Tissue Cardigan by Deborah Newton
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Tissue Cardigan

February 2010
Lace ?
19 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch on larger needle with yarn doubled
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
2185 - 3059 yards (1998 - 2797 m)
34½ (39, 43, 47, 51)" bust circumference
This pattern is available from interweave.com for $6.50.

Pattern Description from Interweave Knits, Spring 2010: “Deborah newton sidesteps sagging yoke issues by knitting the Tissue Cardigan with separate fronts, back, and sleeves and then picking up stitches all around for the circular yoke. Shake starts at the front and back edges compensate for the circular shape of the yoke, creating a true-to-life fit with minimal finishing.”

Finished Size: 34½ (39, 43, 47, 51)“ bust circumference. Cardigan shown measures 39”, modeled with some positive ease.

Yarn: Misti Alpaca Lace (100% alpaca; 437 yd 400 m/50 g): #NT304 natural dark tan, 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) balls.

Needles: Body and sleeves—size 9 (5.5 mm) 24” circular (cir). Pick-up and trim—size 8 (5 mm): 24” cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Removable markers or waste yarn; five ⅝“ buttons; tapestry needle.

Gauge: 19 sts and 25 rows = 4” in St st on larger needle with yarn doubled.


  • Yarn is held double throughout, including trims
  • The right and left sleeves are mirror images of one another, and the front armhole edge of each sleeve is shorter than the back armhole edge.