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Women's Cardigan Novita Cotton Soft and Cotton Soft Color

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This casual cardigan is made from 100 % soft cotton. The single-colored Novita Soft Cotton provides the main color, while the interesting, textured striping comes from the various shades of beige of Novita Cotton Soft Color.
Magazine Novita Kesä 2017 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 2
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N02172
Pattern details
Size
XS(S)M(L)XL(XXL)

Yarn demand
Novita Cotton Soft
(010) Off-white 450(500)550(600)650(700) g and
Novita Cotton Soft Color
(864) Sand 200(200)250(250)300(300) g

Needles and other supplies
Circular needle:
(80 cm) Novita 3 mm-3½ mm or the size needed to obtain gauge.

Designer
Lea Petäjä

Details

Right Front

Using the off-white yarn, cast on 64(68)72(76)82(86) sts. Work 5 rows in garter stitch and then purl 1 row.

Change to the multi-coloured yarn and begin the textured striping on the WS row from row 7 of chart I: knit 1 st from the left end of the chart, repeat the 2 st pattern repeat 31(33)35(37)40(42) times and knit 1 st from the right end of the chart. Knit through rows 8-22 of the chart and then keep repeating rows 7-22.

When the piece measures 19(20)20(21)21(22) cm, decrease 1 st on the left end of the piece. Always decrease the 2nd st from the edge and keep working the outermost st as before. Repeat the decrease every 10 cm for 3 more times = 60(64)68(72)78(82) sts.

When the piece measures (38)40(42)44(46) cm, increase 1 st to the front edge (=the right edge): on the RS row k1, m1 (=pick up the strand between 2 sts and knit it through the back loop). Make the increase on either row 10, 12,18 or 20 of the chart. Repeat the increase every 2 cm 9 more times = 70(74)78(82)88(92) sts.

Note: When the piece measures 59(60)61(62)64(65) cm, bind off 1x5(5)5(6)6(6) sts on the left end of the work for the armhole. Decrease the 2nd st from the edge on the left end every 2nd row 6(6)6(7)7(7) times.

Note: When you have knitted 1 cm past the last increase on the front edge, start the decreases. On a RS row, k1, skp (=slip 1 st, k1, pull slipped st over), knit to end. Repeat the decrease on every 2nd row for a further 39(39)38(38)39(38) times.

Bind off the remaining 19(23)28(30)35(40) s (=the shoulder). [armhole measures approx. 19(20)21(22)22(23) cm].

Left Front

Using the off-white yarn, cast on 64(68)72(76)82(86) sts. Work 5 rows in garter stitch.

Change to the multi-coloured yarn and begin the textured striping on the right side row from row 6 of chart II: knit 1 st from the right end of the chart, repeat the 2 st pattern repeat 31(33)35(37)40(42) times and knit 1 st from the left end of the chart. Knit through rows 7-21 of the chart and then repeat rows 6-21.

When the piece measures 19(20)20(21)21(22) cm, decrease 1 st on the right end. Always decrease the 2nd st from the edge and keep working the outermost st as before. Repeat the decrease every 10 cm 3 more times = 60(64)68(72)78(82) sts.

When the piece measures 36(38)40(42)44(46) cm, increase 1 st to the front edge (= the left end of the piece): knit through the next RS row until 1 st remains, increase 1 (= pick up the strand between 2 sts and knit it through the back loop), k1. Make the increase on either row 9, 11, 17 or 19 of the chart. Repeat the increase every 2 cm for 9 more times = 70(74)78(82)88(92) sts.

Note: When the piece measures 59(60)61(62)64(65) cm, bind off on the right end of the work 1x5(5)5(6)6(6) sts for the armhole. Decrease the 2nd st from the edge on the right end every 2nd row 6(6)6(7)7(7) times.

Note: When you have knitted 1 cm past the last increase on the front edge, start the decreases on the front edge. Knit through the RS row until 3 sts remain, k2 together, k1. Repeat the decrease every 2nd row for 39(39)38(38)39(38) more times.

Bind off the remaining 19(23)28(30)35(40) sts (= shoulder) [height of the armhole approx. 19(20)21(22)22(23) cm].

The Back

Using the off-white yarn cast on 100(108)118(126)136(146) sts. Knit 5 rows in garter stitch and then purl 1 row.

