Inspired by heritage American knitwear, Porter is a grandly cabled cardigan, featuring a shawl collar, pockets, and baked-in wearability. Made for everyone, this unisex cardigan is designed using ASTM for Men, creating a “classic fit” for most men and a “relaxed fit” for most women. These gorgeous timeless cables are referred from Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting, a essential reference (and pattern!) book for any cable knitwear designer and knitter. Porter is a seamed cardigan worked from the bottom up in pieces. The button bands and collar are attached as worked in finishing and a three-needle BO closes the back neck.
Type: Digital Download
Designer: Meghan Babin
Skill Level: 4 out of 5
Yarn: Hudson + West Co. Forge (70% U.S. Merino / 30% U.S. Corriedale; 235 yds [214 m]; 3.5 oz. [100g]): midnight (navy), 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18) skeins.
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9); 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66)” / 86.5 (96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5, 157.5, 167.5) cm finished chest circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 46” / 117 cm, worn with 6” / 15.25 cm positive ease and 8" / 20.5 cm positive ease on Becca.
Size A (for body and sleeves): US 7 / 4.5 mm: two 32” / 80 cm circ.
Size B (for ribbing, pocket linings, button bands, and collar): US 5 / 3.75mm: 32” / 80 cm circ and a set of dpns.
Size C (optional, for tubular cast on and pocket tubular bind off): US 4 / 3.5 mm: two 32” / 80 cm circ and two 16” / 40 cm circ.Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Cable needle (cn); tapestry needle; stitch markers (m); waste yarn; six 1” / 25 mm buttons; sharp sewing needle and thread.
18 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Basketweave St on Size A needle.
28 sts and 32 rows = 4” / 10 cm in 2x2 rib on Size B needle, unstretched.
Increasing; decreasing; cabling with/ or without a cable needle; one-row buttonhole; picking up stitches; seaming; (optional) tubular cast on and bind off.
About the Designer
Meghan Babin (she/her/hers) is the co-founder of Hudson + West Co. She’s the former editor of Interweave Knits, knit.wear, and creator and editor of Wool Studio. She hails from the lower Hudson Valley region of New York where she currently lives, designs, and runs H+W HQ East. Her designs and creative work are largely inspired by the dichotomy between New York City and the wilds of the Hudson Valley. Find more of her designs on Ravelry.