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1  Lush & Lacy Cardigan (3 photos) in Knitting: Completed Projects by soobeeoz on: January 12, 2008 07:23:02 PM
This is the Lush and Lacy Cardigan from Sweaterbabe.  The pattern is very well written and error free, and I really like the FO.  It took just over 6 balls of Cleckheaton the Boutique Collection Angora Supreme.  I'd normally knit the smallest size, but the yarn I used is DK so to make up for the difference in gauge I made the second largest size.  There are additional shots in the member's gallery, here on Craftster, for anyone interested.  Thanks for looking.  Smiley 


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2  Emily Tank Top (2 Images) in Knitting: Completed Projects by soobeeoz on: December 22, 2007 12:57:14 AM
This is my version of Magknits Emily.  The yarn is Rowan Linen Drape. 

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3  Suss Design Evening Top with link to free pattern (2 images) in Knitting: Completed Projects by soobeeoz on: October 24, 2007 11:00:11 PM
This is my latest FO.  The yarn is now discontinued, Cleckheaton Tencel Wool.  The pattern can be found here: http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/pottercraftnews/sep07/pattern.html

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4  Green Summer Top (2 images) in Knitting: Completed Projects by soobeeoz on: October 13, 2007 05:37:43 AM
This is my latest FO.  The yarn is Bendigo 4ply Cotton, the pattern is one I found in an old VK and modified. 

I normally enjoy knitting with cotton, and have used the same yarn in another colour without a problem, but this stuff seemed to grow in width every time I picked it up.  This was the fourth top I tried knitting with the yarn and while it's a little loose, the knitted fabric drapes quite nicely, so I don't mind.   

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5  Pink Lace Trimmed Sweater***now with scoop neckline option and extra sizes*** in Knitting: Completed Projects by soobeeoz on: September 15, 2007 12:50:17 AM
I finished this five weeks ago, but haven't had a chance to take a photo until now as my camera has been in for repairs.  Yarn is Rowan Wool Cotton, pattern is my own.  Thanks for looking. 




Please note: Instructions for the scoop neckline follow original pattern.

Please read through entire pattern before starting, taking note of NB at end.

Following some requests I've calculated suggested changes for sizes 36, 38 & 40.  You'll find these at the end of this post following the scoop neckline instructions.  Not having test knitted these sizes I didn't want to add them to the original pattern.

************My bust is 34, but I'm short and usually wear US size 0 clothing.  I make my knits with negative ease and block them to fit, so I recommend anyone planning to make this check the gauge and determine their desired finished measurements before starting to be sure it will fit.  Don't forget to take the sleeves into account as they're quite snug.  If more ease is required thicker yarn and larger needles could work.  ************

Pink Lace Trimmed Sweater

Size:

To fit 34 inch bust with 1" negative ease. 

Finished Measurements, measured flat after blocking:

Bust at underarm, 16 1/2"
Waist measured across centre of ribbed panel, 12 1/4"
Lower hem measured straight across, 14"
Length from shoulder to hem, 20 1/2"
Sleeve length from shoulder to hem, 18"
Sleeve hem measured across, flat, 5"
Under arm measured straight across to outside edge of sleeve, 5"

Materials:
6 or 7 balls of Rowan Wool Cotton or similar yarn
that contains around 123 yards per ball and knits to
a tension of approx 22-24 sts and 30-32 rows to 4".
More yarn will be required for the larger sizes.

One pair each size 3.25mm and 3.5mm (US 3 & 4) needles,
or size to obtain gauge.  One 3.25mm circular to finish neckline. 

Gauge:
Using larger needles, 22 sts and 30 rows to 4" in stockinette
before blocking.

Diamond Pattern:
(Multiple of 6 + 3)

1) *K4, yf, sl 1, k1, psso; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

2nd and every alt row: Purl

3) K2, *k2tog, yf, k1, yf, sl 1, k1, psso, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.

5) K1, k2tog, yf, *k3, yf, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yf; rep from * to last 6 sts, k3, yf, sl 1, k1, psso, k1.

7) K3, *yf, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yf, k3; rep from * to end.

Cool Purl

Back

Using 3.5mm needles, cast on 75 sts.

