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Women's cardigan Novita Baby Merino ja Novita Venla

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This cardigan is knitted with two strands of yarn throughout, with the neckline edge worked in seed stitch. From Novita Baby Merino and Novita Venla.
Magazine Novita Kevät 2019 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 23
Skill level Intermediate
Women's cardigan Novita Baby Merino ja Novita Venla
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Women's cardigan Novita Baby Merino ja Novita Venla
Women's cardigan Novita Baby Merino ja Novita Venla

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    Availability:In stock
    SKU N011923
    Pattern details
    Size
    XS(S)M(L)XL(XXL)

    Yarn demand
    Novita Baby Merino
    (011) White 450(500)550(600)650(700) g,
    (099) Black 100(100)150(150)150(150) g and

    Novita Venla
    (539) Willowherb 50 (50) less than 100 (less than 100) 100 (100) g

    Needles and other supplies
    Needles
    Novita 6–6½ mm (UK 3–4 / US 10–10½) or size needed

    Designer
    Saara Toikka

    Details

    Back

    With the white yarn held double, cast on 79(87)93(101)109(115) sts and work 7 cm of seed stitch.

    Then work 4 rows of stockinette st, evenly increasing 8(8)10(10)10(12) sts on the last row = 87(95)103(111)119(127) sts.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart: work the 4 sts at the right edge, repeat the 8 st pattern 10(11)12(13)14(15) times, work the 3 sts at the left. Work rows 2–50 of the chart and then keep repeating rows 1–50.

    When the piece measures 62(63)64(65)67(68) cm, on every other row bind off 1x4 sts and 4x1 sts at both ends for the armholes = 71(79)87(95)103(111) sts.

    When the armhole measures 18(19)20(21)21(22) cm, securely bind off the middle 33 sts for the neckline. Work one side of the neckline at a time. On every other row bind off 2x6(7)8(10)11(12) and 1x5(7)9(9)11(13) shoulder sts and 1x2 sts at the neckline at the same time.

    Work the other side of the neckline in the same manner.

    Left front

    With the white yarn held double, cast on 48(52)55(59)63(66) sts and work 7 cm of seed stitch.

    Now switch to working 33(37)40(44)48(51) sts at the right end in stockinette st. Keep working 15 sts at the front edge (left end) in seed st.

    On the 4th stockinette st row, evenly increase 3(3)4(4)4(5) sts to the stockinette st section = 51(55)59(63)67(71) sts.

    Continue working seed stitch with the white yarn at the front edge. On the stockinette st section, begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart: work the 4 sts at the right edge of the chart, then keep repeating the 8 st pattern to start of seed st. Work seed st section. Work rows 2–7 of the chart.

    Continue working seed st. Using white begin stockinette st at the colourwork section. Evenly decrease 3(3)4(4)4(5) sts at the stockinette st section on the second row = 48(52)55(59)63(66) sts.

    When the piece measures 62(63)64(65)67(68) cm, on every other row bind off 1x3 sts and 4x1 st at the right end for the armhole = 41(45)48(52)56(59) sts.

    When the armhole measures 12(13)14(15)15(16) cm, leave 15 sts at the front edge on hold for the neckline. On every other row bind off 2x3 sts and 4x1 st at the neckline edge.

    Note: When the armhole measures 19(20)21(22)22(23) cm, on every other row bind off at the right end 2x5(7)7(9)10(11) sts and 1x6(6)9(9)11(12) sts for the shoulder.

    Right front

    Mirror the left front.

    Sleeves

    With the white yarn held double, cast on 38(38)40(42)42(44) sts and work 7 cm of seed stitch. Then work stockinette st.

    When the piece measures 12(9)10(8)8(11) cm, increase 1 st at both ends. Repeat the increases every 2,5 cm 12(14)14(15)15(16) more times and a further 10 times every 2 cm on size XXL = 64(68)70(74)74(78) sts.

    When the piece measures 45(46)47(48)48(49) cm, on every other row bind off 1x3 sts and 4x1 st at both ends. Then bind off the remaining sts.

    Knit the other sleeve to match.

    Finishing

    Pin to measurements, mist on the wrong side and allow to dry.

    Sew the shoulder seams.

    Neckline edge: Place the sts on hold back on the needle and using white pick up and knit additional sts from the neckline edge for 103(103)105(105)107(107) sts in total. Work seed st. Make sure the pattern stays unbroken at both edges (if needed, decrease 1 st at the stockinette st section). When the border measures 2 cm, bind off.

    Attach the sleeves following the red markings on the pattern. Sew the side seams and sleeve seams.

