Mermaid Cardi by Shaina Bilow

Mermaid Cardi

Knitting
April 2018
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
260 - 450 yards (238 - 411 m)
Children's 2 (4, 6, 8, 10)
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Experience Level: Intermediate

The Mermaid Cardi is a chunky sweater for the Little Mermaids in your life. Waves ripple along the bottom of the body, yet the highlight of this simple top-down sweater is the Mermaid fin detail on the back of the piece – a Mermaid splashing into the water.

Construction Details
The sweater is worked seamlessly in one piece from the top down. After working the yoke, sleeve stitches are placed on holders and the body is completed. The body is worked with cables to create the look of a fin. Sleeves are picked up and worked in the round on DPN and then you knit the front band.

Techniques Necessary
• Cast on
• Increasing (m1, yo, kfb)
• Decreasing (ssk, k2tog)
• Cabling
• Separating for armholes
• Joining in the round
• Knitting in the round
• Working with DPN
• Picking up stitches for buttonband

Size Options: Children’s 2 (4, 6, 8, 10)
Finished Measurements:
Finished Width: 25 (27, 29, 30.5, 32)”
Finished Length: 14 (15, 17, 18, 19)”

Yarn: Bulky Weight Yarn (CYCA #6) 260 (300, 375, 400, 450) yards
Suggested Yarn: Soul Wool Handspun Baby Merino (100% baby merino, approx. 95 yards/100g ball). 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) balls

Gauge: 12 stitches and 16 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch on size 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles.

Needle: US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 32” circular needle for body and DPN for sleeves. Adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Additional materials: one 1” button, cable needle, 4 stitch markers, tapestry needle, scrap yarn (to be used as stitch holders for the sleeves).