Balise Cardigan by Marie Greene
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Balise Cardigan

Knitting
January 2018
Light Fingering ?
26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
1220 - 2142 yards (1116 - 1959 m)
32 (34, 36, 38, 42, 44, 48, 52)
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Everyone needs a basic little striped cardigan! Balise is top-down, seamless, and with a slight set-in style sleeve. The front has a slight v-neck shaping. The pattern recommends a gauge of 26-27 stitches over four inches; standard fingering weights will lean toward 26 st over 4″ (Sherwood Yarn Bluefaced Leicester Sock is recommended for this gauge) and lighter fingering or heavy lace will be 27 st over 4″ (such as Sherwood Yarn Mulberry Silk Merino). The lighter gauge yarn will result in slightly smaller ease and an overall daintier sweater that can be a bit dressier. For more everyday wear, I recommend the Bluefaced Leicester.

Tip: If you have lots of fingering weight minis in your stash, try using them for your skinny stripes!

Be sure to test your yarn for color-fastness when working with stripes. Wet-block your striped swatch before you begin.

Supplies

Color 1 (C1) 870 (900, 949, 1025, 1153, 1222, 1373, 1542) yards Sherwood Yarn Mulberry Silk/Fine Merino 541 yards per 100g | OR Sherwood Yarn BFL Sock 421 yards per 100g – AND
Color 2 (C2) 350 (380, 410, 440, 480, 520, 560, 600) yards (as above)
US Size 3/3.25mm (32″) circular needle (body)*
US Size 1/2.25mm (24-32″) circular needle (body/neck ribbing)*
US Size 3/3.25mm (12″ or DPN) sleeves
US Size 1/2.25mm (12″ or DPN’s) sleeve ribbing
Use needle size necessary to obtain gauge
Darning needle to weave in ends
Stitch markers
5 Buttons (12-15mm)
Finished bust (with 1 1/2″ button band):
At 26 st per 4″: 35.5 (37.5, 39.5, 41.5, 45.5, 48.5, 51.5, 55.5)”

At 27 st per 4″: 35 (36.5, 38.5, 40, 43.5, 47, 49, 53.4)”

Sleeve circumference at widest point:

26 st per 4″ gauge: 11 (12, 12, 13, 15, 15, 16, 18)”

27 st per 4″ gauge: 11 (11.5, 11.8, 12, 14, 14.5, 15.7, 17.5)”

Length of body from sleeve divide/underarm: 12 – 14″ per preference