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Women's Cardigan Novita Alpaca Wool

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The relaxed cardigan is knitted in a textured stitch pattern throughout except for the edges and cuffs which are worked in ribbing. The cardigan has a dropped shoulder and narrow sleeves which create an interesting contrast to the garment relaxed fit.
Magazine Novita Kesä 2017 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 24
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N021724
Pattern details
Size
XS(S)M/L(XL)XXL

Yarn demand
Novita Alpaca Wool
(048) Rock 550(600)650(700)750 g

Needles and other supplies
Needles:
Novita 6 mm or the size needed to obtain the correctx gauge.

Designer
Susanna Mertsalmi

Details

The Back

Cast on 104(110)119(125)131 sts and begin the ribbing with a WS row: p2, *k1, p2, repeat from * to end. Work in ribbing until the piece measures 8 cm.

On the next RS row, begin the textured stitch pattern in the middle of the piece from row 1 of pattern: work in ribbing for the first 9 sts, knit the following 86(92)101(107)113 sts and work the last 9 sts in ribbing. Knit through rows 2-4 of the textured stitch pattern and then repeat rows 1-4 for the center sts.

When the piece measures 43(44)45(46)47 cm, start working all of the stitches in the textured stitch pattern.

When the piece measures 59(61)63(65)67 cm, bind off for the shoulder on every 2nd row on both ends of the row 7x3 sts and 3x2 sts (10x3 sts) 4x4 sts and 6x3 sts (7x4 sts and 3x3 sts) 10x4 sts. Securely bind off the remaining 50(50)51(51)51 sts.

Left Front

Cast on 62(65)71(74)77 sts and begin the ribbing from a WS row: p2, *k1, p2, repeat from * to end of row. Work in ribbing until the piece measures 8 cm.

On the next RS row, begin the textured stitch pattern with the middle stitches from row 1 of pattern: work in ribbing for the first 9 sts, knit the following 38(41)47(50)53 sts and work the last 15 sts in ribbing (front edge stitches). Knit through rows 2-4 of the textured stitch pattern and then repeat rows 1-4 for the middle sts.

When the piece measures 43(44)45(46)47 cm, continue working the 15 sts for the front edge in ribbing and work the other stitches in the textured stitch pattern.

When the piece measures 59(61)63(65)67 cm, bind off for the shoulder on the right edge on every 2 nd row 7x3 sts and 3x2 sts (10x3 sts) 4x4 sts and 6x3 sts (7x4 sts and 3x3 sts) 10x4 sts. 35(35)37(37)37 sts remain at the front edge. Continue working with these stitches for the collar for 12 cm more and the bind off.

Right Front

Cast on 62(65)71(74)77 sts and begin the ribbing from a WS row: p2, *k1, p2, repeat from * to the end of row. Work in ribbing until the piece measures 8 cm.

On the next RS row, begin the textured stitch pattern with the middle sts from row 1 of pattern: work the first 15 sts (front edge) in ribbing, knit 38(41)47(50)53 sts and work the last 9 sts in ribbing. Knit through rows 2-4 of the textured stitch pattern and then repeat rows 1-4 for the middle sts.

When the piece measures 43(44)45(46)47 cm, continue working the 15 sts for the front edge in ribbing and work the other stitches according to the textured stitch pattern.

When the piece measures 59(61)63(65)67 cm, bind off for the shoulder on the left edge on every 2nd row 7x3 sts and 3x2 sts (10x3 sts) 4x4 sts and 6x3 sts (7x4 sts and 3x3 sts) 10x4 sts. 35(35)37(37)37 sts remain for the front edge. Continue working with these stitches for the collar for another 12 cm and then bind off.

Sleeves

Cast on 35(35)38(38)41 sts and begin the ribbing from a WS row: p2, *k1, p2, repeat from * to the end of row. Work in ribbing until the piece measures 8 cm.

Begin the textured stitch pattern on the next RS row and repeat rows 1-4 of the pattern.

When the piece measures 10(9)10(11)10 cm, increase 1 st on both ends of the row. Repeat the increases every 3,5(3)3(2,5)2,5 cm for another 7(9)9(11)12 times = 51(55)58(62)67 sts.

When the piece measures 38(39)40(41)42 cm, bind off loosely.

Knit the other sleeve to match.

Finishing

Lay the pieces wrong side up to measurements on a surface, mist with a spray bottle and let dry.

Sew the shoulder seams.

Sew or use the kitchener stitch for the middle back seam of the collar and attach the collar to the neckline of the back piece.

Attach the sleeves according to the red markers in the pattern.

