Basketcase Cardigan by Kay Hopkins

Basketcase Cardigan

Knitting
January 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette using medium needles AFTER blocking
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1100 - 1950 yards (1006 - 1783 m)
Finished sizes: Bust: 31.5(33, 35, 37, 39, 42.5, 44.5, 48, 51.5) inches / 80(84, 89, 94, 99, 108, 113, 122, 131)cm
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A versatile cardigan that can be worn buttoned as a pullover or open as an outer layer.

I designed Basketcase to give you a color work cardigan that avoids the typical pitfalls or points of angst for so many knitters:

• There are no steeks.
• Use only one color per row.
• Wrong side rows are “resting rows”.

There are no floats to deal with as the simple color work technique uses only one color on any given row. What a great introduction to color work -- without the hassle of carrying two strands of yarn at once!

Plus, it’s worked top-down and seamless so you can try it on as you go and know that it fits! You can also get exactly the length you want. I think it would be super cute a little shorter than shown…maybe at about the top of your hip-bones?

The easy colorwork technique makes for a dramatic yoke with a sweet echo of the colorwork design at the cuffs and hemline. Strongly contrasting colors are advised for the most dramatic effect in the yoke

The sample shown was worked in Shibui Birch with an (optional) additional single strand of Shibui Silk Cloud carried in the main body and sleeves for the softest and coziest fabric ever held against your skin.

Wear this cardigan to dress up a pair of jeans for a casual look or with slacks or a skirt to the office.

Make several in different color combinations and be ready for Basketcase to become your favorite “go to” sweater!

The instructions include charts for use of colors, all else is written instructions, and the pattern has been professionally tech edited and tested.
 
FINISHED SIZES
XS(S, S2, M, M2, L, L2, XL, XXL) Designed to be worn with 1” ease at bust. Choose size that is 1” larger than bust measurement.

Finished Bust: 31.5(33, 35, 37, 39, 42.5, 44.5, 48, 51.5) inches / 80(84, 89, 94, 99, 108, 113, 122, 131)cm

Length at Side Seam: 15(15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 19, 19, 20) inches / 38(38, 40.5, 40.5, 43, 46, 48, 48, 51)cm

RECOMMENDED YARN
Shibui Birch: Fingering/Sport (100% extra fine merino); 262 yds* (239m)/1.76 oz (50g)*

Colors used in sample: MC = Ash, CC1 = Abyss, CC2 = White.

Estimated Yarn Required:
Total: 1100(1200, 1250, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1750, 1950) yds / 1001(1092, 1138, 1183, 1274, 1365, 1456, 1593)m.
MC: 909(988, 1014, 1038, 1112, 1183, 1251, 1366) yds / 827(899, 923, 945, 1012, 1077, 1139, 1243)m.
CC 1: 116(129, 144, 159, 176, 193, 213, 234) yds / 106(118, 131, 145, 160, 176, 193, 212)m.
CC 2: 75(83, 93, 103, 113, 124, 137, 151) yds / 68(76, 84, 94, 103, 113, 125, 137)m.

Yarn usage will vary depending on gauge and specific yarn used as well as options chosen.
 
EXPERIENCE LEVEL:
Accessible to an advanced beginner/intermediate level knitter.
 
Skills Used: Decreases, increases, slipped stitch (mosaic) color work, picking up stitches for neck ribbing and front bands, German Short Rows, crochet slip stitch edging for picking up sts for front bands, optional buttonholes, spacing increases evenly in yoke. Links provided to tutorials.