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Women's long cardigan Novita Natura

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Finishing makes the cardigan look imposing. The tassels are fastened with rya knot. Knitted from Novita Natura.
Magazine Novita Talvi 2018 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 10
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N041810
Pattern details
Size
XS(S)M(L)XL(XXL)

Yarn demand
Novita Natura
(010) Off-white 400(450)500(550)600(650) g
(045) Clay 150(150)150(200)200(250) g
(065) Bear 50(50)100(100)100(150) g
(045) Lake 150(150)200(200)250(250) g

Note:
These figures do not include yarn for tassels.

Needles and other supplies
Needles:
Novita 5 mm and
5½-6 mm, or sizes needed to obtain gauge

Designer
Mari Kangas & Sisko Sälpäkivi

Details

Back

Using the larger needles and the off-white yarn, cast on 94(98)106(110)118(122) sts and begin working the k2 p2 ribbing on the WS with p2. Work in ribbing for 4 cm. Then work in stockinette st and evenly decrease on the first row 2(0)2(0)2(0) sts = 92(98)104(110)116(122) sts.

When the piece measures 26 cm, begin the striping. Work the striping for the back piece following the instructions and then work with the off-white yarn.

Striping on the back and front pieces:

Work in stockinette st:

10 cm in the lake colourway
2 cm bear
4 cm clay
6 cm lake
8 cm clay
4 cm off-white
2 cm lake
4 cm lake
6 cm bear
2 cm off-white
6 cm clay

Note: When the piece measures 40 cm, decrease 1 st at both ends. Repeat the decreases every 5 cm for 6 more times = 78(84)90(96)102(108) sts.

When the piece measures 83(85)87(89)91(93) cm, mark the spot for the armhole at both edges with a different-coloured piece of yarn.

When the armhole measures 14(15)16(17)18(19) cm, securely bind off the middle 22 sts for the neckline. Work one side of the neckline at a time. Work 1 row and decrease 1 st at the neckline edge on the next row.

When the armhole measures 18 cm, bind off the remaining 27(30)33(36)39(42) shoulder sts.

Knit the other side of the neckline to match.

Left front

Using the larger needles and the off-white yarn, cast on 43(43)47(51)55(55) sts and begin the k2 p2 ribbing on the WS: p3, *k2, p2*, repeat *-* to end. Work in ribbing for 4 cm. Then work in stockinette st and evenly decrease on the first row 2(0)0(2)2(0) sts = 41(43)47(49)53(55) sts.

When the piece measures 26 cm, begin the striping. Work the striping following the instructions and then work with the off-white yarn.

Note: When the piece measures 40 cm, decrease 1 st at the right end. Repeat the decreases every 5 cm for 6 more times = 34(36)40(42)46(48) sts.

When the piece measures 67(69)71(73)75(77) cm, begin the decreases for the neckline at the front edge (=left end): work the RS row until 3 sts remain at the front edge, then k2tog, k1. Repeat the increases every 5(5)5(5,5)5,5(6) cm for 6(5)6(5)6(5) more times.

Note: When the piece measures 83(85)87(89)91(93) cm, mark the spot for the armhole at the edge with a different-coloured piece of yarn.

When the armhole measures 16(17)18(19)20(21) cm, bind off the remaining 27(30)33(36)39(42) shoulder sts.

Right front

Work as the mirror image of the left front. Decreases at the neckline: skp (= slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped st over).

Sleeves

Using the smaller needles and the off-white yarn, cast on 30(30)34(34)36(36) sts and work in k2 p2 ribbing for 8 cm.

On the next RS row, knit all sts through the front and back loop = 60(60)68(68)72(72) sts.

Switch to the larger needles and work in stockinette st.

When the piece measures 19 cm, begin the striping. Work the striping following the instructions. Finish with the off-white yarn.

Striping on the sleeves:

Work in stockinette st:

6 cm lake
6 cm clay
2 cm lake
4 cm clay
6 cm bear
2 cm off-white
4 cm clay

When the piece measures 20(21)21(22)22(23) cm, evenly decrease 6(6)4(4)4(4) sts on the next row by k2tog =54(54)64(64)68(68) sts.

