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Fiacaill Cardigan


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  • Seamless
  • Textured
  • Worked Flat
  • Worked In The Round

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A gorgeous cardigan with a cosy garter stitch shawl front and pretty smocking details. This cardigan is totally seamless. Fiacaill is knit from the top down, starting at the back shoulders working down to the armpit, we then pick up stitches at the front of the shoulders and work down to the armpit at the front. All stitches are worked down to the hem with the decorative smocking pattern across the middle section, this adds waist-shaping to the cardigan without increasing and decreasing stitches. We pick up stitches around the armholes and work the sleeves down to the cuffs, and pick up stitches around the front for the oversized shawl front. Fiacaill is named for the Fiacaill Ridge in the Cairngorm Mountains, and is part of a series of knitting patterns based on my travels in the Highlands of Scotland. You can read more about them on my blog. Yarn: Cloudborn Fibers Alpaca, Wool and Silk DK (45% Alpaca, 25% Merino, 30% Silk; 274yds/250m per 100g) 820 (950, 1095, 1250, 1420, 1580, 1750, 1930) yards. 750 (870, 1000, 1145, 1300, 1445, 1600, 1765) m Measurements: To fit bust: 30-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42-44, 46-48, 50-52, 54-56, 58-60)” Across back armpit to armpit: 15 (17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29)” Armpit to hem: 16 (16.5, 17, 17.5, 18, 18.5, 19, 19.5)” Around top of sleeve: 12 (13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19)” Sleeve length: 17 (17, 17.5, 17.5, 18, 18.5, 19, 19)” Gauge: 17sts and 26 rows = 4”/10cm in stocking st with US 7/4.5mm needle after blocking. Needles: One US 7/4.5mm 40”/100cm circular needle. Extras: Two detachable stitch markers; cable needle; spare 40” circular needles (size US 7/4.5mm or smaller) for holding stitches or waste yarn in a contrast colour; tapestry needle for weaving in loose ends.

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Littletheorem Knits
Littletheorem is a freelance knitting pattern designer with a passion for simple, beautiful and wearable knits in luxurious yarns. She loves creating simple wardrobe staples with a twist as well as intricate heirloom pieces. Her passion for all things fibre related led her to create her own line of handspun yarns and handcarded batts.