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Novita Nalle: Rekiretki (Sleigh Ride) cardigan

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The stylish Rekiretki cardigan, with its reindeer and snowflake motifs, adds a nice wintery feel to any man’s outfit. The cardigan is knitted in pieces which are then sewn together. Knitted from Novita Nalle.
Magazine Novita Talvi 2021 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 28
Skill level Intermediate
Novita Nalle: Rekiretki (Sleigh Ride) cardigan

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    Availability:In stock
    SKU N042128
    Pattern details
    Size
    S(M)L(XL)XXL(3XL)

    Yarn demand

    Novita Nalle

    (044) Graphite 450(500)550(600)650(700) g

    (010) Off White 150(150)200(200)200(250) g



    Needles and other supplies

    Needles Novita 3–3.5 mm (UK 10–11 / US 2½–4) and 3.5–4 mm (UK 8–9 / US 4–6) or sizes needed for gauge

    Other supplies 6 buttons



    Designer
    Sisko Sälpäkivi

    Details

    Back

    Using the smaller needles and Graphite, cast on 122(130)138(150)162(174) sts and begin ribbing on the WS with p2(p2)p2(k2)p2(k2). Work ribbing for 6 cm.

    Switch to the larger needles and work stockinette st. On the first row, increase 1 st = 123(131)139(151)163(175) sts.

    When the piece measures 34(35)36(37)39(40) cm, work 2 rows using Off White.

    Now begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart I (see arrows for starting point). Keep repeating the 4 st pattern to end of row. Work rows 2–9 of the chart, then work 3 rows in Off White.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart II (see arrows for starting point). Work section A (45 sts), work the middle st and then keep repeating section B to end of row. Work rows 2–42 of the chart.

    Note: When the piece measures 46(47)48(49)51(52) cm, on every other row bind off for armholes at both ends: 1x5(5)7(9)9(9) sts, 1x3 sts, 1(2)2(2)2(3)x2 sts and 2(2)2(2)3(3)x1 st = 99(103)107(115)125(133) sts.

    After row 42, work rows 1–9 of chart I again as established.

    Work 2 rows in Off White, then use Graphite for the rest of the piece.

    When the armhole measures 20(21)22(23)23(24) cm, on a RS row bind off the middle 37(37)39(39)41(41) sts for the neckline, then work to end of row. Leave the sts on the right on hold and work the left side first. After 2 rows, bind off 1x2 sts at the neckline edge.

    When the armhole measures 22(23)24(25)25(26) cm, bind off the 29(31)32(36)40(44) shoulder sts. Knit the other side in the same manner.

     

    Right front

    Using the smaller needles and Graphite, cast on 59(63)67(73)79(85) sts and begin ribbing on the WS with p2(p2)p2(k2)p2(k2). Work ribbing for 6 cm.

    Switch to the larger needles and work stockinette st. When the piece measures 34(35)36(37)39(40) cm, work 2 rows using Off White.

    Then begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart III: work the 1 st at the right end of the chart, then keep repeating the 4 st pattern to end of row. Work rows 2–9 of the chart, then work 3 rows in Off White.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart IV. Keep repeating the 45 st pattern to end of row. Work rows 2–42 of the chart.

    Note: When the piece measures 44(45)46(47)49(50) cm, begin slanting the neckline at the right end: (RS) k1, k2tog, work to end. Repeat the decrease 11(11)10(10)11(11) more times every 1 cm and then 6(6)8(8)8(8) times every 1.5 cm.

    Note: When the piece measures 46(47)48(49)51(52) cm (same point in the colourwork pattern as in the back), on every other row bind off for armhole at the left end: 1x5(5)7(9)9(9) sts, 1x3 sts, 1(2)2(2)2(3)x2 sts and 2(2)2(2)3(3)x1 st.

    After row 42, work rows 1–9 of chart I again as established.

    Work 2 rows in Off White, then use Graphite for the rest of the piece.

    When the armhole measures 22(23)24(25)25(26) cm, bind off the 29(31)32(36)40(44) shoulder sts.

     

    Left front

    Mirror right front. Work the reindeer pattern following chart V. At the neckline, decrease by skp (= slip 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped st over).

     

    Sleeves

    Using the smaller needles and Graphite, cast on 54(58)58(62)62(66) sts and work ribbing for 6 cm.

    Switch to the larger needles and work stockinette st.

