Here are some rough notes for the pattern for my Celtic Plait Cardi.
Celtic Plait Cardi
(fits 36 to 38 inch bust)
I knit this with 2 balls (400grams – 540 metres) of Bendigo Rustic 12 ply wool , using 6mm circular needles.
Gauge 16.5 stitches per 4 inches (stocking stitch)
I cast on 29 stitches and knit the “Celtic Plait” pattern, which is a cable pattern worked over a multiple of 10 + 5 (minimum 25) stitches plus I made a border of 2 purl stitches each side of the cable.
I found the pattern on page 90 of the 1985 “The Harmony guide to knitting stitches”. You may be able to find another similar cable pattern elsewhere, just make sure it measures about 3 and a half inches.
Knit the cable pattern for 30 inches.
At this stage with this cable pattern I noticed that I wouldn’t need to make any buttonholes, as it is easy to push a button through the gap between the cables, so I cast off.
If you use a different cable pattern you may like to knit 2 rows stocking stitch, make three or four buttonholes across the third row, work one row and then cast off.
This becomes the yoke of the cardi.
Pick up 120 stitches along the side of the cable yoke.
8 stitches (band) place marker, 16 stitches (front)place marker, 19 stitches (sleeve)place marker,34 stitches (back) place marker, 19 stitches (sleeve) place marker, 16 stitches(front)place marker, 8 stitches (band) place marker. = total 120 stitches.
With right side facing –
Moss stitch 8 stitches, then knit , increasing one stitch each side of all other markers (except band markers) until 8 stitches remain. Moss stitch last 8 stitches.
Moss stitch 8 stitches, purl until last 8 stitches, moss stitch 8 stitches.
Keeping moss stitch pattern correct for bands, continue increasing on all knit rows each side of markers (except front band markers) until raglan is 5 inches long (or length required).
With right side facing and keeping bands in moss stitch, knit across to first sleeve stitches. Transfer sleeve stitches to holder and cast on 8 stitches and continue knitting back stitches. Transfer sleeve stitches to holder and cast on 8 stitches and continue knitting front stitches.
Continue in stocking stitch for body (keeping bands correct in moss stitch) and making side shaping at waistline if you wish, until body measures 12 inches – or length desired.
Knit 10 rows moss stitch all the way across to make bottom band of cardi. Cast off in moss stitch.
Now transfer sleeve stitches to circular needle– picking up eight stitches under arm .
Knit 1 row.
Then moss stitch for 5 rows in the round. Cast off in moss stitch.
Repeat for other sleeve.
Place buttons on an angle on your top cable yoke band as shown: