Sunday, March 14, 2010

ESTELLA Cabled Cardigan

Estella is named after the hero Pip's love in Great Expectations. She was the adopted daughter of Miss Havisham; Havisham raised Estella to be the preeminent heartbreaker.

The Estella Cabled Cardigan is elegant and warm, inspired by fashions of the late Victorian era. Backs of dresses and jackets had great interest:

The cable across the back of Estella attracts attention whenever I wear it.

Victorian women wore dramatic cover-ups like this puffy-sleeved number:

Of course, the Bloomers are my favorite:

FYI, Estella works well when you are "increasing"...

... as I discovered by accident.

To knit Estella, you first knit the cable panel, like you were knitting a scarf. Then, you pick up and knit the ribbing around the collar. Then, you pick up and work down from the cable, working some raglan increases to shape the sleeves. After separating the sleeves, you work the body in plain stockinette. Lastly, you pick up and knit the button plackets.

Yarn: Paton's Shetland Chunky
Needles: Size 10 circulars
Buttons: 1" or so in diameter
Sizes: 35" bust through 55" bust.

Available for $6.

Also available as part of our Winter 08/09 Pattern Collection.

1 comment:

Someday_phd said...

You know you could take pity on a novice knitter and make me one in blue. ;-)

It could be incentive for finishing my dissertation.