Orchard Cardigan by Courtney Spainhower

Orchard Cardigan

August 2019
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in St st.
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1300 - 2275 yards (1189 - 2080 m)
32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56)" circumference at underarm
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Take the Orchard Cardigan with you on all your fall activities and throw it on whenever you need an extra layer. This casual cardigan has interesting and unusual construction: each side is worked flat from the center out, starting with a provisional cast-on. The three-needle bind off that joins the pieces creates a visually compelling line down the center back and at the sides.

Difficulty Intermediate

Yarn Weight 2

Finished Size 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56)“ circumference at underarm. Cardigan shown measures 36”; modeled with 3” of positive ease.

Yarn The Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport (65% extra fine superwash Merino wool, 20% mulberry silk, 15% yak; 325 yd 297 m/ 3½ oz 100 g): Stay Outta the Hay, 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins.

Needles Size 5 (3.75 mm): 32” circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); cable needle (cn); stitch holders; size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook; waste yarn for provisional CO; spare 32” cir needle in size 5 (3.75 mm) or smaller; tapestry needle.

Gauge 23 sts and 33 rows = 4” in St st.

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  • This cardigan is worked back and forth from the center out, starting with a provisional cast-on, working two identical pieces for the left and right body and sleeves. The shoulder is shaped in pattern and the sleeves continue after the stitches are held for the side of the body. The right and left bodies are joined at the center back using three-needle bind-off, stopping at the cable panel. The body sides are joined using three-needle bind-off. The sleeves are seamed to the cuff. Front stitches are picked up along the entire length of the cardigan opening and are bound off using the I-cord method.

  • A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.

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