Letho

Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment  *

Striking Letho is perfect for warding off chilly weather, and allows for easy layering over other pieces. She combines an understated, comfortable shape with some thrilling, but simple to work details.
The edges of the cardigan are adorned with welts and slip stitch colorwork to provide interest and structure. The cozy brioche collar and cuffs add drama, but also invite you to cocoon in the warm embrace of the cardigan.
Directions for tailoring the fit of Letho to your personal flair are given in the pattern.

a  92 [100, 108, 118, 130] {136, 148, 160} cm / 36.25 [39.5, 42.5, 46.5, 51.25] {53.5, 58.25, 63}”

b  39 [41, 43.5, 45.5, 48] {50, 54.5, 56.5} cm / 15.25 [16.25, 17.25, 18, 19] {19.75, 21.5, 22.25}”

c  28.5 [30, 31.5, 33, 34.5] {35.5, 37, 38.5} cm / 11.25 [11.75, 12.5, 13, 13.5] {14, 14.5, 15.25}”

d  71 [72, 74, 75.5, 77] {79, 80, 82} cm / 28 [28.25, 29.25, 29.75, 30.25] {31.25, 31.5, 32.25}”

e  48 [47, 47, 46, 45] {45, 43, 43} cm / 19 [18.5, 18.5, 18, 17.75] {17.75, 17, 17}“

f  28 cm / 11”

g  47.5 [48.5, 49.75, 50.75, 52] {53, 55.25, 56.25} cm / 18.75 [19, 19.5, 20, 20.5, 21] {21.75, 22.25}”

CONSTRUCTION
Letho has an interesting, seamless construction, with elegant and decorative details.
The cardigan is worked sideways, in two halves, starting at the brioche sleeves cuffs to the center of the back. The body is constructed using a double sided provisional cast-on for an invisible side seam.
Once the right and the left half of the cardigan are worked they are joined by a three needle bind off on the outside. The stitches for the body ribbing are then picked up and worked down to the lower edge of the cardigan. After finishing the ribbing the colorwork, the welts and a brioche collar are worked around the fronts and back neck.

SIZES
Sizes XXS [XS, S, M, L] {1X, 2X, 3X}
Finished bust measurements (with the Brioche Collar overlapping at the front): 92 [100, 108, 118, 130] {136, 148, 160} cm / 36.25 [39.5, 42.5, 46.5, 51.25] {53.5, 58.25, 63}”

The cardigan is designed to have approx 15 cm / 6“ of positive ease, so it can be worn over other layers as outerwear. If you prefer a more fitted garment, please read the notes on how to choose your size.

The sample is shown in size S and has 17,5 cm / 7” of positive ease around the bust.

YARN
MC Ullcentrum 2-ply, 100% wool, 300 m / 330 yards per 100 gr (colorway 0102 light grey Gotland) held together with
Biches & Bûches Le Petit Silk & Mohair, 30% silk and 70% kid mohair, 212 m / 232 yard per 25 gr (colorway grey beige).

MC: 950 [1000, 1050, 1150, 1250] {1400, 1450, 1600} m / 1040 [1100, 1150, 1250, 1370] {1530, 1600, 1750} yards of both yarns.

CC1 and CC2 Istex Lett Lopi, 100% wool, 100 m / 109 yards per 50 gram.

CC1: 40 [40, 40, 45, 45] {50, 50, 55} m / 45[45, 45, 50, 50] {55, 55, 60} yards.
CC2: 60 [60, 60, 65, 65] {70, 70, 75} m / 65 [65, 65, 70, 70] {75, 75, 80} yards.

NEEDLES
Needle A (for the body and sleeves)
One 100 cm / 40” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed,
and a set of needles for working a small circumference in the round (DPNs, 1 long circular or 2 short circulars) in size needed to obtain gauge listed.
Suggested needle size: 4.5 mm / US #7.
Needle B (for the brioche cuffs and collar)
One 100 cm / 40” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed,
and a set of needles for working a small circumference in the round (DPNs, 1 long circular or 2 short circulars) in size needed to obtain gauge listed.
Suggested needle size: 4 mm / US #6.
Needle C (for the body ribbing)
One 100 cm / 40” circular needle.
Suggested needle size: 3.75 mm / US #5.
Needle D (for the I-cord BO)
One 100 cm / 40” circular needle.
Suggested needle size: 5 mm / US #8.
Crochet hook size 4 mm (G) for the Provisional Cast On and the finishing of the sleeves.

GAUGE
Measured after blocking.
Stockinette stitch on Needle A: 18 sts and 25 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4”.
Brioche on Needle B: 14 sts and 44 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4”.

* Kurt Vonegut