Letho We

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

Letho We was developed after some friends told me they would love to wear a cardigan like the Letho original, if only it was shaped a little different. Most of these friends are men, and although the changes made reflect their wishes, I don’t think this is a very gender specific pattern, but neither is the original, in my opinion.
This version has less positive ease, the sleeves have less of a dolman shape and smaller cuffs, it has a longer standard length and added buttonholes.
The features that make this cardigan stand out from the crowd are still there, like the cool welts and slip stitch colorwork.

Choose the shape that reflects your style and preferences most, and rock your very own Letho!

101 [111, 121, 131, 141, 147] cm / 39.75 [43.75, 47.75, 51.5, 55.5, 58]”

b  42 [44.5, 48, 50, 52, 54.5] cm / 16.5 [17.5, 19, 19.75, 20.5, 21.5]”

c  24 [24, 25,5, 25,5, 27, 28,5] cm / 9.5 [9.5, 10, 10, 10.75, 11.25]”

d  80.5 [83, 85.5, 88, 90.5, 92] cm / 31.75 [32.75, 33.75, 34.75, 35.75, 36.25]”

e  55 cm / 21,75“

f  39.5 cm / 15.5”

60.5 [62, 63.5, 64.5, 65.5, 67] cm / 23.75 [24.25, 25, 25.5, 25.75, 26.25]”

 

CONSTRUCTION
Letho has an interesting, seamless construction, with cool, 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 S [M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X]
Finished chest measurements (with the Brioche Collar overlapping at the front): 101 [111, 121, 131, 141, 147] cm / 39.75 [43.75, 47.75, 51.5, 55.5, 58]”

The cardigan is designed to have approx 10 cm / 4“ of positive ease. If you want more or less ease, please read the notes on how to choose your size.
The sample is shown in size L and has 10 cm / 4” of positive ease around the chest.

YARN
Worsted weight yarn.
MC: approx 1050 [1100, 1200, 1350, 1450, 1550] m / 1150 [1200, 1300, 1475, 1580, 1700] yards.
CC1 and CC2: approx 70 [70, 75, 75, 75, 80] m / 75 [75, 85, 85, 85, 90] yards.
Sample is shown in Rauma 3 tråds Strikkegarn, 100% wool, 108 m / 118 yards per 50 gr, colorway 114 (MC), and Istex Lett Lopi, 100% wool, 100 m / 109 yards per 50 gr. Colorways: CC1 Golden Heather, CC2 Black.

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 bind off)
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: Needle A, 18 sts and 25 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4”.
Brioche: Needle B, 14 sts and 44 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4”.

* Kurt Vonnegut