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Soledad

by Annika Barranti

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This sweater has existed in my mind for years now, ever since we started taking our son hiking in the high desert of Southern California. There is a road called Soledad Canyon Road that winds through the landscape past rock and scrub. Soledad the sweater grew organically from the idea of that road, and when I discovered the perfect cable in a stitch dictionary everything just fell into place.

 

SweetGeorgia


 


Sizes

1 [2, 4, 6, 8, 10] years
Shown in size 6

Finished Measurements

Chest circumference: 21 [23¼, 25¼, 27½, 29¾, 31¼] inches (to fit with 10-12% positive ease)
Finished Length: 13[13½, 15¾, 15¾, 19½, 21¾] inches

Materials

Sweet Georgia Yarns Superwash DK [100% superwash merino wool; 252 yards / 229 meters per 4 ounce / 115 gram hank];

Bison; 2 [2, 2, 3, 3, 4] hanks

Recommended needle sizes

US #5 / 3.75 mm 16[16, 24, 24, 24, 24] inch circular needle
US #5 / 3.75 mm set of 5 dpns or 40 inch circular needle for magic loop
US #4 / 3.50 mm 16[16, 24, 24, 24, 24] inch circular needle
US #4 / 3.50 mm set of 5 dpns or 40 inch circular needle for magic loop

Notions

Cable needle
8 st markers (1 in a different color than the others to mark eor)
Waste yarn or stitch holders
Tapestry needle

Gauge

22 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch using larger needles
1 repeat of cable pattern = 3 inches square
Gauge is critical for this design.

Pattern Notes

Download and view chart

Soledad is worked in one piece from the bottom up. Mirrored traveling cables move up the sides to the underarm. Sleeves are worked separately and joined to the body. Half of the cable continues up the front raglan "seam" and the yoke is shaped with raglan decreases.

It is vital to achieve row gauge in order for the cable to line up properly at the yoke. If your gauge is off, please be sure to try blocking your swatch or to swatch in pattern to be certain the sweater will be the correct length. If in doubt about size, always go longer!

The cable panel is the same in every size, which gives a slightly different look but also makes sizing easier to adapt if needed. The cable is adapted from Harmony Stitch Guide Volume 5: 220 Aran Stitches.

3/3 RC: Slip 3 k sts to cable needle and hold behind work, k3, k3 from cable needle
3/3 LC: Slip 3 k sts to cable needle and hold in front of work, k3, k3 from cable needle
3/1 LPC: Slip 3 k sts to cable needle and hold in front of work, p1, k3 from cable needle
3/1 RPC: Slip 1 p st to cable needle and hold behind work, k3, p1 from cable needle

The sample uses a tubular cast-on and bind-off, but to keep the project at intermediate level, the pattern calls for a long tail cast-on. You can substitute tubular if you wish! To make this work, cast on two fewer stitches than your cast on number, adjust to 2x2 ribbing, and increase 1 stitch for the 3-stitch section of the cable; the 6-stitch cable will have 2 purl stitches in the center; simply change those to knit sts at the first cable cross; the 6-stitch purl section will have 2 knit stitches in the center, which will remain knits until the cable crosses them at rows 8/9 and 19/20.

W&T: on the knit side, knit to designated stitch, bring yarn to front, slip stitch to right needle, bring yarn to back, turn work. On the purl side, purl to designated stitch, bring yarn to back, slip stitch to right needle, bring yarn to front, turn work.

The sample uses socktopus's shadow wraps short row method, which some knitters may prefer to w&t short rows.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round, knitting from a chart, cables, basic decreases, short rows

 

Sleeves (Make 2)

With smaller needle, cast on 36[36, 40, 40, 44, 44] sts, pm, and join for working in the rnd.
Work in k2, p2 rib for 1½[1½, 1¾, 1¾, 2, 2] inches.
Switch to larger needles and knit 1 rnd
*Increase Rnd: K1, m1L, knit to last st, m1R, k1.
Work 1 inch in St st.
Repeat from * 1[3, 1, 3, 3, 3] times more: 40[44, 44, 48, 52, 52] sts. Continue in St st until sleeve measures 8[8½, 10½, 11½, 12½, 13½  ] inches from cast-on, or desired length to underarm.
Next Rnd: Knit to last 4 sts, bind off next 8 sts (removing marker), knit to end.
Place 32[36, 36, 40, 44, 44] sts on waste yarn or stitch holder.

