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Womans Fair Isle Cardigan Novita Natura

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Womans fair isle cardigan knitted in Novita Natura yarn has traditional yet outstanding fair isle pattern.
Magazine Novita Talvi 2014 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 15
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N041415
Pattern details
Size
XS-S-M-L-XL

Yarn demand
Novita Natura
(051) Cranberry 400[400:450:450:500] g
(010) Off-white 200[250:300:300:350] g

Needles and other supplies
1 pair Novita 6 mm needles
4 mm Novita crochet hook for making up
Other notions: 6-7 large sew-on snap fasteners (www.napiton.fi )

Designer
Susanna Mertsalmi

Details

Stitch pattern

Rib:

Row 1:*K1,P1, rep from* to end.

Row 2: *K1, P1, rep from * to end.

Stocking stitch: knit on RS, purl on WS.

Fair isle pattern: See chart.

Tension

17 sts and 20 rows to 10 cm measured over fair isle patt

Back

With one strand of red yarn, cast on 87[93:101:107:113] sts. Take another strand of yarn and work with yarn held double in rib. Work until back meas about 8cm. End with RS row. Cut off one strand of yarn and cont working with single strand.

WS: Knit one row. Work 2 rows in stocking st. Beg and ending rows as indicated, cont in patt from chart as folls:

Row 1: Start working from an arrow marked for your size, rep 6 st pattern until the end of the row. Cont in patt and repeat rows 1.-6.

Work until back meas 43[44:45:46:47] cm. After finishing row 6. of the chart, work row 7. from an arrow marked for your size, rep 22 st pattern until the end of the row. Cont in patt and work rows 7.-30. Work with off-white yarn 2 rows in stocking st. Beg and ending rows as indicated, cont in patt from chart as folls:

Row 31: Start working from an arrow marked for your size, rep 6 st pattern until the end of the row. Cont in patt and repeat rows 31.-36.

Work until back meas 78[80:82:84:86] cm.

Shape shoulders and back neck

Cast off tightly 17[17):19:19:19] sts in the middle of the back for neck and work in patt to end. Leave right side sts on a holder. Work each side of neck separately.

Shoulder shaping:

WS: Cast off every alt row XS: 6sts 4 times [S: 6sts once and 7sts 3 times: M: 7sts twice and 8sts twice :L:8sts 3 times and 9sts once: XL: 9sts 4 times].

AT THE SAME TIME: Neck shaping: RS: Cast off every alt row 4sts twice, 2sts once and 1st once. Rejoin yarn to sts on holder and patt to end. Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

Left Front

With one strand of red yarn, cast on 46[49:53:56:59] sts. Take another strand of yarn and work with yarn held double in rib. Work until front meas about 8cm. End with RS row. Cut off one strand of yarn and cont working with single strand.

WS: Knit one row. Work 2 rows in stocking st. Beg and ending rows as indicated, cont in patt from chart as folls:

Row 1: Start working from an arrow marked for your size, rep 6 st pattern until the end of the row. Cont in patt and repeat rows 1.-6. Work until front meas 43[44:45:46:47] cm. After finishing row 6. of the chart, work row 7. from an arrow marked for your size, rep 22 st pattern until the end of the row. Cont in patt and work rows 7.-30. Work with off-white yarn 2 rows in stocking st. Beg and ending rows as indicated, cont in patt from chart as folls:

Row 31: Start working from an arrow marked for your size, rep 6 st pattern until the end of the row. Cont in patt and repeat rows 31.-36.

Work until front meas 60[61:62:63:64] cm.

Shape front neck

Front neck dec (RS): Work the row until 2sts remain on left hand needle, sl1,K1,psso. Repeat front neck dec every alt row 21(21)22(22)22 times. Make shoulder shaping in same height as for back.

Right Front

Knit as left front reversing all shapings. Use “K2tog” decrease method in front neck decreases.

Sleeves

With one strand of red yarn, cast on 44[46:48:48:50] sts. Take another strand of yarn and work with yarn held double in rib. Work until sleeve meas about 8cm. End with RS row. Cut off one strand of yarn and cont working with single strand.

WS: Knit one row. Work 2 rows in stocking st and increase evenly 3[3:5:5:5] sts during the first row = 47[49:53:53:55] sts. Beg and ending rows as indicated, cont in patt from chart as folls:

Row 1:Sleeve middle stitch is marked in chart with an arrow, count from there your starting st. Cont in patt and repeat rows 1.-6. Work until sleeve meas 17[18:19:14:13] cm. Inc 1 st at each end. Repeat increases in 7[7:7:5,5:5 ]cm intervals 3(3)3(5)6 times = 55[57:61:65:69] sts. Work increased sts in patt. AT THE SAME TIME: When sleeve meas 25[26:27:28:29] cm and you have finished row 6. of the chart, work row 7. as foll: sleeve middle stitch is marked in chart with an arrow, count from there your starting st. Cont in patt and work rows 7.-30. Work with off-white yarn 2 rows in stocking st. Beg and ending rows as indicated, cont in patt from chart as folls:

Row 31: Sleeve middle stitch is marked in chart with an arrow, count from there your starting st. Cont in patt and repeat rows 31.-36.

Work until sleeve meas 45[46:47:47:48] cm. Cast off.

Making Up

Flatten the pieces to the desired dimensions on an even surface, wrong side up. Wet with water spray, and allow to dry. Join both shoulder seams.

Join side seams and sleeve seams using back stitch or matress stitch if preferred. Set in sleeves slightly stretching the sleeve top.

Crochet front edges and neckline:

Row1: (RS): using red yarn, dc all row, AT THE SAME TIME tighten back neckline by skipping a few sts. Break yarn. Work row 2 from RS.

