Avenham cardigan by Lily Kate France

Avenham cardigan

Knitting
August 2020
both are used in this pattern
yarn held together
Lace
+ Fingering
= Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
788 - 1537 yards (721 - 1405 m)
to fit bust 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46) [48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62] inches
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A cardigan to show off beautiful yarn, with the floatiest sleeves you ever did see.

YARN
Yarn A (for main body and edging): 4ply / fingering weight yarn, 485 (542; 589; 628; 676) 733; 784; 823; 878 metres / 530 (593; 644; 687; 739) 802; 857; 900; 960 yards
Yarn B (for sleeves): laceweight / mohair, 220 (244; 266; 292; 325) 376; 434; 466; 493 metres / 241 (267; 291; 319; 355) 411; 475; 510; 539 yards.
Shown here in West Green Loft Yarns SWIRL as Yarn A and West Green Loft Yarns WISP as Yarn B (78% kid mohair and 22% silk, 420m per 50g skein).

NEEDLES & NOTIONS: 3.25mm and 2.5mm needles for body, plus either 16” or 24” / 40cm or 60 cm 3.25mm circular needles for sleeves. You will also need scrap yarn for holding stitches, lockable stitch markers, a tapestry needle and 10 small buttons of approximate diameter 11 mm.

GAUGE: 24 sts and 34 rows to 4” / 10cm with Yarn A in stocking stitch on 3.25mm needles, blocked.

SIZING: 1 (2: 3: 4: 5) 6: 7: 8: 9 detailed below, designed to be worn with 1 - 3 inches / 2.5 – 7.5 cm positive ease. Sample shown is a size 2 worn on a 34” bust, with around 1 inch / 2.5 cm positive ease.

To fit bust: 28-30 (32-34; 36-38; 40-42; 44-46) (48-50; 52-54; 56-58; 60-62) inches / 71-76 (81-86; 91-97; 102-107; 112-117) (122-127; 132-137; 142-147; 152-157) cm.

Finished bust: 31.5 (35.5; 39.5; 43.5; 47.5) 51.5; 55.5; 59.5; 63.5 inches / 80 (90; 100; 110; 121) 131; 141; 151; 161 cm.

Finished waist: 17 (19; 21; 23.5; 25.5) 27.5; 30; 32; 34.5 inches / 43 (48; 54; 59; 65) 70; 76; 82; 87 cm.

The Avenham Cardigan is #SizeInclusive to a bust of 62”, plus the intended positive ease.

NOTES
The Avenham cardigan is worked seamlessly from the top down, with the body worked in 4ply / fingering weight and the sleeves worked in laceweight mohair. Sleeves can be easily modified to be shorter or longer. The sleeve shape was designed with lightweight fluffy mohair in mind, so a heavier / drapier yarn will result in a different sleeve shape.

A change in gauge (dropping 3 needle sizes) means the ribbed hem nips in considerably around the waist. The ‘finished waist’ measurements given may sound alarmingly small, but these are unstretched measurements of 2x2 rib which is incredibly stretchy. Sample shown measures 19” unstretched, and easily fits a 26.5” waist.

4ply Yarn possibilities:
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply
West Yorkshire Spinners Bo Peep 4ply
Novita Baby Merino Dream
Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply
King Cole Merino Blend 4ply
Coop Knits Socks Yeah!
Knit Picks Palette
Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply
Any indie-dyed wool-based 4ply, such as WGLY Swirl shown here.

Mohair / fluff yarn possibilities:
Rowan Kidsilk Haze
Fyberspates Cumulus
Hobbii Diablo
Knit Picks Aloft
Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud
DROPS Kid-Silk
DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk
Debbie Bliss Angel
Isager Silk Mohair
Lana Grossa Silkhair
Sandness Garn Silk Mohair
Any indie-dyed mohair / silk blend laceweight, such as WGLY Wisp shown here.

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