Sew the sleeve seams. Sew the side seams and leave approx. 20 cm split to each side of the hem.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Body circumference 110(118)126(134)142 cm Length of the garment from the center back 69(71)73(75)77 cm Inner sleeve length 38(39)40(41)42 cm

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns:
- Ribbing:
*k2, p1, repeat from * to end. On the wrong side (WS) rows knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.
- Textured pattern:
1st row:
knit all stitches.
2nd row:
*k1, p1, repeat from * to end.
3rd row:
knit all stitches.
4th row:
*p1, k1, repeat from * to end. Repeat rows 1-4.

Gauge:
- 8 sts and 20 rows in textured stitch pattern = 10 cm

The Back

Cast on 104(110)119(125)131 sts and begin the ribbing with a WS row: p2, *k1, p2, repeat from * to end. Work in ribbing until the piece measures 8 cm.

On the next RS row, begin the textured stitch pattern in the middle of the piece from row 1 of pattern: work in ribbing for the first 9 sts, knit the following 86(92)101(107)113 sts and work the last 9 sts in ribbing. Knit through rows 2-4 of the textured stitch pattern and then repeat rows 1-4 for the center sts.

When the piece measures 43(44)45(46)47 cm, start working all of the stitches in the textured stitch pattern.

When the piece measures 59(61)63(65)67 cm, bind off for the shoulder on every 2nd row on both ends of the row 7x3 sts and 3x2 sts (10x3 sts) 4x4 sts and 6x3 sts (7x4 sts and 3x3 sts) 10x4 sts. Securely bind off the remaining 50(50)51(51)51 sts.

Left Front

Cast on 62(65)71(74)77 sts and begin the ribbing from a WS row: p2, *k1, p2, repeat from * to end of row. Work in ribbing until the piece measures 8 cm.

On the next RS row, begin the textured stitch pattern with the middle stitches from row 1 of pattern: work in ribbing for the first 9 sts, knit the following 38(41)47(50)53 sts and work the last 15 sts in ribbing (front edge stitches). Knit through rows 2-4 of the textured stitch pattern and then repeat rows 1-4 for the middle sts.

When the piece measures 43(44)45(46)47 cm, continue working the 15 sts for the front edge in ribbing and work the other stitches in the textured stitch pattern.

When the piece measures 59(61)63(65)67 cm, bind off for the shoulder on the right edge on every 2 nd row 7x3 sts and 3x2 sts (10x3 sts) 4x4 sts and 6x3 sts (7x4 sts and 3x3 sts) 10x4 sts. 35(35)37(37)37 sts remain at the front edge. Continue working with these stitches for the collar for 12 cm more and the bind off.

Right Front

Cast on 62(65)71(74)77 sts and begin the ribbing from a WS row: p2, *k1, p2, repeat from * to the end of row. Work in ribbing until the piece measures 8 cm.

On the next RS row, begin the textured stitch pattern with the middle sts from row 1 of pattern: work the first 15 sts (front edge) in ribbing, knit 38(41)47(50)53 sts and work the last 9 sts in ribbing. Knit through rows 2-4 of the textured stitch pattern and then repeat rows 1-4 for the middle sts.

When the piece measures 43(44)45(46)47 cm, continue working the 15 sts for the front edge in ribbing and work the other stitches according to the textured stitch pattern.

When the piece measures 59(61)63(65)67 cm, bind off for the shoulder on the left edge on every 2nd row 7x3 sts and 3x2 sts (10x3 sts) 4x4 sts and 6x3 sts (7x4 sts and 3x3 sts) 10x4 sts. 35(35)37(37)37 sts remain for the front edge. Continue working with these stitches for the collar for another 12 cm and then bind off.

Sleeves

Cast on 35(35)38(38)41 sts and begin the ribbing from a WS row: p2, *k1, p2, repeat from * to the end of row. Work in ribbing until the piece measures 8 cm.

Begin the textured stitch pattern on the next RS row and repeat rows 1-4 of the pattern.

When the piece measures 10(9)10(11)10 cm, increase 1 st on both ends of the row. Repeat the increases every 3,5(3)3(2,5)2,5 cm for another 7(9)9(11)12 times = 51(55)58(62)67 sts.

When the piece measures 38(39)40(41)42 cm, bind off loosely.

Knit the other sleeve to match.

Finishing

Lay the pieces wrong side up to measurements on a surface, mist with a spray bottle and let dry.

Sew the shoulder seams.

Sew or use the kitchener stitch for the middle back seam of the collar and attach the collar to the neckline of the back piece.

Attach the sleeves according to the red markers in the pattern.

Sew the sleeve seams. Sew the side seams and leave approx. 20 cm split to each side of the hem.


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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