26 March 2013

Pattern: Sailor's Valentine

Sailor's Valentine by Kathleen Dames

Whew! This one has been in the works for a long time. Happily, it's finally ready to meet the world, thanks to liberal doses of mathematics and common sense from the test knitters and tech editor.

Similar in yoke structure to An Aran for Frederick and An Aran for Anne, with a seamless hybrid yoke thanks to the originating genius of Elizabeth Zimmermann, Sailor's Valentine went "cardigan". The seafaring motifs of Reef Knots, Triple Gull Stitch, Sailor's Rib, and Twin Waves are romanticized with the Heart Strings motif running up the center back all the way to the hoods conclusion. And that hood concludes at the front, thanks to it's short-row-heel-style construction.

I hope you like that hood because the amount of re-knitting necessary to make that happen could have produced another sweater! But that's what happens when I get an idea in my head. Sometimes it clicks right away and other times I have to work it until it makes sense. Happily, it worked out.

Sailor's Valentine by Kathleen Dames

Like my other arans, this one jumps into the cables right away. I'm not a big fan of ribbing at the bottom of sweaters - it's not a look for me. However, Knitter's Choice, so if you need to start with some ribbing, go for it. Also, Knitter's Choice is the ribbing at the sides, which I used to add a little shapeliness to this sweater without having to do actual waist-shaping. If your Valentine prefers things a little looser, try Seed or Double Moss Stitch instead, which would make things a little more jacket-like.

Sailor's Valentine by Kathleen Dames

The original Sailor’s Valentines were shell-encrusted boxes brought back from Barbados for sailors’ sweethearts. Today, keep the love alive with Reef Knots, Heart Strings, Twin Waves, and Triple Gull stitch (cables provided in chart form). All those cables combine to make a seafaring sweater of love, perfect for any Valentine (replace the side ribbing with seed stitch for a less-fitted, more unisex sweater). Cardigan is worked flat in one piece, with sleeves incorporated into a seamless hybrid yoke topped off with a turned-heel hood that allows the Heart Strings to continue all the way up and over the hood.

SizesChest: 30 [34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54] inches

Bartlettyarns Fisherman 2-ply 100% Wool 210 yards/192 meters per 113 gram/4 oz. skein; color: Cranberry #378; 5 [5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9 ] skeinsOne US6/4.0mm 29-inch circular needle Set of four (or five) US6/4.0mm DPNs Stitch markers Coil-less safety pins or other removable stitch markers Waste yarn or stitch holders Tapestry needle 23” (or desired length) zipper in color to match yarn Knit-picker tool, or desired tool(s) for zipper installation

16 sts x 20 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch

Skills Needed 
Cast on 
Bind off 
Work stitches out of order (cabling)

Sailor's Valentine by Kathleen Dames

Okay, I don't usually toot my follicular horn, but I really like the way my hair looked during this photo shoot. I wish I wouldn't wrinkle my forehead so much, though ;)

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