Cavalier is a cozy cabled throw worked in a bulky weight yarn with a stockinette and garter stitch diamond pattern. The cast on and bind off, plus the sides, are worked with I-cord to result in neat, fray-free edges. I-cord is also a great place to hide ends when changing skeins of yarn. Once complete, the start and finish edges are decorated with tassels for additional flair.
Time: 70 to 80 hours, including making the tassels.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: Approximately 56 by 56 inches, not including the tassels.
Gauge: 13 sts and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st before blocking
18 sts and 22 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Large Diamond cable pattern before blocking
Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky Weight (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 137 yards [125 meters]/100 grams): 28214 Gosling 19 skeins (Note: blanket takes 17.5 skeins, tassels take 1.5 skeins)
Needles: US size 10 (6.0 mm) 40” circular and Dpns
Notions: Markers, cable needle, tapestry needle, DVD case
I-Cord Cast on:
Cast on 3 stitches using a Long-Tail Cast On.
*Slip 3 stitches to the left needle with working yarn in back, knit the first stitch front and back (keeping the first stitch firm but not tight for each row), knit 2.
Repeat from * until there are the required number of cast-on stitches.
I-Cord Bind Off:
*K2, k2togtbl, slip 3 sts from right needle to left needle;
Repeat from * to last 6 sts.
Place first three and last 3 sts onto separate Dpns and use Kitchener stitch to seam them together.
3/1 RC cable: Sl first st onto cn and hold at back, k3, k1 from cn.
3/1 LC cable: Sl 3 sts onto cn and hold at front, k1, k3 from cn.
Wrap 6 stitches: Sl 6 sts onto Dpn or cn; wyib, wrap around back of held sts and then around front three times; ensure each wrap sits neatly on top of the previous wrap; wyib, sl 1, k5.
How to Make Tassels: See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo5CK5XDf9A for technique. Wrap length of yarn fourteen (14) times around short side of DVD case. Cut a length of yarn 10” to 12” long and tie strands together at top of tassel. Take another length of yarn and wrap around tassel approximately 1” from top. Use tapestry needle to run ends of tie yarn down into body of tassel. Cut ends and trim to 4.5”.
If you wish to make this throw longer, more yarn will be needed.
Large Diamond Cable Pattern written instructions
Each row is made of 9 sts that will be on each edge of the blanket and a center pattern of 18 sts. The center set of 18 sts will be repeated across the body of blanket as indicated in pattern.
Row 1 (RS): K3, p6, [p6, wrap 6 sts, p6] as indicated to last 9 sts, p6, k3.
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.
Row 3: 3/1 LC, p5, [p5, 3/1 RC, 3/1 LC, p5] to last 9 sts, p5, 3/1 RC.
Row 5: K1, 3/1 LC, p4, [p4, 3/1 RC, k2, 3/1 LC, p4] to last 9 sts, p4, 3/1 RC, k1.
Row 7: K2, 3/1 LC, p3, [p3, 3/1 RC, k4, 3/1 LC, p3] to last 9 sts, p3, 3/1 RC, k2.
Row 9: K3, 3/1 LC, p2, [p2, 3/1 RC, k6, 3/1 LC, p2] to last 9 sts, p2, 3/1 RC, k3.
Row 11: K4, 3/1 LC, p1, [p1, 3/1 RC, k8, 3/1 LC, p1] to last 9 sts, p1, 3/1 RC, k4.
Row 13: K5, 3/1 LC, [3/1 RC, k10, 3/1 LC] to last 9 sts, 3/1 RC, k5.
Row 15: K6, wrap 3 sts [plus 3 sts, k12, wrap 3 sts] plus 3 sts, k6. Note: see chart for how wrapped stitches fit into the design.
Row 17: K5, 3/1 RC, [3/1 LC, k10, 3/1 RC] to last 9 sts, 3/1 LC, k5.
Row 19: K4, 3/1 RC, p1, [p1, 3/1 LC, k8, 3/1 RC, p1] to last 9 sts, p1, 3/1 LC, k4.
Row 21: K3, 3/1 RC, p2, [p2, 3/1 LC, k6, 3/1 RC, p2] to last 9 sts, p2, 3/1 LC, k3.
Row 23: K2, 3/1 RC, p3, [p3, 3/1 LC, k4, 3/1 RC, p3] to last 9 sts, p3, 3/1 LC, k2.
Row 25: K1, 3/1 RC, p4, [p4, 3/1 LC, k2, 3/1 RC, p4] to last 9 sts, p4, 3/1 LC, k1.
Row 27: 3/1 RC, p5, [p5, 3/1 LC, 3/1 RC, p5] to last 9 sts, p5, 3/1 LC.
Use I-Cord cast on and cast on 258 sts (three I-Cord sts at each edge, 252 pattern sts).
Setup Row: P3, pm, p to last 3 sts, pm, sl3 wyif.
Row 1 (RS): K3, sl m, work Row 1 of Large Diamond Cable Pattern as follows:
For chart: Reading chart from right to left, work sts 1-9, work [sts 10-27] 13 times, work last 9 sts of chart, sl m, sl3 wyib.
For written instructions: work Row 1 as indicated, working the instructions inside brackets 13 times, then finishing row as indicated.
Row 2 (WS): P3, sl m, p to last 3 sts, sl m, sl3 wyif.
Continue in pattern as set and work Rows 1-28 ten times, or to desired length. Be sure to keep I-Cord edges neat.
Finish with I-Cord bind off.
Weave in all ends. Wash and block to size.
Make 30 tassels and attach by wrapped stitches at first and last rows and at each corner.