Order of the Garter by Annamária Ötvös (11wildswans)

Order of the Garter

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Order of the Garter is a very simple top-down, seamless cardigan. It is knit in garter stitch and the I-cord edgings are the only decorations of this minimalistic design. The texture of the garter stitch reminds me of a chain mail.
Upper back part is worked first from shoulders to the underarms, then the stitches of the fronts are picked up from the cast on edges of the back shoulders and fronts are worked to the underarms.
Then the pieces are joined and worked in one piece to the hem.
The stitches of the sleeve caps are picked up around the armholes then they are shaped with short rows.
Sleeves are worked in the round from the underarm to the cuff.
The I-cord edging of the body is worked together with the edging of the front opening as a continuous round resulting rounded corners.

20 sts and 28 rows = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in Garter Stitch knit flat (upper body and body) with larger needle after blocking
20 sts and 28 rounds = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in Garter Stitch knit in the round (sleeves) with larger needle after blocking
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge

XS1 (XS2: S1: S2: M1: M2: L1: L2: XL1: XL2)

Finished Measurements
76 (82: 86: 92: 96: 102: 108: 112: 118: 122) cm / 30 (32¼: 33¾: 36¼: 37¾: 40¼: 42½: 44: 46½: 48) inches bust circumference at underarm.

Intended to fit with approx. 5-6 cm/2-2¼” positive ease at bust.

Approximately 960 (995: 1035: 1080: 1120: 1165: 1210: 1260: 1310: 1360) meters / 1050 (1090: 1135: 1180: 1225: 1275: 1325: 1380: 1435: 1490) yards

Sample shown is size S2 with approx. 6 cm/2¼” positive ease at bust using MadelineTosh Dk Twist (100% merino, 229 m/250 y per skein) in colourway Cottage Door.

· 80 cm/32” circular needle in each of the following sizes: 4.0 mm/ US 6 and 3.5 mm/ US 4 (or size to obtain gauge)
· 40 cm/16” circular needle or double pointed needles (dpns) in each of the following sizes: 4.0 mm/ US 6 and 3.5 mm/ US 4 for working in small circumferences (optional)

40 cm/16” circular needles and dpns are optional if you prefer the Magic Loop Method for working small circumferences in the round.

· spare circular needles or waste yarn for holding stitches
· 2 stitch markers
· 6 removable (locking) stitch markers: 2 green, 2 red, 2 blue
· 8 buttons with 2.1 cm/0.8” diameter

Skill level: Intermediate
Necessary skills: Working in the round with dpns or magic loop, working short rows, picking up stitches.