Sintra by Fiona Alice


September 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Rosette Stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1156 - 2147 yards (1057 - 1963 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
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Row 24: Work row 2 RN, SM, p1, * 2in2 to 2 sts before marker, p2, SM, p2; rep from * once more, 2in2 to 1 st before marker, p1, SM, work row 2 LN.

The asterisk should come after the first p1, not before it. I’m working on correcting this now. Thanks for your patience.

Sintra is the latest collaboration between Fiona Alice and Loop. The construction of this cardigan coincided with Fiona’s travels to Portugal last year. As Fiona traveled throughout the country, the stitches on her needles started to mimic the surfaces of familiar stone walls and cobblestone streets that stretch across Portugal. Named after the scenic town, Sintra is a highly textured yet light weight cardigan. This layering piece is perfect for wondering in the shade of the fortified walls that surround the stately homes and castles, while exploring the elaborate gardens, secret tunnels and pathways of Sintra.

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1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Finished bust circumference: 98.5 (103, 108, 112, 121.5, 129)cm / 383/4 (401/2, 421/4, 44, 473/4, 503/4)in – to be worn with 10-20.5cm / 4-8in positive ease
Model wears size 3 with 20.5cm / 8in positive ease at bust

Daruma Genmou (DK/Light worsted weight; 100% merino wool; 151m / 165yds per 50g ball)
Shade: 08 Light Grey; 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 13) balls

4.5mm (UK 7/US 7) circular needle, 80cm (32in) length for body AND needles suitable for working small circumferences in the round for sleeves
3mm (UK 11/US 21?2) circular needle, 80cm (32in) length for body AND needles suitable for working small circumferences in the round for sleeves

Smooth scrap yarn in similar weight to working yarn for provisional cast on
Cable needle
Stitch holders or smooth scrap yarn
4 stitch markers
Tapestry needle

22 sts and 26 rows to 10cm (4in) over Rosette Stitch on 4.5mm needles after blocking.
30 sts and 30 rows to 9cm (31/2in) over Cable Stitch on 4.5mm needles after blocking.

Use the following instructions to swatch the Rosette Stitch:
Cast on an even number of sts (recommended minimum of 30 sts).
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 (WS): 2in2 to end.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: P1, 2in2 to last st, p1.
Rep rows 1-4 to desired length (recommended minimum of 10 repeats / 40 rows).
Cast off loosely.
Wet block before checking and measuring tension.

Sintra is worked back and forth in rows, starting with
the neckband, before picking up stitches and working downwards for the back yoke and sleeves, increasing along the raglan lines. Stitches are then put on hold for the sleeves, and picked up for the fronts, the body then continues downwards incorporating short rows as you go, before casting off at the hem. The sleeves are finally picked up and worked downwards in the round. The contrasting stitch patterns create an asymmetrical shape to give a slightly longer back hemline.

For more information, see: Loop’s Blog.