Simple Pleasures by Annamária Ötvös

Simple Pleasures

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Simple Pleasures is a top-down, seamless cardigan with seamless set-in sleeves and comfortable pockets.
The upper back is worked first from the shoulders to the underarms, then the stitches of the fronts are picked up from the cast on edges of the back shoulders and fronts are worked to the underarms.
Then the pieces are joined and worked in one piece to the hem.
The stitches of the sleeve caps are picked up around the armhole: along the sides you will need to pick up 1 st for every row, and at the top of the sleeve caps 3 sts for every 4 rows.
Sleeve caps are then shaped with a „wrapless short row” technique, that uses only regular increases, and handles the picked up stitches as „joining” stitches.
Sleeves are worked from the underarm to the cuff in the round.
Deep ribbing on the cuffs and ribbed pocket fronts add interest to this otherwise very simple cardigan. The collar, buttonband and buttonhole band are worked in one piece with mitered corners.

17 sts and 25 rows = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in Stockinette Stitch knit flat (body and sleeve caps) with larger needle after blocking
17 sts and 25 rounds = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in Stockinette Stitch knit in the round (sleeves) with larger needle after blocking
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

XS1 (XS2: S1: S2: M1: M2: L1: L2: XL1: XL2)

Finished Measurements
89.5 (96.5: 101: 106: 110.5: 117.5: 122.5: 127: 132: 136.5) cm / 35¼ (38: 39¾: 41¾: 43½: 46¼: 48¼: 50: 52: 53¾) inches bust circumference at underarm.

Intended to fit with approx. 20 cm/8” positive ease at bust.

Approximately 1065 (1130: 1185: 1235: 1300: 1370: 1450: 1495: 1565: 1620) meters / 1165 (1235: 1295: 1350: 1420: 1500: 1585: 1635: 1710: 1770) yards.

Sample shown is size S2 with approx. 20 cm/8” positive ease at bust using The Plucky Knitter Trusty (100% merino, 229 m/250 y per skein) in colourway Corduroy.

· 80 cm/32” circular needle each size 4.5 mm/ US 7 and 4.0 mm/ US 6 (or size to obtain gauge)
· 40 cm/16” circular needle or double pointed needles (dpns) each size 4.5 mm/ US 7 and 4.0 mm/ US 6 for working in small circumference (or size to obtain gauge) (optional)

· spare circular needles or waste yarn for holding stitches
· 3 stitch markers
· removable markers: 2 green, 2 red, 2 blue
· 5 toggles, 4 cm/ 1.6” long or 5 buttons with 2.7 cm/1.1” diameter
· thinner yarn in a similar colour for sewing the pocket linings in place (optional but recommended)

Skill level: Intermediate
Necessary skills: Working in the round with dpns or magic loop, working short rows, picking up stitches.