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Sunny Cardigan

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Sunny Cardigan is worked in one piece, and from the top down, therefore both the body and sleeve length can be easily adjusted - you can make either a full length cardigan or a shrug, with short or long sleeves, or any length in between. The body is shaped by changing needle size, to achieve comfortable and flattering shape.
Ostrich Plumes lace is easier to knit than it looks - you only work the lace pattern every 4th row, the remaining rows being plain stockinette stitch rows.

The pattern consists of 4 pdf files:
1-Charted version, all sizes,
2-Written instructions, sizes 1-5 years,
3-Written instructions, sizes 6-11 years,
4-Techniques (containing information on blocking and photo tutorial on short rows).

Skill level: intermediate
You need to be able to work a lace pattern, pick up sts, work in the round (sleeves & edging) and use a provisinal CO method. You will need to work 5 short rows.

Sizes:
1-1.5 (2-3, 4-5) 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 years. Shown in size 4-5 years (white) and 2-3 years (orange).

Finished chest measurements:
56 (60, 64) 70, 75, 80 centimetres,
22 (23.5, 25) 27.5, 29.5, 31.5 inches.

Yarn:
4 ply/ sport or DK yarn - depending on the gauge required for your size. Where more than one yarn weight option is given, the lighter the yarn, the more lacy the cardigan will be.

Sizes 1-1.5 and 6-7 years: 4 ply yarn.
Sizes 2-3 and 8-9 years: light DK or 4 ply/ sport yarn.
Size 4-5 and 10-11 years: DK or 4 ply/ sport yarn.

You can use cotton, acrylic or wool. Blocking is the easiest in cotton, if you use acrylic, steam blocking will be necessary.

Yarn amounts:
Long sleeved cardigan: 460 (500, 500) 800, 900, 900 metres/ 500 (550, 550) 880, 990, 990 yards.

Short sleeved cardigan: 400 (400, 400) 600, 600, 600 metres/ 440 (440, 440) 660, 660, 660 yards.

Short sleeved shrug: 300 (300, 300) 500, 500, 500 metres/ 330 (330, 330) 550, 550, 550 yards.

Gauge:
Different sizes are worked at different gauges.
1 pattern repeat (16 sts x 32 rows) in Ostrich Plumes st, after blocking =
1-1.5 and 6-7 years: 7 cm (width) x 10 cm (length),
2-3 and 8-9 years: 7.5 cm x 11 cm,
4-5 and 10-11 years: 8 cm x 12 cm.

The correct stitch gauge is essential to obtain the correct size - row gauge can vary slightly. Take time to make a gauge swatch. Adjust needle size, if necessary.