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Topic: Blue cotton cardigan - knitted from the top down  (Read 1388 times)
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« on: August 14, 2012 11:50:42 AM »


This cardigan was knitted in a thick cotton yarn.  I bought it as a pack of five skeins  from a lady who spins it herself.  (It is the same cotton yarn I used for this lace openwork cardigan ) I used 10mm needles and knitted it from the neck down, making up the pattern as I went along.  I used my previous pattern as a guide but reduced the number of stitches and increased the number of rows  before I split off the sleeves.

On the button band I got rather carried away and made 12 button holes.  This was far too many.  The weight of the buttons on the left front was so great I had to hand sew a tape backing  to stop it from stretching right out of shape and to keep it the same length as the right front.

I worked each colour in stripes of four rows each.  In order to get  the streaking effect of the colours I slipped stitches as follows :

First Row:  Knit 1, slip 1, knit 1, slip 1, knit 3, slip 1, knit 1, slip 1, knit 1, slip 1, knit 3; repeat across the row ending with slip1 knit 1 slip1 knit 1 over last four stitches.
Second Row:  Purl 1, slip 1, purl 7, slip 1, purl 7 repeat across row ending with purl 7, slip 1, purl 1.  Third Row:  Knit
Fourth Row: Purl.
In order to get the effect of all the slipped stitches being in line I had to work  around the increases so skipped some slip stitches if the increases upset the numbers.  It got  rather out of order once the sleeves were done and I was  knitting down the body. Of course it is not necessary to keep the slipped stitches in line across the rows. My mum made a similar cardigan and also slipped the stitches but let them run randomly down through the colours  and it also looked good.

I more or less wrote down what I did as I went along so here is the pattern if anyone wants to do the same. 

Cotton knit cardi - plain
Bust size 108 cm/42.5 inches.  10 mm needles. Tension  approx. 11 stitches and 12 rows  to 10 cm
Cast on   47 stitches
1   K1 P1 to end
2   P1 K1 to end
3   K1 P1 to end
4   P1 K1 to end
Continue in stocking stitch and increase for the raglan sleeves as follows:
Knit rows
   K9 (pick up and knit thread between stitches = M1), K1, M1, K 4, M1, K1, M1, K17, M1, K1, M1, K4, M1, K1, M1, K9.         (55 stitches)
   K10, (M1,K1,M1= +2), K6, (+2), K19, (+2), K6, (+2) K10   (63 stitches)
   K11, (+2), K8, (+2), K21, (+2), K8, (+2), K11   (71 stitches)
   12 (+2) 10 (+2) 23 (+2) 10 (+2) 12      (79)
   13 (+2) 12 (+2) 25 (+2) 12 (+2) 13      (87)
   14 (+2) 14 (+2) 27 (+2) 14 (+2) 14      (95)
   15 (+2) 16 (+2) 29 (+2) 16 (+2) 15      (103)
   16 (+2) 18 (+2) 31 (+2) 18 (+2) 16      (111)
   17 (+2) 20 (+2) 33 (+2) 20 (+2) 17      (119)
   18 (+2) 22 (+2) 35 (+2) 22 (+2) 18       (127)
   19 (+2) 24 (+2) 37 (+2) 24 (+2) 19       (135)
   20 (+2) 26 (+2) 39 (+2) 26 (+2) 20       (143)
   21 (+2) 28 (+2) 41 (+2) 28 (+2) 21       (151)
   22 (+2) 30 (+2) 43 (+2) 30 (+2) 22      (159)
   23 (+2) 32 (+2) 45 (+2) 32 (+2) 23      (167)
   24 (+2) 34 (+2) 47 (+2) 34 (+2) 24      (175)

Sleeves
Slip   26 stitches onto spare needle, work across  36 stitches for  8 rows. Rib 6 rows, cast off.
Slip  51 stitches onto spare needle, work  8 rows on next 36 stitches. Rib 6 rows, cast off.
Body
Work in stocking stitch across all remaining  103 stitches  until long enough. Finish with 5 or 6 rows of rib.
Button bands
Pick up stitches down left side of the front.  I picked up 4 for every 5 rows and it worked fairly well. Work 5 rows rib making button holes (wool round needle knit 2 together) in the second row. Cast off.  Repeat for right side of front but without the button holes.
« Last Edit: August 20, 2012 12:26:45 AM by elderflower - Reason: add pattern » THIS ROCKS   Logged
Antidigger
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2012 03:06:37 PM »

I love the way it looks, and the buttons are a part of that. It gives it individuality, but the warning is well taken too!
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AmyLynn98
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2012 07:45:35 PM »

Very nice! I love the color!
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2012 12:38:03 AM »

Beautiful choice of colors.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2012 05:22:01 PM »

Beautiful job! Really love the colours together. Nicely done!
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2012 12:27:31 AM »

Thanks everyone.  I have added the pattern.
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puchy
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2012 03:22:52 PM »

It's lovely. - Thanks
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