I love wearing sweater cardigans that feel good, have a bit of flair and swing as I walk. This cardigan hits the mark on all accounts!
This design has diagonal stripes on the fronts, asymmetric stripes on the sleeves for visual interest, and oversized fronts to swing with body movement.
If you substitute the yarn BE SURE TO DO A GAUGE SWATCH to make sure your yarn can handle the weight of the garment. The extra drape and length of this piece requires a yarn that can handle the added weight and not stretch out of shape; especially with the larger sizes.
The Bust measurements might seem large but that is because of the way the front is designed. When choosing a size right for you, take a look at the schematic and pick one based on the cross-back width measurement (also listed in finished measurements). If the back of the sweater fits you properly then the fronts will drape and swing the way it is intended to do.
It is very easy to accidentally get a tighter gauge as you become more comfortable with the stitch pattern. Be sure to pay close attention to the gauge as you move along.
If you find it difficult to achieve these gauges, try working RS rows using the recommended hook side, and WS rows using a hook either 1 size larger or 1 size smaller. Remember to switch hooks after every row.
Bust 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58)” / 86.5 (96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5 cm)
Cross-back 15 (15 ½, 16, 16 ¾, 17 ¾, 18 ¼, 18 ¾)” / 38.1 (39.37, 40.64, 42.55, 45.1, 46.35, 47.63 cm)
Length at center back 29 (30, 30¾, 32, 32¾, 33¾, 34½)” / 73.5 (76, 78, 81.5, 83, 85.5, 87.5) cm
24 sts and 27 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Linen Stitch after blocking
21 sts and 20 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Seed Stitch after blocking