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big & small leaves cardigan

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : big & small leaves cardigan
big & small leaves cardigan
big & small leaves cardigan
big & small leaves cardigan
big & small leaves cardigan

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • lace
  • short rows
  • pick & knit stitches

Pattern Description:

Twining leaves, growing from big leaves at the bottom to small ones curling around the neck.

A quick knit in bulky yarn or in dk weight held double.

A short, fitted cardigan, constructed in an unusual way. The body is knitted bottom up with a large leaf panel. Then the sleeves are worked (also bottom up with 1 large leaf at the bottom). After that the leaf panel is worked, knitting the stitches of sleeves and back together with the leaves, while the leaves are getting smaller around the neck. Stitches are picked up at the front and neck to work the buttonbands with short rows to follow the curve of the leaves.

For ease of reading and following the pattern, the text is split in 4 parts:
1. S-S2 from page 2 to 5,
2. M-M2-L from page 6 to 9,
3. L2-XL-XL2 from page 10 to 13
4. the charts and written descriptions of the leaves for all sizes are on page 14 to 16


12,5 sts and 19 rows with larger needles in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4x 4)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • finished measurements chest: 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46 (81, 87, 92, 96, 102, 107, 112, 116 cm


  • 6 mm needles (US 10)
  • 5 mm needles (US 8)
  • 660/680/700/720/750/750/770/800 yards 600/620/640/660/680/680/700/730 meters) of Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi) or dk weight held double
  • 5 buttons

You Will Also Need:

  • tapestry needle

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