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Glam up your wardrobe with this little number! Sequins are easily knit in throughout the fabric with the Disco Lights yarn from Tilli Tomas. The end result is a shimmery, beautiful cardigan that catches the light and everyone's compliments!
This is a top-down design featuring lots of pretty detailing. The neckband and fronts are in Garter stitch, a nicely textured background that allows the sequins to sparkle. The front ties are simple Garter stitch bands knit out from the front of the cardigan.
The back is in Stockinette stitch, with a nipped in waist and lace detail. The bottom of the cardigan is higher in front and curves lower in back for a wonderfully flattering and unique touch.
Sleeves can be left short (see photo AT BOTTOM) or knit to an elegant bracelet length, with a very open lace panel running down the center.
Knit this beauty using the fancy Tilli Tomas yarn - which comes in other glamorous colors like Jade or American Beauty (a rich red with so much depth of color!)
Special thanks to Unwound: Unique Yarns and Accessories in Blowing Rock, NC for contributing the fabulous Tilli Tomas yarn used for the sample. More on the Featured Yarn Shop: Unwound (and a special 10% offer from them if you mention SweaterBabe.com!).
See the blog post and 280+ comments on this pattern.
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: 29 (32 ½, 37, 40 ¼, 44 ¾, 49, 52 ½)" [73.5 (82.5, 94, 102, 113.5, 124.5, 133.5) cm]. 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: Tilli Tomas Disco Light (100% Spun Silk w/Sequins; 3.5 oz/100 g [225 yds/206 m] per ball):
For SHORT-SLEEVE Version: 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) hanks in Natural.
For BRACELET-LENGTH SLEEVE Version: 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6) hanks in Natural.
Pattern Gauge: 14 sts = 3" [7.5 cm] and 22 rows = 4" [10 cm] in St st on larger needle; 11 sts = 2 ¾" [7 cm] in Lace patt on larger needle.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A worsted weight yarn with a gauge of 5 sts = 1" on US size 7 needles..
Total Yardage Required: For SHORT-SLEEVE Version: 450 (500, 580, 640, 720, 810, 900) yds [411 (457, 530, 585, 658, 741, 823) m].
For BRACELET-LENGTH SLEEVE Version: 650 (675, 810, 890, 1010, 1140, 1250) yds [594 (617, 741, 814, 924, 1042, 1152) m].
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
If you have a yarn substitute to suggest for this project, email us!
Knitting Needles Used: Size 9 [5.5 mm] 24" or longer circular knitting needle OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE (there are too many sts when working the cardigan to fit on straight needles)
" Size 7 [4.5 mm] 24" circular knitting needle OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
" Size 9 [5.5 mm] set of DPNs OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE (for working SLEEVES in the round).
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Posted by Dorothy Proios on 16th Jul 2013
I have not started knitting this item but I will consider getting the yarn as you mention above. It looks like the cardigan will be best in a boucle. I love all your patterns and I can't wait to get started. You are a very talented lady producing such beautiful work. Thank you for all your suggestions. I have six granddaughters and I better get busy.