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Cascade Locks is a simply elegant top that is worked top down in a seamless manner that allows for fit and length adjustments as  you go.    What a fun way to construct a sweater!  The stitch pattern is easy to memorize and makes for a great takealong knitting project.  This is a versatile and flattering sweater to dress up or down.  

The slight A-line body style includes lots of texture with mock cables (no cable needle needed!) running horizontally through the yoke and longer side and back hemline for a fun and flattering fit for many body types.  The scoop neck is finished in I-Cord as are the sleeve cuffs and the angled hemline.  The loose, flowing sleeves match the body style.

Skills Used:  Provisional cast on, short rows, picking up stitches, I-cord (instructions provided), grafting (for I-Cord join). 

Skill level:  Advanced Beginner

The yoke section is worked flat, horizontally from shoulder to shoulder, stitches picked up for body which is worked in the round.


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Kay Hopkins
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Yarn reqs: 1111(1225, 1402, 1551, 1673, 1794) yds. Use yarn with good drape and stitch definition. Sample shown in Alpaca Silk by Artisan Yarns.
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I consider myself an experienced knitter but found this pattern difficult to decipher in parts. It is because it’s an American pattern and they don’t seem to use the same abbreviations as us. I also am not keen on knitting in the round as it’s not so easy to estimate size until it’s almost finished. Saying this I am pleased with the end result.

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