Delicate by Annamária Ötvös

Delicate

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Delicate is a top-down, seamless open front cardigan with pockets.
Upper back part is worked first from shoulders to the underarms, then the stitches of the fronts are picked up from the cast on edges of the back shoulders and fronts are worked to the underarms. The shoulders are shaped with short rows.
After the pieces of the upper body are complete back and fronts are joined together and body is worked in one piece to the hem.
The stitches of the sleeves are picked up around the armholes and they are worked in the round to the cuff.
The cardigan is knit in 3/1 rib pattern while the bands are worked simultaneously with the body in 1/1 rib pattern with slipped stitch edges.
The pocket linings are worked during finishing and then they are sewn in.
Worked with a light fingering weight yarn at a fairly loose gauge the result is an airy and drapey fabric. Choose a sport weight yarn for a firmer, less flowy fabric.


Gauge
22 sts and 30 rows = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in 3/1 Rib pattern knit flat (body) with larger needle after blocking
22 sts and 30 rounds = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in 3/1 Rib pattern knit in the round (sleeves) with larger needle after blocking
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge

Sizes
XS1 (XS2: S1: S2: M1: M2: L1: L2: XL1: XL2)

Finished Measurements
102 (105.5: 113: 116.5: 120: 127.5: 131: 138: 142: 145.5) cm / 40 (41½: 44½: 45¾: 47¼: 50: 51½: 54½: 55¾: 57¼) inches bust circumference at underarm.

Intended to fit with approx. 29-32 cm/11¼-12½” positive ease at bust.

Yarn
Approximately 1220 (1270: 1320: 1375: 1430: 1485: 1545: 1605: 1670: 1735) meters / 1335 (1390: 1445: 1505: 1565: 1625: 1690: 1755: 1825: 1900) yards

Sample shown is size S2 with approx. 30.5 cm/11¾” positive ease at bust using The Plucky Knitter Sophisticate (50% merino, 30% mohair, 20% silk; 466 m /510 y per skein) in colourway Rum Raisin.

Needles
· 80 cm/32” circular needle in each of the following sizes: 3.5 mm/ US 4 and 3.0 mm/ US 2½ (or size to obtain gauge)
· 40 cm/16” circular needle or double pointed needles (dpns) in each of the following sizes: 3.5 mm/ US 4 and 3.0 mm/ US 2½ for working in small circumferences (or size to obtain gauge) (optional)

40 cm/16” circular needles and dpns are optional if you prefer the Magic Loop Method for working small circumferences in the round.

Notions
· spare circular needles or waste yarn for holding stitches
· 3 stitch markers: 1 red, 2 blue

Skill level: Intermediate
Necessary skills: Working in the round with dpns or magic loop, working short rows, picking up stitches.