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Women's Lace Cardigan Novita Venla

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Knitted with Novita Venla yarn, this light lace cardigan is an ideal companion for a cool summer night.
Magazine Novita Kesä 2017 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 6
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N02176
Pattern details
Size
XS(S)M(L)XL

Yarn demand
Novita Venla
(010) Off-white 250(300)350(400)450 g

Needles and other supplies
Needles:
- Novita 3 mm or the size needed to obtain correct gauge.
- For the border, circular needle (80 cm) Novita 3 mm.

Other materials:
- 7 buttons

Designer
Lea Petäjä

Details

The Back

Cast on 106(118)130(142)158 sts and begin the ribbing on a WS row with a p2(k2)p2(k2)k2. Work in ribbing for 4 cm and on the last WS row evenly increase 1(1)3(3)1 sts = 107(119)133(145)159 sts.

Begin the lace from row 1 of chart I(II)I(II)I: work through 2(8)2(8)2 sts from the right end of the chart and then repeat the 26 st pattern repeat 4(4)5(5)6 times, end by working the 1(7)1(7)1 sts from the left end of the chart. Work through rows 2-12 of the chart and then keep repeating rows 1-12. Note: At the end of row 5 of chart I, knit 2 together instead of making the three stitch decrease.

When the piece measures 35(36)37(39)41 cm, bind off for the armhole on both ends of the piece on every 2nd row 1x6 sts and 7x1 sts = 81(93)107(119)133 sts. Pay close attention to the decreases and increases in the lace pattern: they should always correspond each other, so that the stitch count remains correct throughout the knit.

When the armhole measures 17(18)19(20)21 cm, bind off the center 39 sts for the neckline and switch to working one side of the neckline at a time. Bind off on the neckline edge on every 2nd row 2x2 sts.

When the armhole measures 19(20)21(22)23 cm, bind off 17(23)30(36)43 sts (= the shoulder).

Knit the other side of the neckline to match.

Left Front

Cast on 51(57)63(69)77 sts and begin the ribbing on the WS row: p3, *k2, p2, repeat from * to end of row. Work in ribbing for 4 cm and decrease on the last WS row evenly 2(2)1(1)2 sts = 49(55)62(68)75 sts.

Begin the lace from row 1 of chart I(II)I(II)I: work through 2(8)2(8)2 sts from the right end of the chart and then keep repeating the 26 st pattern repeat until 2 sts remain, p2. On the front edge (= left end of the piece), work 2 sts in reverse stockinette stitch, for the lace work rows 2-12 of the chart and then keep repeating rows 1-12.

When the piece measures 35(36)37(39)41 cm, bind off for the armhole on the right end of the piece on every 2nd row 1x6 sts and 7x1 st = 36(42)49(55)62 sts. Pay close attention to the decreases and increases in the lace pattern: they should always correspond each other, so that the stitch count remains correct throughout the knit.

When the armhole measures 8(9)10(11)12 cm, put 11 sts from the front edge on hold for the neckline. Bind off on the neckline edge every 2nd row 4x2 sts.

When the armhole measures 19(20)21(22)23 cm, bind off the 17(23)30(36)43 sts ( = the shoulder).

The Right Front

Knit as the left front, reversing all the shapings (mirror image).

Sleeves

Cast on 58(58)60(64)66 sts. Work in ribbing for 4 cm and increase 1 st on the last WS row = 59(59)61(65)67 sts.

Begin the lace from row 1 of chart III. The arrows mark the correct starting point for each size. Repeat the 26 st pattern repeat to the end of row. Pay close attention to the decreases and increases in the lace pattern: they should always correspond each other, so that the stitch count remains correct throughout the knit.

When the piece measures 9(11)8(9)6 cm, increase 1 st on both ends of the piece. Repeat the increases every 2,5(2)2(2)2 cm for 14(17)19(19)21 more times = 89(95)101(105)111 sts. Work the increased sts according to the lace pattern.

When the piece measures 46(47)48(49)49(50) cm, bind off on both ends of the piece on every 2nd row 1x6 sts and 7x1 st. Bind off remaining sts.

Knit the other sleeve to match.

Finishing

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

Sew the shoulder seams.

Neckline: Pick up and knit sts from the neckline edge so that together with the sts left on hold you will have 136(136)136(140)140(140) sts in total on the needles. The amount of sts has to be divisible by 4. Begin the ribbing from the wrong side of the garment: p3, k3, *p2,k2, repeat from * until 3 sts remain, p3. Work in ribbing for 2,5 cm and bind off in pattern.

Button bands: From the front edge of the left front and with the right side facing you, pick up and knit the required amount of sts. The amount of sts has to be divisible by 4. Begin the ribbing from the WS row: p3, k2, *p2, k2, repeat from * until 3 sts remain, p3. Work in ribbing for 2,5 cm and bind off in pattern.

Mark the places for the buttons onto the button band. The top button is placed approx. 1,5 cm from the top edge, the last button 1,5 cm from the hem up and the rest of the buttons evenly in between.

Knit the right side button band to match and make the buttonholes to match the marked places when the border measures 1 cm. Buttonhole: yo, k2 tog. When the ribbing measures 2,5 cm, bind off in pattern.

Attach the sleeves according to the red marks on the pattern.