    When the piece measures 9(9)9(9(9)8(8) cm, increase 1 st at both ends. Repeat the increases 6(5)2(3)0(0) more times every 3 cm and then 10(12)17(16)22(22) times every 2 cm = 88(94)98(102)108(112) sts.

    When the piece measures 38(39)40(41)41(42) cm, work 2 rows using Off White.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart I. The midpoint of the piece is marked with an arrow, use that to determine the starting point. Keep repeating the 4 st pattern to end of row. Work rows 2–9 of the chart, then work 3 rows in Off White.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart II. The midpoint of the piece is marked with an arrow, use that to determine the starting point. Work to middle st, work middle st. On the left side, mirror the right side. Work rows 2–42 of the chart.

    Note: When the piece measures 50(51)52(53)53(54) cm, on every other row bind off at both ends: 1x5(5)6(6)8(8) sts, 1x3 sts, 3x2 sts, 15(16)17(18)18(19)x1 st, 1x2 sts and 1x3 sts.

    After row 42, work rows 1–9 of chart I again as established.

    Work 2 rows in Off White, then use Graphite for the rest of the piece.

    After you have completed the decreases, bind off the remaining sts.

    Knit the other sleeve in the same manner.

     

     

    Finishing

    Pin to measurements wrong side up, mist and allow to dry. Sew the shoulder seams.

    Border: Using Graphite and the circular needle and with RS facing, begin at the bottom corner of the right front and pick up sts from the right front, back neckline and left front. Pick up 22 sts per 10 cm. Make sure the number of sts is divisible by 4. Begin ribbing: (WS) p3, k2, *p2, k2*, repeat *–*, p3. When the border measures 2 cm, make buttonholes in the left front. Make the lowest buttonhole 1.5 cm from the hem, the top one at the bottom edge of the neckline slanting, and the other 4 evenly in between. Buttonhole: yarn over, work 2 sts together following the rib pattern.

    When the border measures 4 cm, bind off in ribbing.

    Sew the side seams and sleeve seams. Attach the sleeves. Sew on the buttons.

    Pattern instructions
    Finished dimensions

    body circumference 104(112)120(128)140(152) cm / 41(44)47¼(50½)55(59¾) in

    length 68(70)72(74)76(78) cm / 26¾(27½)28¼(29¼)30(30¾) in

    inner sleeve length 50(51)52(53)53(54) cm / 19¾(20)20½(20¾)20¾(21¼) in



    Stitch patterns & gauge

    Stitch patterns Ribbing: *k2, p2*, repeat *–*. On further rows, knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts. Stockinette stitch: knit the right side rows and purl the wrong side rows. Colourwork: follow the chart and instructions.

    Gauge 23 sts and 30 rows in stockinette st with larger needles = 10 cm / 4 in

    23 sts and 28 rows in colourwork with larger needles = 10 cm / 4 in



    Back

    Using the smaller needles and Graphite, cast on 122(130)138(150)162(174) sts and begin ribbing on the WS with p2(p2)p2(k2)p2(k2). Work ribbing for 6 cm.

    Switch to the larger needles and work stockinette st. On the first row, increase 1 st = 123(131)139(151)163(175) sts.

    When the piece measures 34(35)36(37)39(40) cm, work 2 rows using Off White.

    Now begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart I (see arrows for starting point). Keep repeating the 4 st pattern to end of row. Work rows 2–9 of the chart, then work 3 rows in Off White.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart II (see arrows for starting point). Work section A (45 sts), work the middle st and then keep repeating section B to end of row. Work rows 2–42 of the chart.

    Note: When the piece measures 46(47)48(49)51(52) cm, on every other row bind off for armholes at both ends: 1x5(5)7(9)9(9) sts, 1x3 sts, 1(2)2(2)2(3)x2 sts and 2(2)2(2)3(3)x1 st = 99(103)107(115)125(133) sts.

    After row 42, work rows 1–9 of chart I again as established.

    Work 2 rows in Off White, then use Graphite for the rest of the piece.

    When the armhole measures 20(21)22(23)23(24) cm, on a RS row bind off the middle 37(37)39(39)41(41) sts for the neckline, then work to end of row. Leave the sts on the right on hold and work the left side first. After 2 rows, bind off 1x2 sts at the neckline edge.

