Lifesavers by Tanis Lavallee


February 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1000 - 2520 yards (914 - 2304 m)
28 (30.5, 32.5, 34.5, 36, 38) [40, 44, 48.5, 52, 56]”
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This project is perfect for one of our Mini Sock Yarn Skein Sets!

Last summer I was bit by the colour bug in a big way. Sitting and gazing at my lovely urn of leftover sock yarn scraps inspired me to cast on for my perfect cardigan. Simple in shape and construction but with endless possibilities in terms of colour and impact. Who doesn’t love rainbow stripes? The perfect light layer, this cardigan has become a wardrobe staple and I don’t know how I ever managed to live without it.

3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) 4, 5, 5, 5, 5 skeins TFA Blue Label Fingering Weight Yarn (1 skein = 115g, 420 yds; 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon). Total yardage can be made up of one colour for a solid cardigan or of as many colourways as you’d like for a striped or colour-blocked effect. See note about this sample stripes on p.3.
For 10-row stripes as shown in the sample, you’ll need about 37 (41, 45, 49, 54, 58) 64, 71, 77, 84, 91 total grams or about 133 (147, 162, 176, 194, 208) 230, 255, 277, 302, 327 total yards of contrast colours.

This sweater is knit from the top down in one piece, button band and collar is knitted on in finishing.

For this sample I used Sand as the main colour. The contrasting colours used are:
Buttercup, Lemongrass, Mallard, Seabreeze, Peacock, Cobalt, Grape, Plum, Jewel, Garnet, Royal Flush, Pink Grapefruit, Orange Blossom.

This cardigan would look equally great with only 1 contrasting colour, or with thicker bands of colour, or with no stripes at all as a perfectly simple solid sweater. Think of it as a blank canvas!