Summer Blues by Laura Patterson
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Summer Blues

May 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
650 - 1175 yards (594 - 1074 m)
This pattern is available for $7.95 USD
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When I was young, I lived where the summer temps would soar. I’ve always hated hot weather—there are only so many layers of clothing you can remove before it gets downright embarrassing! The cool nights that follow the hot days almost make the heat worthwhile, though. Almost. For years I wanted the perfect little summer sweater for those cool nights—you know the one: the sweater you can throw on over a skimpy little dress after sunset, or wear with jeans and a white top for those casual evening strolls along the shore. With Summer Blues I think I’ve finally found it. This is the sweater I wish I’d had when sitting outside in a friend’s gazebo long past midnight, having that last glass of wine before heading home.

Summer Blues is a raglan cardigan that is knit in one piece from the top down. The folded hem can be knit in a contrasting color for a little extra sizzle, and ribbon that matches the hem color, or coordinates with your dress, can be threaded through the eyelets for additional fun.

Finished sizes: 36.25, 38.5, 40.25, 42.5 (44.25, 46.5, 48.25, 50.5) inches / 92, 98, 102, 108 (112.5, 118, 122.5, 128.5) cm

To fit bust sizes: 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) smaller than finished sweater (positive ease)

Yarn: DK weight; MC: 600, 675, 725, 775 (850, 925, 1000, 1100) yards; CC: 50, 50, 50, 50 (50, 50, 50, 75) yards; if worked all in one color 650, 725, 775, 825 (900, 975, 1050, 1175) yards required.

Skills: k2tog, YO, left- and right-leaning increases (m1L, m1R), folded hem, pick up stitches along an edge

Notions: 4 stitch markers, 2 stitch holders, yarn needle, 1.75, 1.75, 1.75, 1.75 (2, 2.25, 2.25, 2.25) yards 1/4- or 3/8-inch ribbon in coordinating or contrasting color (optional)

Stitch pattern: Charted and written

Difficulty: Easy-intermediate

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