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Mermaid's Cardigan

from Kathleen Dames
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Mermaid's Cardigan
Mermaid's Cardigan

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on
  • bind off
  • knit
  • purl
  • increase
  • decrease

Pattern Description:

An elegant cardigan just right for a mermaid. Gentle waist shaping follows your curves, and Fishtail Lace sleeves pique the knitter's interest. By eliminating sleeve increases, the lace is not too difficult and the sleeves blouse out from an i-cord cast-on. To keep the lines clean and the hems from rolling, the entire cardigan is edged in i-cord. Lace instructions are provided in written and chart form.

Chest: 30 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54 inches; shown in M/38" with 0" ease

Madeline Tosh tosh dk 100% Superwash Merino Wool 225 yards/206 meters per 50 gram skein; color: Baltic; 4 [5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8]
One US6/4.0mm 29-inch circular needle
Set of five US6/4.0mm double-pointed needles (DPNs)
Coil-less safety pins or other removable stitch markers
Waste yarn or stitch holders
Tapestry needle
Eight 5/8" buttons


17 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches in Fishtail Lace pattern
20 sts x 28 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Chest: 30 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54 inches


  • 900-1800yds DK-weight yarn
  • US6/4.0mm 29" circular needle
  • US6/4.0mm set of five DPNs

You Will Also Need:

  • coilless safety pins or removable stitch markers
  • waste yarn or stitch holders
  • tapestry needle
  • eight 5/8" buttons

Suggested yarn:

900 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Madeline Tosh dk