Nordica Rustic

Color plus texture equals fun!

Inspired by Bohus Stickning techniques, this cardigan's yoke combines stranded knitting with strategically-placed purl stitches that add texture and blend the color gradient ...

... set off by a sweater body that is worked in a unique nubby brioche rib - it's actually a type of half brioche, and very easy.


Construction: Knitted from the top down in one piece. The stranded and textured yoke is worked flat. Sleeves are separated at the underarms, are worked flat, and seamed. Make the sweater body as long or as short as you like. Buttonband is picked up and knitted.

Finished sweater sizes: 34 (37, 41, 45, 48, 53, 56)". Shown in size 41 on model (6" of ease), and in size 37 on dress form (1" ease). Recommended ease: 0-4".

Gauge: 23 sts and 24 rows = 4" for stranded yoke, 16 sts and 36 rows = 4" in nubby brioche stitch, both using size 7 needles.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 5 ply (worsted weight - 137 yd (125 m) per 50 g) in Angelic (merino angora), Nirvana (merino cashmere), Eden (merino) or Brigadoon (merino tweed): 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15) skeins main color plus one 20-gm mini skein in each of 6 contrast colors.
Shown in Brigadoon stone with an assortment of other blends and colors.

Substitute any worsted weight woolen yarn: 1040 (1200, 1350, 1510, 1640, 1900, 2050) yds main color and 26 (28, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42) yds in each of 6 contrast colors.

Needles: US Size 7 (4.5 mm) and size 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needles.

Notions: Stitch markers, waste yarn or stitch holders, six or seven 7/8" (22 mm) buttons.

Techniques used: Reading colorwork charts, stranded knitting combining knit and purl stitches, basic brioche stitches, pick up and knit.

Pattern includes: Colorwork charts, schematic, glossary with links to helpful tutorials.

Knit Nordica Rustic

© Sunday Knits 2018. All rights reserved. Design and photography by Carol Sunday.
Edited by Sandra Whittaker. Modeled by Rebekah Smith.