When the piece measures 30(31)31(32)32(33) cm, evenly decrease 3(2)4(4)3(3) sts on the next row = 51(52)60(60)65(65) sts.

When the piece measures 40(41)41(42)42(43) cm, evenly decrease 2(0)4(2)4(0) sts on the next row = 49(52)56(58)61(65) sts.

When the piece measures 47(48)49(49)50(51) cm, bind off.

Knit the other sleeve to match.

Finishing

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

Sew the shoulder seams.

Collar

The collar is knitted in two pieces after the shoulder seams have been sewn. First pick up the sts on the left using the off-white yarn and the larger needles. Begin from the midpoint of the back neckline, and then pick up the sts from the neckline of the left front and the front edge. Pick up approx. 20 sts across every 10 cm (make sure the number of sts is divisible by 4 + 3 sts). Begin working k2 p2 ribbing on the WS: p3, *k2, p2*, repeat *-* to end.

When you have worked 3 rows (finishing on a WS row), distribute the sts on the back and front neckline (= the slanted section of the front + the back) into 9 groups of approx. the same size. Place stitch markers at the end of each group.

Work the RS row from back midpoint to 9th marker (lower edge of the slanted section of the neckline), turn work, sl 1, work to end. Work the next row until 8th marker, turn work, sl 1 and work to end. Turn work a total of 9 times at each stitch marker.

When you have worked all short rows, continue with all the sts. When the border measures 8 cm, bind off in ribbing.

Work the right front border to match.

Sew the back seam of the collar. Attach the sleeves at the armholes following the red markers.

Sew the sleeve seams and side seams.

Belt: Using the smaller needles and the lake colourway, cast on 10 sts and work in k1 p1 ribbing. When the belt measures approx. 150-200 cm, bind off in pattern.

Tassels: Make tassels for the lake and bear colour sections. Cut an approx. 30 cm long strand of yarn for each tassel. Attach the tassels onto every stitch on the top edge of each stripe, and onto every 2nd stitch elsewhere on the stripes. Around the colour changes, attach a few tassels of the lower colour onto the upper stripe here and there.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
body circumference 94(102)110(118)126(134) cm length 99(102)105(108)111(114) cm inner sleeve length 47(48)49(49)50(51) cm

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns:
- k2 p2 ribbing:
*k2, p2*, repeat to end. On the wrong side rows, knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches.
- Stockinette stitch:
Right side rows: knit all stitches.
Wrong side rows: purl all stitches.
- k1 p1 ribbing:
*k1, p1*, repeat to end. On the wrong side rows

Back

Using the larger needles and the off-white yarn, cast on 94(98)106(110)118(122) sts and begin working the k2 p2 ribbing on the WS with p2. Work in ribbing for 4 cm. Then work in stockinette st and evenly decrease on the first row 2(0)2(0)2(0) sts = 92(98)104(110)116(122) sts.

When the piece measures 26 cm, begin the striping. Work the striping for the back piece following the instructions and then work with the off-white yarn.

Striping on the back and front pieces:

Work in stockinette st:

10 cm in the lake colourway
2 cm bear
4 cm clay
6 cm lake
8 cm clay
4 cm off-white
2 cm lake
4 cm lake
6 cm bear
2 cm off-white
6 cm clay

Note: When the piece measures 40 cm, decrease 1 st at both ends. Repeat the decreases every 5 cm for 6 more times = 78(84)90(96)102(108) sts.

When the piece measures 83(85)87(89)91(93) cm, mark the spot for the armhole at both edges with a different-coloured piece of yarn.

When the armhole measures 14(15)16(17)18(19) cm, securely bind off the middle 22 sts for the neckline. Work one side of the neckline at a time. Work 1 row and decrease 1 st at the neckline edge on the next row.

When the armhole measures 18 cm, bind off the remaining 27(30)33(36)39(42) shoulder sts.

Knit the other side of the neckline to match.

