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Feather Cardigan

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Knitting
May 2013
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
711 - 1684 yards (650 - 1540 m)
80 (88, 96, 105, 115, 126, 138) cm/ 31.5 (34.5, 38, 41.5, 45.5, 49.5, 54.5) in
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This is a cardigan version of Feather Pullover. Buy both the cardigan and the pullover pattern, and get £2.50 off, past purchases are included. The discount will be applied automatically at the checkout.

The pattern is also available in children’s sizes as Sunny Cardigan. Buy the adult and children’s version, and get £1.80 off, past purchases are included.

Feather Cardigan has a seamless, top-down construction, with short rows used to raise the back of the neck, and yoke increases incorporated in the stitch pattern. The body is shaped by changing needle size, and its length can be easily adjusted. The garment can be made sleeveless or with sleeves, and the pattern will work both in wool and cotton.
Ostrich Plumes lace is easier to knit than it looks - you only work the lace pattern every 4th row, the remaining rows being plain stockinette stitch. Worsted yarn and large needle size make Feather Cardigan a surprisingly fast knit.

This garment requires careful blocking. Use yarn that blocks well.

The pattern consists of 4 PDF files:

  • Charted version, all sizes
  • Written version, sizes 80, 88, 96 cm/ 31.5, 34.5, 38 in
  • Written version, sizes 105, 115 cm/ 45.5, 49.5 in
  • Written version, sizes 126, 138 cm/ 49.5, 54.5 in

Skills needed
Working lace, working in the rnd, provisional CO, picking up sts, short rows.

Sizes
Finished bust circumference: 80 (88, 96, 105, 115, 126, 138) cm/ 31.5 (34.5, 38, 41.5, 45.5, 49.5, 54.5) in. Teal and blue cardigans are shown with 7 cm/ 3 in of negative ease, grey cardigan with 1 in of negative ease. Zero or negative ease is recommended.

Gauge
Different sizes are worked at different gauges.
1 pat rep (16 sts x 32 rows) in Ostrich Plumes st, with larger needle, after blocking =
Size 80 cm/ 31.5 in: 10 cm x 14 cm/ 4 in x 5.5 in
Size 88 cm/ 34.5 in:11 cm x 15 cm/ 4.25 in x 6 in
Size 96 cm/ 38 in: 12 cm x 16 cm/ 4.75 in x 6.25 in
Sizes 105 cm/ 41.5 in and 126 cm/ 49.5 in: 10.5 cm x 14.5 cm/
4.25 in x 5.75 in
Sizes 115 cm/ 45.5 in and 138 cm/ 54.5 in: 11.5 cm x 15.5 cm/ 4.5
in x 6 in

Materials
Yarn:
Worsted weight smooth yarn with good stitch definition, that blocks well - 100% wool, cotton or wool blend with natural fibres, e.g. silk. Acrylic blends with wool or cotton are not suitable - they will not hold blocking.
All sizes: worsted (aran) yarn with St st gauge on yarn label = 18 sts per 10 cm/ 4 in. Size 80 cm/ 31.5 in can also use lighter worsted yarn, with St st gauge on yarn label = 20 sts per 10 cm/ 4 in.
Grey cardigan was knit in Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran (100% merino wool, col. 002, 80 m/ 88 yds per 50g), teal cardigan in Fyberspates Scrumptious Aran (55% merino wool, 45% silk, col. 406, 165 m/ 180 yds per 100g skein, sky blue sleeveless cardigan in Rico Creative Cotton Aran (100% cotton, col. 037, 85 m/ 92 yds per 50g ball).

Yarn amounts: Sleeveless cardigan: 650 (650, 650, 850, 850, 1000, 1100) m/ 710 (710, 710, 930, 930, 1100, 1210) yds. To make long sleeves add 250 (250, 250, 300, 300, 300, 300) m/ 280 (280, 280, 330, 330, 330, 330) yds.

Needles and notions:

  • larger needle: 100 cm/ 40 in long cir needle, size as below, or size to obtain gauge: Size 80 cm/ 31.5 in: 5 mm (US size 8) Size 88 cm/ 34.5 in: 6 mm (US size 10) Size 96 cm/ 38 in: 7 mm (US size 10.75) Sizes 105 cm/ 41.5 in and 126 cm/ 49.5 in: 5.5 mm (US size 9) Sizes 115 cm/ 45.5 in and 138 cm/ 54.5 in: 6.5 mm (US size 10.5)

  • smaller needle: 100 cm/ 40 in long cir needle one size smaller than larger needle,

  • one set of DPNs size as smaller needle,

  • one set of DPNs size as larger needle,

  • removable st markers,

  • scrap yarn,

  • yarn needle,

  • 1-3 buttons, 2.3-2.7 mm in diameter.