shape, dropped shoulders and deep sleeves make Gaskell perfect for layering over other pieces.
Gaskell is knitted using Susan Crawford Barn a DK weight, worsted spun yarn that is delightfully smooth and soft, created from a blend of Jacobs and Shetland fibres spun exclusively for us in a nearby Yorkshire mill.
Gaskell is shown here in two colour ways.
Colourway One (Long Length) uses shade:
Colourway two (Short Length) uses shade:
Samples shown in sizes 2 / Long length (on Ruth) and 3 / Short length (on Susan).
The pattern includes instructions for seven sizes to fit chest measurements between 81cm (32in) and 152cm (60in) and contains both clear written pattern directions, together with charted instructions for the cable pattern.
Susan Crawford Barn, 100% British wool, a unique blend of Jacob, white Shetland and black Shetland fleeces,DK weight (225m / 246yds per 100g skein approx)
7 (8, 8, 9) (10, 11, 12) skeins, shade Foggy Morning
7 (7, 8, 9) (9, 10, 11) skeins, shade Tannin
Small Needles: 4 mm (US 6) circular needle (80-100 cm / 30-40 in)
Large Needles: 1 pair of 5 mm (US 8) needles or 5mm (US 8) circular needle (80-100 cm / 30-40 in)
22 sts and 27.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 in over double moss stitch worked flat, after blocking. We obtained this gauge using 5 mm needles.
5 mm (US 8) cable needle, stitch markers, 6 buttons (Long length), 4 buttons (Short length), tapestry needle