Row2: (RS): dc in each st. Break yarn.

Sew on snap fasteners.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Bust: 100[108:116:124:132] cm Length: 82[84:86:88:90] cm Inner length of the sleeve: 45[46:47:47:48] cm

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch pattern:
Rib:Row 1:*K1,P1, rep from* to end. Row 2: *K1, P1, rep from * to end.
Stocking stitch: knit on RS, purl on WS.
Fair isle pattern: See chart.
Tension:
17 sts and 20 rows to 10 cm measured over fair isle patt

Stitch pattern

Rib:

Row 1:*K1,P1, rep from* to end.

Row 2: *K1, P1, rep from * to end.

Stocking stitch: knit on RS, purl on WS.

Fair isle pattern: See chart.

Tension

17 sts and 20 rows to 10 cm measured over fair isle patt

Back

With one strand of red yarn, cast on 87[93:101:107:113] sts. Take another strand of yarn and work with yarn held double in rib. Work until back meas about 8cm. End with RS row. Cut off one strand of yarn and cont working with single strand.

WS: Knit one row. Work 2 rows in stocking st. Beg and ending rows as indicated, cont in patt from chart as folls:

Row 1: Start working from an arrow marked for your size, rep 6 st pattern until the end of the row. Cont in patt and repeat rows 1.-6.

Work until back meas 43[44:45:46:47] cm. After finishing row 6. of the chart, work row 7. from an arrow marked for your size, rep 22 st pattern until the end of the row. Cont in patt and work rows 7.-30. Work with off-white yarn 2 rows in stocking st. Beg and ending rows as indicated, cont in patt from chart as folls:

Row 31: Start working from an arrow marked for your size, rep 6 st pattern until the end of the row. Cont in patt and repeat rows 31.-36.

Work until back meas 78[80:82:84:86] cm.

Shape shoulders and back neck

Cast off tightly 17[17):19:19:19] sts in the middle of the back for neck and work in patt to end. Leave right side sts on a holder. Work each side of neck separately.

Shoulder shaping:

WS: Cast off every alt row XS: 6sts 4 times [S: 6sts once and 7sts 3 times: M: 7sts twice and 8sts twice :L:8sts 3 times and 9sts once: XL: 9sts 4 times].

AT THE SAME TIME: Neck shaping: RS: Cast off every alt row 4sts twice, 2sts once and 1st once. Rejoin yarn to sts on holder and patt to end. Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

Left Front

With one strand of red yarn, cast on 46[49:53:56:59] sts. Take another strand of yarn and work with yarn held double in rib. Work until front meas about 8cm. End with RS row. Cut off one strand of yarn and cont working with single strand.

WS: Knit one row. Work 2 rows in stocking st. Beg and ending rows as indicated, cont in patt from chart as folls:

Row 1: Start working from an arrow marked for your size, rep 6 st pattern until the end of the row. Cont in patt and repeat rows 1.-6. Work until front meas 43[44:45:46:47] cm. After finishing row 6. of the chart, work row 7. from an arrow marked for your size, rep 22 st pattern until the end of the row. Cont in patt and work rows 7.-30. Work with off-white yarn 2 rows in stocking st. Beg and ending rows as indicated, cont in patt from chart as folls:

Row 31: Start working from an arrow marked for your size, rep 6 st pattern until the end of the row. Cont in patt and repeat rows 31.-36.

Work until front meas 60[61:62:63:64] cm.

Shape front neck

Front neck dec (RS): Work the row until 2sts remain on left hand needle, sl1,K1,psso. Repeat front neck dec every alt row 21(21)22(22)22 times. Make shoulder shaping in same height as for back.

Right Front

Knit as left front reversing all shapings. Use “K2tog” decrease method in front neck decreases.

Sleeves

With one strand of red yarn, cast on 44[46:48:48:50] sts. Take another strand of yarn and work with yarn held double in rib. Work until sleeve meas about 8cm. End with RS row. Cut off one strand of yarn and cont working with single strand.

WS: Knit one row. Work 2 rows in stocking st and increase evenly 3[3:5:5:5] sts during the first row = 47[49:53:53:55] sts. Beg and ending rows as indicated, cont in patt from chart as folls:

Row 1:Sleeve middle stitch is marked in chart with an arrow, count from there your starting st. Cont in patt and repeat rows 1.-6. Work until sleeve meas 17[18:19:14:13] cm. Inc 1 st at each end. Repeat increases in 7[7:7:5,5:5 ]cm intervals 3(3)3(5)6 times = 55[57:61:65:69] sts. Work increased sts in patt. AT THE SAME TIME: When sleeve meas 25[26:27:28:29] cm and you have finished row 6. of the chart, work row 7. as foll: sleeve middle stitch is marked in chart with an arrow, count from there your starting st. Cont in patt and work rows 7.-30. Work with off-white yarn 2 rows in stocking st. Beg and ending rows as indicated, cont in patt from chart as folls:

Row 31: Sleeve middle stitch is marked in chart with an arrow, count from there your starting st. Cont in patt and repeat rows 31.-36.

Work until sleeve meas 45[46:47:47:48] cm. Cast off.

Making Up

Flatten the pieces to the desired dimensions on an even surface, wrong side up. Wet with water spray, and allow to dry. Join both shoulder seams.

Join side seams and sleeve seams using back stitch or matress stitch if preferred. Set in sleeves slightly stretching the sleeve top.

Crochet front edges and neckline:

Row1: (RS): using red yarn, dc all row, AT THE SAME TIME tighten back neckline by skipping a few sts. Break yarn. Work row 2 from RS.

Row2: (RS): dc in each st. Break yarn.

Sew on snap fasteners.


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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