Body

With smaller needle, cast on 122[130, 146, 154, 170, 178] sts, pm, and join for working in the rnd.
Rnd 1: P2, k6, p6, k3, p2, pm, (k2, p2) 10[11, 13, 14, 16, 17] times, k2, pm, p2, k3, p6, k6, p2, pm, (k2, p2) 10[11, 13, 14, 16, 17] times,
k2.

Work in established ribbing for 3 rnds, then begin charted cable repeat as follows: Work row 1[12, 12, 1, 12, 1] of chart, work ribbing across sweater front, work row 12[1, 1, 12, 1, 12] of chart, work ribbing across back of sweater.
Continue working cable pattern between markers and ribbing for front and back until ribbing measures 1½[1½, 1¾, 1¾, 2, 2] inches.
Switch to larger needles.
Begin working front and back in St st, continuing cables between side markers. Work cable chart 2½ [2½, 3, 3, 4, 4½] times. Body length is approximately 8[8, 9½, 9½, 12½, 14] inches.
Next Rnd: P2, bind off next 7 sts, p1, c6f, p2, sl m, k to marker, p2, c6b, bind off next 7 sts, k1, p2, sl m, knit to end.

Join Sleeves
P2, pm, k32[36, 36, 40, 44, 44] sleeve sts, pm, p2, k6, p2, sl m, k42[46, 54, 58, 66, 70] body sts, sl m, p2, k6, p2, sl m, k32[36, 36, 40, 44, 44] sleeve sts, pm, p2, sl m, k42[46, 54, 58, 66, 70] body sts. 172[188, 204, 220, 244, 252] sts.

Detail

Yoke

Rnd 1 (Decrease rnd): P2, sl m, ssk, knit to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sl m, p2, k6, p2, sl m, ssk, knit to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sl m, p2, k6, p2, sl m, ssk, knit to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sl m, p2, sl m, ssk, k to 2 sts before m, k2tog: 164[180, 196, 212, 236, 244] sts.
Rnd 2: P2, sl m, knit to m, sl m, p2, k6, p2, sl m, knit to m, sl m, p2, k6, p2, sl m, knit to m, sl m, p2, sl m, knit to end
Rnd 3 (Decrease rnd): P2, sl m, ssk, knit to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sl m, p2, c6f, p2, sl m, ssk, knit to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sl m, p2, c6b, p2, sl m, ssk, knit to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sl m, p2, sl m, ssk, knit to 2 sts before m, k2tog: 156[172, 188, 204, 228, 236] sts.
Rnd 4: P2, sl m, knit to m, sl m, p2, k6, p2, sl m, knit to m, sl m, p2, k6, p2, sl m, knit to m, sl m, p2, sl m, knit to end

Repeat Rnds 1-4, 4[5, 6, 6, 7, 8] times; raglan "seam" measures approx. 3½[4, 4½, 4½, 5, 5¾] inches from join: 92[92, 92, 108, 116, 108] sts.

Size 8 Only: Work Rnd 1 one time more: 108 sts.

All Sizes
Work one more round, decreasing sleeve sts only: 88[88, 88, 104, 104, 104] sts, 26[26, 26, 30, 30, 30] each at front and back, 6[6, 6, 10, 10, 10] at each sleeve, plus columns of purl sts and cables.

Short Rows
Work short rows to raise back neck.
Work in pattern to 2 sts before second marker, w&t. Work past eor marker to 2 sts before second marker, w&t, *work to 6 sts before wrapped st, w&t. work to 6 sts before wrapped st, w&t; repeat from * 0[0, 1, 1, 1, 2] times more. Knit to eor marker.
Knit around sweater one time in pattern, knitting wrapped sts together with wraps.

Collar

Switch to smaller needles and begin ribbing: p2, (k2, p2) 2[2, 2, 3, 3, 3] times, c6f, p2, (k2, p2) across front, c6b, (p2, k2) to end.
Work in established ribbing, cabling every fourth round, for 1½[1½, 1¾, 1¾, 2, 2] inches. Bind off loosely in ribbing with larger needles or using a stretchy bind-off such as EZ's sewn bind-off.

Detail

FINISHING

Sew underarm seams, taking care to line up the bound off stitches as well as you can (7 sts are bound off on the body and 8 on the sleeve). Weave in all ends, taking care to close up any holes.

Detail

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Annika is a knitter and mother of two in Southern California. She blogs at Through the Looking Glass (noirbettie.com) and you can email her at noirbettie@gmail.com.

 

 

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