Sunny Cardigan (adult) by Ewelina Murach

Sunny Cardigan (adult)

Knitting
July 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Ostrich Plumes
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
5.0 mm (H)
711 - 1531 yards (650 - 1400 m)
75 (80, 85, 90, 96, 102, 105, 112, 119, 128, 136, 144, 153) cm/29.5 (31.5, 33.5, 35.5, 37.75, 40, 41.25, 44, 46.75, 50.5, 53.5, 56.75, 60.25) in
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Sunny Cardigan is a light summer cardigan with an all-over lace pattern, perfect for throwing over your favourite summer dress or a jumpsuit. It has a seamless, top-down construction, with short rows used to raise the back of the neck, and yoke increases incorporated in the stitch pattern. You can make it any length, from a shrug to a full length cardigan. The lace stitch pattern (Ostrich Plumes) is easier to knit than it looks - you only work the lace pattern on every 4th row, the remaining rows are plain stockinette stitch.

Sizes
A1 (A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, E1, E2)
Finished bust circumference: 75 (80, 85, 90, 96, 102, 105, 112, 119, 128, 136, 144, 153) cm/29.5 (31.5, 33.5, 35.5, 37.75, 40, 41.25, 44, 46.75, 50.5, 53.5, 56.75, 60.25) in. Intended to be worn with 0-5 cm/0-2 in of positive ease or small negative ease at bust.

Gauge (measured after blocking)
Gauges vary for different sizes (see Pattern Notes).
1 pattern repeat of 16 sts and 32 rows in Ostrich Plumes st,
with main needle, is 7.5 (8, 8.5, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 8, 8.5, 8, 8.5) cm/3 (3.2, 3.4, 3, 3.2, 3.4, 3, 3.2, 3.4, 3, 3.2, 3, 3.2) in wide and 10.5 (11, 11.5, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 11, 11.5, 11, 11.5) cm/4.1 (4.3, 4.5, 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 4.3, 4.5, 4.3, 4.5) in high.

Materials
Yarn:
650 (650, 700, 750, 750, 800, 900, 900, 950, 1100, 1150, 1350, 1400) m/715 (715, 770, 825, 825, 880, 990, 990, 1045, 1210, 1260, 1485, 1540) yds of fingering weight wool yarn.
The blue-purple cardigan was made in Wloczki Warmii Mirella (100% merino wool, 400 m/440 yds per 100g, colourway Bird of Paradise/Rajski Ptak). The green cardigan and white shrug were made in Malabrigo Sock (100% merino wool, 400 m/440 yds per 100g, colourways Lettuce and Natural).

Use yarn that blocks well - 100% wool will work best. Acrylic blends with wool or cotton are not suitable - they will not hold blocking.

Needles and notions:
Needle sizes vary for different garment sizes.

  • main circular needle: 3.75 (4, 4.5, 3.75, 4, 4.5, 3.75, 4, 4.5, 4, 4.5, 4, 4.5) mm/US #5 (6, 7, 5, 6, 7, 5, 6, 7, 6, 7, 6, 7) or size to obtain correct gauge, at lest 100 cm/40 in long,
  • smaller circular needle: one size smaller than main needle, at least 100 cm/40 in long,
  • optional larger circular needle: one size larger than main needle (used only if you want to widen the hip section),
  • smaller needle(s) in your preferred style for knitting small circumferences in the round,
  • 2 stitch markers (1 removable),
  • scrap yarn,
  • crochet hook 5 mm (H), for provisional cast on,
  • between 2 and 7 buttons (depending on your preference), approx. 15-17 mm in diameter.

Skills Needed
Long tail and provisional cast-ons, increases, decreases, working in the round, German short rows, picking up stitches, working a lace pattern. Steam blocking, although not necessary, will be useful.