Little Secrets by Annamária Ötvös

Little Secrets

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Little Secrets is a top-down, seamless, open front cardigan with pockets. Beautiful basketweave bands decorate the sleeves from the shoulders to the cuffs.
Upper back part is worked first from shoulders to the underarms, the shoulders are shaped with short rows.
The stitches of the fronts are picked up from the cast on edges of the back shoulders then the fronts are worked separately to the underarms. Multiple short row sets are used to shape the shoulders and the front slopes.
After the front pieces are complete the underarm „seams” are closed with 3-needle bind off.
Then back and fronts are joined together and body is worked in one piece to the pocket openings where the pocket edgings are inserted in their place then the body is worked in one piece to the hem. The fronts have a slight A-line shape.
The garter edging of the body (front bands, neckband, bottom hem) is worked in one piece in the round and it is shaped with mitered corners.
The stitches of the cuffs are picked up around the armhole and they are worked in the round.


Gauge
24 sts and 32 rows = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in Stockinette Stitch knit flat with needle A 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
86 (91: 96: 101: 106: 111: 116: 121: 126: 131) cm / 33¾ (35¾: 37¾: 39¾: 41¾: 43¾: 45½: 47½: 49½: 51½) inches bust circumference at underarm.

Intended to fit with approx. 14-15 cm / 5½-5¾” positive ease at bust.

Yarn
MC: Approximately 1090 (1130: 1175: 1220: 1270: 1320: 1370: 1425: 1480: 1540) meters / 1190 (1235: 1285: 1335: 1390: 1445: 1500: 1560: 1620: 1685) yards.
CC: Approximately 38 (40: 41: 43: 45: 47: 49: 51: 52: 54) meters / 41 (43: 45: 47: 49: 51: 53: 55: 57: 59) yards.

Sample shown is size S2 with approx. 15 cm / 5¾” positive ease at bust using MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (100% Merino, 384 m /420 y per skein) in colourway Graphite as MC and Oak as CC.

Needles
· needle A: 80 cm/32” circular needle in size 3.5 mm/ US 4 (or size to obtain gauge)
· needle B: 80 cm/32” and 40 cm/16” circular needles and double pointed needles (dpns) in size 3.0 mm/ US 2½ or two sizes smaller than needle A
· needle C: 80 cm/32” circular needle in size 6.0 mm/ US 10 for the Basketweave band

Notions
· spare circular needles and stitch holders or waste yarn for holding stitches
· waste yarn for the provisional cast on
· 2 removable (locking) stitch markers
· stitch markers: 1 red, 1 blue, 2 green

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