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Novita Venla: Valssi (Waltz) lace cardigan

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Knitted from the light Novita Venla yarn, the feminine Valssi cardigan features a dainty lace pattern. The cardigan is knitted in pieces which are then sewn together.
Magazine Novita Talvi 2021 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 18
Skill level Intermediate
Novita Venla: Valssi (Waltz) lace cardigan

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    Availability:In stock
    SKU N042118
    Pattern details
    Size
    S/M(L/XL)2XL

    Yarn demand

    Novita Venla

    (010) Off White 350(400)500 g



    Needles and other supplies

    Needles Novita 3 mm (UK 11 / US 2½) or size needed

    Other supplies 8(9)9 buttons (www.tyykipuoti.fi)



    Designer
    Lea Petäjä

    Details

    Back

    Cast on 138(162)182 sts and begin ribbing with k2 (WS). Work ribbing for 3 cm.

    Work stockinette st. On the first row, evenly increase 0(0)2 sts = 138(162)184 sts.

    When the piece measures 8(8)9 cm, on the next RS row increase 1 st at both ends, just inside the edge sts (knit the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop). Repeat the increases every 6.5(6.5)7 cm 3 more times = 146(170)192 sts.

    Note: When the piece measures 23(20.5)23.5 cm, mark the middle 6 sts. On both sides of the marked sts, begin the 1st lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: (RS) work to last 23 sts before marked sts, work 23 st pattern, knit the 6 marked sts, work 23 st pattern, work to end. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; with the middle 6 sts and at both ends, keep working stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    Begin the 2nd lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: (RS) work to last 23 sts before the previous lace section (46 sts before the marked sts), work 23 st pattern 2 times, knit the 6 marked sts, work 23 st pattern 2 times, work to end. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; with the middle 6 sts and at both ends, keep working stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    Begin the 3rd lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: (RS) work to last 23 sts before the previous lace section (69 sts before the marked sts), work 23 st pattern 3 times, knit the 6 marked sts, work 23 st pattern 3 times, work to end. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; with the middle 6 sts and at both ends, keep working stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    Size S/M: *Work rows 1–8 of the chart; with the middle 6 sts and 1 st at both ends, keep working stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.* Keep repeating *–* for the rest of the piece.

    Sizes L/XL and 2XL: Begin the 4th lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: k1, work 12(0) sts from the right end of the chart, work 23 st pattern 3(4) times, knit the 6 marked sts, work 23 st pattern 3(4) times, work 12(0) sts from the left end of the chart, k1. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; with the middle 6 sts and at both ends, keep working stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st. *Work rows 1–8 of the chart; with the middle 6 sts and 1 st at both ends, keep working stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.* Keep repeating *–* for the rest of the piece.

    Note: When the piece measures 33(35)38 cm, place markers for armholes at both ends.

    When the armhole measures 19(21)22 cm, on every other row bind off for shoulders at both ends: 2x7 sts and 4x8 sts (4x9 sts and 2x10 sts) 5x11 sts and 1x12 sts.

    Note: When the armhole measures 21(23)24 cm, bind off the middle 42(46)46 sts for the neckline. Work one side at a time. Keep binding off at the shoulder and on every other row bind off 3x2 sts at the neckline edge.

    Knit the other side in the same manner.

     

    Left front

    Cast on 67(79)90 sts and begin ribbing on the WS with p1, k2 (p1, k2) k2. *P2, k2*, repeat *–* to end of row. Work ribbing for 3 cm, then work stockinette st with all sts.

    When the piece measures 8(8)9 cm, on the next RS row increase 1 st at the right end. Repeat the increase every 6.5(6.5)7 cm 3 more times = 71(83)94 sts.

    Note: When the piece measures 23(20.5)23.5 cm, begin the 1st lace stripe at the front edge on row 1 of the chart: (RS) work to last 24 sts, work 23 st pattern, k1. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; keep working stockinette st at the other end and at the front edge (1 st). With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    Begin the 2nd lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: (RS) work to last 47 sts, work 23 st pattern 2 times, k1. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; keep working stockinette st at the other end and at the front edge (1 st). With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    Begin the 3rd lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: (RS) work to last 70 sts, work 23 st pattern 3 times, k1. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; keep working stockinette st at the other end and at the front edge (1 st). With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    Size S/M: *Work rows 1–8 of the chart; keep working 1 st at both ends in stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.* Keep repeating *–* for the rest of the piece.

    Sizes L/XL and 2XL: Begin the 4th lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: (RS) k1, work 12(0) sts from the right end of the chart, work 23 st pattern 3(4) times, k1. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; keep working 1 st at both ends in stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st. *Work rows 1–8 of the chart; keep working 1 st at both ends in stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.* Keep repeating *–* for the rest of the piece.

