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Sometimes, a lace stitch can be so amazing that it inspires an entire design!
Dramatic, bold lace panels are the main elements that define this gorgeous top-down design. Feminine detailing adds to the beauty and keeps the cardigan versatile and very flattering. The back and sleeves are first knit from the top down, with shaping at the waist to ensure a fitted silhouette.
The sleeves end at a chic ¾-length with a lace border. The slight fullness of the sleeves gives the cardigan a kimono-like air and makes this an easy layering piece over tunics, as well as your slim-fitting tops.
The fronts are then picked up and knit sideways, with decreases to create their tapered shape. They can be wrapped sexily around your waist, creating a lovely lacy v-neck, pinned creatively, or left open to drape.
Snaps can be added as fasteners or a decorative shawl pin can be used as a beautiful closure.
See the blog post on this cardigan, along with over 300 comments!
For the OPTIONAL Top-Down Cardigan Techniques PDF Download, please visit this page. Written instructions are included in this pattern, but the OPTIONAL download may be helpful to some.
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Finished Knit Measurements: At Bust: 31 (35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55)" [78.5 (89, 99, 109, 119.5, 129.5, 140) cm]. This is 2 times the width of the back at the bust. Because the fronts of this cardigan can be left open or wrapped to fit, choose your size based on how you wish the cardigan to fit based on your back measurements.
TO FIT SIZES: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X) or Bust Sizes 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50, 52-54)" [71-76 (81.5-86.5, 91.5-96.5, 101.5-106.5, 112-117, 122-127, 132-137) cm].
Yarn Used: Knit Picks Swish Worsted (100% Superwash Merino Wool); 1.75 oz/50 g [110 yds/101 m] per ball): 8 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14) balls in Squirrel Heather #24090.
Pattern Gauge: 16 sts = 4" [10 cm] and 22 rows = 4" [10 cm] in St st.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A worsted weight yarn with a gauge of 4.5 - 5 sts = 1" on size 6 - 9..
Total Yardage Required: Approx 880 (880, 990, 1100, 1210, 1320, 1540) [808 (808, 909, 1010, 1111, 1212, 1414) m].
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers or 220 Wool
100purewool.com Worsted Merino Single
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted
Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
Garnstudio Drops Nepal
These and more suggestions on the Ravelry Project pages for this pattern.
If you have a yarn substitute to suggest for this project, email us!
Knitting Needles Used: Size 10 [6 mm] 24" or longer circular knitting needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE (there are too many sts when working the cardigan to fit on straight needles); Size 10 [6 mm]: 1 set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) OR 12" (16" will also work for sizes L, 1X, 2X, and 3X) circular knitting needle OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE.
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Posted by Elspeth Adcock on 13th Apr 2016
It's the first time I have ever knitted from the neck down and I loved the pattern. Nice for our uk weather.
Posted by TJ Fields on 23rd Mar 2015
When I first downloaded this pattern, the first thing I thought was 'hmm, M-1 Right and M-1 Left. I had to you tube a lot of these new stiches, I concern myself intermediate knitter. Once I studied, it is coming out great. I loved learning my stiches and I'm spoiled with Sweater Babe patterns. I'm used to the style of reading...made other patterns challenging. TY, SB, I'm so excited and cannot wait to finish. Waiting for delivery of yarn!
Posted by Unknown on 29th Aug 2013
I can't wait to make this.
Posted by lyn on 23rd May 2013
I am very impressed with this pattern.
Now to find a yummy yarn to do it justice.!!
Posted by Wandalea on 23rd Apr 2013
I have not made it yet, however, in looking through the pattern, I am very impressed--it will print well, is very detailed, & even has a chart to keep track of the lace pattern by row. I always make my own similar charts so I know where I am. I have been wanting this pattern, so when I downloaded the gift of the free Little Lace Vest, I was inspired to buy this one. It's flat-out gorgeous. Thanks!
Posted by Rebecca on 26th Mar 2013
Looks like an easy pattern to follow.
Can't wait to make it.
Posted by Unknown on 6th Sep 2012
The product was exactly what i ordered and the quality was superbe