Change to the multi-coloured yarn and begin the textured striping on a WS row from row 7 of chart I: starting from the left end of the chart, k1, repeat the 2 st pattern repeat 49(53)58(62)67(72) times and then k1. Knit through rows 8-22 of the chart and then repeat rows 7-22.

When the piece measures 19(20)20(21)21(22) cm, bind off 1 st on both ends of the work (again decrease the 2nd st from the end). Repeat the decreases every 10 cm for 3 more times = 92(100)110(118)128(138) sts.

When the piece measures 59(60)61(62)64(65) cm, bind off for the armhole on both ends of the piece 1x5(5)5(6)6(6) sts. Bind off 1 st (the 2nd st from the end) on both ends every 2nd row 6(6)6(7)7(7) times = 70(78)88(92)102(112) sts.

When the armhole measures 2 cm less than the armhole on the front [approx. 17(18)19(20)20(21) cm] and you have just knitted 3 rows in garter st using the off-white yarn after the last multi-coloured stripe, bind off on the neckline edge 2x1 st (bind off the 2nd to last st).

When the neckline measures approx. 2 cm [height of the armhole approx. 19(20)21(22)22(23) cm], bind off the 19(23)28(30)35(40) sts (= the shoulder).

Knit the other side of the neckline to match.

Sleeves

Using the off-white yarn cast on 48(48)50(50)52(54) sts. Knit 5 rows in garter stitch and then purl 1 row.

Change for the multi-coloured yarn and begin the textured striping on a WS row from row 7 of chart I: starting from the left of the chart, k1, repeat the 2 st pattern repeat 23(23)24(24)25(26) times, k1. Knit through rows 8-22 of the chart and then repeat rows 7-22.

Note: When the piece measures 15(11)10(14)8(7) cm, increase 1 st on both ends of the piece. Repeat the increases every 2,5(2,5)2,5(2)2,5(2,5) cm for 11(13)14(16)15(16) more times = 72(76)80(84)84(88) sts.

When the piece measures 45(46)47(48)48(49) cm, bind off on both ends of the piece on every 2nd row 1x5(5)5(6(6)6 sts. Decrease 1 st on both ends (again, decrease the 2nd st from the edge) 8(8)8(9)9(9) times. Bind off the remaining sts.

Knit the other sleeve to match.

Finishing

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

Sew the shoulder seams.

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

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Body circumference 86(94)102(110)120(130) cm Length of the garment 78(80)82(84)86(88) cm Inner sleeve length 45(46)47(48)48(49) cm

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns:
- Garter stitch:
knit every row.
- Textured stripes:
knit according to the chart and the written instructions.

Gauge:
- 21 sts and 35 rows of textured stitch pattern = 10 cm

Right Front

Using the off-white yarn, cast on 64(68)72(76)82(86) sts. Work 5 rows in garter stitch and then purl 1 row.

Change to the multi-coloured yarn and begin the textured striping on the WS row from row 7 of chart I: knit 1 st from the left end of the chart, repeat the 2 st pattern repeat 31(33)35(37)40(42) times and knit 1 st from the right end of the chart. Knit through rows 8-22 of the chart and then keep repeating rows 7-22.

When the piece measures 19(20)20(21)21(22) cm, decrease 1 st on the left end of the piece. Always decrease the 2nd st from the edge and keep working the outermost st as before. Repeat the decrease every 10 cm for 3 more times = 60(64)68(72)78(82) sts.

When the piece measures (38)40(42)44(46) cm, increase 1 st to the front edge (=the right edge): on the RS row k1, m1 (=pick up the strand between 2 sts and knit it through the back loop). Make the increase on either row 10, 12,18 or 20 of the chart. Repeat the increase every 2 cm 9 more times = 70(74)78(82)88(92) sts.

Note: When the piece measures 59(60)61(62)64(65) cm, bind off 1x5(5)5(6)6(6) sts on the left end of the work for the armhole. Decrease the 2nd st from the edge on the left end every 2nd row 6(6)6(7)7(7) times.

Note: When you have knitted 1 cm past the last increase on the front edge, start the decreases. On a RS row, k1, skp (=slip 1 st, k1, pull slipped st over), knit to end. Repeat the decrease on every 2nd row for a further 39(39)38(38)39(38) times.

