Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pattern: Vera Rubin Cardigan

[Revised 26 March 2010]

Vera Rubin is available as a PDF download for $6. Click the button for an automatic PDF download.

Vera Rubin can also be purchased as part of our Winter 2009-2010 Pattern Collection.

Vera Rubin (b. 1928) is an astronomer who uncovered a phenomenon known as the “galaxy rotation problem”—a discrepancy between the predicted and observed motion of galaxies. Her observations showed that the rotation of galaxies didn't match the perceived amount of matter in a galaxy—stars, planets, dust—and supported the theory of what we now call “dark matter.”

To show her findings, Vera drew galaxy rotation curves, which inspires the “orbit ridge” stitch pattern and the circular, top-down design of this sweater.

Vera Rubin is worked top-down in one piece with minimal seaming. Available is a wide variety of sizes, from XS to XXXL. Shown in Malabrigo Merino Worsted (blue) and Cascade Venezia (coral) but would also be great in good ol' Cascade 220. Knit on size 7 needles at a gauge of 5 sts per inch in stockinette stitch.

The orbit ridge detail is worked at the neckline, sleeve cuffs, and bottom hem.

Vera Rubin can be purchased individually for $6.00.

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