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Braided Blues

Sep 6, 2011
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Braided Blues - Norah Gaughan
Every man needs a basic blue sweater, but that sweater doesn't have to be boring. In this example, Norah Gaughan brings together the classic elements popular among men - set-in sleeves, crewneck shaping, and double-ribbed edges - and she adds visual interest with a heavily textured, braided-cable yoke. To counteract the tendency of the cables to draw in, she increases stitches at the base of the yoke.
Finished Size 40 (44, 49, 52)" (101.5 [112, 124.5, 132] cm) chest circumference. Sweater shown measures 49" (124.5 cm).
Yarn Goddess Yarns Phoebe (100% baby alpaca; 73 yd [67 m]/50 g): #3988 Clintonia blue, 19 (21, 23, 26) skeins.
Needles Body and Sleeves—Size 8 (5 mm). Ribbing—Size 6 (4 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.
Gauge 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st on larger needles; 32 sts and 28 rows = 4" (10 cm) in cable patt on larger needles.

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