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Women's Knitted Cardigan Novita Cotton Soft and Cotton Soft Color

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The material for this classic twinset is soft cotton. The cardigan is knitted combining the single-coloured Novita Cotton Soft yarn and the multi-coloured Novita Cotton Soft Color yarn. The top underneath the cardigan is knitted with Novita Cotton Soft.
Magazine Novita Kevät 2017 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 15
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N011715
Pattern details
Size
XS(S)M(L)XL(XXL)

Yarn demand
Novita Cotton Soft
(010) Off-white 400(450)500(550)600(650) g and
Novita Cotton Soft Color
(890) Rock 100(150)150(200)200(200) g

Needles and other supplies
Needles:
Novita 3 mm and 3½ mm or the size needed to obtain the correct gauge

Other supplies:
6 buttons

Designer
Lea Petäjä

Details

The Back

Using the smaller needle and the multi-colored yarn, cast on 95(107)113(125)137(149) sts and knit 5 rows in garter stitch. Change to the larger needle and to the off-white yarn and knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch.

Begin the textured colorwork pattern from row 5 of the chart: knit 2 sts from the right end of the chart, then repeat the 6 st pattern repeat 15(17)18(20)22(24) times and then knit the 3 sts on the left end. Knit through rows 5-12 and then repeat rows 1-12.

When the piece measures 33(34)34(35)37(38) cm, bind off for the armholes on both ends on every 2nd row 1x4(5)5(6)7(7) sts, 0(1)1(2)2(2)x3 sts, 2(1)2(2)2(3)x2 sts and 2(3)3(3)4(5)x1 sts = 75(81)83(87)95(101) sts.

When the armhole measures 16(17)18(19)19(20) cm, bind off the center 35(35)35(37)37(37) sts securely for the neckline and then switch to working each side of the neck separately. Bind off 1x2 sts and 1x1 st on the edge of the neckline on every 2nd row.

When the armhole measures 18(19)20(21)21(22) cm, bind off the remaining 17(20)21(22)26(29) shoulder sts. Knit the other side of the neckline to match.

Left front

Using the smaller needle and the multi-colored yarn cast on 47(53)56(62)68(74) sts and knit in garter stitch for 5 rows. Change to the larger needle and to the off-white yarn and knit in stockinette stitch for 4 rows.

Begin the textured colorwork on row 5 of the chart: knit 2 sts from the right end of the chart, then repeat the 6 st pattern repeat until the end of row. Knit through rows 5-12 of the chart and then repeat rows 1-12.

When the piece measures (34)34(35)37(38) cm, bind off for the armhole on the right edge on every 2nd row 1x4(5)5(6)7(7) sts, 0(1)1(2)2(2)x3 sts, 2(1)2(2)2(3)x2 sts and 2(3)3(3)4(5)x1 sts = 37(40)41(43)47(50) sts.

When the armhole measures 8(9)10(11)11(12) cm, put 1x14(14)14(15)15(15) sts on hold for the neckline on the front edge (the left end). Bind off 2x2 sts and 2x1 st on every 2nd row at the neckline edge.

When the armhole measures 18(19)20(21)21(22) cm, bind off the remaining 17(20)21(22)26(29) shoulder sts.

Right front

Knit as the left front reversing all the shapings.

Sleeves

Using the smaller needle and the multi-colored yarn, cast on 51(53)53(57)57(59) sts and knit 5 rows in garter st. Change to the larger needle and to the off-white yarn and knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch.

Begin the textured colorwork pattern from row 5 of the chart. Choose the starting point for your size according to the arrows below the chart. Repeat the 6 st pattern repeat until the end of row. Knit through rows 5-12 and the repeat rows 1-12.

When the piece measures 13(11)13(12)15(12) cm, increase 1 st on both ends. Repeat the increases every 3(3)2,5(2,5)2(2) cm for another 10(11)13(14)16(18) times = 73(77)81(87)91(97) sts.

When the piece measures 46(47)48(49)49(50) cm, bind off on every 2nd row and on both ends 1x4(5)5(6)7(7) sts, 1x3 sts, 1(2)2(2)2(2)x2 sts, 12(13)14(15)16(17)x1 st, 1x2 sts and 1x3 sts. Bind off the remaining stitches.

Knit the other sleeve to match.

Finishing

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

Neckline border: Move the neckline stitches back on the smaller needle and using the multi-colored yarn pick up and knit additional stitches from the neckline so that you will have 104(106)106(110)110(114) sts in total on the needle. Knit 7 rows in garter stitch and bind off.

Left front edge: With the right side facing you, pick up and knit stitches from the front edge of the left front. Using the smaller needle and the multi-colored yarn, pick up approx. 23 sts for every 10 cm. Work 5 rows in garter stitch and bind off.