Sew the sleeve seams and the side seams. Sew on the buttons.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Body circumference 82(90)100(110)120 cm Length of the garment 54(56)58(61)64 cm Inner sleeve length 46(47)48(49)50 cm

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns:
- Ribbing:
*k2, p2, repeat from * to end. On the wrong side (WS) rows, knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts.
- Lace pattern:
Knit according to the chart and the written instructions. Pay close attention to the decreases and increases on the lace pattern, so that your stitch count will remain correct throughout the knit.
- Reverse stockinette stitch:
Purl all sts on the RS row

The Back

Cast on 106(118)130(142)158 sts and begin the ribbing on a WS row with a p2(k2)p2(k2)k2. Work in ribbing for 4 cm and on the last WS row evenly increase 1(1)3(3)1 sts = 107(119)133(145)159 sts.

Begin the lace from row 1 of chart I(II)I(II)I: work through 2(8)2(8)2 sts from the right end of the chart and then repeat the 26 st pattern repeat 4(4)5(5)6 times, end by working the 1(7)1(7)1 sts from the left end of the chart. Work through rows 2-12 of the chart and then keep repeating rows 1-12. Note: At the end of row 5 of chart I, knit 2 together instead of making the three stitch decrease.

When the piece measures 35(36)37(39)41 cm, bind off for the armhole on both ends of the piece on every 2nd row 1x6 sts and 7x1 sts = 81(93)107(119)133 sts. Pay close attention to the decreases and increases in the lace pattern: they should always correspond each other, so that the stitch count remains correct throughout the knit.

When the armhole measures 17(18)19(20)21 cm, bind off the center 39 sts for the neckline and switch to working one side of the neckline at a time. Bind off on the neckline edge on every 2nd row 2x2 sts.

When the armhole measures 19(20)21(22)23 cm, bind off 17(23)30(36)43 sts (= the shoulder).

Knit the other side of the neckline to match.

Left Front

Cast on 51(57)63(69)77 sts and begin the ribbing on the WS row: p3, *k2, p2, repeat from * to end of row. Work in ribbing for 4 cm and decrease on the last WS row evenly 2(2)1(1)2 sts = 49(55)62(68)75 sts.

Begin the lace from row 1 of chart I(II)I(II)I: work through 2(8)2(8)2 sts from the right end of the chart and then keep repeating the 26 st pattern repeat until 2 sts remain, p2. On the front edge (= left end of the piece), work 2 sts in reverse stockinette stitch, for the lace work rows 2-12 of the chart and then keep repeating rows 1-12.

When the piece measures 35(36)37(39)41 cm, bind off for the armhole on the right end of the piece on every 2nd row 1x6 sts and 7x1 st = 36(42)49(55)62 sts. Pay close attention to the decreases and increases in the lace pattern: they should always correspond each other, so that the stitch count remains correct throughout the knit.

When the armhole measures 8(9)10(11)12 cm, put 11 sts from the front edge on hold for the neckline. Bind off on the neckline edge every 2nd row 4x2 sts.

When the armhole measures 19(20)21(22)23 cm, bind off the 17(23)30(36)43 sts ( = the shoulder).

The Right Front

Knit as the left front, reversing all the shapings (mirror image).

Sleeves

Cast on 58(58)60(64)66 sts. Work in ribbing for 4 cm and increase 1 st on the last WS row = 59(59)61(65)67 sts.

Begin the lace from row 1 of chart III. The arrows mark the correct starting point for each size. Repeat the 26 st pattern repeat to the end of row. Pay close attention to the decreases and increases in the lace pattern: they should always correspond each other, so that the stitch count remains correct throughout the knit.

When the piece measures 9(11)8(9)6 cm, increase 1 st on both ends of the piece. Repeat the increases every 2,5(2)2(2)2 cm for 14(17)19(19)21 more times = 89(95)101(105)111 sts. Work the increased sts according to the lace pattern.

When the piece measures 46(47)48(49)49(50) cm, bind off on both ends of the piece on every 2nd row 1x6 sts and 7x1 st. Bind off remaining sts.

Knit the other sleeve to match.

Finishing

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

Sew the shoulder seams.

Neckline: Pick up and knit sts from the neckline edge so that together with the sts left on hold you will have 136(136)136(140)140(140) sts in total on the needles. The amount of sts has to be divisible by 4. Begin the ribbing from the wrong side of the garment: p3, k3, *p2,k2, repeat from * until 3 sts remain, p3. Work in ribbing for 2,5 cm and bind off in pattern.

Button bands: From the front edge of the left front and with the right side facing you, pick up and knit the required amount of sts. The amount of sts has to be divisible by 4. Begin the ribbing from the WS row: p3, k2, *p2, k2, repeat from * until 3 sts remain, p3. Work in ribbing for 2,5 cm and bind off in pattern.

Mark the places for the buttons onto the button band. The top button is placed approx. 1,5 cm from the top edge, the last button 1,5 cm from the hem up and the rest of the buttons evenly in between.

Knit the right side button band to match and make the buttonholes to match the marked places when the border measures 1 cm. Buttonhole: yo, k2 tog. When the ribbing measures 2,5 cm, bind off in pattern.

Attach the sleeves according to the red marks on the pattern.

Sew the sleeve seams and the side seams. Sew on 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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