Aptenodytes by Kristin Blom
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Aptenodytes

Knitting
December 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1566 - 2153 yards (1432 - 1969 m)
S, M, L, XL, XXL

The Aptenodytes cardigan is one of 11 engaging patterns from Penguin: a Knit Collection by Anna Maltz - a printed book packed with patterns, photographs, illustrations and stories, all inspired by penguins. Available from annamaltz.com and your LYS for ยฃ18.50. It comes with a complimentary PDF download code.

A design collaboration between Kristin Blom and Anna Maltz. A drape fronted cardigan with fitted sleeves. Flattering on a full range of sizes. The sleeves are worked first, in the round, from the cuff up to the underarms. Both sleeves are then joined with the back in order to knit across the shoulders in one piece. The easy to remember stitch pattern alternates rows of daisy stitch with eyelets and purl feature rows on a base of stocking โ€จstitch is both written and charted. The fronts are picked up and knitted-on, leaving only short seams to sew at the shoulders. It is fastened with a button on either side of the neckline (one hidden button and one larger feature button) with the option of two different buttonholes on either side for a variety of ways to wear it. This versatility means it lends itself well to stylish penguin mamas: whether pregnant or breastfeeding.

SIZE
S (M, L, XL, XXL)
To fit bust size:
86 (96, 106, 116, 126)cm / 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)โ€
Because of the open style front of this cardigan, we recommend erring towards a smaller rather than larger size.

TENSION
19 sts and 26 rows = 10cm / 4โ€ over stocking stitch on 5mm
Row tension is important for this pattern as the fronts are worked sideways.

Navia Duo is a 4ply/Sport weight, knitted on larger needles to get a DK/worsted tension with drape. Look for a yarn that indicates 22-23 sts to 10cm on the label and adjust your needle size to obtain the Aptenodytes tension. Generally this means you will knit on larger needles to achieve fewer stitches than specified on the ball band. Alternatively, use a DK weight yarn if you want a warmer, more densely knit garment.

SUGGESTED NEEDLES
5mm (US 8/UK 6) circular needle, 100cm / 40โ€ length.
โ€จIf knitting the larger sizes, a 150cm / 60โ€ length circular needle is recommended.
โ€จ5mm (US 8 / UK 6) DPNs or a longer length circular needle for working magic loop method for sleevesโ€จ.
Additional spare circular needle in a similar size if using DPNsโ€จ

Sleeves are knitted in the round and body flat. Be aware that for many knitters their tension changes between working in the round and flat. If this is the case for you, make sure to check your tension carefully between sleeves and body and adjust your needle size accordingly. This may mean you need an additional needle in a different size.

YARN
Navia Duo (4ply/Sport weight; 100% wool; 180m / 196yds per 50g)โ€จ
Black (27) x 8 (8, 9, 10, 11)โ€จ

Option given to replace 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) ball/s of main colour with 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) balls of your choice of second colour, to work a two-colour version.

NOTIONS
1 button 1.5cm / 2/3โ€ diameter โ€“ this wonโ€™t be visible
1 decorative button 4 cm / 1ยฝโ€ diameterโ€จ