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Venus Rising Cardigan


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  • Short Rows

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A flattering vertically striped, seamless cardigan, knit sideways in one piece. Speedy and great fun to knit. It utilizes short-rows, tubular cast-on onto two needles, grafting using waste yarn and a neck insertion. The design may be customized as you work: it includes suggestions for bust shaping as well as short rows to add fullness at the hips and tummy. Minimal finishing required. Once the first short rows are established, the sequence is designed to be logical and easy to remember. The cardigan will look rather strange once you have passed the center back position, as the neck opening is made last of all. This pattern is much easier and more fun to knit than to write! This pattern is also available as a kit from my website--please see the accompanying link! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY stocking stitch short rows Navajo triple-ply knitting GAUGE Over stocking stitch 12 sts x 16 rows = 4" square. This was achieved on 8 mm (US# 11) needle. The adjustability of the design allows for variance in gauge SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS S (M, L), finished chest measurement 38 (42, 46)" Length 21 (22, 22)", may easily be adjusted.

Supplies Needed

  • 6.5 mm (US# 10.5) for cuffs and band: you will need at least an 80 cm long circular needle for the band, and dpns for the cuffs
  • (US# 11)The sleeves (worked in the round) may be worked on a set of 10" dpns, or on two circulars of at least 80 cms in length or one 120 cm circular needle. The body may be worked on two circulars of at least 80 cms in length or one 120 cm circular needle after the side 'seam' is completed.
  • 600 (650, 700)g Kauni Effektgarn wool fingering weight (100g = 400m), used triple from a single ball by the Navaho method

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Lucy Neatby
A former navigation officer for British cargo ships, Lucy Neatby now finds herself submerged in the fabulous world of fiber. Whether designing, writing or instructing, she strives to bring out the true fun in knitting. Her website, Lucy Neatby Designs, is no different. Lucy is also the face behind a series of instructional DVDs, Learn with Lucy, and the author of popular books, including Cool Socks Warm Feet, Cool Knitters Finish in Style and A Little Book of BIG Holes for Hand-Knitters.