Sugar Plum

November 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Posted in 2009, Finished, Knitting, Original Designs | Leave a comment

The chill of fall has always had a way of making me crave all things warm and woolen, and this year is no exception.

Sugar Plum

Specs
• Finished Size: 22″ x 8″ blocked
• Gauge: 22 stitches = 4″ in stockinette
• Yardage: about 200

Materials
• Cascade Lana D’Oro 50/50 Wool & Superfine Alpaca blend in 1069 (Plum Purple), 1 hank
• US 5 Knitting Needles, or needles to obtain gauge.
• Cable Needle (optional)
• Blunt Tapestry Needle and remaining project yarn for seaming

Anyone who has knit cables knows that they are a wonderful way to add a bit of soft bulk to a garment, not to mention oodles of texture and character. So it comes as no surprise that this autumn has inspired my knitting more than ever with projects full of lush cables and springy bobbles—and oh BOY, do I have things up my sleeve!

Sugar Plum incorporates cables and bobbles into a quick little knit that is great for both holiday gifting, or a little self indulgence : ) This design was initially inspired by juicy little sugar plums, you know the ones; T’was a night before Christmas, and all through the house… But it really came to life after the owner of my LYS took me into the inventory room and cracked open a seemingly inconsequential tattered brown box, only to expose hanks of jewel-like Lana D’Oro.

Sugar Plum Cables

This new line of 50% wool and 50% superfine alpaca yarns by Cascade comes in unbelievable solid and heather colorways and combines the strength and clean blocking of wool with the soft halo of alpaca, not to mention it feels wonderful to the touch. While I would recommend this yarn hands down, if you’re trying to stash-bust, any worsted weight will do. Just be sure to use only yarns made from animal fiber or a sufficient block may not be achieved.

Sugar Plum close-up

Although small, this project is an exercise in technique. To start, it incorporates bobbles and cables, all of which were knit without cable needles. Additionally, in order to achieve the horizontal cable I craved, I chose to knit lengthwise which called for a cast-on leaving live stitches as well as a smart hem. Visit Knitty.com for a thorough tutorial for both provisional cast-on and Kitchener stitches for both knit and garter stitch, that when executed with care, renders a virtually invisible hem.

While this pattern is meant to knit up as a classy and unbelievably soft cowl, with a few additional hanks of yarn, the pattern motif will lend very well to either a scarf or a doubly long cowl that can be twisted and used as a hood. Knit on and be creative!

This pattern is available for $3.00 through Ravelry using paypal, no accounts required. It is immediately delivered as a 2-page full-color PDF download with photos and charts.

Sugar Plum Preview

Please contact me at egknits@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

Happy Knitting!

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