Do two rows stockinette, then work Diamond Pattern from rows 1 through to
8.  Rep Diamond Pattern twice more, then rep rows 1 & 2 of Diamond Pattern
once.  Purl 2 rows.

Change to 3.25mm needles and work 16 rows K3, P3 rib. ***Please note each RS row starts and ends with K3, resulting in a K4 column at the side seams after sewing up.***

Change back to 3.5mm needles and purl two rows. 

Start stockinette stitch increasing 1 st at each end of this row, then inc 1 st at
ea end of every foll 6th row 8 times to 93 sts.  Work straight until knitting measures 12 3/4" inches from beginning, or desired length to start of armholes, ending on a WS row.

Armhole shaping:
Bind off 5 sts at beg of next two rows, then dec 1 st at each armhole edge on every alt row 5 times to 73 sts.  Work straight until armholes measures 7 3/4 inches or
length required, ending on a WS row.

Shoulder Shaping:
Bind off 7 sts at beg of next two rows, then 8 sts at beg of following two rows.  Bind off remaining 43 sts.

Front

Work as for back to start of armhole shaping.  Bind off 5 stitches at beg of next two rows, then commence neckline shaping on the next row by binding off centre three stitches.  Working one side at a time, dec 1 st at neck edge on every following alternate row 15 times, then dec 1 st at neck edge on every foll 4th row 5 times.  At the same time, dec at armhole edge as for back.  After all decreases have been worked you should have 15 sts remaining on this side.  Continue in stockinette until work measures same as back to start of shoulder shaping.  Bind off 7 sts at beg of next row, then 8 sts at beg of foll alt row.  Join yarn to second side and dec at neck, armhole and shoulder as on first side.  *** If preferred, join a second ball of yarn after binding off centre three stitches and work both sides simultaneously. ***

Sleeves

Using 3.5 mm needles, cast on 63 sts.  Do two rows stockinette, then work rows 1 through to 8 of Diamond Pattern.  Rep Diamond Pattern 4 more times.  Rep rows 1 & 2 of Diamond Pattern, then purl across next (RS) row decreasing 16 sts evenly to 47 sts.  Purl 1 row, then work in stockinette increasing 1 st at ea end of next row, then inc 1 st at ea end of every foll 6th row six times, making 7 increases in total.  You should now have 61 sts.  Work sleeve until desired length to armhole, ending on a WS row.  Bind off 5 sts at beg of next two rows.  51 sts remain.  Dec 1 st at each end of every following 2nd row three times to 45 sts, then dec 1 st at each end of every 3rd row ten times to 25 sts, then dec 1 st at ea end of every 2nd row, twice.  Bind off remaining 21 sts.

Finishing:
Join shoulder seams (I did a three needle bind-off).  With right side facing, using circular needle and starting at left shoulder seam and working down, pick up and knit 41 stitches including stitch at centre front, forty stitches up right front, and 45 stitches across back neckline.  Bind these stitches off knitwise on next row. 

Set in sleeves, sew side and sleeve seams, and darn in any loose ends.

NB When finishing with one row of knitting, the back neckline tends to roll slightly.  Mine sits flat and looks neat so this doesn't bother me, but if it would bother you try finishing the neckline with a couple of rows ribbing or with crochet.

******************************************************************
Scoop Front Neck Instructions:

Knit front as for back, dividing for neckline when work is approximately 3 1/2" past start of armhole shaping.  At this point you will have 73 sts on the needle.  Shape neck by working 30 sts, then bind off centre 13 sts.  Now, working one side at a time (or if preferred, join in another ball of yarn and work both sides at the same time) dec 1 st at neck edge every row 7 times, then dec 1 st at neck edge every alternate row 8 times.  You should now have 15 sts left (on each side).  Continue knitting until front armhole is the same length as back armhole, then shape shoulders as for back.  Pick up suitable number of stitches around neck edge, and finish as per original pattern.

*****************************************************************

Suggested changes to Pink Lace Trimmed Sweater for sizes 36, 38 & 40

Please refer to notes at end of pattern before starting.