    Note: When the piece measures 33(35)38 cm, place marker for armhole at the right end.

    When the armhole measures 12(14)15 cm, on the next RS row work to last 13(15)15 sts and leave the remaining sts on hold for the neckline. On every other row, bind off 2x3 sts, 2x2 sts and 2x1 st at the neckline edge.

    Note: When the armhole measures 19(21)22 cm, on every other row bind off for shoulder at the right end: 2x7 sts and 4x8 sts (4x9 sts and 2x10 sts) 5x11 sts and 1x12 sts.

     

    Right front

    Begin ribbing on WS with k1. Mirror left front.

     

    Sleeves

    Cast on 74(76)78 sts and work ribbing for 6 cm. Begin the lace pattern in the centre of the piece on row 1 of the chart: k14(15)16, work 23 st pattern 2 times, k14(15)16. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; keep working stockinette st at both ends. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    *Work rows 1–8 of the chart and keep working stockinette st at both ends. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.* Keep repeating *–* for the rest of the piece.

    Note: When the piece measures 9(12)8 cm, increase 1 st at both ends. Repeat the increases every 3.5(2.5)2.5 cm 10(14)16 more times = 96(106)112 sts. Work the increased sts in stockinette st.

    When the piece measures 47(49)50 cm, on every other row bind off at both ends: 0(2)2x6 sts, 2(0)2x5 sts, 2(3)1x4 sts and 4(3)3x3 sts. 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.

    Neckline: Place the neckline sts on the circular needle and pick up and knit additional sts from the neckline edge for 140(144)144 sts in total. Make sure the number of sts is divisible by 4. Begin ribbing: (WS) p1, k2, *p2, k2*, repeat *–*, p1.

    When the border measures 2.5 cm, bind off in ribbing.

    Borders: With RS facing pick up and knit sts from the left front edge, approx. 3 sts per 4 rows. Make sure the number of sts is divisible by 4. Begin ribbing: (WS) p3, k2, *p2, k2*, repeat *–*, p3. When the border measures 2.5 cm, bind off in ribbing.

    Place markers for buttons on the border, the topmost one 1.5 cm from the top edge, the lowest one approx. 2 cm from the bottom edge and the other 6(7)7 evenly in between.

    Knit the right border in the same manner. When the border measures 1 cm, make buttonholes at the marked spots. Buttonhole: work 2 sts together, yarn over.

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

    Pattern instructions
    Finished dimensions

    body circumference 100(116)134 cm / 39¼(45¾)52¾ in

    length 56(60)64 cm / 22(23½)25¼ in

    inner sleeve length 47(49)50 cm / 18½(19¼)19¾ in



    Stitch patterns & gauge

    Stitch patterns Ribbing: *k2, p2*, repeat *–* to end of row. On WS rows, knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts. Stockinette stitch: knit the right side rows and purl the wrong side rows. Lace pattern: follow the chart and instructions.

    Gauge 27 sts in stockinette st = 10 cm / 4 in; 28½ sts in lace pattern = 10 cm / 4 in (23 st pattern repeat approx. 8 cm / 3¼ in)  



    Back

    Cast on 138(162)182 sts and begin ribbing with k2 (WS). Work ribbing for 3 cm.

    Work stockinette st. On the first row, evenly increase 0(0)2 sts = 138(162)184 sts.

    When the piece measures 8(8)9 cm, on the next RS row increase 1 st at both ends, just inside the edge sts (knit the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop). Repeat the increases every 6.5(6.5)7 cm 3 more times = 146(170)192 sts.

    Note: When the piece measures 23(20.5)23.5 cm, mark the middle 6 sts. On both sides of the marked sts, begin the 1st lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: (RS) work to last 23 sts before marked sts, work 23 st pattern, knit the 6 marked sts, work 23 st pattern, work to end. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; with the middle 6 sts and at both ends, keep working stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    Begin the 2nd lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: (RS) work to last 23 sts before the previous lace section (46 sts before the marked sts), work 23 st pattern 2 times, knit the 6 marked sts, work 23 st pattern 2 times, work to end. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; with the middle 6 sts and at both ends, keep working stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    Begin the 3rd lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: (RS) work to last 23 sts before the previous lace section (69 sts before the marked sts), work 23 st pattern 3 times, knit the 6 marked sts, work 23 st pattern 3 times, work to end. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; with the middle 6 sts and at both ends, keep working stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    Size S/M: *Work rows 1–8 of the chart; with the middle 6 sts and 1 st at both ends, keep working stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.* Keep repeating *–* for the rest of the piece.

