Impromptu by Annamária Ötvös

Impromptu

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Impromptu is a top-down, seamless cardigan with V-neck and pockets. Worked with a fingering weight yarn it can be the perfect cardigan on the chilly nights of the end of Summer.
The construction is very interesting: the sleeves and the body are worked in different colours but intarsia technique or seaming are not required.
We start the work with the sleeves: they are worked top-down from the triangle shaped shoulder parts to the cuffs.
After the sleeves are complete stitches are picked up along the sides of the shoulder parts. Upper back and fronts are worked separately, the raglan lines are shaped with short rows.
After the completion of the upper body back and fronts are joined and body is worked in one piece to the hem.

You can knit this cardi in one colour, or use a contrasting colour for the pocket linings, or – as shown in the sample – use your not perfectly matched skeins for the body and sleeves.


Gauge
24 sts and 32 rows = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in Stockinette Stitch knit flat (upper body and body) with larger needle after blocking
24 sts and 32 rounds = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in Stockinette Stitch knit in the round (sleeves) 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
106 (111: 116: 121: 126: 131: 136: 141: 146: 151) cm / 41¾ (43¾: 45½: 47½: 49½: 51½: 53½: 55½: 57½: 59½) inches bust circumference at underarm.

Intended to fit with approx. 35 cm/13½” positive ease at bust.

Yarn
C1: Approximately 730 (775: 820: 870: 925: 980: 1040: 1100: 1170: 1240) meters / 800 (845: 895: 950: 1010: 1070: 1135: 1205: 1280: 1355) yards.
C2: Approximately 365 (390: 410: 435: 460: 490: 520: 555: 585: 620) meters / 400 (425: 450: 475: 505: 535: 570: 605: 640: 680) yards.
CC: Approximately 55 (55: 61: 61: 66: 66: 73: 73: 82: 82) meters / 61 (61: 67: 67: 73: 73: 80: 80: 88: 88) yards.

Sample shown is size S2 with approx. 35 cm/13½” positive ease at bust using The Plucky Knitter Plucky Single (80% Merino, 20% Silk; 393 m /430 y per skein) in colourway Medieval as C1 (darker shade) and C2 (lighter shade) and MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light in colourway Robin Red Breast as CC.

Needles
· 80 cm/32” circular needle in each of the following sizes: 3.5 mm/ US 4 and 3.0 mm/ US 2½ (or size to obtain gauge)
· 40 cm/16” circular needle or double pointed needles (dpns) in each of the following sizes: 3.5 mm/ US 4 and 3.0 mm/ US 2½ for working in small circumferences (or size to obtain gauge) (optional)

Notions
· spare circular needles or waste yarn for holding stitches
· 4 removable markers: 2 red, 2 blue
· 7 stitch markers: 1 red, 2 blue, 4 green
· 8 buttons with 1.5 cm/0.6” diameter

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