Back

Cast on 81/87/93 sts and follow size 34 pattern instructions up to first stockinette
row (after ribbing and two purl rows) at waist.  Inc 1 st at each end of this
row, then inc 1 st at ea end of every foll 6th row 8 times more to 99/105/111
sts.  Work straight until length desired to armhole ending on a WS row.

Armhole shaping:
***Bind off 5/6/6 sts at beg of next two rows, then dec 1st at each armhole edge
on every alt row 7/7/8/ times.*** 75, 79, 83 sts rem.  Work even until armhole measures 8"/8.25"/8.5" or required length, ending on a WS row.

Shoulder shaping:
Size 36 bind off 8 sts at beg of next four rows.  Size 38 bind off 8 sts at beg of next two rows, then 9 sts at beg of foll two rows.  Size 40 bind off 9 sts at beg of next four rows.  Bind off remaining 43/45/47 sts.

Front

Work as for back to armholes, then work from *** to *** of armhole shaping.
At the same time, start neck shaping by binding off centre three stitches on
the next row.  Working one side at a time (or join in a second ball of yarn and
work both sides at the same time), dec 1st on alternate neck edge rows
15/16/17 times, then dec 1st on every fourth neck edge row 5/5/5 times.
You should have 16/17/18 sts remaining on each side.  Work even until front
measures same as back to start of shoulder shaping, then shape shoulders
as for back.

Sleeves

Cast on 63/69/69/sts and work to first purl row past Diamond Lace Pattern.
Purl this row, decreasing 14/18/16 sts evenly to 49/51/53 sts.  Purl 1 row,
then commence stockinette increasing 1 st at ea end of next row, then inc
1 st at each end of every foll 6th row 6/6/6 more times to 63, 65, 67 sts.
Work sleeve until desired length to armhole, ending on a WS row.  Bind
off 5/6/6 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st at ea end of every
alt row 5/3/3 times.  Dec 1 st at ea end every 3rd row 8/10/12 times, then
dec 1 st ea end every alt row 3/3/2 times.  Bind off rem 21 sts.

Finish as per original pattern.

***************************************************************
Please refer to neckline finishing note at end of original pattern before starting.

I calculated the larger sizes by upsizing from my sweater which was designed to very form-fitting, though not quite as form-fitting as it ended up.  It shrunk to the proportions in the photos after I washed it. 

Please note: I'm 5' 2".  If you're taller, and/or would like to make the lower
half of the sweater longer, you could add an extra repeat or two of the lace
pattern and/or some extra ribbing at the waist.  Keep in mind if you lengthen
this section too much, you might need more ease at the hips.

I've spaced the shaping as I knitted the pattern for myself.  If you'd like extra length in the sweater's upper body or sleeves you could add an extra row or two between incs.

I calculated an extra 6 st lace rep into the sleeve cast on for sizes 38 & 40.  If you want the sleeves less flared start with 63 sts and adjust the dec row accordingly.  If you'd like more flare, add extra lace reps and adjust the dec row to suit.

Please keep in mind I've only ever made patterns in my size before, and only a few at that, and while this pattern should work I can't guarantee it.  Good luck if you decide to knit it.  Please pm me if you have any questions or find any errors.   


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6  Leafy Lace Cardi (2 images) ***Now with extra sizes*** in Knitting: Completed Projects by soobeeoz on: June 30, 2007 07:27:33 PM
This is my latest FO.  The yarn is stash Rowan Cotton Glace, stitch is Leafy Lace, design is my own.  

Thank you for looking.   Smiley  






Sorry about the cool smiley face in the instructions.  I didn't put it there, honestly, and I can't get rid of it.  Obviously it should read Cool.   Um, is the numeral eight the shortcut for a cool smiley?  

This is the orginal pattern which should fit a 32 or small 34.  Please scroll to end for sizes 34, 36 & 38 with slightly more ease.  If anyone finds any mistakes please let me know so I can amend the pattern.  Thanks.   Smiley  

LEAFY LACE CARDI


***Please refer to notes at end of pattern before starting***
 
Finished measurements, measured flat and buttoned:
 
Across body at underarms, 17"
Ridged Eyelet Border measured across, 15 1/2"
Shoulder to sleeve cuff, 13 1/2"
Shoulder to hem, 19"
Ribbed waist hem length, 3 1/2"
Sleeve cuff hem length, 1 3/4"
 
Yarn and Button requirements:
 
I used Rowan Cotton Glace which is 100% cotton and knits to a recommended tension of 23 sts and 32 rows to 10cm (4") on 3.25 - 3.75mm (US #3 - 5) needles.  I'm not sure how much yarn I used but it was around 7 or 8 balls (I'm pretty sure it was 7), each being approximately 115 metres (125 yds) in length.  6 buttons, or more or less as preferred.
 
