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Brennan Cardi

Knitting
June 2013
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
21.5 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
840 - 1740 yards (768 - 1591 m)
28 (31, 34, 37 / 39 ¼, 42 ¼, 45 ¼ / 48 ¼, 50 ½, 53 ½)” 71 (78.5, 86.5, 94 / 99.5, 107.5, 115 / 122.5, 128.5, 136) cm
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Errata available: juliatrice.com

Summer knitting is for those transitional pieces that will take you from spring’s end to early fall -- and through the office air conditioning in between. Brennan is the perfect little cardigan for the task. It is a circular yoke construction, knit from the bottom up, with sleeves worked in the round. Dart shaping on the front and back of the bodice give it a lovely feminine shape. Finishing is minimal, requiring only seaming or grafting under the arms, where the sleeves meet the body.

The cardigan sample is shown in Shalimar Yarns Breathless DK in the “Last Dance” colorway. Brennan is suitable for intermediate knitters or the intrepid advanced beginner. Please see specific required skills below. Instructions are both written and charted. The pattern has been professionally tech edited to reduce the possibility for error, but if you have questions or believe that you have found an error, please contact me.

required skills:
knitting in the round (sleeves)
increasing (m1, yo)
decreasing (k2tog)
decreasing evenly across a row
either grafting or seaming (underarms)

instructions are given for:
making bobbles
making buttonholes
short rows
kitchener stitch (optional)

finished measurements
28 (31, 34, 37 / 39 ¼, 42 ¼, 45 ¼ / 48 ¼, 50 ½, 53 ½)”
71 (78.5, 86.5, 94 / 99.5, 107.5, 115 / 122.5, 128.5, 136) cm
bust circumference.

21 ¼ (22 ½, 22 ½, 22 ½ / 23 ¾, 23 ¾, 25 / 26 ¼, 26 ¼, 26 ¼)”
54 (57, 57, 57 / 60.5, 60.5, 63.5 / 66.5, 66.5, 66.5) cm in length.

Intended to be worn with approximately 1” / 2.5 cm of positive ease. Sample measures 31” / 78.5 cm.

yarn
4 (4, 4, 5 / 5, 5, 6 / 6, 7, 7) skeins Shalimar Yarns Breathless DK in Color “Last Dance”; 270 yds / 247 m per 125 g; 75% merino wool /15% cashmere / 10% silk.

Sweater requires approximately 840 (960, 1020, 1110 / 1210, 1300, 1420 / 1590, 1660, 1740) yds / 770 (880, 940, 1020 / 1100, 1190, 1300 / 1450, 1520, 1590) m DK weight yarn.

needles & notions
US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles, 24” / 60 cm or longer.
US 4 (3.5 mm) double-pointed needles.
OR size necessary to make gauge.
11 buttons, 0.5” / 1.25 cm in diameter.
4 locking stitch markers
waste yarn
darning needle
sewing needle
thread

gauge
21.5 sts and 32 rows equal 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch.

construction
The body and self-finishing button band are worked flat in one piece from the hem to the armholes, where stitches are bound off or reserved for grafting at each armhole, depending on preference. The remaining live stitches are placed on waste yarn. The sleeves are worked in the round from the cuff to the armhole, where stitches are bound off or reserved at the underarm. The remaining live stitches are placed on waste yarn. The body and sleeves are then joined together on one needle and worked back and forth in rows at the yoke. The underarms may be seamed or grafted using kitchener stitch. No other finishing is required.