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Bristol Top-Down Cardigan #108

Knitting
August 2012
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches in St st
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1200 - 2575 yards (1097 - 2355 m)
XXS (28") to 6X (68")
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The first time I tried this top-down cardigan on after finishing it, I was in love. It’s comfortable and easy to wear, and is the perfect piece to show off a lovely lace top. The waist and hips are shaped to flatter, and the tie below the bust reinforces your shape. The ribbed bands begin at the center back neck with a provisional cast-on. This would also make a lovely coat – since it’s worked top-down, just keep knitting until you get to the perfect length for you!

Note: The Ashton yarn I used for the sample has been discontinued. Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash (100% fine merino superwash wool; 100 grams / 130 yards) is a great substitution for Ashton.

This is a top-down, set-in sleeve pattern, with short-row shaping to shape the sleeve cap (instructions on how to work short rows are included). There are also tips on how to customize your fit.

Visit my blog for illustrations and step-by-step instructions on how to work top-down set-in-sleeve patterns, including working short-row shaping. Watch my YouTube video to learn how to work Japanese Short Rows. Also, be sure to visit and join my Ravelry Basix group to learn about new patterns, new blog postings, and design inspirations; feel free to post your projects and questions on my patterns.