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Here's a whimsical little jacket to add some zing to your wardrobe! This cardigan is a fairly quick knit, as it's knit from the top down in luscious Malabrigo Worsted yarn on size 11 needles.
Sleeves and body are worked in a unique, all-over cable and lace pattern that gives the cardigan lots of lovely texture and visual interest. Garter stitch neckline, front bands, and ribbed sleeve edgings provide nice contrast and finished edges.
And then, accent pockets are knit in, with a very special yarn from Namaste Farms called "Charmed - Hello Kitty" in a special color that Natalie, of Namaste Farms, calls "Babe" just for me! Notice the fabulous Hello Kitty charms and fancy ribbon!
The bottom of the cardigan is also edged in Babe, to liven things up. A zipper is then sewn in.
Matching cable and lace cowl can be worn with or without the cardigan.
Special thanks to Namaste Farms (available only at http://www.yarnmarket.com) for contributing the fabulous Charmed - Hello Kitty yarn used for the sample. And also for creating the special color called "Babe" just for me! Visit NamasteFarms.com or see my blog post featuring Namaste Farms.
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.
Finished Knit Measurements: Cardigan Bust: 30 (34, 37 ¾, 41 ½, 46, 50, 54 ½)" [76 (86.5, 96, 105.5, 117, 127, 136.5) cm]; Cowl: 25 ½" [65 cm] around, 10 ½" [26.5 cm] height. CARDIGAN 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]. Cowl is ONE size.
Yarn Used: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% Merino Wool); 3.5 oz/100 g (210 yds/192 m] per hank): 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) hanks in Molly #39 (MAIN yarn) for Cardigan and Cowl;
and Namaste Farms Charmed-Hello Kitty (Alpaca Blend); 40g (Approx 40 yds/37 m per hank): 1 hank in Babe (ACCENT yarn) for Cardigan and Cowl.
Pattern Gauge: 17 sts = 4" [10cm] and 20 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Cable Lace st patt with MAIN yarn on largest-size needle.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: MAIN yarn is aworsted weight yarn with a gauge of 4 - 5 stitches = 1" on US size 7 to 9 needles..
Total Yardage Required: 610 (630, 715, 780, 845, 930, 1025) yds [558 (576, 654, 713, 773, 850, 937) m] of MAIN yarn. (About 160 yds [146 m] of this is for the Cowl.) Approx 40 yds [37 m] of ACCENT yarn for the Cardigan and Cowl.
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
If you have a yarn substitute to suggest for this project, email us!
Knitting Needles Used: Size 11 [8 mm] 24" [60 cm] circular knitting needle OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE (there are too many sts when working the cardigan to fit on straight needles AND the cowl is worked in the round);
Size 10 ½ [6.5 mm] 24" [60 cm] or shorter circular needle for Cowl and Pocket Tops;
Size 10 [6 mm] 24" [60 cm] or longer circular knitting needle OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE:
Size 10 [6 mm] set of DPNs OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE (for working SLEEVE edgings in the Rnd).
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