Merike by Suvi Simola

Merike

Knitting
October 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1185 - 1820 yards (1084 - 1664 m)
32 (34 ½, 36, 38 ½, 40, 42 ½, 44, 46 ½, 48, 50 ½)" / 81 (87.5, 91.5, 97.5, 101.5, 108, 112, 118, 122, 128) cm bust circumference
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I once read a book that said, we should sometimes look at the ordinary things from a totally different perspective. Here I was, holding the most wonderful pile of yarn on my hands and gave it a thought.

What would happen if I turn a cardigan 90 degrees around?

I tried it and ended up with a “not-quite-a-cardigan”. A garment that makes a great showcase for your favorite buttons, keeping you warm and cozy at the same time.
Being worked in one piece from top down, it’s also easy to make. The pockets are worked seamlessly into body and short row shaping on neck gives it a comfortable fit. The body is slightly A-shaped.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
32 (34 ½, 36, 38 ½, 40, 42 ½, 44, 46 ½, 48, 50 ½)“ /
81 (87.5, 91.5, 97.5, 101.5, 108, 112, 118, 122, 128) cm bust circumference;
The garment is designed to fit snug. Sample is size 32” / 81 cm.

YARN
DK-weight yarn, approximately:
1040 (1115, 1165, 1240, 1290, 1365, 1415, 1490, 1540, 1615) yds / 950 (1020, 1065, 1135, 1180, 1250, 1295, 1360, 1410, 1475) m of MC
145 (150, 155, 165, 170, 180, 185, 190, 195, 205) yds / 130 (135, 140, 150, 155, 165, 170, 175, 180, 190) m of CC

The sample is made using Madelinetosh Tosh DK;
225 yds / 206 m per one skein; 100 % superwash merino wool:
Silver Fox as MC
Composition Book Grey as CC

NEEDLES & NOTIONS
Two size 7 US / 4.5 mm circular needles, 24” / 60 cm and 32” / 80 cm long
Size 7 US / 4.5 mm double pointed needles for sleeves (optional, you can also use a long circular needle and Magic Loop technique).
a spare needle for Three-Needle Bind-Off (you can also use the shorter circular needle for this)

4 stitch markers
row counter
waste yarn for holding sleeve and pocket stitches
tapestry needle
10 buttons, 0.75” / 2 cm in diameter.