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Casual Cardigan

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Casual Cardigan
Casual Cardigan
Casual Cardigan
Casual Cardigan
Casual Cardigan

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Martha LoCoco    November 27, 2014
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can you use DK cotton on this sweater>?

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Amanda Lilley  December 3, 2014
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I would not recommend cotton only because it has a tendency to hang and stretch differently than wool.

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Anne_Sando    November 5, 2014
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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!

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Amanda Lilley  November 9, 2014
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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.

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cansin_tr5321167    October 23, 2014
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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,

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Amanda Lilley  October 24, 2014
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Work in pattern simply means to knit the knit rows and purl the purl rows. I hope this helps. Thank you for your support!

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lilian.ro5044637    September 29, 2014
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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

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Amanda Lilley  September 29, 2014
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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

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Portsmouth    September 19, 2014
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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.

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Amanda Lilley  September 23, 2014
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Thank you for your support! I hope you enjoy the pattern. Happy knitting!

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rosemary4354773    September 4, 2014
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Hi Amanda, Could you tell me if the pattern has the front bands knitted with the fronts or are they done seperately..

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Amanda Lilley  September 29, 2014
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Hello rosemary4354773, the front pieces are knit as a whole, there are not separate bands. I hope this helps. Kindest regards, Amanda

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santasbaby1225    July 14, 2014
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This pattern makes me wish I knew how to knit. Maybe one day...

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Heidicrafts  September 4, 2014
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I love this patter. I am wondering what sizes are included in the pattern?

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Heidicrafts  September 4, 2014
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I found it! Silly me! I can't wait to make this cardigan you did a wonderful job with the design!

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Suzanne Pulver    March 31, 2014
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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.

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Amanda Lilley  April 14, 2014
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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!

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ekathrein    March 14, 2014
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Thank you! That is exactly the sort of information I needed but didn't realize. Best regards!

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ekathrein    March 1, 2014
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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.

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ekathrein  March 1, 2014
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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.

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Amanda Lilley  March 7, 2014
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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! :)

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dogorman52844582  September 14, 2014
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Is there a crossback chart or does one just go up one inch for each chest increase?

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Amanda Lilley  September 29, 2014
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Hello dogorman52844582, The pattern includes a schematic with the crossback details for each size. Kindest regards, Amanda

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123grace    January 24, 2014
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need to knit top-down instead of pieces

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bjgf297001    December 28, 2013
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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?

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rpederson4886434  September 13, 2014
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I would also like to add a front separating zipper--What adaptations would we need to make? Any suggestions?

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dfoster336267  September 19, 2014
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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?

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chandanah2674269    December 27, 2013
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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?

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chandanah2674269  January 2, 2014
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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?

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chandanah2674269  January 2, 2014
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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?

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Amanda Lilley  April 14, 2014
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Hello, Thank you for your support! Yes, you are correct. 14 balls of Knit Picks Swish DK.

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lynnmeyer287880    October 24, 2013
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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.

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Amanda Lilley  October 25, 2013
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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.

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linita0704    October 8, 2013
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Aside from the written pattern, do we get to see a video of this pattern?

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ErikaT    September 28, 2013
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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.

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cindyvick1789516    September 11, 2013
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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

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Amanda Lilley  September 11, 2013
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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.

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bmo19592020356    September 10, 2013
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Is this a pattern that would be suitable for beginners? Up to this point the only thing I have knitted is dishcloths.

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Amanda Lilley  September 11, 2013
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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.

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babasison    September 10, 2013
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Would it be possible to adopt the design for men? I think the neck opening should be smaller? Any thoughts?

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Amanda Lilley  September 11, 2013
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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.

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pc10861014804    September 10, 2013
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Sorry if this is a silly question, but are the sizes listed bust sizes?

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Amanda Lilley  September 11, 2013
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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.

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pc10861014804  September 13, 2013
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Okay, thanks for the clarification! :)

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DebVan    August 30, 2013
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That's what I thought, but wanted to be sure-thanks for your response, and I love the pattern.

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Amanda Lilley  August 31, 2013
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So glad you like it, Thank you

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DebVan    August 19, 2013
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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?

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Amanda Lilley  August 24, 2013
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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. :)

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bluequiltmaker    July 22, 2013
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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

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Amanda Lilley  July 24, 2013
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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

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stamphappymomma    July 13, 2013
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Beautiful cardigan! This is a must have project for me! Off to purchase!

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Amanda Lilley  July 16, 2013
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Thank you stamphappymomma,
I would love to see a photo posted of your finished item. Happy Knitting!

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ritacoul@mymts.net    June 10, 2013
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lovely

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Amanda Lilley  June 14, 2013
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Thank you Soaper.

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X_treas1583220    June 9, 2013
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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.

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Amanda Lilley  June 14, 2013
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So pleased to meet you too, can't wait to see a photo of your finished project!

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