Zephyr by Allison Britt


August 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
295 - 1055 yards (270 - 965 m)
1, 1.5, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 years
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Zephyr is a versatile girls’ cardigan that can be summery, wintry or in between: A light cotton cardigan to throw on when the sun goes down. Or knit it in wool with a closer neckline for a classy cool weather garment. A fun and interesting knit with simple lace mesh, garter feature sides, classic A-line shaping and three sleeve lengths to choose from.

It is a top-down seamless knit starting with a circular yoke. Increases are made with a simple kfb and there are stitch count charts to help you keep track.

The neckline is wide and can be low for hot weather or brought in higher for cold weather with the short row instructions.

Choose 8ply/DK cotton or other similar summer yarns for a soft drapey layering piece or 8ply/DK wool for a warmer, denser fabric.

Skills Needed:

  • cast on
  • cast off
  • knitting
  • purling
  • kfb
  • k2tog
  • yo
  • knitting flat
  • knitting in the round (sleeves)
  • optional short rows (w&t) explained in the pattern.

The cardigan is sized with a finished chest from 51-86 cm / 20 -34”, roughly corresponding to 1-16 years. On the average child this will result in about 1-2” of ease, but you will always get better results by choosing a size based on the child’s measurements rather than age.

Approximate Yardage:
Size (finished chest): short-long sleeves m / yd

Size 1 (51 cm / 20”): 270-310 m / 300-335 yd
Size 1.5 (53 cm / 21”): 310-350 m / 335-390 yd
Size 2 (58.5 cm / 23”): 360-405 m / 390-440 yd
Size 4 (63 cm / 25”): 405-470 m / 440-515 yd
Size 6 (66.5 cm / 26”): 450-530 m / 495-585 yd
Size 8 (70.5 cm / 28”): 550-640 m / 605-695 yd
Size 10 (74.5 cm / 29”): 620-720 m / 675-785 yd
Size 12 (79 cm / 31”): 685-810 m / 755-880 yd
Size 14 (82 cm / 32”): 755-890 m / 830-970 yd
Size 16 (86 cm / 34”): 820-965 m / 890-1055 yd

Note: The larger sizes overlap with small adult sizes.

File Size: Approximately 3Mb.

Acknowledgments: Many thanks to the wonderful committed knitters who participated in the Zephyr MKAL, it was such a fun way to share a pattern and iron out a couple of kinks. In particular, special thanks to love2knitnpurl who helped with the initial testknit.

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