This design has been very long in the making. So long that the actual yarn I have knitted it in has been discontinued. Oh well!
The origins go back to the 90’s and a continuing struggle to grade it in different sizes. I battle I have lost, so I can unfortunately only present it in two sizes, Medium and Large. Why is this? It is a combination of calculating the widening of the center panel in relation to the length and the shoulder width which turned out to be extremely complex. Finally after over 2 decades of off and on struggle, I gave up and settled on two sizes.
The pattern panel on the front and back combine cables; a traditional cable and bobble panel at the center and XO-cables moving outwards towards the sides, with motifs emulating the iron clamps that hold medieval houses together (the same motifs used in Tristan).
The original yarn is my ClassicAl a lovely wool and alpaca blend (a traditional 4-ply, round spun yarn). As it has been discontinued I can only suggest my Silky Wool Aran or my Misty Wool yarn, both of which are very suitable but will give the garment a more rustic character.
Anyway, although Siobhan has demanded an inordinate amount of calculations, I think it has been worth it. I hope you do too.
Photo as always Anders Rydell