Needle requirements:
 
1 pair of 3mm (*no US equivalent, use #2 or #3*) and 1 pair of 3.5mm (#4) needles.  Use circulars if preferred.
 
Gauge:
 
26 sts and 29 rows to 4", unblocked, in Leafy Lace stitch on 3.5mm (#4) needles.
 
Leafy Lace Pattern
(Multiple of 10 + 1)
 
***Note: KB1 = Knit into back of stitch***
***         PB1 = Purl into back of stitch ***
 
1) (right side) KB1, *p9, KB1; rep from * to end.
 
2) P1, *k9, p1; rep from * to end.
 
Rep the last 2 rows once more.
 
5) KB1, *p2, p2tog, yon, KB1, yfrn, p2tog, p2, KB1; rep from * to end.
 
6) P1, *k4, PB1, k4, p1; rep from * to end.
 
7) KB1, *p1, p2tog, yon, [KB1] 3 times, yfrn, p2tog, p1, KB1; rep from * to end.
 
Cool P1, *k3, [PB1] 3 times, k3, p1; rep from * to end.
 
9) KB1, *p2tog, yon, [KB1] 5 times, yfrn, p2tog, KB1; rep from * to end.
 
10) P1, *k2, [PB1] 5 times, k2, p1; rep from * to end.
 
11) KB1, *p1, yon, [KB1] twice, sl 1, k2tog, psso, [KB1] twice, yfrn, p1, KB1, rep from * to end.
 
12) As 10th row.
 
13) KB1, *p2, yon, KB1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, KB1, yfrn, p2, KB1; rep from * to end.
 
14) As 8th row.
 
15) KB1, *p3, yon, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfrn, p3, KB1, rep from * to end.
 
16) As 6th row.
 
Rep these 16 rows.  
 
Ridged Eyelet Border
(Multiple of 2 + 1)
 
1st, 2nd and 3rd rows: Knit.
 
4th row (wrong side): *p2tog, yrn; rep from * to last st, p1.
 
5th, 6th and 7th rows: Knit.  
 
8th row: Purl.
 
Back:
 
Using 3mm needles, cast on 97 sts.  Work in k1, p1 rib for 3 1/2 inches (see note 1 at end of pattern), ending on WS row, and increasing 4 stitches evenly across this row.
 
(***Read note 2 at end of pattern before continuing***)  
 
Change to 3.5mm needles and knit Ridged Eyelet Border.  
 
Start Leafy Lace pattern.  Knit to desired length (mine is around 11 1/2 inches, including ribbing), ending on a WS rows, then shape armholes as follows: Bind off 5 sts at beginning of next 2 rows, then decrease 1st st at each end of every following alternate row 6 times, to 79 sts.  Work even until armhole measures approximately 7 3/4 inches, or desired length, ending on a WS row.  
 
Shape shoulders by binding off 11 sts at beginning of next 4 rows.  Bind off remaining 35 sts, loosely.  
 
Right Front:  
 
Using 3mm needles, cast on 47 stitches.  Work in K1, P1 rib until length matches that of back ribbing, increasing four stitches evenly across last WS row giving a total of 51 sts.
 
Change to 3.5mm needles and knit Ridged Eyelet Border.
 
Start Leafy Lace pattern working until front measures back to beginning of armhole shaping, then decrease for armhole as on back: 5 sts once (on WS row), then 1 st on same end of every alternate row, 6 times.  ***At the same time,*** start shaping the neck by decreasing 1 st at neck edge of next row, then 1 st at same edge of every following 3rd row 10 times (you should now have 29 sts), then 1 st at same edge every following 2nd row 7 times, to 22 sts.  (***It's a good idea to mark the beginning of the neck shaping with scrap yarn so as to make it easier to place the button holes later ***)  If necessary, work straight until armhole measures same as that of back, then shape shoulder as for back.  
 
