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Here's THE project to make this season! It has all the latest detailing and is knit from the top down for minimal finishing.
The bulky yarn is a soft merino wool blend, giving this cardigan a wonderfully cozy feel. The slightly wider collar allows whatever you layer underneath to show through. The shorter sleeves are 3/4 length if you leaves the cuffs down, or above the elbow if you fold them up. The bold lace panel design adds wonderful sophistication and the knit-in pockets are practical, fun, and so now.
Substantial ribbing at the bottom adds a nice finish to the longer tunic length and big, beautiful buttons all the way down allow you to wear it open many different ways.
This is a sweater to wear with EVERYTHING. (I get so many compliments on it!) Plus, it's an easy style that can be worn by many figures.
And lastly, it is knit from the top down, so you can add length to the sleeves or body if you wish by just knitting more rows!
See it discussed on the SweaterBabe.com Blog.
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: Written for sizes Small (Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large) or Bust Sizes 32-34 (36-38, 40-42, 42-44, 46-48)" [81.5-86.5 (91.5-96.5, 101.5-106.5, 106.5-112, 117-122) cm]. Finished Knit Chest Size: 40 (44 ½, 48, 51, 55)" [101.5 (113, 122, 129.5, 140) cm].
Skill Level: Pattern is written for Intermediate level knitters, but an Easy level knitting may purchase the separate Techniques PDF download, which has full-color photos of all the special techniques used in the pattern. See below.
Yarn Used: GGH Aspen (50% Merino Wool/50% Acrylic); 1.75oz/50g [62yds/57m] per ball: 12 (12, 13, 14, 15) balls in Red #4.
Pattern Gauge: 8 sts = 3" [7.5 cm] and 11 rows = 3" [7.5 cm] in St st on Size 11 [8mm] needles.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A bulky weight yarn with a gauge of 10 stitches = 4" on US size 10 3/4 to 11 needles..
Total Yardage Required: approximately 744 (806, 868, 868, 930) yds [684 (741, 798, 798, 855) m].
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
If you have a yarn substitute to suggest for this project, email us!
Madeleine Tosh Chunky
Malabrigo Yarn Chunky
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Think and Quick
Knitting Needles Used: 24 to 32" long (or longer) circular needle in Size 11 [8mm] OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE (there are too many stitches to knit on straight needles).
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Posted by Tammy on 8th Mar 2013
I haven't yet knitted this garment, but I am VERY excited to get back into a Sweaterbabe pattern. I have knitted several of her pieces before and I must say her patterns are THE best. Whenever I have drifted away from Katherine's patterns and come back to her I always feel like I have "come home after a long vacation". There is nothing like it. It is a comfy, cozy feeling. No stress. Her patterns are layed out so nicely and explain every step in great detail. She includes charts and written instructions for those of us who need it all!! I can't say enough good about Sweaterbabe. It is an experience you will enjoy from the first cast on stitch to the last bind off stitch.