The Sinister Catdigan by Marna Gilligan
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The Sinister Catdigan

Knitting
September 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
2.5 mm
1640 - 3281 yards (1500 - 3000 m)
There are sixteen sizes, ranging from a 74cm/ 29" chest to 164cm/ 64" chest.
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Not enough cats in your life? Or on your cardigan? The Sinister Catdigan will solve that problem. Look at all those smug, judgy little faces glaring out at the world, and plotting all sorts of sinister goings-on!

This cardigan is worked in 4-ply yarn. It works well as a fitted cardigan with little or no positive ease, and also as a more relaxed, looser knit.

CONSTRUCTION

The cardigan is knitted in the round, and steeked

VARIATIONS

You can choose to knit a shaped or straight waist. The pattern includes guidance for converting it to a sweater, and there are also suggestions for adapting it to better fit you.

GAUGE

28 stitches and 36 rows to 10cm/ 4”. Swatching is essential!

SIZES

The Catdigan comes in a huge range of sizes.

You can choose to knit it as a fitted cardigan with little or no positive ease, or move up a size or two for a more relaxed knit.

Size 1: 74cm / 29”
Size 2: 80cm / 31.25”
Size 3: 86cm / 33.75”
Size 4: 92cm / 36”
Size 5: 98cm / 38.25”
Size 6: 104cm / 40.75”
Size 7: 110cm / 43”
Size 8: 116cm / 45.25”
Size 9: 122cm / 47.5”
Size 10: 128cm / 50”
Size 11: 134cm / 52.25”
Size 12: 140cm / 54.75”
Size 13: 146cm / 57”
Size 14: 152cm / 59.25”
Size 15: 158cm / 61.75”
Size 16: 164cm / 64”

YARN

This cardigan is designed to work with a variety of 4ply/ fingering/ sock weight yarns.

Colour choices

You don’t need much contrast between the two contrasting colours - you can use the same shade for both if you like - but you will need a strong contrast between the contrasting colours and the MC. For the MC in particular you’ll need a solid or nearly-solid colour. CC1 (the background behind the cats) can look fantastic in a speckled or variateged yarn.

For some colour inspiration take a look at the #sinistercatdigan hashtag on Instagram.

Yarn choices

This cardigan is steeked, so a wooly, easily felted, non-superwash 100% wool yarn is ideal. Any 4-ply / fingering / sock weight yarn is suitable, as are Shetland jumper-weight yarns.

If you choose a superwash yarn, a sock yarn containing a little nylon, or a blend that’s not 100% wool you might want stitch the steek with a sewing machine zig-zag stitch or run a second reinforcing line of stitching when you’re reinforcing it. You might also want to catch the floats behind the cats more frequently.

Yarns with more than 25% non-wool content are a bad choice for this project.

If you’re unsure whether a yarn will work well for this pattern try making a small colourwork swatch, and cutting a steek in it. Two repeats of the cat-chart, along with the steek stitches, should be enough to give you a good idea.

Metric

MC (1019, 1085, 1123, 1182) (1209, 1234, 1291, 1313) (1361, 1396, 1427, 1472) (1497, 1559, 1595, 1623) metres

CC1 (114, 132, 151, 171) (182, 200, 227, 247) (261, 287, 315, 344) (360, 385, 425, 452) metres

CC2 (116, 121, 131, 141) (141, 151, 161, 167) (172, 182, 187, 202) (207, 218, 228, 233) metres

Imperial

MC (1114, 1187, 1228, 1293) (1322, 1350, 1412, 1436) (1488, 1527, 1561, 1610) (1637, 1705, 1744, 1775) yards

CC1 (125, 144, 165, 187) (199, 219, 248, 270) (285, 314, 344, 376) (394, 421, 465, 494) yards

CC2 (127, 132, 143, 154) (154, 165, 176, 183) (188, 199, 205, 221) (226, 238, 249, 255) yards

TOOLS

  • 40cm (16 inch) and 80cm (32 inch) long circular needles, and your preferred small-circumference needles in your gauge size (or sizes if you need a different size for colourwork).
  • 40cm (16 inch) and 80cm (32 inch) long circular needles, and your preferred small-circumference needles one size smaller than your gauge size for plain stocking stitch.
  • Five stitchmarkers: two for side markers, two for steek markers, and one to mark the beginning of round. Additional locking (bulb) stitchmarkers are useful for keeping track of increase and decrease rounds.
  • Scrap yarn.
  • A tapestry needle.
  • A crochet hook a size or two smaller than your gauge size.
  • A small, sharp scissors for steeking.
  • Buttons (12 - 16) to fit your buttonholes - probably a 14 or 15mm (5/8”) button.