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Women's Colourwork Cardigan Novita 7 Veljestä

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This colourwork cardigan is knitted with Novita 7 Veljestä (7 Brothers) yarn. The upper part of the cardigan and the sleeves are knitted sideways from the left cuff to the right cuff.
Magazine Novita Syksy 2016 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 22
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N031622
Pattern details
Size
XS/S(M)L(XL)XXL

Yarn demand
Novita 7 Veljestä
(010) Off White 200(200)250(250)300 g,
(588) Cherry 200(250)250(300)300 g,
(047) Lichen 100(150)150(200)200 g and
(371) Conifer 50(50)100(100)100 g

Needles and other supplies
Circular needles (80 cm) Novita 4-4½ mm or the size needed to obtain the correct gauge

Designer
Saara Toikka

Details

Left sleeve

Using the Lichen coloured yarn, cast on 63(65)65(67)69 sts and knit 3 rows in stockinette stitch.

Begin the colourwork from the 1st row of the chart marked I, chooze starting point according to the arrow that indicates the size you have chozen. Keep repeating the 8 st pattern repeat throughout the round. Knit rows 1-27 of the chart.

Note: When the piece measures 5(3)1(3)7 cm, increase 1 st on both ends of the row. Repeat these increases every 2(2)2(2)1,5 cm for another 14(15)17(16)20 times = 93(97)101(101)111 sts. Continue working the colouwork pattern also with the increased stitches.

When you have finished row 27 of the chart I, repeat rows 28-37 of that chart for a total of 5(5)5(5)6 times. Sizes L and XL only: knit through rows 28-31 once more. The left sleeve is now finished. Keep knitting through to the bodice.

Upper part of the bodice

Knit through rows 38-53 of chart I. Then keep repeating rows 54-63 until the shoulder (= the height of the bodice) measures approx. 14(16)17,5(20)22,5 cm and you have just finished a RS row. On the next WS row, knit through 36(36)42(42)44 sts, bind off 10(12)8(8)11 sts for the neckline and finish the row. Leave the stitches on the left on hold for the front and continue in the colourwork pattern with the remaining 47(49)51(51)56 back sts. When you have knitted with these stitches for approx. 23(25)27(29,5)32 cm and you have just finished either row 57 or row 62 of the chart, you are on the middle back, halfway through the neckline. Keep knitting until the other side of the neckline is the same width as described before. Leave the sts for the back on hold.

Take the front sts back on the needles and decrease on the right end ( = on the edge of the neckline) on every row 28(28)32(32)34x1 st. Bind off the remaining 8(10)10(10)10 sts.

Now cast on 8(10)10(10)10 sts for the upper part of the right front. Begin the colourwork at the same point where the upper part of the left front ended. Reverse all the rows of the colourwork pattern (mirror image). At the same time increase on the neckline on every round 28(28)32(32)34x1 st and cast on another 10(12)8(8)11 sts = 46(48)50(50)55 sts.

Move the front and back sts on the same needle (making sure that you are on the same row on both pieces) and continue working the same colourwork pattern until it matches the other shoulder, finishing off with row 60 of the chart. Knit through rows 66-81 of chart I. On the bottom of the chart there is an arrow indicating the center of the piece, from there you can count the right starting point for the pattern. 93(97)101(101)111 sts on the needles.

Keep knitting through to the right sleeve.

Right sleeve

Continue working the colourwork pattern from row 37(37)31(31)37 of the chart I and reverse all the rows of the chart (mirror image of the left sleeve). Note: when you are 2 cm into knitting the right sleeve, decrease 1 st on both ends. Repeat the decreases every 2 cm for another 14(15)17(16)20 times = 63(65)65(67)69 sts.

Keep working the colourwork reversing all the rows (mirror image of the left sleeve).

When, after completing the last pattern, you have knitted 3 rows in stockinette stitch using the Lichen coloured yarn, bind off the stitches.

Sew the sleeve seams.

The lower part of the cardigan

Pick up and knit 193(209)225(249)265 sts from the bottom edge of the upper part with the right side facing you. Purl through the WS row.

Begin working the colourwork pattern from row 1 of chart II. Repeat the 8 st pattern repeat 24(26)28(31)33 times and then knit the remaining 1 st on the left edge. Repeat rows 1-10 of the chart for a total of 2(2)2(3)3 times. Size L only: knit through rows 1-4 one more time.

Knit through rows 11-53 of the chart. Knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch using the Lichen coloured yarn and then bind off the stitches.