    When the armhole measures 22(23)24(25)25(26) cm, bind off the 29(31)32(36)40(44) shoulder sts. Knit the other side in the same manner.

     

    Right front

    Using the smaller needles and Graphite, cast on 59(63)67(73)79(85) sts and begin ribbing on the WS with p2(p2)p2(k2)p2(k2). Work ribbing for 6 cm.

    Switch to the larger needles and work stockinette st. When the piece measures 34(35)36(37)39(40) cm, work 2 rows using Off White.

    Then begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart III: work the 1 st at the right end of the chart, then keep repeating the 4 st pattern to end of row. Work rows 2–9 of the chart, then work 3 rows in Off White.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart IV. Keep repeating the 45 st pattern to end of row. Work rows 2–42 of the chart.

    Note: When the piece measures 44(45)46(47)49(50) cm, begin slanting the neckline at the right end: (RS) k1, k2tog, work to end. Repeat the decrease 11(11)10(10)11(11) more times every 1 cm and then 6(6)8(8)8(8) times every 1.5 cm.

    Note: When the piece measures 46(47)48(49)51(52) cm (same point in the colourwork pattern as in the back), on every other row bind off for armhole at the left end: 1x5(5)7(9)9(9) sts, 1x3 sts, 1(2)2(2)2(3)x2 sts and 2(2)2(2)3(3)x1 st.

    After row 42, work rows 1–9 of chart I again as established.

    Work 2 rows in Off White, then use Graphite for the rest of the piece.

    When the armhole measures 22(23)24(25)25(26) cm, bind off the 29(31)32(36)40(44) shoulder sts.

     

    Left front

    Mirror right front. Work the reindeer pattern following chart V. At the neckline, decrease by skp (= slip 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped st over).

     

    Sleeves

    Using the smaller needles and Graphite, cast on 54(58)58(62)62(66) sts and work ribbing for 6 cm.

    Switch to the larger needles and work stockinette st.

    When the piece measures 9(9)9(9(9)8(8) cm, increase 1 st at both ends. Repeat the increases 6(5)2(3)0(0) more times every 3 cm and then 10(12)17(16)22(22) times every 2 cm = 88(94)98(102)108(112) sts.

    When the piece measures 38(39)40(41)41(42) cm, work 2 rows using Off White.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart I. The midpoint of the piece is marked with an arrow, use that to determine the starting point. Keep repeating the 4 st pattern to end of row. Work rows 2–9 of the chart, then work 3 rows in Off White.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart II. The midpoint of the piece is marked with an arrow, use that to determine the starting point. Work to middle st, work middle st. On the left side, mirror the right side. Work rows 2–42 of the chart.

    Note: When the piece measures 50(51)52(53)53(54) cm, on every other row bind off at both ends: 1x5(5)6(6)8(8) sts, 1x3 sts, 3x2 sts, 15(16)17(18)18(19)x1 st, 1x2 sts and 1x3 sts.

    After row 42, work rows 1–9 of chart I again as established.

    Work 2 rows in Off White, then use Graphite for the rest of the piece.

    After you have completed the decreases, bind off the remaining sts.

    Knit the other sleeve in the same manner.

     

     

    Finishing

    Pin to measurements wrong side up, mist and allow to dry. Sew the shoulder seams.

    Border: Using Graphite and the circular needle and with RS facing, begin at the bottom corner of the right front and pick up sts from the right front, back neckline and left front. Pick up 22 sts per 10 cm. Make sure the number of sts is divisible by 4. Begin ribbing: (WS) p3, k2, *p2, k2*, repeat *–*, p3. When the border measures 2 cm, make buttonholes in the left front. Make the lowest buttonhole 1.5 cm from the hem, the top one at the bottom edge of the neckline slanting, and the other 4 evenly in between. Buttonhole: yarn over, work 2 sts together following the rib pattern.

    When the border measures 4 cm, bind off in ribbing.

    Sew the side seams and sleeve seams. Attach the sleeves. Sew on the buttons.


    Skill levels

    Beginner

    Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

    Technique

    Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

    Patterns

    All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

    Adventurous beginner

    Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

    Technique

    Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

    Patterns

    Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

    Intermediate

    So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

    Technique

    In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

    Patterns

    Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

    Advanced

    Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

    Technique

    On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

    Patterns

    Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

    Gauge & Swatching

    Gauge and Swatching

    Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

    Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

    Adjusting gauge

    If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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