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Bella Vita Cardigan


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Bella Vita is an lightweight oversized cardigan. It can be worked either in lace weight yarn or fingering weight yarn. The body is worked in one piece from the bottom up and is divided at the armholes with fronts and back worked to the shoulders. After the shoulders are joined with a three-needle bind-off, stitches are picked up around the armhole and the sleeves are worked from the top down. Being worked mostly in Stockinette stitch, it is a perfect mindless knitting project. YARN Lace weight Shown here: Madelinetosh Tosh Lace (100% Merino; 869 m/950 yds, 113 g/4 oz hank; color Logwood): 2 skeins for all sizes Yardage requirement: 1260 (1390, 1465, 1540, 1605, 1690) m / 1380 (1520, 1600, 1685, 1755, 1850) yds, including 10% allowance FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Bust: 127 (137, 142, 148, 153.5, 160.5) cm / 50 (54, 56, 58.25, 60.5, 63)" This garment is intended to be worn with 45-50 cm / 17.75 -19.75" positive ease. Alternatively, choose size by the sleeve top circumference (value B in the schematic), it should be approximately 5 cm / 2" larger than your upperarm circumference. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Decreases, increases, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, short-rows, three-needle bind-off GAUGE 24 sts and 34 rows = 10 cm / 4" in Stockinette stitch on larger needle, blocked. 24 sts and 45 rows = 10 cm / 4" in Seed stitch on smaller needle, blocked. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X) Shown in XS, modeled with 48 cm / 19" positive ease. SUGGESTED YARN 1380 yards of Lace weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Madelinetosh Tosh Lace COLORWAY Logwood

Recommended with this pattern

  • 3.5 mm / US 4, 80 cm / 32" or longer circular needle; adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.
  • 3 mm / US 2.5, 100 cm / 40" or longer circular needle, for the band
  • 3.5 mm / US 4 needles in your preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round, for the sleeves

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Cristina is a Waldorf mama living with her son, husband and two cats at the seaside of Tuscany. Being a knitwear designer fits much better into her family schedule than being a science researcher. It nurtures her creative mind, too.