Bind off the remaining 19(23)28(30)35(40) s (=the shoulder). [armhole measures approx. 19(20)21(22)22(23) cm].

Left Front

Using the off-white yarn, cast on 64(68)72(76)82(86) sts. Work 5 rows in garter stitch.

Change to the multi-coloured yarn and begin the textured striping on the right side row from row 6 of chart II: knit 1 st from the right end of the chart, repeat the 2 st pattern repeat 31(33)35(37)40(42) times and knit 1 st from the left end of the chart. Knit through rows 7-21 of the chart and then repeat rows 6-21.

When the piece measures 19(20)20(21)21(22) cm, decrease 1 st on the right end. Always decrease the 2nd st from the edge and keep working the outermost st as before. Repeat the decrease every 10 cm 3 more times = 60(64)68(72)78(82) sts.

When the piece measures 36(38)40(42)44(46) cm, increase 1 st to the front edge (= the left end of the piece): knit through the next RS row until 1 st remains, increase 1 (= pick up the strand between 2 sts and knit it through the back loop), k1. Make the increase on either row 9, 11, 17 or 19 of the chart. Repeat the increase every 2 cm for 9 more times = 70(74)78(82)88(92) sts.

Note: When the piece measures 59(60)61(62)64(65) cm, bind off on the right end of the work 1x5(5)5(6)6(6) sts for the armhole. Decrease the 2nd st from the edge on the right end every 2nd row 6(6)6(7)7(7) times.

Note: When you have knitted 1 cm past the last increase on the front edge, start the decreases on the front edge. Knit through the RS row until 3 sts remain, k2 together, k1. Repeat the decrease every 2nd row for 39(39)38(38)39(38) more times.

Bind off the remaining 19(23)28(30)35(40) sts (= shoulder) [height of the armhole approx. 19(20)21(22)22(23) cm].

The Back

Using the off-white yarn cast on 100(108)118(126)136(146) sts. Knit 5 rows in garter stitch and then purl 1 row.

Change to the multi-coloured yarn and begin the textured striping on a WS row from row 7 of chart I: starting from the left end of the chart, k1, repeat the 2 st pattern repeat 49(53)58(62)67(72) times and then k1. Knit through rows 8-22 of the chart and then repeat rows 7-22.

When the piece measures 19(20)20(21)21(22) cm, bind off 1 st on both ends of the work (again decrease the 2nd st from the end). Repeat the decreases every 10 cm for 3 more times = 92(100)110(118)128(138) sts.

When the piece measures 59(60)61(62)64(65) cm, bind off for the armhole on both ends of the piece 1x5(5)5(6)6(6) sts. Bind off 1 st (the 2nd st from the end) on both ends every 2nd row 6(6)6(7)7(7) times = 70(78)88(92)102(112) sts.

When the armhole measures 2 cm less than the armhole on the front [approx. 17(18)19(20)20(21) cm] and you have just knitted 3 rows in garter st using the off-white yarn after the last multi-coloured stripe, bind off on the neckline edge 2x1 st (bind off the 2nd to last st).

When the neckline measures approx. 2 cm [height of the armhole approx. 19(20)21(22)22(23) cm], bind off the 19(23)28(30)35(40) sts (= the shoulder).

Knit the other side of the neckline to match.

Sleeves

Using the off-white yarn cast on 48(48)50(50)52(54) sts. Knit 5 rows in garter stitch and then purl 1 row.

Change for the multi-coloured yarn and begin the textured striping on a WS row from row 7 of chart I: starting from the left of the chart, k1, repeat the 2 st pattern repeat 23(23)24(24)25(26) times, k1. Knit through rows 8-22 of the chart and then repeat rows 7-22.

Note: When the piece measures 15(11)10(14)8(7) cm, increase 1 st on both ends of the piece. Repeat the increases every 2,5(2,5)2,5(2)2,5(2,5) cm for 11(13)14(16)15(16) more times = 72(76)80(84)84(88) sts.

When the piece measures 45(46)47(48)48(49) cm, bind off on both ends of the piece on every 2nd row 1x5(5)5(6(6)6 sts. Decrease 1 st on both ends (again, decrease the 2nd st from the edge) 8(8)8(9)9(9) times. Bind off the remaining sts.

Knit the other sleeve to match.

Finishing

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

Sew the shoulder seams.

Attach the sleeves. Sew the side seams and the 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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