Watershed by Amy Swenson


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April 2010
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
360 - 600 yards (329 - 549 m)
34[38, 42, 46, 50] finished chest measurement
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This pattern is available from indigirl.com for $7.00.

If you’re anything like me, your summer wardrobe just begs to be worn when the climate doesn’t exactly suit sundresses and lacey tanks.

Enter Watershed, a small lacey cardigan with cap sleeves; designed to be worn open and perfect for layering over lightweight frocks.

Watershed is knit from the bottom edging up, with no seaming. Because of the small amounts of yardage, it’s the ideal pattern for making the most of that preciously perfect yarn.

The cardigan begins by working the lower edging side to side. You’ll then finish off the lower edging by working the sawtooth sections along each side, then by picking up stitches along the flat edge to work the body.

This cardigan is designed to be left open. You’ll notice that the fronts are slightly smaller than the back. This is on purpose, and allows the neckline to work as it does. If you’re busty, you may wish to choose a slightly smaller size than usual, so it fits you nicely across the back and shoulders, as the fronts are designed to hang open.

This pattern includes charts for the lace panels, and some written out instructions for working the edgings.

Version 1.1:
I updated the instructions for the lower edging join to use p2tog instead of k2tog tbl, for greater consistency with the neckline edging.

Also moved the stitch totals after picking up body stitches to the end of the WS row, after the knitter casts off for the picot on the left front edge.

Version 1.2:

After completing the first row when adding the sleeve stitches, you’ll have 164(172, 200, 212, 240).

The final number of sts when finished with the raglan shaping should be 86(82, 90, 90, 102).


RE: difference in rows for S and M armholes:

The “extra” 4 rows are what allows each size to end on Row 8 of the edging pattern. The S isn’t exactly 4 rows longer than the M, but 4 extra rows are worked before you begin the raglan shaping later on. For the M, you work 4 more rows of raglan shaping than the S, so both sizes actually have the same depth of yoke.