    Sizes L/XL and 2XL: Begin the 4th lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: k1, work 12(0) sts from the right end of the chart, work 23 st pattern 3(4) times, knit the 6 marked sts, work 23 st pattern 3(4) times, work 12(0) sts from the left end of the chart, k1. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; with the middle 6 sts and at both ends, keep working stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st. *Work rows 1–8 of the chart; with the middle 6 sts and 1 st at both ends, keep working stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.* Keep repeating *–* for the rest of the piece.

    Note: When the piece measures 33(35)38 cm, place markers for armholes at both ends.

    When the armhole measures 19(21)22 cm, on every other row bind off for shoulders at both ends: 2x7 sts and 4x8 sts (4x9 sts and 2x10 sts) 5x11 sts and 1x12 sts.

    Note: When the armhole measures 21(23)24 cm, bind off the middle 42(46)46 sts for the neckline. Work one side at a time. Keep binding off at the shoulder and on every other row bind off 3x2 sts at the neckline edge.

    Knit the other side in the same manner.

     

    Left front

    Cast on 67(79)90 sts and begin ribbing on the WS with p1, k2 (p1, k2) k2. *P2, k2*, repeat *–* to end of row. Work ribbing for 3 cm, then work stockinette st with all sts.

    When the piece measures 8(8)9 cm, on the next RS row increase 1 st at the right end. Repeat the increase every 6.5(6.5)7 cm 3 more times = 71(83)94 sts.

    Note: When the piece measures 23(20.5)23.5 cm, begin the 1st lace stripe at the front edge on row 1 of the chart: (RS) work to last 24 sts, work 23 st pattern, k1. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; keep working stockinette st at the other end and at the front edge (1 st). With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    Begin the 2nd lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: (RS) work to last 47 sts, work 23 st pattern 2 times, k1. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; keep working stockinette st at the other end and at the front edge (1 st). With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    Begin the 3rd lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: (RS) work to last 70 sts, work 23 st pattern 3 times, k1. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; keep working stockinette st at the other end and at the front edge (1 st). With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    Size S/M: *Work rows 1–8 of the chart; keep working 1 st at both ends in stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.* Keep repeating *–* for the rest of the piece.

    Sizes L/XL and 2XL: Begin the 4th lace stripe on row 1 of the chart: (RS) k1, work 12(0) sts from the right end of the chart, work 23 st pattern 3(4) times, k1. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; keep working 1 st at both ends in stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st. *Work rows 1–8 of the chart; keep working 1 st at both ends in stockinette st. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.* Keep repeating *–* for the rest of the piece.

    Note: When the piece measures 33(35)38 cm, place marker for armhole at the right end.

    When the armhole measures 12(14)15 cm, on the next RS row work to last 13(15)15 sts and leave the remaining sts on hold for the neckline. On every other row, bind off 2x3 sts, 2x2 sts and 2x1 st at the neckline edge.

    Note: When the armhole measures 19(21)22 cm, on every other row bind off for shoulder at the right end: 2x7 sts and 4x8 sts (4x9 sts and 2x10 sts) 5x11 sts and 1x12 sts.

     

    Right front

    Begin ribbing on WS with k1. Mirror left front.

     

    Sleeves

    Cast on 74(76)78 sts and work ribbing for 6 cm. Begin the lace pattern in the centre of the piece on row 1 of the chart: k14(15)16, work 23 st pattern 2 times, k14(15)16. Work rows 2–8 of the chart; keep working stockinette st at both ends. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.

    *Work rows 1–8 of the chart and keep working stockinette st at both ends. With all sts, work 4 rows in stockinette st.* Keep repeating *–* for the rest of the piece.

    Note: When the piece measures 9(12)8 cm, increase 1 st at both ends. Repeat the increases every 3.5(2.5)2.5 cm 10(14)16 more times = 96(106)112 sts. Work the increased sts in stockinette st.

    When the piece measures 47(49)50 cm, on every other row bind off at both ends: 0(2)2x6 sts, 2(0)2x5 sts, 2(3)1x4 sts and 4(3)3x3 sts. 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.

    Neckline: Place the neckline sts on the circular needle and pick up and knit additional sts from the neckline edge for 140(144)144 sts in total. Make sure the number of sts is divisible by 4. Begin ribbing: (WS) p1, k2, *p2, k2*, repeat *–*, p1.

    When the border measures 2.5 cm, bind off in ribbing.

    Borders: With RS facing pick up and knit sts from the left front edge, approx. 3 sts per 4 rows. Make sure the number of sts is divisible by 4. Begin ribbing: (WS) p3, k2, *p2, k2*, repeat *–*, p3. When the border measures 2.5 cm, bind off in ribbing.

    Place markers for buttons on the border, the topmost one 1.5 cm from the top edge, the lowest one approx. 2 cm from the bottom edge and the other 6(7)7 evenly in between.

    Knit the right border in the same manner. When the border measures 1 cm, make buttonholes at the marked spots. Buttonhole: work 2 sts together, yarn over.

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