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Casual Cardigan features sharp cable panels along the front opening. Knit in pieces, set in sleeves, relaxed fit.The cardigan shown was knit in Knit Picks Swish DK.Shown in size 36" with +3" ease on model.
22 sts and 31 rows = 4"
1600 yards of DK weight
I keep describing this project as a 'labour of love'. I LOVE the pattern. But after knitting the back, 2 fronts & a sleeve - I checked the sizing and decided the cardi was too small. I really wanted it to meet at the front, even if it doesn't button at the front. My tension was 1 stitch per 4inch block less than the tension recommended. But this, together with perhaps a smaller fit than I expected, has done the damage. I thought "3 inch ease" meant that the finished cardi would be 3inches bigger than the bust size?? I'm not sure if I am right or not. Anyhow, I've now pulled out the fronts & sleeve, balled, hanked, washed, dried & re-balled the wool. And now, after many months, I have re-knitted the fronts & sleeve and I've just started the last sleeve. So I think 'labour of love' is the best description. I am sooo looking forward to finishing it!
It certainly is a labour of love. It will be well worth all the love you are putting in. I look forward to seeing your finished cardigan.
Hi Amanda, I just finished the back part. Right now, I have to knit the waist shape. I sort of have a problem with you description. What do you mean by "work even in pattern for 8 rows"? I would be glad if you could answer. Thanks,
Work in pattern simply means to knit the knit rows and purl the purl rows. I hope this helps. Thank you for your support!
Hi Amanda. I have just discovered this site & the beautiful patterns especially this cardigan which I can't wait to make. One question-the details specify a circular needle. Is that essential or can I use a pair of straight needles? I'm sure I could if the back and fronts are knit separately and then sewed together. Thanks,Lilian
Hello Lilian, Thank you for your interest in the cardigan. Yes, you can us straight needles. The only reason I recommend circular needles is because I find the individual pieces easier to manage when the stitches can rest on the cord. I hope this helps. Happy knitting! Kindest regards, Amanda
This was the first pattern I bought on this site.It is a very nice Cardigan ..It was such a very good pattern to follow.I bought all must the same colour in Hobby Craft shops in Portsmouth.I am looking forward to the colder weather to wear it.Thank you again for such a lovely Cardigan.
Thank you for your support! I hope you enjoy the pattern. Happy knitting!
Hi Amanda, Could you tell me if the pattern has the front bands knitted with the fronts or are they done seperately..
Hello rosemary4354773, the front pieces are knit as a whole, there are not separate bands. I hope this helps. Kindest regards, Amanda
This pattern makes me wish I knew how to knit. Maybe one day...
I love this patter. I am wondering what sizes are included in the pattern?
I found it! Silly me! I can't wait to make this cardigan you did a wonderful job with the design!
Before I order yarn for this pattern I just want to lmake sure that the needle size US 3 is correct. The DK yarns I am looking at reflect a gauge on size 5-6 needles. Love this pattern and can't wait to begin.
Hello Suzanne, Yes, you are correct. US #3 needle. The most important thing is to get proper gauge of 22 sts and 31 rows = 4".Hope this helps. Happy knitting!
Thank you! That is exactly the sort of information I needed but didn't realize. Best regards!
Hi. First off, I love this pattern!Now my question. I'm kinda busty and would prefer that the sweater fit my shoulders so that I look more tailored than casual. Do you have any comment on how I should select a size? Around the bust I measure 37. Following the Amy Herzog suggestion of measuring my upper torso I get 34. So in order to not be swallowed up I can't imagine I would knit anything larger than size 36. Your thoughts are most welcome. Thanks.
I feel I should specify that I like the way the sweater fits shoulder-wise in the picture and want something similar for myself rather than what I would get if I knit to fit my bust. Thanks.
Hello, Thyank you for your interest in the cardigan. I would recommend knitting the size that is closes to your crossback (shoulder to shoulder) measurement. The size 34" chest has a crossback measurement of 15" and the size 36" has a crossback measurement of 16". There is no ease in the crossback and I believe this will give you the tailored look that that you desire. I hope this helps. Happy knitting! :)
Is there a crossback chart or does one just go up one inch for each chest increase?
Hello dogorman52844582, The pattern includes a schematic with the crossback details for each size. Kindest regards, Amanda
need to knit top-down instead of pieces
I'm inclined to add an invisible (preferably) zipper to the front, do you think i would have to increase the width of the fronts to do this?
I would also like to add a front separating zipper--What adaptations would we need to make? Any suggestions?
