I am often wanting to wear a cardigan with a dress, but I find that it can look boxy. So I designed this cardigan to be worn with a dress without hiding the lines of the dress, giving a more flattering fit. The cardigan is a rounded yoke, top down construction worked in one piece. The yoke is decorated with a picot cast on, purl ridges with eyelets that have a knot stitch worked in the rows between them. Raglan increases are worked to shape the bodice. There are short rows across the back so that the front neckline hangs a little lower than the back neckline. And there is waist shaping. The body of the cardigan is cropped and worked in Stockinette Stitch followed by a deep ribbed band. Then it has a velvet ribbon sewed to the button band and pretty purl buttons to add the perfect feminine touch to a lovely cardigan.
Finished bust (when buttoned): 30.75 (33.5, 36, 39.5, 42.25, 46, 49, 52, 54.75)”.
Yarns: Shibui Staccato, 65% superwash merino, 30% silk, 5% nylon; 191 yds per 50g skein; color: #2003 Ash, 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins, 625 (660, 745, 803, 907, 978, 1068, 1132, 1196) yds.
Shibui Silk Cloud, 60% kid mohair, 40% silk; 330 yds per 25g skein; color #2003 Ash, 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins, 625 (660, 745, 803, 907, 978, 1068, 1132, 1196) yds.
Needles: Size 4/3.5mm 24” (or longer) circular needle and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles.
Other: Stitch markers, waste yarn, tapestry needle, 8 (8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9) 7/16” buttons, 5/8”-wide velvet ribbon 20” long, needle and thread.
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch with a strand of each yarn held together.
This rounded yoke cardigan is constructed from the top down in one piece with raglan increases to shape the bodice. To create a flattering fit there are short rows to shape the back neckline higher than the front, and waist shaping. This cardigan is designed to be form fitting and cropped to work well over dresses. If you desire a looser fit, work one size bigger or leave out some of the waist shaping. If you desire a longer cardigan you can add increase and even rows after the waist. If you change the waist shaping, make sure you end up with an odd number of stitches for the ribbed band.