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“Mrs. Jennings was perfectly convinced of it. It would be an 
> excellent match, for he was rich and she was handsome.” —Sense and Sensibility, Vol. 1, Ch. 8

Manly yet sensitive, in the end Colonel Brandon is the perfect match for Marianne Dashwood. And his sweater embodies their story: Hartshorn Cable is the central motif (Marianne is dosed with hartshorn after she encounters the feckless Willoughby in town), Waves of Honey highlight the sweet reward of Marianne’s hand after all the colonel suffers, and the Alternating Cables embody the dichotomy of Colonel Brandon’s persona: romantic hero with his poor Eliza versus wearer of flannel waistcoats in Marianne’s initial impression. The seamless hybrid yoke allows the cables to wrap up around and square off the shoulders, while garter stitch creates a crisp collar, cuffs, and hem.


38 1/4 (41 1/4, 45 1/4, 48 1/2, 54 1/4, 58 1/4)“ bust/chest circumference. Sweater shown measures 38 1/4”


Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% wool; 140 yd 128 m / 13/4 oz 50 g): birdbook (medium green), 10 (11, 12, 14, 15, 17) skeins


Size 6 (4 mm): 16” and 29” circulars and a set of double-pointed (DPN). Adjust needle size if necessary to achieve the correct gauge.


Markers (m); removable m; cable needle (cn); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle


18 sts and 25 rnds = 4” in St st

Hartshorn Cable chart = 3” wide

16 sts of Double Moss Stitch chart = 4” wide

Alternating Cable chart = 11/4” wide

12 sts of Wave of Honey chart = 21/4” wide


Originally published in Jane Austen Knits 2015

Photographs: Nicholas Dames
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