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#141 Whispering Leaves Lace Top-Down Cardigan PDF Knitting Pattern

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Here is a gorgeous beaded lace top in a shape designed to flatter.

Tiny iridescent beads (come with the yarn) add instant glamour and sparkle to an already gorgeous yarn, which is a luxurious blend of mohair, silk, nylon, and wool. The sleeveless cardigan is knit from the top down with a needle size specifically chosen to bring out the yarn's halo and delicacy.

A very pretty open lace panel makes for a very sexy backside. The same lace pattern adorns the open fronts of this cardigan.

Dainty little sleeves make this cardigan an easy layering piece to show of toned arms or to be worn like a vest. Would be a wonderful cover up for a wedding dress or outfit!

Glam up your daytime attire by throwing on this beauty, or save it for special evenings where the beads will twinkle and sparkle perfectly. See the blog post on this cardigan.

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See the blog post on this cardigan.

NOTE: Unfortunately, the pre-beaded Tilli Tomas yarn has been discontinued. Please see some suggested substitutes below.

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: Cardigan Bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56)" [81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142) cm] at BUST. 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].

Skill Level: experienced-85.jpg

Yarn Used: Tilli Tomas Symphony Lace (63% Mohair, 18% Nylon, 10% Silk, 9% Wool w/Beads; 1.76 oz/50 g [345 yds/315 m] per ball): 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) hanks in Midnight Borealis.

Pattern Gauge: Approx 16 sts = 4" [10 cm] and 20 rows = 4" [10 cm] in St st on larger needle.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information:
A lace weight/2 ply yarn in a silk blend.

Total Yardage Required:
520 (580, 655, 720, 800, 900, 990) yds [476 (531, 599, 659, 732, 823, 906) m].

Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Knitpicks Aloft, madelinetosh tosh lace, Malabrigo Yarn Silkpaca, Knitpicks Gloss Lace, Cascade Yarn Kid Seta.
Some suggested beads to add (sorry, instructions on adding beads are NOT included in the pattern as the sample was knit with a beaded yarn): 6/0 glass seed beads, 8/0 miyuki Japanese seed beads.
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).

Please note: SweaterBabe.com patterns are authorized for home use only and are not to be knit/crocheted for resale. All pattern sales are final.

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  1. so floaty and feminine

    Posted by Liesl on 11th Oct 2013

    cant wait to get to itJust hope all my other projects dont interfere with my plans

  2. Beautiful Results Clear Easy to Understand Pattern

    Posted by Ellen Tucker-Cohen on 28th May 2013

    As a relatively new sweater knitter I need clear, easy to understand directions. Sweaterbabe provides lots of assistance with line by line stitch counts, photo tutorials of techniques used in patterns, and support.

    I just finished my sweater and I LOVE IT! It is my favorite knitted garment. The Whispering Leaves Pattern is simply elegant and I'm sure I'll make another one for my daughter. Thank you SweaterBabe. I love this pattern.

  3. A delight

    Posted by Lorraine on 22nd Apr 2013

    Love the pattern ..had to read pattern very carefully and highlight the areas that affected my size pattern.

    And I am now in the process of knitting it. Looking forward to wearing it

  4. beautiful sweater

    Posted by Rebecca on 26th Mar 2013

    The hardest thing about making this sweater is what color to make it in.
    Gorgeous sweater.

  5. Best sweater ever

    Posted by Vivian E. Brown on 31st Jan 2013

    I read the pattern through, ordered yarn. Will be making sweater for Easter

  6. Simply Beautiful

    Posted by Cerline on 28th Dec 2012

    This pattern is not only beautiful, but also very versatile. I love it!

  7. Beautiful Sweater

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Dec 2012

    I have a couple of people on my gift list that require light weight knits, because of climate.
    This is a beautiful sweater I look forward to knitting.

  8. So pretty

    Posted by Unknown on 13th Sep 2012

    Such a pretty end project. The instructions were amazingly clear, love how you also linked to certain stitches to show exactly what you used on yours.
    I finished my project and need to get around to blocking it so I can give it to the lucky recipient.

  9. Love it!

    Posted by Unknown on 13th Sep 2012

    Easy to read instructions. Will let you know when the garment is finished if it really lives up to my expectations.

  10. Lovely and lacey

    Posted by Sandie on 24th Aug 2012

    Beautiful pattern, uses large needles and not too much luxury yarn - can't wait to start.