Academia by Fiona Barnett
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July 2011
Light Fingering ?
21 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1150 - 2100 yards (1052 - 1920 m)
30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”/76 (86, 97, 107, 117, 127, 137) cm
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Conceived, partly designed, and occasionally knitted on in the Palace Green Law Library at the University of Durham (UK), this cardigan is simple, elegant, and light but still warm. It’s perfect for knitting and wearing when your mind is focused on higher pursuits.

The body is worked in one piece from the bottom upwards with the raglan sleeves attached as you go along to work the almost-seamless yoke. A ‘seam’ is created down the centre back using a short row method that is easier than it looks and surprisingly effective, as well as adding interest to the body.

To fit bust of 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”/76 (86, 97, 107, 117, 127, 137) cm with approximately 3-5” of positive ease, and minimal waist shaping.

Light fingering yarn, 1150 (1300, 1450, 1600, 1800, 1950, 2100) yds/1050 (1190, 1330, 1460, 1650, 1780, 1920) m including a 4” x 4” swatch.

21 sts and 34 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stocking (Stockinette) stitch after blocking.

Intermediate, although adventurous advanced beginners will also be able to knit it. Includes knitting in the round, I-cord, shaping and short rows. It is fully explained how to work the short rows, though, so don’t be intimidated!

Pattern is six pages in PDF format, with full instructions, colour photographs and all abbreviations defined. Instructions for all unusual techniques included.