    Pattern instructions
    Finished dimensions
    body circumference 84(92)100(108)116(124) cm / 33(36¼)39¼(42½)45¾(48¾) in length in the back at midpoint 82(84)86(88)90(92) cm / 32¼(33)33¾(34¾)35½(36¼) in inner sleeve length 45(46)47(48)48(49) cm / 17¾(18)18½(19)19(19¼) in

    Stitch patterns & gauge
    Stitch patterns
    - Seed stitch: Row 1: *k1, p1*, repeat *–*. On the wrong side rows, purl the knit sts and knit the purl sts.
    - Stockinette stitch: Knit the right side rows and purl the wrong side rows.
    - Colourwork: work stockinette stitch following the chart and the written instructions.

    Gauge
    18 sts and 26 rows of stockinette st with yarn held double = 10 cm / 4 in;
    20 sts and 23 rows of colourwork with yarn held double = 10 cm / 4 in

    Note
    The cardigan is knitted with the yarn held double throughout



    Back

    With the white yarn held double, cast on 79(87)93(101)109(115) sts and work 7 cm of seed stitch.

    Then work 4 rows of stockinette st, evenly increasing 8(8)10(10)10(12) sts on the last row = 87(95)103(111)119(127) sts.

    Begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart: work the 4 sts at the right edge, repeat the 8 st pattern 10(11)12(13)14(15) times, work the 3 sts at the left. Work rows 2–50 of the chart and then keep repeating rows 1–50.

    When the piece measures 62(63)64(65)67(68) cm, on every other row bind off 1x4 sts and 4x1 sts at both ends for the armholes = 71(79)87(95)103(111) sts.

    When the armhole measures 18(19)20(21)21(22) cm, securely bind off the middle 33 sts for the neckline. Work one side of the neckline at a time. On every other row bind off 2x6(7)8(10)11(12) and 1x5(7)9(9)11(13) shoulder sts and 1x2 sts at the neckline at the same time.

    Work the other side of the neckline in the same manner.

    Left front

    With the white yarn held double, cast on 48(52)55(59)63(66) sts and work 7 cm of seed stitch.

    Now switch to working 33(37)40(44)48(51) sts at the right end in stockinette st. Keep working 15 sts at the front edge (left end) in seed st.

    On the 4th stockinette st row, evenly increase 3(3)4(4)4(5) sts to the stockinette st section = 51(55)59(63)67(71) sts.

    Continue working seed stitch with the white yarn at the front edge. On the stockinette st section, begin the colourwork pattern on row 1 of chart: work the 4 sts at the right edge of the chart, then keep repeating the 8 st pattern to start of seed st. Work seed st section. Work rows 2–7 of the chart.

    Continue working seed st. Using white begin stockinette st at the colourwork section. Evenly decrease 3(3)4(4)4(5) sts at the stockinette st section on the second row = 48(52)55(59)63(66) sts.

    When the piece measures 62(63)64(65)67(68) cm, on every other row bind off 1x3 sts and 4x1 st at the right end for the armhole = 41(45)48(52)56(59) sts.

    When the armhole measures 12(13)14(15)15(16) cm, leave 15 sts at the front edge on hold for the neckline. On every other row bind off 2x3 sts and 4x1 st at the neckline edge.

    Note: When the armhole measures 19(20)21(22)22(23) cm, on every other row bind off at the right end 2x5(7)7(9)10(11) sts and 1x6(6)9(9)11(12) sts for the shoulder.

    Right front

    Mirror the left front.

    Sleeves

    With the white yarn held double, cast on 38(38)40(42)42(44) sts and work 7 cm of seed stitch. Then work stockinette st.

    When the piece measures 12(9)10(8)8(11) cm, increase 1 st at both ends. Repeat the increases every 2,5 cm 12(14)14(15)15(16) more times and a further 10 times every 2 cm on size XXL = 64(68)70(74)74(78) sts.

    When the piece measures 45(46)47(48)48(49) cm, on every other row bind off 1x3 sts and 4x1 st at both ends. Then bind off the remaining sts.

    Knit the other sleeve to match.

    Finishing

    Pin to measurements, mist on the wrong side and allow to dry.

    Sew the shoulder seams.

    Neckline edge: Place the sts on hold back on the needle and using white pick up and knit additional sts from the neckline edge for 103(103)105(105)107(107) sts in total. Work seed st. Make sure the pattern stays unbroken at both edges (if needed, decrease 1 st at the stockinette st section). When the border measures 2 cm, bind off.

    Attach the sleeves following the red markings on the pattern. Sew the side seams and sleeve seams.


    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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