Ruska Cardigan by Sarah Opie

Ruska Cardigan

Knitting
November 2023
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
970 - 3170 yards (887 - 2899 m)
1, 2, 3 (4, 5, 6) 7, 8, 9 (10, 11, 12)
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ABOUT
A comfortable cardigan with cozy pockets & unique construction. This design uses English Tailored Shoulders for a timeless look and a comfy fit. The pattern includes photos for working these shoulders, in the case that this technique is new to you. The cuffs are designed to be extra long and folded when worn (although instructions are included for a non-folded cuff too!). Lots of garter stitch makes the body of cardigan a relaxing knit without long purl rows. What will you keep in your pockets?

SIZES
1, 2, 3 (4, 5, 6) 7, 8, 9 (10, 11, 12)

Size 1 chest circumference: 32 inches | 81 cm
Size 2 chest circumference: 36 inches | 90 cm
Size 3 chest circumference: 40 inches | 101 cm
Size 4 chest circumference: 44 inches | 111 cm
Size 5 chest circumference: 48 inches | 121 cm
Size 6 chest circumference: 52 inches | 131 cm
Size 7 chest circumference: 56 inches | 141 cm
Size 8 chest circumference: 60 inches | 151 cm
Size 9 chest circumference: 64 inches | 162 cm
Size 10 chest circumference: 68 inches | 172 cm
Size 11 chest circumference: 72 inches | 183 cm
Size 12 chest circumference: 76 inches | 193 cm

EASE
This cardigan can fit however you like! I knit the sample to fit the intended wearer with 0 - 2 inches of positive ease. When selecting a size, I would encourage you to think about how you like things to fit your own body. If you like a closer-fitting garment, choose a Finished Chest Circumference with -2 to 0 inches of negative ease. If you like a looser-fitting garment, choose a Finished Chest Circumference with 2 or more inches of positive ease.

YARN REQUIREMENTS
Your yardage will depend on your gauge, size and yarn chosen. These are estimates based on testing.

DK weight yarn
YARDS: 970, 1170, 1370 (1570, 1770, 1970) 2170, 2370, 2570 (2770, 2970, 3170)
METERS: 885, 1065, 1250 (1430, 1610, 1785) 1975, 2160, 2240 (2520, 2705, 2885)

SUGGESTED NEEDLES
use size needed to obtain gauge, these are the sizes I was able to obtain gauge with:

MAIN FABRIC: 4.5mm (US SIZE 7) circular needles, 32 inches / 80 cm or longer.

SMALLER NEEDLES: 4.0mm (US SIZE 6) circular needles, 32 inches / 80 cm or longer.

RIBBING: 3.5mm (US SIZE 5) circular needles, 32 inches / 80 cm or longer.

NOTIONS
darning needle, to weave in ends
scissors, or other tool for breaking the yarn
12 stitch marker, one that is different to act as a BOR marker
optional: blocking tools

GAUGE
20 sts x 28 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm square

TECHNIQUES
Ribbing
Double Knitting
Tubular Bind-Off
Kitchener Stitch

A massive thank you to all testers: phillandoats, cyntisknits, adoberle, Katie Horvath (katesville.knits, katesville7), MarinaMaf, Hunt Hand Knits, One Handed Creations, Supergailygirl, stitches_by_connie, birch.and.lily, haleyparmelee, Jamie Kimble, cesbonknits & those who wish to remain uncredited ♥️