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Quintessential Cardigan Pattern

Quintessential Cardigan Pattern

“In 8 sizes and 2 sleeve lengths!”

A timeless little hip-length cardi always manages to look modern. Ours has classic details: a pretty jewel neckline, knit-along button bands, full- or bracelet-length sleeves—all of which are clearly and expertly described in written instructions and quick guides. You’ll even be able to build (or review) your skills with a special technique: ‘clip & turn’ short row shaping.

We chose two superb fibers for this ultimate cardi. A sleek yarn, like Shibui’s dreamy new Lunar, offers tailored style. Lightweight mohair, like our favorite Rowan Kidsilk Haze, lends a feminine aura. With this choice of yarn, in eight sizes and with two sleeve lengths, you can make your cardigan just right for you.

This 8 page pattern includes:

  • Color photographs by the talented Jared Flood
  • A Special Technique—‘clip & turn’ short row shaping
  • Step-by-step guides for adjusting body & sleeve lengths, with fill-in-the-blank sections to help with the math
  • A wee tutorial on placing buttonholes
  • Instructions for swatching for gauge and fabric, and finishing and blocking your garment

Cardigan is designed with approx. 2–4"/5–10cm of ease. You can choose a size that will fit more closely or more oversized. Details given for smallest size, larger sizes in parentheses ( ).

Finished bust:
33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54)"/84 (91.5, 99, 106.5, 114, 122, 129.5, 137)cm, after seaming and blocking.
To fit bust:
29−31 (32-34, 35-37, 38-40, 41-43, 44-46, 47-49, 50-52)"/74-79 (81-86, 89-94, 97-102, 104-109, 112-117, 119-124, 127-132)cm.

Finished body length:
Measured from high shoulder (where shoulder meets neck) to hem.
20¼ (20½, 20¾, 20¾, 21, 21¼, 21½, 21¾)"/51.5 (52, 52.5, 52.5, 53, 54, 54.5, 55)cm.
Full-length sleeve:
Measured from shoulder point to cuff:
21¾ (22¼, 22½, 22¾, 23, 23, 23½, 23¾)"/55 (56.5, 57, 58, 58.5, 58.5, 59.5, 60)cm.
Bracelet-length sleeve:
Measured from shoulder point to cuff:
17¾ (18¼, 18½, 18¾, 19, 19, 19½, 19¾)"/45 (46, 47, 47.5, 48, 48, 49.5, 51)cm.

Approx. 2030 (2170, 2290, 2300, 2530, 2670, 2850, 2990) yds/1856 (1984, 2094, 2103, 2313, 2441, 2606, 2734)m lace-weight yarn (yarn is held double throughout); bracelet-length sleeves take a little less.
For a DK-weight yarn held single, divide yardage given above by 2.

For custom lengths: To lengthen or shorten body, add or subtract approx. 52 (53, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61) yds/48 (49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56)m of lace-weight yarn (yarn is held double throughout) per 1"/2.5cm of knitted length.
For a DK-weight yarn held single, divide yardage given above by 2.

Shown in pink in Rowan Kidsilk Haze (230yds/210m per skein) held double throughout, Color 653. Model is wearing 36"/91.5cm finished size with approx. 3"/7.5cm of ease and bracelet-length sleeves.
Shown in black in Shibui Lunar, (401 yds/366m per skein) held double throughout, Color 2001, Abyss. Model is wearing 42"/106.5cm finished size with approx. 2"/5cm of ease and full-length sleeves.

US 5 (3.75mm) 24"/60cm circular needle, or size to obtain gauge.
US 3 (3.25mm) 24"/60cm circular needle, or two US sizes/.5mm smaller than gauge needle.
Stitch markers: 2 ring markers; 8 locking markers or coiless safety pins for ‘clip-and- turn’ short-row shaping, button placement, and setting in sleeves.
2 stitch holders.
Darning needle to finish.
Seven ⅝"/16mm buttons; needle and thread.

22 sts/30 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch on larger needle, after blocking.

To be sure your garment turns out the right size, it’s important to swatch until you get the correct gauge. Stitch gauge determines the fit; row gauge affects the length.

Cast on 33 sts for a nice big swatch approx. 6"/15cm-wide; work in St St for 6"/15cm; bind off loosely. Measure and note unblocked gauge for reference when knitting.

Wet block your swatch; let rest for a day or two. Measure again—gauge may change after it relaxes.

Cardigan is worked at 22 sts/30 rows = 4"/10cm. Measure center 4"/10com of swatch (edge stitches may be distorted).

If you have more sts or rows per "/cm, your gauge is a little tight; try swatching again on larger needle. If you have fewer sts or rows per "/cm, your gauge is a little loose; try again on smaller needle.

Digital Quintessential Cardigan pattern. (Download)

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