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Novita Natura: Oravala cardigan

Novita Natura: Oravala cardigan

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Knitted from Novita Natura, the Oravala colourwork cardigan is ornamented by mushrooms, trees and animals of the forest.
Magazine Novita Syksy 2020 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 12
Skill level Expert
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    Availability:In stock
    SKU N032012
    Pattern details
    Size
    XS(S)M(L)XL

    Yarn demand
    Novita Natura
    (032) Beard Lichen 350(400)400(450)450 g and
    (010) Off White 250(300)300(350)350 g


    Needles and other supplies
    Needles Novita 5 mm (UK 6 / US 8) and 6 mm (UK 4 / US 10) or sizes needed to obtain gauge
    Other supplies 5(5)6(6)6 buttons (www.tyykipuoti.fi)


    Designer
    Sisko Sälpäkivi

    Details
    Back
    Using the larger needles and Beard Lichen cast on 90(94)102(110)114 sts and begin ribbing with p2 (WS).
    When the ribbing measures 6 cm, purl the WS row and at the same time decrease 2(0)2(2)0 sts = 88(94)100(108)114 sts.
    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 17(13)9(5)1 of chart I. The starting point for each size is marked with an arrow. Work 88(94)100(108)114 sts. Work rows 18(14)10(6)2–130 of the chart.
    Note: After row 94(92)90(88)86, place markers for the bottom of the armhole at both ends.
    After row 130 [the armhole measures approx. 19(20)21(22)23 cm], on every other row bind off 2x6(6)6(8)8 sts and 3x5(6)7(7)8 sts for the shoulders.
    Securely bind off the remaining 34 neckline sts.
     
    Left front
    Using the larger needles and Beard Lichen cast on 43(47)47(51)55 sts and begin ribbing: (WS) p3, *k2, p2*, repeat *–* to end of row.
    When the ribbing measures 6 cm, purl the WS row and at the same time evenly decrease 2(3)0(0)1 sts = 41(44)47(51)54 sts.
    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 17(13)9(5)1 of chart I. The starting point for each size is marked with an arrow. Work 41(44)47(51)54 sts. Work rows 18(14)10(6)2–130 of the chart.
    Note: After row 94(92)90(88)86, place a marker for the bottom of the armhole at the right end.
    Note: After row 91, begin neckline decreases at the left end following the chart. 14 sts are decreased in total.
    After row 130 [the armhole measures approx. 19(20)21(22)23 cm], on every other row bind off 2x6(6)6(8)8 sts and 3x5(6)7(7)8 sts at the right end.
     
    Right front
    Using the larger needles and Beard Lichen cast on 43(47)47(51)55 sts and begin ribbing: (WS) *p2, k2*, repeat *–* until 3 sts remain, p3.
    When the ribbing measures 6 cm, purl the WS row and at the same time decrease 2(3)0(0)1 sts = 41(44)47(51)54 sts.
    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 17(13)9(5)1 of chart I. Start at the front edge of the left front. Work 41(44)47(51)54 sts. Work rows 18(14)10(6)2–130 of the chart.
    Note: After row 94(92)90(88)86, place a marker for the bottom of the armhole at the left end.
    Note: After row 92, begin neckline decreases at the right end following the chart. 14 sts are decreased in total.
    After row 131 [the armhole measures approx. 19(20)21(22)23 cm], on every other row bind off 2x6(6)6(8)8 sts and 3x5(6)7(7)8 sts at the left end.
     
    Sleeves
    Using the smaller needles and Beard Lichen cast on 40(42)44(46)48 sts and work ribbing for 6 cm.
    Switch to the larger needles and begin the colourwork pattern on row 7(5)3(3)1 of chart II. The starting point for each size is marked with an arrow. Work 40(42)44(46)48 sts. Work rows 8(6)4(4)2–84 of the chart. Following the chart work increases at both ends by knitting the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop.
    After row 84 there are 60(62)66(70)72 sts on the needles. Loosely bind off.
    Knit the other sleeve in the same manner.
     
    Finishing
    Sew the shoulder seams.
    Borders: Using the smaller needles and Beard Lichen pick up and knit sts from the RS of the work. Begin at the midpoint of the back neckline and continue to the left front neckline and front edge. Pick up approx. 20 sts for every 10 cm (make sure the number of sts is divisible by 4 + 3 sts). Begin ribbing: (WS) p3, *k2, p2*, repeat *–* to end of row. When the border measures 4 cm, bind off in pattern.
    Place markers for buttons on the border. The topmost button should be at the starting point of the neckline decreases, the lowest one 2 cm from the bottom edge and the other 3(3)4(4)4 evenly in between.
    Work the right border in the same manner. When the border measures 1,5 cm make buttonholes at the spots you marked. Buttonhole: yarn over, work 2 sts together. Bind off in pattern on the same row as the other border.
    Attach the sleeves (see the red marks on the pattern).
    Sew the sleeve seams and side seams. Sew the border seam in the back.
    Sew on the buttons.
    Pattern instructions
    Finished dimensions
    body circumference 100(108)116(124)132 cm / 39¼(42½)45¾(48¾)52 in
    length 73(74)76(78)80 cm / 28¾(29¼)30(30¾)31½ in
    inner sleeve length 47(48)49(49)50 cm / 18½(19)19¼(19¼)19¾ in


