Rowan by Hudson and West co-founder Meghan Babin is a celebration of cables. The intricate central cable motif on the back is an updated version of traditional Celtic knotwork, which grows like tree roots from the ribbing, hence how this design received its name, Rowan, the sacred Tree of Life in Celtic mythology, a symbol of courage, wisdom, and protection. There is no better fall ritual than to wrap yourself in Rowan through the upcoming seasons and years ahead.
Rowan is a longline, open-front cardigan with deep, pockets, fully-fashioned set-in shoulder shaping, and a grand collar that’s folded and seamed down in finishing for ease of wear. This cardigan is worked from the bottom up in pieces, blocked, seamed, with the collar picked up and worked last. Made (as always) to fit a size 82 - 164 cm / 32”-64” bust, this cardigan is made for anyone searching for a cabled project that is both engaging and deeply rewarding.
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
95.5 (107.5, 112, 122.5, 129, 138.5, 146.5, 163, 174.5) cm / 37.5 (42.25, 44, 48.25, 50.75, 54.5, 57.75, 64.25, 68.75)” finished chest circumference, with fronts closed but not overlapping. Version 1 shown on Laura measures 95.5 cm / 37.5”, worn with 14 cm / 5.5” of positive ease. Version 2 shown on Jazzmin measures 122.5 cm / 48.25”, worn with 21 cm / 8.25” of positive ease. Recommend ease: +10 - 25.5cm / 4-10”.
Hudson + West Co. Forge (70% U.S. Merino, 30% U.S. Corriedale; 214 meters / 235 yards per 100 g / 3.5 oz.)
9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) skeins
Samples shown are knit in colorways Mallard and Fawn.
Size A (for body and sleeves): US 8 [5.0] mm: two 32” [80 cm] circ.
Size B (for ribbing, pocket linings, and collar): US 6 [4.0 mm]: two 32” [80 cm] circ, one 40” [100 cm] circ. Size C (optional, for tubular cast on and tubular bind off): US 5 [3.75 mm]: two 32” [80 cm] circ and two 16” [40 cm] circ.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
18 sts and 29 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st on Size A needle, blocked.
1 rep of Chart C on Size A needle = 6.25” [16 cm] and 7.75” [19.5 cm], after blocking.
1 rep of Chart B on Size A needle = 3” [7.5 cm] and 5” [12.5 cm], after blocking.
1 rep of Chart A on Size A needle = 1.75” [4.5 cm] and 1” [2.5 cm], after blocking.
Meghan Babin (she/her) is the co-founder of Hudson + West Co. She’s the former editor of Interweave Knits, knit.wear, and creator and editor of Wool Studio. She hails from the lower Hudson Valley region of New York where she currently lives, designs, and runs H+W HQ East. Her de- signs and creative work are largely inspired by the dichotomy between New York City and the wilds of the Hudson Valley. Follow her on Instagram @meggospurls. Find all her designs on Ravelry.
Forge and its little sibling Weld are our first 100% US-made yarns - and we're the first European stockists of Hudson + West, the fabulous company who makes them! A heathered blend of 70% Merino and 30% Corriedale, Forge is spun up to a worsted weight. It's a round, extremely well-balanced 3ply yarn that works so, so well for cables and texture. It has a beautiful balance of stitch definition, bounce, and wooly, cohesive bloom after blocking. One of our new favorites!
Explore our range of Hudson + West Co patterns here.
Haven’t started knitting with Forge but it’s lovely!
Feels lovely. I’m familiar with the wool after living in New Mexico Going to make a hat with it
Glad I tried it!
I am glad I you gave me the chance to try this yarn out for a little one skein project. It is smooth and shows of cables and texture very well. I like the hat I knitted from this yarn, but honestly I wouldn‘t knit a garment out of it, because it‘s on the upper price range and not affordable for me. But with one skein I now have a very special luxurious treasure.
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