Finishing

Lay the piece wrong side up on a surface, spray with a water bottle and let to dry. In this pattern the neckline and the front edges of the cardigan will be left as is.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
body circumference 84(92)100(110)120 cm length of the garment 51(52)55(57)58 cm sleeve inner length 35(35)37(37)39 cm

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns
Stockninette stitch:
On the right side (RS) rows knit all stitches. On the wrong side (WS) rows purl all stitches.
Colourwork:
knit in stockinette stitch according to the chart and the written instructions.

Gauge:
21 sts ja 24 rows in colourwork = 10 cm

Note:
First, the upper part of the cardigan and the sleeves are knitted sideways from the left cuff to the right cuff (see the direction of knitting from the pattern).

Left sleeve

Using the Lichen coloured yarn, cast on 63(65)65(67)69 sts and knit 3 rows in stockinette stitch.

Begin the colourwork from the 1st row of the chart marked I, chooze starting point according to the arrow that indicates the size you have chozen. Keep repeating the 8 st pattern repeat throughout the round. Knit rows 1-27 of the chart.

Note: When the piece measures 5(3)1(3)7 cm, increase 1 st on both ends of the row. Repeat these increases every 2(2)2(2)1,5 cm for another 14(15)17(16)20 times = 93(97)101(101)111 sts. Continue working the colouwork pattern also with the increased stitches.

When you have finished row 27 of the chart I, repeat rows 28-37 of that chart for a total of 5(5)5(5)6 times. Sizes L and XL only: knit through rows 28-31 once more. The left sleeve is now finished. Keep knitting through to the bodice.

Upper part of the bodice

Knit through rows 38-53 of chart I. Then keep repeating rows 54-63 until the shoulder (= the height of the bodice) measures approx. 14(16)17,5(20)22,5 cm and you have just finished a RS row. On the next WS row, knit through 36(36)42(42)44 sts, bind off 10(12)8(8)11 sts for the neckline and finish the row. Leave the stitches on the left on hold for the front and continue in the colourwork pattern with the remaining 47(49)51(51)56 back sts. When you have knitted with these stitches for approx. 23(25)27(29,5)32 cm and you have just finished either row 57 or row 62 of the chart, you are on the middle back, halfway through the neckline. Keep knitting until the other side of the neckline is the same width as described before. Leave the sts for the back on hold.

Take the front sts back on the needles and decrease on the right end ( = on the edge of the neckline) on every row 28(28)32(32)34x1 st. Bind off the remaining 8(10)10(10)10 sts.

Now cast on 8(10)10(10)10 sts for the upper part of the right front. Begin the colourwork at the same point where the upper part of the left front ended. Reverse all the rows of the colourwork pattern (mirror image). At the same time increase on the neckline on every round 28(28)32(32)34x1 st and cast on another 10(12)8(8)11 sts = 46(48)50(50)55 sts.

Move the front and back sts on the same needle (making sure that you are on the same row on both pieces) and continue working the same colourwork pattern until it matches the other shoulder, finishing off with row 60 of the chart. Knit through rows 66-81 of chart I. On the bottom of the chart there is an arrow indicating the center of the piece, from there you can count the right starting point for the pattern. 93(97)101(101)111 sts on the needles.

Keep knitting through to the right sleeve.

Right sleeve

Continue working the colourwork pattern from row 37(37)31(31)37 of the chart I and reverse all the rows of the chart (mirror image of the left sleeve). Note: when you are 2 cm into knitting the right sleeve, decrease 1 st on both ends. Repeat the decreases every 2 cm for another 14(15)17(16)20 times = 63(65)65(67)69 sts.

Keep working the colourwork reversing all the rows (mirror image of the left sleeve).

When, after completing the last pattern, you have knitted 3 rows in stockinette stitch using the Lichen coloured yarn, bind off the stitches.

Sew the sleeve seams.

The lower part of the cardigan

Pick up and knit 193(209)225(249)265 sts from the bottom edge of the upper part with the right side facing you. Purl through the WS row.

Begin working the colourwork pattern from row 1 of chart II. Repeat the 8 st pattern repeat 24(26)28(31)33 times and then knit the remaining 1 st on the left edge. Repeat rows 1-10 of the chart for a total of 2(2)2(3)3 times. Size L only: knit through rows 1-4 one more time.

Knit through rows 11-53 of the chart. Knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch using the Lichen coloured yarn and then bind off the stitches.

Finishing

Lay the piece wrong side up on a surface, spray with a water bottle and let to dry. In this pattern the neckline and the front edges of the cardigan will be left as is.


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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