Last late summer, while staying at a family friend's house on a chilly Central Californian beach, I was finally knitting a design I'd had floating around in my head for at least a year. I had seen Tess' Grand Manan at the last Stitches I'd been to, and had an idea for something cozy, but cool. It'd be knit in some sort of textured lace pattern - textured to give visual interest, and lacey to lighten up the bulky, wooly, mohairy yarn, which was going to be warm enough no matter how many yarnovers I used. And the result was the Pontos Cardigan.
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Bust: 33.75 (37.75, 40.25, 44.25, 49.75, 55, 59)”/ 85.5 (96, 102, 112.5, 126.5, 139.5, 150) cm
Length from collar to hem: 29.75 30, 30.5, 31, 31.25, 32.25, 32.75)”/ 75.5 (76, 77.5, 78.5, 79.5, 82, 83) cm
Sample shown in size S with 2.5”/6 cm of ease.
Yarn & Needles
Tess’ Designer Yarns Grand Manan (55% Mohair, 45% Merino; 325 yds/297 m per 227 g);
2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) or 610 (680, 725, 795, 895, 990, 1065) yards/ 560 (620, 665, 725, 820, 905, 975)
US 9 (5.5mm) circular needle for ribbing
US 10 (6.0mm) circular needle for body and sleeves
12 sts & 19 rows = 4"/10cm in Star Rib Mesh pattern on US 10 (6.0mm) needles
14 sts & 20 rows = 4"/10cm in Stockinette St on US 10 (6.0mm) needles
3/19/12: Page 2, Create St st Base for Pockets, Sizes XS, L, XL, & 3XL, Row 3 - pattern repeat after second marker is slipped should be [k1, yo, sl2-k1-p2sso, yo]. Corrected in Rev. 2 of the pattern.
Pontos is Greek for "sea", and I've given this name to my new cardi both because it reminds me of that week on the seashore where I knit it and because the stitch pattern, Star Rib Mesh, somehow reminds me of the ocean - starfish, a fisherman's net, things like that.
wear, too, and is a great transitional-weather piece. Throw it on with a dress or some jeans and a scarf and you're good to go. I love it belted, too, and I can't usually rock the belted-outerwear thing.