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Touch of Grey Belted Cardigan

Knitting
Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
7.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
638 - 1083 yards (583 - 990 m)
XS-XXL
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Errata: at start of body, you should switch to “larger” knitting needles, not “smaller”.

A great layering piece, this buttonless belted short-sleeved cardigan is knit in one piece with limited seaming. Sized from XS-XXL, it is knit on circular needles, working back and forth from the bottom to the underarms. At that point the sleeve stitches are cast on and the back and front pieces are divided and each worked separately. Short rows are used to shape the shoulders. Front and back shoulder stitches are attached by binding off the stitches together using the three-needle bind off technique. Finally, stitches are picked up and knitted to create the neck band ribbing, sleeve ribbing and front bands. The only seaming you’ll have to do is at the underarm on each side—that’s it!

This pattern provides detailed descriptions and a review of all necessary techniques. Special techniques used include: cable cast-on method, short row shaping, three-needle bind off, and creating an i-cord (for the belt). If you have not done some of these techniques in the past, this is a great pattern to try them out on.

Below is information regarding the sizes and supplies you will need for this pattern:

To fit bust sizes:
XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48) in / 71 (81.5, 91.5, 101.5, 112, 122) cm

Finished Garment Size:
Bust: 26 (30, 34, 38, 42, 46) in / 66 (76, 86.5, 96.5, 107, 117) cm
Length: 19.5 (20, 20.5, 21, 21.5, 22) in / 49.5 (51, 52, 53.5, 54.5, 56) cm
Armhole Depth: 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5) in / 15.5 (16.5, 18, 19, 20.5, 22) cm

Sample is knit at size S, being worn with negative 2 in / 5 cm of ease.

Gauge: (in garter st)
Before blocking:
17 sts & 32 rows (16 ridges) = 4 in / 10 cm
After blocking:
17 sts & 26 rows (13 ridges) = 4 in / 10 cm

Supplies:
• Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 10) skeins
* 638 (727, 816, 905, 994, 1083) yd / 584 (665, 746, 828, 909, 991) m
• Size US 9 / 5.5 mm 29 in / 74 cm (or longer) circular needles (or size need to obtain gauge)
• Size US 7 / 4.5 mm 29 in / 74 cm (or longer) circular needles (or 2 sizes smaller than size needed to obtain gauge)
• An extra size US 9 / 5.5 mm needle (straight or circular) to be used for three-needle bind off
• Size US 7 / 4.5 mm double pointed needle (DPN) to make the i-cord belt
• Stitch markers
• 3 stitch holders
• Scrap yarn
• Tapestry needle
• Row counter (not necessary, but helpful)