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Lipstick Cardigan


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A flattering style on almost any body type, this cardigan will be a must in your wardrobe this fall. Similar to the widely popular Opening Night this cardigan has a lot of swing and drape in the front all while the back is a nice tailored fit. Knit in pieces then seamed together in a way that allows the front collar trim and the bottom trim to drape at the hips and not add unnecessary fabric to the back side. The fun scroll pattern used in the trims is reversible so there are no worries about showing the "wrong side". The yarn used in this piece is a worsted weight, kettle dyed yarn called Red Rocks Fiber Works, "Highlands" (100% Superwash Merino; color Red Lipstick). This yarn is not available anymore but is easily substitutable. I would recommend a yarn that has a twist like Malabrigo Rios. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cast On Knit Purl Yarn Over Decrease Bind Off GAUGE GAUGE 16 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Stockinette st after blocking 2 reps = 5" wide x 6" long in Scroll pat after blocking To save time, take time to check gauge. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Finished Measurements: Bust: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58)" / 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5) cm Length not including trim: 121/2 (13, 14, 141/2, 15, 16, 161/4, 161/2)" / 32 (33, 35.5, 37, 38, 40.5, 41.5, 42) cm MEASUREMENTS Women's XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X) Shown in size L Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes. PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Malabrigo Rios

Supplies Needed

  • Needles Size US 8 (5.5 mm) circular needle, 24" in length or longer or size needed to obtain gauge. Note: Sweater is worked straight, circular needle is used for comfort of holding full width of pieces.
  • Yarn 1300 (1550, 1850, 2125, 2425, 2825, 3100, 3375) yds / 1189 (1418, 1692, 1944, 2218, 2584, 2835, 3087) m of worsted weight yarn. Shown in 100% Superwash Merino.
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Marly Bird
Marlaina 'Marly' Bird fled the world of financial services to launch a career in the yarn industry and she hasn't looked back since. To Marly, a bi-crafty girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the star, not how you work with it. She is the national spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns, hosts the YarnThing podcast, is the author of Cold Weather Crochet and I Can't Believe I'm Entrelac Knitting, and co-author of Knitting for Dummies, 3rd ed. You've seen her designs in Knitter's Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knitscene, Love of Crochet, Love of Knitting, and in the books Knitter's Book of Socks, Unexpected Afghans, Simply Crochet, Lace Yarn Studio, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, and Knitting Plus. Along with her designing and podcast, Marly has a successful YouTube channel where she teaches both knitting and crochet. On top of all that, Marly also has several online classes available with Creativebug and In her spare time, Marly is a wife to a very understanding husband, raises three kids, and because life was not crazy enough--has three dogs. For more about Marly, go to