Mark the places for the buttons to the left front so that the first button is 1,5 cm from the top edge and the lowest button approx. 6 cm up from the hem and the remaining buttons evenly in between.

Knit the right front edge to match and make the buttonholes to correspond with the marked spots on row 4 (RS row). Buttonhole: k2tog, yarn over.

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

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Body circumference 78(88)94(104)112(122) cm Length of the garment 51(53)54(56)58(60) cm Inner sleeve length 46(47)48(49)49(50) cm

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns:
- Garter stitch:
Knit every row.
- Stockinette stitch:
Knit all stitches on right side (RS) rows

The Back

Using the smaller needle and the multi-colored yarn, cast on 95(107)113(125)137(149) sts and knit 5 rows in garter stitch. Change to the larger needle and to the off-white yarn and knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch.

Begin the textured colorwork pattern from row 5 of the chart: knit 2 sts from the right end of the chart, then repeat the 6 st pattern repeat 15(17)18(20)22(24) times and then knit the 3 sts on the left end. Knit through rows 5-12 and then repeat rows 1-12.

When the piece measures 33(34)34(35)37(38) cm, bind off for the armholes on both ends on every 2nd row 1x4(5)5(6)7(7) sts, 0(1)1(2)2(2)x3 sts, 2(1)2(2)2(3)x2 sts and 2(3)3(3)4(5)x1 sts = 75(81)83(87)95(101) sts.

When the armhole measures 16(17)18(19)19(20) cm, bind off the center 35(35)35(37)37(37) sts securely for the neckline and then switch to working each side of the neck separately. Bind off 1x2 sts and 1x1 st on the edge of the neckline on every 2nd row.

When the armhole measures 18(19)20(21)21(22) cm, bind off the remaining 17(20)21(22)26(29) shoulder sts. Knit the other side of the neckline to match.

Left front

Using the smaller needle and the multi-colored yarn cast on 47(53)56(62)68(74) sts and knit in garter stitch for 5 rows. Change to the larger needle and to the off-white yarn and knit in stockinette stitch for 4 rows.

Begin the textured colorwork on row 5 of the chart: knit 2 sts from the right end of the chart, then repeat the 6 st pattern repeat until the end of row. Knit through rows 5-12 of the chart and then repeat rows 1-12.

When the piece measures (34)34(35)37(38) cm, bind off for the armhole on the right edge on every 2nd row 1x4(5)5(6)7(7) sts, 0(1)1(2)2(2)x3 sts, 2(1)2(2)2(3)x2 sts and 2(3)3(3)4(5)x1 sts = 37(40)41(43)47(50) sts.

When the armhole measures 8(9)10(11)11(12) cm, put 1x14(14)14(15)15(15) sts on hold for the neckline on the front edge (the left end). Bind off 2x2 sts and 2x1 st on every 2nd row at the neckline edge.

When the armhole measures 18(19)20(21)21(22) cm, bind off the remaining 17(20)21(22)26(29) shoulder sts.

Right front

Knit as the left front reversing all the shapings.

Sleeves

Using the smaller needle and the multi-colored yarn, cast on 51(53)53(57)57(59) sts and knit 5 rows in garter st. Change to the larger needle and to the off-white yarn and knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch.

Begin the textured colorwork pattern from row 5 of the chart. Choose the starting point for your size according to the arrows below the chart. Repeat the 6 st pattern repeat until the end of row. Knit through rows 5-12 and the repeat rows 1-12.

When the piece measures 13(11)13(12)15(12) cm, increase 1 st on both ends. Repeat the increases every 3(3)2,5(2,5)2(2) cm for another 10(11)13(14)16(18) times = 73(77)81(87)91(97) sts.

When the piece measures 46(47)48(49)49(50) cm, bind off on every 2nd row and on both ends 1x4(5)5(6)7(7) sts, 1x3 sts, 1(2)2(2)2(2)x2 sts, 12(13)14(15)16(17)x1 st, 1x2 sts and 1x3 sts. Bind off the remaining stitches.

Knit the other sleeve to match.

Finishing

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

Neckline border: Move the neckline stitches back on the smaller needle and using the multi-colored yarn pick up and knit additional stitches from the neckline so that you will have 104(106)106(110)110(114) sts in total on the needle. Knit 7 rows in garter stitch and bind off.

Left front edge: With the right side facing you, pick up and knit stitches from the front edge of the left front. Using the smaller needle and the multi-colored yarn, pick up approx. 23 sts for every 10 cm. Work 5 rows in garter stitch and bind off.

Mark the places for the buttons to the left front so that the first button is 1,5 cm from the top edge and the lowest button approx. 6 cm up from the hem and the remaining buttons evenly in between.

Knit the right front edge to match and make the buttonholes to correspond with the marked spots on row 4 (RS row). Buttonhole: k2tog, yarn over.

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


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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