Featherweight Cardigan
September 14, 2017
January 4, 2018

Featherweight Cardigan

Project info
Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
Needles & yarn
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
Miss Click Clack Shark Bay Silky Merino
1.4 skeins = 1071.7 yards (980.0 meters), 140 grams

Time will tell if I need to make adjustments - I think I’m going for a slightly oversized version but I may still need to adjust the sleeves to be a bit larger.

Swatching time!
Pre-wash: 25s x 30r
Post-wash: 24s x 34r

Using HiyaHiya Sharps (which I won’t do again with such slippery yarn because I have to concentrate too much to avoid stitches slipping off of their own accord).

I’ve knit 12” from the underarm before starting the ribbing - based on my swatch it will shrink up after washing but it should be a bit longer than the pattern suggests which I’m hoping for.

Switched to 3.5mm for the ribbing and then did a tubular bind off which I’m not sure was the best idea for a silk/merino lace yarn as it’s a bit wibbly but hopefully it evens out after washing.

Tubular bind off technique here: https://ontheneedles.com/2014/08/01/casting-on-tubular-ca...

The body weighs about 76g.


I started working the sleeve magic loop on 4mm but my stitches looked loose and the row gauge was looser than the body.

I ripped back and tried 4mm metal DPNs but they felt too heavy for the lace weight yarn.

I didn’t have 4mm wooden DPNs so I tried 3.5mm wooden DPNs and the stitches were still a bit loose and the laddering was very obvious (which I think was due to the weight of the needles in comparison to the yarn).

Ripped back again and settled on magic loop with my 3.5mm HiyaHiya Sharps.

I picked up an extra 4 stitches at the underarm. Started decrease at 7” doing 5 every 10th, then k 3” then 3 more decreases every 10th.

Length: I want 17” stockinette + 2” cuff (19” total) sleeves post blocking. Based on my gauge calculations I need to therefore knit 19.25” for the stockinette portion.

Switched to 3.25mm for sleeve ribbing.

I accidentally knit the whole of the second sleeve on 3.25mm! It seems to measure up similar to the first so I think I can live with it.

For tubular bind off in the round I used these instructions: http://blog.ysolda.com/hidden-blog/2014/3/28/technique-th...

After blocking the cardigan’s body and sleeves grew! I had a sneaking suspicion that might happen so while I followed my (tiny) swatch data, I worked to lengths that would be okay if it grew rather than shrunk.

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by Miss Click Clack
50% Silk, 50% Merino
765 yards / 100 grams

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  • Project created: September 12, 2017
  • Updated: January 13, 2018
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