English pattern for Billy Bob & Rose
Billy Bob & Rose is a gorgeous couple! Billy Bob has a playful fringe going all the way around the yoke, and Rose has a Selbu Rose on each shoulder. They are both chunky, open-fronted garments, perfect as cardigans in winter and light jackets in the summer.
They are knit top-down, making it easy to adjust length of body and sleeve. You start with a crochet cast-on, and also work crochet edgings around body and sleeves. Billy Bob’s fringe is added after knitting; the Selbu roses can be done as colorwork or, if you’re not comfortable purling in colorwork, duplicate stitched on later – the pattern provides instructions for both.
1–2–3 (4-5-6) 7-8
Measurements on finished garment
Chest circumference: 85-92,5-100 (110-120-130)140-150 cm / 33.5-36.4-39.4 (43.3-47.2-51.2) 55.1-59 inches
Body length: 48-48-48 (50-50-50) 51-51 cm / 18.9-18.9-18.9 (19.7-19.7-19.7) 20.1-20.1 inches
Billy Bob and Rose are designed to be worn as open cardigans with 1-4 inches positive ease. They are worked top-down and have a rather tight neckline to prevent the cardigan from falling off the shoulder.
Billy Bob: 400-450-500 (550-600-650) 750-850 meters super bulky yarn (60 meters / 100 gr)
Rose: 350-400-450 (500-550-600) 700-800 meters super bulky yarn in main color and 100 meters in the contrasting color.
Yardage is estimated and may vary between knitters!
Please note, if you are holding 2 yarns together, that yardage given is for combined yarn. If your size calls for 840 meters, it requires 840 meters of each of the yarns.
Samples are shown in:
Rose, black: Main color 2 strands Drops Air color 6, contrasting color Drops Air color 4 held together with Peruvian Highland Wool from Yarn by Sanders. When using only two strands Air your cardigan will be very light and airy – if you prefer the chunky look, you’ll need 3 strands.
Rose, sand: Main color Yarn Bee Effortless in the color Biscotti, contrasting color 4 strands Drops Merino Extra Fine color 06
Billy Bob: Yarn Bee Effortless in the color Graphite.
12 mm (US17) circular 80 cm (31 inch) for body and sleeves (using magic loop where needed)
8 stitches x 12 rows in stockinette stitch on 12 mm (US17) needle (or needle required to get gauge) = 10×10 cm (4×4 inches)
Note: Needle size is just a suggestion. Adjust needle size if needed to obtain gauge!