Oliviana Cardigan for Bigs by Sheila Toy Stromberg

Oliviana Cardigan for Bigs

September 2019
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1625 - 3200 yards (1486 - 2926 m)
30” (34”, 38”, 40”) (46”, 50”, 54”, 58”) Bust
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Craving lace in your life? This pattern meets all your lace desires! This cardigan is worked from the top down, ensuring a great fit. The body of the work is really simple; it’s a basic top-down raglan with a relaxed fit, buttoning right at the natural waist ending in a deep ribbing. As you work, you will add garter ridges to the lower body. The garter ridges are the secret to picking up the lace panels without any seaming. Sleeves are worked in the round to whatever length you prefer, and finish with a matching ribbing.

After the work on the body is complete, you will go back and pick up the lace panels using the mohair/lace weight yarn. Each panel is worked in turned rows using basic lace stitches. Though the lace is simple, there is a lot of it. I estimate that the lace portion is equivalent to knitting 1 – 2 full length stoles (depending on your size). But don’t be daunted, it’ll be so worth it when it’s done!

As a side note, this is a really solid design if you want a basic layering cardigan! Simply leave out the garter ridges and lace and you’re all set.

Sizes: X Small (Small, Medium, Large) (Extra Large, 2X Large, 3X Large, 4X Large) to fit an actual bust size of 30” (34”, 38”, 40”) (46”, 50”, 54”, 58”)/ 76 (86, 96, 106) (117, 127, 137, 147) cm. About 1”/2.5 cm of positive ease has been added to the finished design.

Yarn: 750 (825, 900, 975) (1100, 1300, 1500, 1800) yards/685 (755, 825, 890) (1005, 1190, 1370, 1645) meters of fingering/sock weight yarn and 875 (925, 975, 1000) (1100, 1200, 1300, 1400) yards/800 (845, 890, 915) (1005, 1100, 1190, 1280) meters of lace weight yarn.
Sample shown in Marianated Yarns Scrumptious HT and Aerie, colorway Naked Grape.

Needles: Size US 4/3.5 mm and US 5/3.75 mm circular needles with a long (40”/100 cm) cable, or size needed to obtain gauge and one size smaller.

Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch on the US 5/3.75 mm needles and sock weight yarn.

Notions: Waste yarn, a crochet hook, 4 regular stitch markers, 7 – 14 locking stitch markers, 2 stitch holders (optional), 10 locking stitch markers, blocking mat, blocking wires, t-pins, a spray bottle, and 7 - 14 small buttons (about .5”/1.5 cm in diameter).

Techniques: Crochet Chain Provisional Cast On, basic increases and decreases, basic lace, chart reading, knitting in the round, and picking up stitches.


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