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I believe that even your closet staples should never be boring. So here is my take on a simple cardigan that fills a functional gap in my wardrobe, but is far from being basic!
Classic shaping for a well-fitting result was a given. The lace panels in the front and wider back lace panel are signature SweaterBabe (I must have lace and/or cables or I’m not a happy camper, er. . knitter!).
The longer length is in line with current trends, but also makes for a flattering, lean look and will work well with my longer tops and skinnier jeans. Slim, full-length sleeves keep it all very sleek, and the longer ribbed cuffs are versatile – they can be folded up to bracelet length or left long for warmth. And of course it's top-down, knit up in a soft yarn (cashmere blend!), and made in this season's neutral color – grey!
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.
Errata fixed 10/22/15: On p.6 Row 9: K3 (not 2), CO1, ... to close BH. Same on p.8. middle of page.
Errata fixed 2/1/16: Sleeve inches calculated incorrectly for 2X and 3X. Please download the new version if you purchased before 2/1/16.
Finished Knit Bust Measurements: 32 ¾ (37 ¼, 41 ¾, 45 ¼, 49 ¾, 53 ¼)" [83 (94.5, 106, 115, 126.5, 135.5) cm].
Yarn Used: Knitpicks Capra DK (83% Merino Wool, 15% Cashmere; 1.76 oz/50 g [123 yds/112 m] per ball): 11 (12, 14, 15, 17, 18) balls in Caviar #24963.
Pattern Gauge: 18 sts = 4" [10 cm] (at widest point) and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Lace patt, blocked.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A dk weight yarn in a cashmere and merino wool blend with a gauge of 5 - 5.5 sts = 1" [2.5 cm] on size 5-7 needles [4 mm-4.5 mm]. NOTE: This yarn is slightly heavier than most dk weight yarns. Please swatch and measure gauge carefully.
Total Yardage Required: 1275 (1435, 1620, 1785, 2035, 2210) [1166 (1312, 1481, 1632, 1861, 2021) 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 9 [5.5 mm] set of DPNs OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE (for working SLEEVES in the round) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE; Size 7 [4.5 mm] needles (for working neckband rows).
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Posted by Nelly on 2nd Jan 2014
This is my current WIP and it has been a dream to knit. I just know this will be my "go to" sweater pattern in the future ~ great for spring and fall, as well as cool Minnesota summer evenings. Another great pattern from SweaterBabe
Posted by Unknown on 28th Apr 2013
It is very easy to knit ang instruction are very clear.t
Posted by Unknown on 20th Feb 2013
This is just what I have been looking for. A top down sweater that can double as a coat in our warm Florida weather.