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Fair Isle Cardigan "Valentina"


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This cardigan shows the fair isle knitting technique in less contrasting colours than usual. You work it in one piece from bottom up until beginning of raglan, then you work both sleeves first and at last bring all pieces together on your needle and work in one piece again until the end. Both front parts are knitted in two colors, back part and sleeves are worked in main color only. The knitted on saddle shoulder combines back and front parts perfectly. Bust circumferences: 39, 42 and 45 (100, 108 and 114 cm) Length: 25, 25.5 and 26 (65, 66,5 and 67,5 cm) This pattern contains a detailed written instruction as well as a clear pattern chart for each size. So it(tm)s your decision if you want to use the charts or if you prefer to work according the step by step instructions. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit and purl Basic knowledge in Fair Isle technique kitchener stitch GAUGE 19 sts and 25 rows in 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS US sizes 6/8, 10/12 and 14/16 Bust circumferences: 39, 42 and 45 (100, 108 and 114 cm) Length: 25, 25.5 and 26 (65, 66,5 and 67,5 cm) SUGGESTED YARN 1400 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN malabrigo COLORWAY #43 (plomo) and #49 (jupiter)

Supplies Needed

  • I used malabrigo "Rios", 5 skeins of main color and 2 skeins of second color
  • 1400 - 1700 yds of 10ply worsted yarn
  • US 7 (4,5 mm) circular needles

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As I love knitting so much I decided a few years ago to spend more time with designing knitted garments and create the corresponding patterns. And that's what I do today most of the time. In the meantime I published two German knitting books and work as an online trainer for knitting courses. My patterns are available in English and German, and I offer them on many websites and in my own online shop at