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Every Last Yard

Knitting
October 2010
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches in loose stockinette, blocked
US 7 - 4.5 mm
800 - 1300 yards (732 - 1189 m)
35[39, 43, 47, 51, 53] inch finished chest
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I’m famous for not buying enough of a given yarn. Sometimes the shop only has a few skeins left. Other times, I’m hopelessly optimistic about how far the yardage will take me.

I designed Every Last Yard to make the most of whatever yarn you choose. A few design features help create more fabric from a smaller amount of yarn. I chose a superwash worsted yarn, knit deliberately a little loose to take advantage of superwash’s ability to grow a little when washed. The lace patterning is repetitive enough to look perfect no matter which row you cast off on.

Knit entirely without finishing details from the neck down, Every Last Yard is completely finished when you cast off that final stitch; no need to preserve yarn for working borders or edgings. Short sleeves or long, hip length or waist length; it’s all up to the yarn you’ve got to use.

Materials:
805(900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300) yards worsted-weight yarn
Shown in Madelintosh Tosh DK - color Kale
NOTE: Although labeled DK, the suggested gauge of 5 st per inch makes this more appropriate as a substitution for a true worsted-weight yarn.
(100% Superwash Wool, 225 yards / 4oz)

US 7 / 4.5mm needles, 36”, OR SIZE TO OBTAIN PROPER GAUGE AFTER BLOCKING
1 set US 7 / 4.5mm double pointed needles
stitch markers
stitch holders or scrap yarn
darning needle

Notes:
Because you’ll be working a worsted weight yarn at an aran weight gauge, it’s extremely important to knit a reasonable sized gauge swatch, cast off, and wet block. This will make sure that you’re working on the right sized needles for the desired finished measurements of your sweater.

The garment begins by working the ribbed collar, doing some short row shaping to help turn for the neckline, and picking up stitches along one edge before working the raglan-shaped yoke. If you haven’t done short rows before, they’re fun and not hard, but take a fair amount of trust that “it’ll work out”. Just follow the directions and once finished, you’ll see how the short rows create the shape of the neckline.

Sizing:
This cardigan is meant to be worn loose but not sloppy. The integrated waist shaping will help maintain a sleek fit, but choose a size 1-3 inches larger than your actual bust measurement for best results.

Instructions:
This is not your usual pattern. Yardage and instructions are provided to use a set amount of yarn. However, when working the pattern, hints are included for changing the design based on having more - or less - yarn available to you to use. This makes Every Last Yard ideal for when you don’t quite have enough.