Get the whole flock involved with this gradient effect cardigan, showcasing the beautiful natural British wool colours. Using a variety of sheep breeds spun to 4ply to provide the interest this simple cardigan is quickly and easily worked. The pattern is adjustable to make the most of whatever rare breed fleeces are available to the mill or even incorporating some hand spun. All this and pockets too!
Designed as outerwear so choose a size with a good amount of ease at bust and upper arm. The cardigan does not have waist shaping, little to no ease at the hips will be flattering.
Materials A total of 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 15) 50g balls of 4ply undyed wools from Blacker Yarns plus 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3) 50g balls for a contrast trim.
The sample size is Large and we used (in order): 2 50g balls of Pure Shetland 2 50g balls of Pure Gotland 2 50g balls of Pure Shetland 2 50g balls of Pure Gotland in Mid Grey 2 50g balls of Hebridean with Mohair 2 50g ball of Pure Black Welsh Mountain for the trim. These yarns are a mix of worsted and woollen spun, the stitch pattern is very forgiving of these differences in yarn thickness and feel.
3.5mm (US E) hook 4.5mm (US 7) hook 24 Removable stitch markers (or 5 removable stitch markers and 24 scraps of coloured yarn) 12 buttons 1.5cm / 5/8th in in diameter.
Tension 8 sts and 14 rows in v-st (see special stitches) to 10 cm/4 in using 4.5mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)
Difficulty Rating Intermediate
Skills Needed Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, working in rounds with turning, increasing in pattern (fully specified), working into row ends.
Construction Top down, seamless, raglan cardigan with integral pockets.