I love this one – the combination of Swans Island bulky yarn and Shibui Silk Cloud makes it the softest, most snuggly sweater I’ve knit yet! And who doesn’t love cables as gorgeous as these? Best of all, I finished it in one week . . .
Pattern: Stinson Beach Cardigan
Yarn: Swans Island Company Natural Colors Bulky (Merino/Alpaca) in color Seasmoke – 8 skeins (130 yds/ea) and Shibui Knits Silk Cloud (60% kid mohair / 40% silk) in color Graphite – 3 skeins (330 yds/ea) – knit double-stranded throughout
Needles: US 10s (down from 10 1/2s to get gauge) and US 9s (ribbing)
Size: I modified stitch numbers in order to knit in between sizes Small (39″) and Medium (43″) and got a perfect fit!
Mods: I knit the pocket linings in the Swans Island yarn (without double-stranding with the Shibui) – the pattern called for the smaller gauge yarn only, but while that would have created less bulk, I felt it would have been so thin as to either stretch out badly or get holes poked through it when you actually tried to use the pockets.
I love how the colors of the two yarns play together – the Seasmoke is a smoky grey, and the Graphite is a steely blue, and it’s amazing how much the Graphite adds a blue hue to the entire piece. I also love the halo created by the mohair in the Shibui yarn.