Bee Stitch Cardigan by Danielle Chalson

Bee Stitch Cardigan

Knitting
August 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 41 rows = 4 inches
in Bee st; 36 sts and 41 rnds = 4" in Slip St Rib.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1540 - 2660 yards (1408 - 2432 m)
35 (39, 42 1/2, 46 1/2, 51)" bust circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 39", modeled with 3" of positive ease.
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The Bee Stitch Cardigan, inspired by classic sportswear, is a study in textures. The body features a brioche-like bee stitch, the fitted sleeves showcase a stretchy slipped-stitch ribbing, and the body is edged in i-cord.

This cardigan is worked back and forth in one piece from the top down with raglan shaping; the yoke and body are worked flat in rows and the sleeves are worked in the round after being separated from the body. Because of the difference in the stitch gauges between the bee stitch and the ribbing, the rates of increase also will vary between the body and the sleeves, so the yoke shaping is worked in sections. Be sure to obtain the same row gauge for both stitch patterns to ensure a smooth raglan.

Finished Size
35 (39, 42 1/2, 46 1/2, 51)“ / 89 99, 108, 118, 129.5 cm bust circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 39” on a 32” bust with a layer underneath.

Yarn
DK-weight yarn at 140 yds 128 m per approx 50 g 1.75 oz: 1540 (1680, 1960, 2380, 2660) yds
--Sample shown in Swans Island Organic Washable DK (100% merino; 140 yd 128 m/1 3/4 oz 50 g): verdigris, 11 (12, 14, 17, 19) skeins.

Needles
US 6 (4 mm): 32” circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn), or size needed to obtain gauges.

Notions
Markers (m); stitch holders; waste yarn for provisional CO; tapestry needle; five 1” buttons.

Gauges
19 sts and 41 rows = 4” in Bee st
36 sts and 41 rnds = 4” in Slip St Rib.