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Quintessential Cardigan - Shibui Lunar Version

Quintessential Cardigan - Shibui Lunar Version

"Sleek chic."

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. In eight sizes and with two sleeve lengths, you can make this cardigan just right for you.

We were over the moon to knit this cardi in Shibui’s dreamy new Lunar—a sleek yarn that offers tailored style. Spun from a smooth blend of extra fine merino and mulberry silk and held double throughout this project, it knits into an airy, strong, and wonderfully squishy fabric. We’ve, of course, chosen to knit it in gleaming, Churchmouse-y black, but in classic neutrals or glowing brights, it’s a piece that’s always in style.

Grab the pattern below and choose a color from our selection of favorite shades of Shibui Lunarsee the Basic Details tab for the number of skeins you'll need for your size. If you want to see all the colors available, just head over to the Lunar page.

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.

5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins Shibui Lunar (401 yds/210m each) held double throughout. Shown in Color 2001 Abyss. Model is wearing 42"/106.5cm finished size with approx. 2"/5cm of ease and full-length sleeves.
Or 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 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.

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)

Printed Quintessential Cardigan pattern. (Requires shipping.)

COLOR: 2001 Abyss. Deep inky black.

COLOR: 2003 Ash. Pale silvery grey.

COLOR: 13 Caffeine. Warm flax.

COLOR: 2012 Fjord. Medium green-blue.

COLOR: 2004 Ivory. Soft ivory.

COLOR: 2041 Pollen. Brassy gold.

COLOR: 103 Apple. Bright chartreuse green.

COLOR: 2031 Poppy. Cheerful coral orange.

COLOR: 2039 Imperial. Plummy magenta.

COLOR: 2002 Graphite. Cool blue-grey.

COLOR: 11 Tar. Charcoal.

COLOR: 2034 Blueprint. Bright true blue.

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

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