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Quintessential Cardigan Using Shibui Birch & Silk Cloud

Quintessential Cardigan Using Shibui Birch & Silk Cloud

"Superbly, scrumptiously splendid!"

A timeless little cardi always manages to look modern. Ours has classic details: a pretty jewel neckline, knit-a-long button bands, full- or bracelet-length sleeves. In eight sizes, and with two sleeve lengths, you can make this cardigan just right for you.

We’ve knit our Quintessential Cardigan in a superbly, scrumptiously soft combination of Shibui’s Birch and Silk Cloud! Birch is a sport-weight, single ply of extra fine merino with a micron count approaching cashmere and, blended with the lustrous kid mohair and silk of Silk Cloud—it creates a glossy fabric that’s truly splendid!

Grab the pattern below and choose a color from our selection of favorite shades of Shibui Birch and Shibui Silk Cloud. See the Basic Details tab for the number of skeins you'll need for your size.

SIZES
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.

LENGTHS
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.

YARN
4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) skeins Shibui Birch (262yds/239m each) AND
4 (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins Shibui Silk Cloud (330 yds/300m each). Shown in color 2037 Tango, with both yarns held together throughout.

NEEDLES & NOTIONS
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.

GAUGE
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)

Printed Quintessential Cardigan pattern. (Requires shipping.)

Shibui Birch in Color: 2037 Tango. Bright cherry red.

Shibui Silk Cloud in Color: 2037 Tango. Bright cherry red.

Shibui Birch in Color: 2018 Bordeaux. Rich maroon.

Shibui Silk Cloud in Color: 2018 Bordeaux. Rich maroon.

Shibui Birch in Color: 2017 Velvet. Rich regal purple.

Shibui Silk Cloud in Color: 2017 Velvet. Rich regal purple.

Shibui Birch in Color: 2016 Suit. Muted navy.

Shibui Silk Cloud in Color: 2016 Suit. Muted navy.

Shibui Birch in Color: 2004 Ivory. Creamy white.

Shibui Silk Cloud in Color: 2004 Ivory. Creamy white.

Shibui Birch in Color: 2003 Ash. Palest grey.

Shibui Silk Cloud in Color: 2003 Ash. Palest grey.

Shibui Birch in Color: 11 Tar. Dark charcoal grey.

Shibui Silk Cloud in Color: 11 Tar. Dark charcoal grey.

Shibui Birch in Color: 2001 Abyss. Deep black.

Shibui Silk Cloud in Color: 2001 Abyss. Deep black.

8 Natural Shell Buttons (⅝"/16mm each)

8 Shiny Black Shell Buttons (⅝"/16mm each)

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