Monday, 16 March 2015

Lace and Braid Cardigan

This lightweight, elegant cardigan combines cables and lace specifically designed for airy, wonderful alpaca. It’s long length provides generous coverage and works equally well with a skirt or jeans. It feels like air but is amazingly warm and cozy.

There are so many time-saving features in this sweater and you’ll find that it knits quickly. The worsted weight and lace patterns use relatively few stitches. The button bands are worked as you go so there’s no need to pick up stitches and work them at the end. The pattern is rhythmic and can be memorized. The buttons are easy to align with no measuring. And there are no charts!  It is worked flat, from the bottom up with no side shaping.

Sizes: Womens’ XS (S, M, L, XL) Finished bust sizes 32” (35”, 38”, 44”, 50”)  (Pictured in size XS)

Yarn: 10 (10, 11, 12, 12) balls of Classic Elite Inca Alpa or 1100 (1100, 1210, 1320, 1320) yards of worsted weight alpaca

Needle Size:  US 6 (4 mm)

Stitch holder
Cable needle
Stitch markers
6 buttons (approx. 16 mm - but it’s best to wait until your cardigan is finished before buying your buttons so you can find the perfect size for your buttonhole)

Skill Level - Intermediate

 This lovely pattern is available as a downloadable PDF for $5.00. 

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Turtle Cardigan

Sometimes you just get tired of coats.  And sometimes you want versatility.  This long cardigan could be worn as a cardigan or short dress. The center back is worked in tracks of the turtle pattern with circle motifs along the sides that are worked with twisted stitches. The front features narrower tracks of the turtle pattern in symmetrical fashion. A row of slipped stitches accentuates the sides and sleeves.
Using bulky yarn, and easy stitches, this piece works up quickly despite the length. With long sleeves and easy fit, it’s easily worn over shirts.  

It uses approximately 2 and 2/3 skeins of Cascade’s Ecological Wool. If you don’t like weaving in ends, this yarn is for you. You can knit the entire back on 1 piece of yarn.

Materials Needed: 
1350 - 1434 yards of bulky wool
Size US 10 needle
Size US 7 needle
Size US 10 circular (24”0 for the button bands)
6 Buttons (wait until you've finished your cardigan before buying your buttons so you can make sure they look and fit perfectly with your buttonholes)
Cable Needle

S/M (36")
L (40")
XL (44")

This pattern is available for $4.99.  Click on the link for more details on the pattern including yarn, sizes and gauge, and a link to download the PDF. 

And Happy Knitting!