Left front

Using the larger needles and the off-white yarn, cast on 43(43)47(51)55(55) sts and begin the k2 p2 ribbing on the WS: p3, *k2, p2*, repeat *-* to end. Work in ribbing for 4 cm. Then work in stockinette st and evenly decrease on the first row 2(0)0(2)2(0) sts = 41(43)47(49)53(55) sts.

When the piece measures 26 cm, begin the striping. Work the striping following the instructions and then work with the off-white yarn.

Note: When the piece measures 40 cm, decrease 1 st at the right end. Repeat the decreases every 5 cm for 6 more times = 34(36)40(42)46(48) sts.

When the piece measures 67(69)71(73)75(77) cm, begin the decreases for the neckline at the front edge (=left end): work the RS row until 3 sts remain at the front edge, then k2tog, k1. Repeat the increases every 5(5)5(5,5)5,5(6) cm for 6(5)6(5)6(5) more times.

Note: When the piece measures 83(85)87(89)91(93) cm, mark the spot for the armhole at the edge with a different-coloured piece of yarn.

When the armhole measures 16(17)18(19)20(21) cm, bind off the remaining 27(30)33(36)39(42) shoulder sts.

Right front

Work as the mirror image of the left front. Decreases at the neckline: skp (= slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped st over).

Sleeves

Using the smaller needles and the off-white yarn, cast on 30(30)34(34)36(36) sts and work in k2 p2 ribbing for 8 cm.

On the next RS row, knit all sts through the front and back loop = 60(60)68(68)72(72) sts.

Switch to the larger needles and work in stockinette st.

When the piece measures 19 cm, begin the striping. Work the striping following the instructions. Finish with the off-white yarn.

Striping on the sleeves:

Work in stockinette st:

6 cm lake
6 cm clay
2 cm lake
4 cm clay
6 cm bear
2 cm off-white
4 cm clay

When the piece measures 20(21)21(22)22(23) cm, evenly decrease 6(6)4(4)4(4) sts on the next row by k2tog =54(54)64(64)68(68) sts.

When the piece measures 30(31)31(32)32(33) cm, evenly decrease 3(2)4(4)3(3) sts on the next row = 51(52)60(60)65(65) sts.

When the piece measures 40(41)41(42)42(43) cm, evenly decrease 2(0)4(2)4(0) sts on the next row = 49(52)56(58)61(65) sts.

When the piece measures 47(48)49(49)50(51) cm, bind off.

Knit the other sleeve to match.

Finishing

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

Sew the shoulder seams.

Collar

The collar is knitted in two pieces after the shoulder seams have been sewn. First pick up the sts on the left using the off-white yarn and the larger needles. Begin from the midpoint of the back neckline, and then pick up the sts from the neckline of the left front and the front edge. Pick up approx. 20 sts across every 10 cm (make sure the number of sts is divisible by 4 + 3 sts). Begin working k2 p2 ribbing on the WS: p3, *k2, p2*, repeat *-* to end.

When you have worked 3 rows (finishing on a WS row), distribute the sts on the back and front neckline (= the slanted section of the front + the back) into 9 groups of approx. the same size. Place stitch markers at the end of each group.

Work the RS row from back midpoint to 9th marker (lower edge of the slanted section of the neckline), turn work, sl 1, work to end. Work the next row until 8th marker, turn work, sl 1 and work to end. Turn work a total of 9 times at each stitch marker.

When you have worked all short rows, continue with all the sts. When the border measures 8 cm, bind off in ribbing.

Work the right front border to match.

Sew the back seam of the collar. Attach the sleeves at the armholes following the red markers.

Sew the sleeve seams and side seams.

Belt: Using the smaller needles and the lake colourway, cast on 10 sts and work in k1 p1 ribbing. When the belt measures approx. 150-200 cm, bind off in pattern.

Tassels: Make tassels for the lake and bear colour sections. Cut an approx. 30 cm long strand of yarn for each tassel. Attach the tassels onto every stitch on the top edge of each stripe, and onto every 2nd stitch elsewhere on the stripes. Around the colour changes, attach a few tassels of the lower colour onto the upper stripe here and there.


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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