March Cardi by Jenise Hope

March Cardi

March 2015
Lace ?
7 stitches and 11 rows = 1 inch
in texture stitch, blocked
US 0 - 2.0 mm
1880 - 3290 yards (1719 - 3008 m)
six sizes, to fit busts from 26 to 50 inches around
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This pattern is available for C$7.00.

When March begins, the sun starts to come out regularly. Full of excitement, I want to run outside with no shoes and enjoy all the first tastes of Summer in the air. Despite the fact that it is not Summer; indeed, the temperature is barely above freezing!
March Cardi is short and sweet with a distinctly springy feel, yet hidden in its two strands of Merino Wool are plenty of warmth. Wear it when you want to pretend it is warm outside!

Questions about fit? Concerned about getting bored in the middle? Want some company? Join the KAL here!

March is knit from the bottom up. The body and yoke are worked in one piece, flat. The sleeves are worked in the round and then joined up with the body.

March has a little bit of waist shaping, just enough that it looks like it has a boxy fit, but much more flattering on. The shawl collar is knit along with the body and yoke, so finishing is minimal.

The sizes are for a finished bust measurement of 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48) inches (note that it hangs open over the bust), and you will need about 2,000 (2,320, 2,640, 2,960, 3,280, 3,600) yards of lace weight. If you prefer to use a single strand of fingering weight, you will need 1,000 (1,160, 1,320, 1,480, 1,640, 1,800) yards instead.

March is the second of my 2015 collection of fine-gauge sweaters. I asked myself; what if I made a whole collection of sweaters, exactly as I would like them to look, and feel, without worrying about how long they take to make, or how complicated the pattern might be…? Here is the result. In truth, they are not excessively complex, nor incredibly difficult, but, these patterns are not recommended for beginners. They are made for those who are comfortable knitting already, and want to use what they already know to get an unusually flattering and wearable garment.
That said, if you are adventuresome, and enjoy a long knit, some confident beginners might like them as a starting point to learn new skills. Just be aware that the pattern will not include detailed tutorials for the skills and stitches used, you will need to use google and YouTube for “how-tos”.
You will need to be comfortable (or willing to learn before you come to the point in the pattern where you need to use it) working in the round and flat, knit and purl, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, working with two strands, and grafting.

In the swatch directions, “Row 4: “ should be “Row 3: “ instead.