    Stitch patterns & gauge
    Stitch patterns Ribbing: *k2, p2*, repeat *–*. On the wrong side rows, knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts. Stockinette stitch: knit the right side rows and purl the wrong side rows. Colourwork: work stockinette st following the chart and instructions.
    Gauge 17 sts and 19 rows in colourwork with larger needles = 10 cm / 4 in
    Note Twist the yarns around each other on the WS (at different points on back-to-back rows) to avoid floats longer than 5 sts.


    Back
    Using the larger needles and Beard Lichen cast on 90(94)102(110)114 sts and begin ribbing with p2 (WS).
    When the ribbing measures 6 cm, purl the WS row and at the same time decrease 2(0)2(2)0 sts = 88(94)100(108)114 sts.
    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 17(13)9(5)1 of chart I. The starting point for each size is marked with an arrow. Work 88(94)100(108)114 sts. Work rows 18(14)10(6)2–130 of the chart.
    Note: After row 94(92)90(88)86, place markers for the bottom of the armhole at both ends.
    After row 130 [the armhole measures approx. 19(20)21(22)23 cm], on every other row bind off 2x6(6)6(8)8 sts and 3x5(6)7(7)8 sts for the shoulders.
    Securely bind off the remaining 34 neckline sts.
     
    Left front
    Using the larger needles and Beard Lichen cast on 43(47)47(51)55 sts and begin ribbing: (WS) p3, *k2, p2*, repeat *–* to end of row.
    When the ribbing measures 6 cm, purl the WS row and at the same time evenly decrease 2(3)0(0)1 sts = 41(44)47(51)54 sts.
    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 17(13)9(5)1 of chart I. The starting point for each size is marked with an arrow. Work 41(44)47(51)54 sts. Work rows 18(14)10(6)2–130 of the chart.
    Note: After row 94(92)90(88)86, place a marker for the bottom of the armhole at the right end.
    Note: After row 91, begin neckline decreases at the left end following the chart. 14 sts are decreased in total.
    After row 130 [the armhole measures approx. 19(20)21(22)23 cm], on every other row bind off 2x6(6)6(8)8 sts and 3x5(6)7(7)8 sts at the right end.
     
    Right front
    Using the larger needles and Beard Lichen cast on 43(47)47(51)55 sts and begin ribbing: (WS) *p2, k2*, repeat *–* until 3 sts remain, p3.
    When the ribbing measures 6 cm, purl the WS row and at the same time decrease 2(3)0(0)1 sts = 41(44)47(51)54 sts.
    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 17(13)9(5)1 of chart I. Start at the front edge of the left front. Work 41(44)47(51)54 sts. Work rows 18(14)10(6)2–130 of the chart.
    Note: After row 94(92)90(88)86, place a marker for the bottom of the armhole at the left end.
    Note: After row 92, begin neckline decreases at the right end following the chart. 14 sts are decreased in total.
    After row 131 [the armhole measures approx. 19(20)21(22)23 cm], on every other row bind off 2x6(6)6(8)8 sts and 3x5(6)7(7)8 sts at the left end.
     
    Sleeves
    Using the smaller needles and Beard Lichen cast on 40(42)44(46)48 sts and work ribbing for 6 cm.
    Switch to the larger needles and begin the colourwork pattern on row 7(5)3(3)1 of chart II. The starting point for each size is marked with an arrow. Work 40(42)44(46)48 sts. Work rows 8(6)4(4)2–84 of the chart. Following the chart work increases at both ends by knitting the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop.
    After row 84 there are 60(62)66(70)72 sts on the needles. Loosely bind off.
    Knit the other sleeve in the same manner.
     
    Finishing
    Sew the shoulder seams.
    Borders: Using the smaller needles and Beard Lichen pick up and knit sts from the RS of the work. Begin at the midpoint of the back neckline and continue to the left front neckline and front edge. Pick up approx. 20 sts for every 10 cm (make sure the number of sts is divisible by 4 + 3 sts). Begin ribbing: (WS) p3, *k2, p2*, repeat *–* to end of row. When the border measures 4 cm, bind off in pattern.
    Place markers for buttons on the border. The topmost button should be at the starting point of the neckline decreases, the lowest one 2 cm from the bottom edge and the other 3(3)4(4)4 evenly in between.
    Work the right border in the same manner. When the border measures 1,5 cm make buttonholes at the spots you marked. Buttonhole: yarn over, work 2 sts together. Bind off in pattern on the same row as the other border.
    Attach the sleeves (see the red marks on the pattern).
    Sew the sleeve seams and side seams. Sew the border seam in the back.
    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.

    Size charts

    Here you find size guides for your knitting projects!




     
     




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