Made My Day cardigan by Lily Kate France

Made My Day cardigan

Knitting
September 2020
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
726 - 988 yards (664 - 903 m)
to fit bust 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46) [48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62] inches
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The cosiest of cardigans just in time for Autumn. The Made My Day cardigan pattern is intended to be used as a blank canvas for play with colour and texture, with the pleated sleeves and striped edgings providing modern details on a classic boxy cardigan.

NOTES

Yarn choices: sample is shown in a chunky / bulky weight mohair worked at a fairly loose gauge, where the ‘fuzz’ fills in the gaps between stitches.

Any yarn (or combination of yarns) that meets the gauge should work. A chunky / bulky weight yarn without fuzz will produce a denser fabric and thus heavier cardigan. Various combinations of yarn weights held together will also work well, such as Aran + laceweight fluff, 2 strands DK, Aran + 4ply, etc. Be sure to swatch to meet gauge and adjust needle size accordingly if necessary.

Striping: in this sample I worked the entire upper body in Yarn A, worked random stripes on the lower body and sleeves, and regular narrow stripes on the cuffs and neckband. Feel free to add stripes or colour blocks however you wish (or not at all!).

Sizing: choose a size based on how much ease you’d like the finished cardigan to have. The boxy shape means the body and sleeve lengths are easily adjusted, and the drop shoulders make for a forgiving fit around the upper body.

SIZES: 1 (2: 3: 4: 5) 6: 7: 8: 9 detailed below, designed to be worn with 1 - 3 inches / 2.5 – 7.5 cm positive ease. Sample shown is a size 2 worn on a 34” bust, with around 1 inch / 2.5 cm positive ease.

To fit bust: 28-30 (32-34; 36-38; 40-42; 44-46) (48-50; 52-54; 56-58; 60-62) inches / 71-76 (81-86; 91-97; 102-107; 112-117) (122-127; 132-137; 142-147; 152-157) cm.

Finished cardigan width: 21 (23; 25; 27; 29) (31; 33; 35; 37) inches / 53 (58; 64; 69; 74) (79; 84; 89; 94) cm.

YARN: chunky / bulky weight yarn, 664 (691; 709; 725; 777) 797; 824; 883; 903 metres / 726 (756; 776; 793; 850) 872; 901; 966; 988 yards. Sample shown in a discontinued 100% mohair in 6 shades. As the original yarn is discontinued, this Ravelry page lists yarns used by test knitters.

If following the stripe sequence in the sample, you will need the following approximate quantities of each shade:

Yarn A (beige): 246 (256; 262; 268; 287) 295; 305; 327; 334 metres / 269 (280; 287; 293; 315) 323; 333; 357; 366 yards
Yarn B (orange): 86 (90; 92; 94; 101) 104; 107; 115; 117 metres / 94 (98; 101; 103; 111) 113; 117; 126; 128 yards
Yarn C (sage): 93 (97; 99; 102; 109) 112; 115; 124; 126 metres / 102 (106; 109; 111; 119) 122; 126; 135; 138 yards
Yarn D (teal): 73 (76; 78; 80; 85) 88; 91; 97; 99 metres / 80 (83; 85; 87; 94) 96; 99; 106; 109 yards
Yarn E (blue): 100 (104; 106; 109; 117) 120; 124; 132; 135 metres / 109 (113; 116; 119; 128) 131; 135; 145; 148 yards
Yarn F (red): 73 (76; 78; 80; 85) 88; 91; 97; 99 metres / 80 (83; 85; 87; 94) 96; 99; 106; 109 yards

NEEDLES & NOTIONS: 6.5mm & 5.5mm needles of any length for working flat in the body, and 6.5mm & 5.5mm circular needles or DPNs for your preferred method of working relatively small circumferences in the round on the sleeves. You will also need scrap yarn for holding stitches, lockable stitch markers, a tapestry needle, and 2 spare DPNs / cable needles of any size for working the pleats.

GAUGE: 12 sts and 18 rows to 4 inches / 10 cm in stocking stitch on 6.5mm needles, blocked.

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