I was wondering exactly the same thing. It looks to me that an invisible zipper would need no adaptations. Hope I am right! Did you try it yet?
Hi .. I really liked this pattern. However today is my first time at this site. Once i buy the pattern, what does it look like? Would it be possible to see couple of lines of how it comes across?
Hello, I did download the pattern. Thank you. Having never bought wool here, I was wondering what is the best place to buy it? Ideally I would like the exact same color also. Also, when buying what should I be asking for?
I just looked up the http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Swish_DK_Yarn__D5420168.html?buy_individually site. Here I can find the color. Each ball of wool is 123 yards it says am I reaching that right? Your pattern calls for 1600 yards .. which would be about 14 balls .. am I doing this right?
Hello, Thank you for your support! Yes, you are correct. 14 balls of Knit Picks Swish DK.
You list the yardage of yarn, but not the skeins or weight; doesn't it take some figuring to translate the yardage of yarn to how many skeins and weight one should buy? Pattern is beautiful.
Thank you Lynmeyer. The weight is listed as DK and the yardage is listed as 1600 yds. The number of skeins will depend on the brand of yarn you decide to use. :) I hope you enjoy the pattern.
Aside from the written pattern, do we get to see a video of this pattern?
Love this Cardi & the color you chose. I am a newbie but once I have more skills & practice I would love to make this. It looks roomy & comfy without being baggy or 'frumpy' lol.
Love this sweater. Before I purchase I have 2 questions. Would Caron Simply Soft be ok? and are the sleeves knitted flat then seamed or in the round with DPN's Thank you
Hello Cindyvick. Thank you for your interest in the pattern. The sleeves are knit flat and then seamed. I do not have experience knitting with Caron Simply soft. Unless you are sensitive to wool, I would recommend using wool only because it blocks well. You can always make a swatch using the Caron Simply soft to see if you like the results. Hope this helps.
Is this a pattern that would be suitable for beginners? Up to this point the only thing I have knitted is dishcloths.
Hello, Thanks for your interest in the pattern. The pattern requires knitting, purling, cabling, decreasing, and sewing seams. I hope you challenge yourself. It should not be too difficult.
Would it be possible to adopt the design for men? I think the neck opening should be smaller? Any thoughts?
Hi babasison. The sweater is designed to the Yarn Council standard measurements for women. I imagine if you knit the sweater in the round as a pullover and removed the waist shaping it would be possible. You would have to take measurements of the man you are knitting for. Hope that helps.
Sorry if this is a silly question, but are the sizes listed bust sizes?
Hello, That is a great question. The sizes listed are for the actual bust size. The finished garment will have a couple inches of positive ease. Hope this helps.
Okay, thanks for the clarification! :)
That's what I thought, but wanted to be sure-thanks for your response, and I love the pattern.
So glad you like it, Thank you
Was looking at the yarns on Knitpicks, and in their description of the pattern, it says the yarn called for is worsted/heavy worsted, which I suspect is a mistake since all the recommended yarns are DKs. Unless the pattern calls for double-stranding the DK yarn?
Hello DebVan, The yarn called for is Swish D.K. I will contact K.P. to make the correction to their site. Only one strand of D.K. is used. Hope this helps. :)
I have a question. I LOVE this design. I've bought the pattern and the yarn (cotlin from Knit Picks since I live in hot, hot Florida) is coming.I am a plus size gal and always go through the directions using a highlighter to mark the stitches I should be using for each step. I assumed it would be easy since I am making the largest size Amanda designed for.However, when I got to the Sleeve section, in the second paragraph, it says "and every 6" row 0 (0,0,0,0,7,19) times". I take it to mean the largest size should decrease 19 times. Since that is quite a bit more than the other numbers, I just need to check to see if that's a typo or if I truly need to decrease 19 times.Hope you are monitoring these comments Amanda or if anyone else might be making a large size and have come across this too.Thanks for any help.Denise
Hello Denise. Thanks so much for your purchase.This isn't a typo, the larges size has 19 increases, you should have 94 sts after working your increases.The other sizes also have several increases (As per the first half of the sleeve instructions) they are just worked at different intervals. Hope this helps. Any prob's please feel free to email me.Happy knitting! Amanda
Beautiful cardigan! This is a must have project for me! Off to purchase!
Thank you stamphappymomma, I would love to see a photo posted of your finished item. Happy Knitting!
Thank you Soaper.
Beautiful, what a surprise to see the designer show up in her newest design. We all new it was you, Amanda, before you told us who you were.
So pleased to meet you too, can't wait to see a photo of your finished project!
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