Girl's Best Friend Cardigan by Mary Kate Long
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Girl's Best Friend Cardigan

December 2013
DK (11 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
950 - 1350 yards (869 - 1234 m)
34/36-38/38-40/42-44/44-46 inches, 86/91-97/102-107/107-112/112-117 cm.
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Didn’t get that jewelry you were hoping for this Christmas? Here’s a cheaper way to drape yourself in diamonds year-round. This lightweight, slightly draping cardigan features a diamond motif trim (both charted and written) on the front, bottom and sleeves. The below-the-hip length, open front, and easy fit make it a great layer over jeans and a t-shirt or a simple dress. A small welt in the back gives feminine waist shaping.

The directions are for elbow-length sleeves--but you could easily increase the sleeve length (gray cardigan pictured) to 3/4 by increasing the number of rows between sleeve decreases.

You will need two size US 6 circular needles, one 24” or longer for the body, and a 16” one for the sleeves.

This cardigan requires good, thorough blocking to look its best. I completely wet mine, pinned it down very well, and weighted the front band down with the heaviest books I own, and it has stayed nice and flat ever since.

This pattern features the Contiguous method for set-in sleeves, courtesy of SusieM