Mar 012013


Named for the free flowing organic matter which is eroded and reshaped into a new form by running water, Alluvium is a blanket-style cardigan with wide wrapped fronts, a cropped back, and a winding braided cable around the neckline and front edge.

Cast on at one front edge, it is knit sideways around the body in one piece to the other edge, with afterthought sleeves worked from live armhole stitches. The comforting shape can be worn wrapped and belted or pinned, or left to wander freely; the shorter back and sleeve lengths reduce bulk and take off the chill without smothering. Versatile and unstructured, Alluvium is a transition sweater for the seasons.

Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, picking up stitches, cables.

Size: 28.5 (31, 34, 36.5, 39, 42, 44.5, 47)”, based on the cross-back width doubled. As this wrap cardi does not have a true bust circumference, choose a size based on cross-back measurement; to measure cross-back, find the distance across back halfway between shoulder and armhole, excluding the arm.

Garment Measurements:

Cross-back: 14.25 (15.5, 17, 18.25, 19.5, 21, 22.25, 23.5)”.

One front: 14.5 (15.75, 17, 18.5, 19.75, 21, 22.5, 23.75)”.

Length: 20.75 (21.5, 22.75, 24.25, 25.5, 26.25, 26.75, 27.5)”.

Width: 43.25 (47, 51, 55.25, 59, 63, 67.25, 71)”.

Yarn: Knit Picks Biggo (50% superwash merino wool, 50% nylon; 110 yards); 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins, shown in Dove Heather.

Other Materials:

US 10 40” circular needle, or size to match gauge.

Scrap yarn similar in size to main yarn (1 yard total, divided equally in half)

Stitch markers (4).

Cable needle.

Yarn needle.

Gauge: 12 st and 18 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 12 st cable is 3” wide, after blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   

For a matching hat and mittens set, and a special offer, see Silt & Stone.

Like the cable, but want a raglan style instead of a blanket cardi? Check out Lithos.

Alluvium by the river  Alluvium front  Alluvium crossed

  2 Responses to “Alluvium”

  1. […] “Alluvium” (Jennifer Dassau) Is a side-to-side constructed cardigan with “after-thought” sleeves in a soft, bulky weight yarn. I don’t often use bulky yarns (I have enough bulk of my own, thank you) but, since this was a more drapey, wrap-like, blanket cardigan, I felt like it could work and, anyway, in the cold dreary grey of the last few weeks I wanted something really cozy and squishy so only a soft bulky yarn would do. The pattern is well written, easy to remember, fast to make and, due to the larger gauge, even the stockinette part didn’t get boring, as it sometimes (read: almost always) does. […]

  2. Love Love Love this!!!! Would be perfect to snuggle up in during cold winter days!! Also, it would still allow me to knit!!!