Icebreaker by Annamária Ötvös

Icebreaker

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Icebreaker is a top-down, seamless cardigan with set-in sleeves, shawl collar and comfortable, deep 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.
Then the pieces are joined and worked in one piece to the hem.
The body of the cardigan is knit in English Rib: a very easy stitch pattern that creates beautiful, textured surface.
The stitches of the sleeve caps are picked up around the armhole, sleeve caps are shaped with „wrapless short row” technique, that uses only regular increases, and handles the picked up stitches as „joining” stitches.
Sleeves are worked from the underarm to the cuff in the round in stockinette stitch.
The shawl collar is worked simultaneously with the body.
The pocket linings are worked during finishing and then they are sewn in.


Gauge
18 sts and 25 rows = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in Stockinette Stitch knit flat (sleeve caps) with larger needle after blocking
18 sts and 25 rounds = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in Stockinette Stitch knit in the round (sleeves) with larger needle after blocking
16 sts and 32 rows = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in English Rib knit flat (body) 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
93 (99.5: 103: 109.5: 113: 119.5: 123: 129.5: 133: 139.5) cm / 36¾ (39: 40½: 43: 44½: 47: 48½: 51: 52½: 54¾) inches bust circumference at underarm.

Intended to fit with approx. 23-24 cm/9” positive ease at bust.

Yarn
Approximately 1150 (1220: 1295: 1370: 1450: 1540: 1635: 1730: 1835: 1945) meters / 1260 (1335: 1415: 1500: 1590: 1685: 1785: 1890: 2005: 2125) yards.

Sample shown is size S2 with approx. 23-24 cm/9” positive ease at bust using Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 Heathers (100% Wool, 201 m /220 y per skein) in colourway Red Wine Heather.

Needles
· 80 cm/32” circular needle each size 4.5 mm/ US 7 and 4.0 mm/ US 6 (or size to obtain gauge)
· 40 cm/16” circular needle or double pointed needles (dpns) each size 4.5 mm/ US 7 and 4.0 mm/ US 6 for working in small circumference (or size to obtain gauge) (optional)

Notions
· spare circular needles and stitch holders or waste yarn for holding stitches
· 1 stitch marker
· removable markers: 2 green, 2 red, 2 blue
· 80 cm/32” and 40 cm/16” circular needle or double pointed needles (dpns) size 3.5 mm/ US 4 for the tubular bind off (optional)
· thinner yarn in a similar colour for sewing the pocket linings in place (optional but recommended)

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