Brontide is a top-down cabled cardigan inspired by earthquakes and seismic events. Dramatic cables emerge from reverse stockinette and — like shifting tectonic plates — move back and forth covering the circular yoke, revealing deep chasms. Smaller cables flow seamlessly down the front edges.
The cardigan is worked in one piece from the top down. Short-row shaping is used to create a rounded neckline. Waist and back shaping give this hip-length cardigan a flattering hourglass shape. The reverse stockinette sleeves are worked seamlessly as well. Stitches are then picked up for the ribbed button bands. Knitted in plump, worsted-weight yarn, the cables truly pop up out of the reverse stockinette background.
The pattern is written with both metric and US terminology. Both written and charted instructions are given for the cable panels.The pattern includes photo tutorials for German short rows and one-row buttonholes.
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- XS (S, M, L) [XL, XXL, XXXL]
- To fit a 76 (86, 96, 106) [116, 126, 136] cm / 30 (34, 38, 42) [46, 50, 54]" bust
- Finished bust circumference: approx. 79 (89, 99, 109) [119, 130, 140] cm / 31 (35, 39, 43) [47, 51, 55]"
The cardigan is intended to be worn with approx. 2.5 cm / 1" of positive ease at bust and 5 cm / 2" of positive ease at waist and hip.
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- Manos Del Uruguay Gloria (100% superwash merino, 200 m/100 g) in colorway Plata, approx. 5 (6, 6, 7) [8, 8, 9] skeins
- Or worsted-weight yarn, approx. 900 (1050, 1150, 1300) [1450, 1550, 1700] m / 1000 (1150, 1250, 1400) [1550, 1700, 1850] yd
Look for a smooth, round yarn that shows off the cables.
- 4.0 mm / US 6 long circular needle for ribbing
- 4.5 mm / US 7 long circular needle for reverse stockinette and cables (or size needed to obtain gauge)
- If not working in magic loop, double-pointed or short circular needles in the same sizes for working the sleeves
- 8 buttons, approx. 2 cm / ¾” in diameter
- 8 stitch markers
- Cable needle
- Darning needle
- Waste yarn, extra cable, or circular needle for holding the sleeve stitches
- 19 sts × 29 rows = 10 cm / 4” in reverse stockinette on larger needles, blocked
- 26 sts × 29 rows = 10 cm / 4” in cable pattern on larger needles, blocked
The pattern uses the following techniques: long-tail and knitted cast-ons, cables, German short rows, picking up stitches purlwise, and one-row buttonholes. Ability to work cables from a chart is recommended but written instructions are also provided for the cable panels.
Photo tutorials for German short rows and one-row buttonholes are included at the end of the pattern.
Yarn for this pattern was generously provided by Manos del Uruguay. The cardigan was designed for their Viva La Lana design submission program.