Old Shale cardi for big girls by Anne B Hanssen
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Old Shale cardi for big girls

Knitting
June 2017
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
573 - 955 yards (524 - 873 m)
3 sizes available: 2-3 years, 4 years, 5-6 years (read more in the notes below)
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This pattern is tested by a group of skilfull and talented knitters. Thank you so much to: Carmen73 /emmelav/ rosebob/ Kotydwa/ jelam/ Sunbluebird and Ohmamatricot

(errata concerning the free downloads: read at the bottom of these notes).

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This design also comes in baby sizes, as well as adult sizes.

This new pattern is inspired by, and a complement to my Old Shale Cardigan (that comes for babies between 3 and 18 months), adding new sizes and converting it for “bigger girls”.
I love making this small cardi and wanted to make it in a bigger size as a small gift. It is fun and knits up fast and the result is classic and beautiful. A cardigan to be worn with just about anything!
Sizes 2-3 years old: finished chest 24”
4 years: finished chest 26”
5-6 years: finished chest 28”.
Keep in mind that children differs much in size, for best fit take personal measurements (or measure a favorite garment). Length could be adjusted for sleeves and body (in the lower part of the body)
.Construction
The cardigan is worked bottom up in one piece to underarms, sleeves are worked bottom up to underarms, sleeves and body are joined and the upper part is worked together with regular raglan-decreases. The shaping of the neckline is created using simple shortrows. Buttonbands are integrated in the knitting.
The cardigan is completely seamless.
Material
Yarn: I used Laine de Nords “Baby Star” - a sport weight wool that comes in balls of 50gr/1.76oz an 175meters/191yards. You need 3/3/5balls to work the cardigan.
I recommend that you use a sport, or DK weight wool - knitting up to gauge.
Needles: a circular needle 3mm/US2.5 - 80cm/32” long for the lower and upper body, dpns 3mm/US2.5 for the sleeves. The needle size is a suggestion only, you need to choose needles to obtain gauge.
Notions: 3 buttons 1cm/0.3” across, stitchmarkers, small holders (or scrap yarn) for the underarm sts. Tapestry needle. Rowcounter.

Knitting skills and pattern The cardigan is an easy knit suitable for an adventurous beginner and upwards. Skills needed: ability of working simple lace (following a chart or written instructions), simple decreases, simple buttonholes, short-rows (explained).
The pattern gives all measurements in inches as well as cm’s, the 2 different lace-patterns are charted as well as written. All necessary stitch-counts. The shortrow-shaping is explained. There is a schematic including all necessary measurements in cm’s as well as inches.

Errata The errata concerns the free downloads only: Bottom of page 3 should read: WS: work 36/39/42 as established, bind off or spare 6 sts, work 69/74/79, bind off or spare 6 sts, work 36/39/42 sts as established.
Key to symbols: blank square: k at RS, p at WS,
O = yarn over, // = k2tog, \ = ssk, x = p at RS, k at WS.