Named for the vibrant colorwork in the art of Lisa Congdon, this cardigan has clean lines that provide the perfect canvas for a riot of color on the front band, but would be equally striking knit in a bright color with a monochromatic band. The bands snap closed using snap tape. Buy commercial snap tape, or make your own by sewing snaps to colorful grosgrain ribbon before attaching to the sweater.
Yarn: DK weight yarn, 1010[1150, 1280, 1420, 1550, 1690, 1820] yds of MC, 16[18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28] yds each of CC1, CC2, CC3, CC4, & CC5. Shown in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport (100% Superwash Merino Wool; Approx. 200 yds/70gm) in Echo (MC), Aqua (CC1), Kerfuffle (CC2), Ysolda Red (CC3), Farwell (CC4), Washington (CC5).
Needles: 32-inch circular in 3.75mm (US5) and 3.5mm (US4) or size needed to obtain gauge; DPNs, magic loop, or other preferred method for small circumferences in both sizes for the sleeves.
Gauge: 22 sts & 32 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) square in stockinette on larger needles after blocking.
Finished Sizes: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] corresponding to finished bust of 30[34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54] inches (76.25[86.25, 96.5, 106.75, 116.75, 127, 137.25]cm). Sample shown in 38" size on 37" bust. See schematic for specific measurements.
Notions: 4 stitch markers, tapestry needle, snap tape in length to match sweater front (see schematic), plus 2 sew-on snaps.
Pattern Includes: Written instructions, colorwork chart, and links to video tutorials.
Stitches Used: knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, p2tog, m1L, m1R, markers placed, slipped, and removed, Short Rows using the Shadow Wrap method
22 sts & 32 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) square in stockinette on larger needles after blocking.
I started sewing when I was a toddler on one of those drilled out boards where you use a shoelace and sew the outline of a fish or a duck. Once I could wield scissors I started sewing dresses for my dolls.
I added crochet when I was 8, cross stitching when I was 10, beading at 11, and knitting at 16. And I started binding books in college.