The fall issue Interweave Knits is out, and my latest design, Tucker, is in it - and on it (right there, on the cover!)
Tucker is a minimalist pullover worked from the bottom up in stockinette stitch with garter edgings. It is a simple sweater that shows off a distinctive cable circling the yoke. Horizontal, or infinite, cables are one of my favorite features to design with because the are fun to work and satisfying to watch as they take shape.
I started planning this design with one of my favorite books, Continuous Cables by Melissa Leapman. This is a great resource for learning the techniques and finding infinite cable stitch patterns. I didn't find the perfect cable for this design in the book, so I started sketching on graphic paper and came up with this pattern, not too complicated, but not to basic either.
The yarn I used is HiKoo's Kenzington. This is a chainette-constructed yarn, a knitted tube sort of like an i-cord. When you first get then yarn in the hank, it is a bit compressed. However, it blooms to a plump, round yarn when wet or steam blocked. You will definitely want to swatch with this yarn.
Here is a bit more info about Tucker:
Finished Size: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 36″, modeled with 2″ of positive ease.
Yarn: HiKoo Kenzington (60% New Zealand merino wool, 25% nylon, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils; 208 yd [190 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #1000 pavlova, 5 (5, 6, 7, 7) skeins. Yarn distributed by Skacel.
Needles: Sizes 8 (5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm): 24″ and 32″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn).
Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rnds = 4″ in St st on larger needle.