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Dunes by Irina Anikeeva

Featuring a knit and purl take on woven seersucker fabric, Dunes is a light cardigan that is both warm and breathable, making it an ideal companion during the changing seasons. Short dolman sleeves keep the piece simultaneously sleek and comfortably oversized, while the overall textural pattern reads like grains of sand under a magnifying glass. Knit with Arborin the color Degas, Dunes bears the ephemeral quality of a sunset casting its warm, pink glow, but Arbor’s full color palette provides ample inspiration for taking this piece to a different feel and spirit.

This cardigan is worked in one piece from the bottom up to underarms, then fronts and back are worked separately. Shoulders are sewn together. The cuffs are picked up and worked circularly and the collar is picked up and worked back and forth. The Dunes stitch pattern may be worked from either charts or written instructions.


  • 10 (11, 13, 14, 15) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (100% American Targhee Wool; 145 yards/50 grams)
  • Photographed in color Degas


  • 1450 (1580, 1750, 1950, 2175) total yards of DK weight wool yarn


  • 21 stitches & 27 rows = 4″ in Dunes Stitch with Size A needle, after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)

  • One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Ribbing)

  • One each 32″ and 47″ circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)*, two sizes smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

*32″ circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round.

Finished Dimensions

  • 41½ (46, 49, 52, 55)” [105.5 (117, 124.5, 132, 139.5) cm] circumference at bust (with fronts overlapping)
  • Intended Ease: + 6–8″ [15-20.5 cm]
  • Sample shown is size 46″ [115 cm] with 14″ [35.5 cm] ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • 2×2 Tubular Cast On
  • Backward Loop Cast On
  • Sloped Bind Off
  • 2×2 Tubular Bind Off
  • Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Skill Level

  • 3 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are both charted and written.

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