Maja cardigan by Hélène Magnússon

Maja cardigan

November 2020
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
667 - 2157 yards (610 - 1972 m)
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Free pattern from Järbo.

January 2022: Some of you seemed to have problems increasing in the sleeves within the motif so I draw a chart for each size: you will find it here. Hope that helps! Kindly, Hélène

Maja is a cropped yoke cardigan with a modern flair. Like in many traditional lopi sweaters, the main yoke pattern is echoed in the cuffs and at the bottom of the sweater but with unusually long motifs. The body and sleeves are knitted in the round. At the armholes, they are combined on one needle and the motif knitted. The neckline ends with a few short rows to lift the back. The cardigan is steeked, stitches are picked up along the edges and the button bands knitted. It is designed by Hélène Magnússon, an Icelandic/French designer and author who runs popular hiking and knitting tours in Iceland.

YARN Ístex Léttlopi (100 % Icelandic new wool. Approx. 50 g = 100 m/114 yds)
YARN ALTERNATIVE Raggi (70 % superwash wool, 30 % polyamide. Approx. 100 g = 150 m/164 yds)
Alpe (100% wool. Approx. 50 g = 150 m/109 yds)
GAUGE Approx. 18 stitches and 24 rnds in stockinette on needles 4,5 mm = 10 x 10 cm
CARDIGAN’S CHEST Approx. 85(94)98,5(107)120,5(134)143(156) cm

YARN AMOUNT (yardage used)
Color A: Approx. 100(125)140(182)217(271)296(324) g (color 19418, stone blue heather)
Color B: Approx. 93(116)130(169)202(252)275(300) g (color 19427, rust heather)
Color C: Approx. 93(116)130(169)202(252)(275)300 g (color 11418, straw)
Color D: Approx. 19(24)27(35)42(52)57(62) g (color 11404, glacier blue heather)
CIRCULAR NEEDLE 4 mm/US 6 and 4.5 mm/US 7, 80 cm long. (Magic loop is used for smaller diameters but you can also use double pointed needles.)
OTHER MATERIAL 9 or 10 buttons, ribbon twice the length of front opening.
NOTIONS Darning needle, markers, 4 stitch holders

Yardage used:
A: 200(250)280(364)434(542)592(648) m / 228(285)320(415)495(618)675(739) yds
B: 186(232)260(338)404(504)550(600) m / 213(265)297(386)461(575)627(684) yds
C: 186(232)260(338)404(504)550(600) m / 213(265)297(386)461(575)627(684) yds
D: 38(48)54(70)84(104)114(124) m / 44(55)62(80)96(119)130(142) yds