Practically by Kelly Herdrich


September 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
550 - 950 yards (503 - 869 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL) or 28 (32, 36, 40, 44) across high bust
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ERRATA: Please note, in the size XL, after you cast on the underarm stitches, you will have 191 stitches, not 195 as is noted in the pattern. I apologize for the error!

It’s almost a vest, practically a cardigan, just shy of buttoning shut, nearly like its predecessor…it’s Practically perfect in every way…

This is an adult variation of in threes: a baby cardigan. Practically is an open-front, yoked cardigan with three garter stitches ridges at the top and two at the bottom. Garter bands down the side add a delightful design detail without making the work overly fussy. It’s knit flat and in one piece. When all is said and done, you can wear it Practically and coordinate nicely with your little girls.

Sizing: XS (S, M, L, XL). These roughly translate to high bust sizes of 28 (32, 36, 40, 44) inches or an overarm measurement of 40 (43.5, 46, 49, 52) inches. If your overarm measures a size larger than the one indicated by your high bust measurement, you may be more comfortable selecting the larger size.

Gauge: 19 stitches to 4 inches in stockinette stitch. Row gauge can be slightly variable, as lengths are given throughout the garment. Take the time to block your gauge swatch so that you have an idea of how the fabric will react to blocking or washing.

Yarn Requirements: 550 (650, 750, 850, 950) yards of Malabrigo Rios or Worsted, Miss Babs Yowza!, or a comparable worsted weight yarn.

Needles & Notions: 5 mm circular needle with a 32 inch cord (or size needed to obtain gauge), darning needle, 4-6 stitch markers, row counter

Abbreviations: CO-cast on; BO-bind off; RS-right side; WS-wrong side; K-knit; P-purl; YO-wrap the yarn over the right hand needle, creating an extra stitch; K2tog-knit 2 stitches together as one; KFB-knit into the front of the stitch as usual, then without slipping the stitch from the left needle, knit into the back of the stitch as well (creating 2 stitches where one was).