Koru Cardigan by Francoise Danoy
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Koru Cardigan

Knitting
November 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in St. st
US 5 - 3.75 mm
850 - 1700 yards (777 - 1554 m)
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Find Peace and Tranquility with the Koru Cardigan

The koru, which is often used in Māori art as a symbol of creation, is based on the shape of an unfurling fern frond. Its circular shape conveys the idea of perpetual movement, and its inward coil suggests a return to the point of origin. It represents peace, tranquility, personal growth, positive change and awakening.

The symbolism of the koru ties into perfectly with the art of knitting. Knitting is a form of self-care, a meditative activity that can bring peace and tranquility to one’s soul in a noisy world where we don’t have a lot of control or choice. Choose the color of your yarn, determine the method of construction, make some decisions about the length of the sleeves or finishing details, and then find some quiet alone time as you create a hand knit garment that’s unique to the world - because YOU made it with your own two hands.

Feel the yarn run through your fingers as you work, and watch how the twist and lace stitches come together to paint an intricate tapestry.

Enjoy the process of working up this design, and celebrate your success upon it’s completion (and show it off to your friends and family!).

Pattern Info:

Official version contains written and charted instructions, photos of the design for reference, tables with stitch counts for different sizes, schematics, written and video instructions for working the mattress stitch, picking up stitches, instructions for making sizing adjustments, and the option to work the pattern seamed or seamless.


Needle: US size 5 (3.75mm) or size(s) to obtain gauge.

Yarn Used: Scheepjes Sunkissed (Fingering ; 4ply / 100% Cotton / 170 meters ; 50 grams)

Yardage: 850 - 1,020 yards ; 777 - 932 meters (1,020 - 1,190 yards ; 932 - 1,088 meters, 1,190 - 1,360 yards ; 1,088 - 1,243 meters, 1,360 - 1,530 yards ; 1,243 - 1,400 meters, 1,530 - 1,700 yards ; 1,400 - 1,554 meters). Yardage depends on gauge and tightness of knitting. If you’re a tight knitter, you would use less yarn, looser knitters, more yarn.

Gauge: 24 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm in St.st., both flat and in the round. Take time to swatch for gauge.

Other Notions: Stitch markers, third needle, stitch holders

Sizes: To fit busts 32 inches (36, 40, 44, 48).

Pattern has been tech edited and test knit.