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My mom taught me to knit when I was 12, but I really went gaga for crafting in grad school -- so much so that I've changed careers from history professor to full-time knitting designer, teacher, and ...

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from Dark Matter Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Velluto

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on, knit, purl, bind off, basic increases & decreases, picking up stitches

Pattern Description:

Inspired by the Italian provenance of the Volute yarn used for the design sample, this men's zippered cardigan has a European flair. The asymmetrical fronts, long cuffs, and oversized cowl collar derive straight from men's runway fashion, while the fitted shoulders, hip shaping, and roomy body flatter the masculine silhouette.

Volute is a cotton/acrylic blend that will be available soon from Yarns of Italy. It has a soft, velour-like hand that makes it a pleasure to work with and wear. The garment also has a nearly seamless construction for an easy finish.


20 sts = 4" = 28 rows in stockinette st on larger needles

20 sts = 4" = 34 rows in broken rib st on smaller needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • finished chest sizes: 40 (44, 48, 52, 56)"


  • Yarns of Italy Volute (60% cotton, 40% acrylic): 9 (10, 11, 13, 14) skeins / 1128 (1253, 1378, 1629, 1754) yds of color A, shown in #01 / light gray; 5 (6, 6, 6, 7) skeins / 627 (752, 752, 752, 877) yds of color B, shown in #03 / dark gray
  • size 6 needles (or size needed to get gauge) in: 40"- and 16"- long circular and dpns (dpns not needed if working sleeves using magic loop or two-circulars method)
  • size 5 needles (or one size smaller than above needles) in: 40"- and 16"-long circular and dpns (see above note on dpns)
  • size C crochet hook

You Will Also Need:

  • transparent sewing thread
  • sharp sewing needle
  • separating zipper in coordinating color
  • 1" button