Left Front:
 
Work same as right front, reversing shaping.
 
Sleeves:
 
Using 3mm needles, cast on 48 sts.  Work in K1, P1 rib for 1 3/4 inches, or desired length, increasing three stitches evenly across last wrong side row to 51 sts.  
 
Change to 3.5mm needles and commence Leafy Lace pattern, increasing 1 st at each end of every 7th row 7 times, to 65 stitches.  If necessary, work even until sleeve is 8 inches long (or desired length), excluding ribbing, ending on a WS row.  Shape cap by binding off 5 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows, then dec 1 st at each end of every following 2nd row 5 times (you should now have 45 sts left), 1 st at each end of every 3rd row 2 times (41 sts left), then 1 st at each end of every 2nd row 10 times.  Bind off remaining 21 sts, loosely.
 
Finishing:
 
Block pieces using preferred method, and sew in loose ends.  
 
Join shoulder seams.  
 
With right side of work facing, using 3mm needles and starting at lower right front, pick up and knit 92 stitches along front edge to shoulder, 27 stitches across back of neck, and 92 stitches down left front edge to bottom of ribbed band.  (See note 3 at end of pattern)  Work two rows K1, P1 rib.  Make button holes on the next row in desired position, marking opposite side of band to indicate where buttons will go.  (See note 4 at end of pattern)  Work a further 3 rows K1, P1 rib.  Bind off.  Attach buttons.
 
Set in sleeves, and sew sleeve and side seams.  
 
Make a twisted cord to thread through eyelets at waist.  I found I had to start with far more yarn than when using wool, and ended up using four lengths of yarn, each 160 inches long.  Alternatively, make an I-cord, crochet cord or thread ribbon through the eyelets.
 
Pattern notes:
 
1) When I designed this I had in mind wearing it over a summer dress.  Those wanting to wear it with a skirt or pants might like to add two or three inches to the ribbing, and if desired lengthen the ribbing on the sleeves proportionately.  
 
2) I went from ribbing straight into the Ridged Eyelet Border.  It looks fine, however if you'd like a mirrored image try knitting a couple of rows of stockinette after the ribbing and before commencing the Ridged Eyelet Border.  
 
3) Depending upon the length of your cardigan, you may need to pick up more or less stitches.  
 
4) I used 6 buttons, with the last one being attached just below the Ridged Eyelet Border.  The band doesn't gape even with all of the buttons done up but I doubt I'll wear it that way, so less buttons would have worked.  A button can also be attached a 1/2 an inch or so above the hem line if desired.
 
***The one stitch discrepancy between front and back is to keep the stitch count consistent throughout the lace pattern***

**************************************************************

These instructions are for the Leafy Lace Cardi in sizes 34, 36 & 38
with a little more ease than the original size 34.  Please note they
haven't been test knitted.  As with the original the cardigan will be
slim fitting.  To allow for a full pattern repeat in some sizes it was
necessary to incorporate more increases in the first row after the
sleeve cuff.  This should look fine, but if you think it looks too
gathered or blousy try starting the cuffs with a few more stitches.
 
Due to the ten stitch pattern repeat I had to decide whether to add
or omit a pattern repeat for some sizes, so finished measurements
are approximate.

Please read notes at end of pattern before starting.

Leafy Lace Cardi

Sizes
34", 36", 38" inch bust

Finished measurements
Bust: 35", 37", 39"
Length: 21", 21 1/4", 21 3/4"
Sleeve length from underarm to cuff: 12 1/2", 12 1/2", 12 3/4"
Ribbed Waist Hem length: 4", 4", 4 1/2"
Sleeve cuff hem length: 2", 2", 2 1/4"

Gauge
26 sts and 29 rows to 4", unblocked on 3.5mm (#4) needles

Yarn, needle & button requirements
I used Rowan Cotton Glace which is 100% cotton, and knits to a recommended tension of 23 sts and 32 rows to 10cm (4") on 3.25 - 3.75mm (US #3 - 5) needle.  I used 7 to 8 balls (I'm pretty sure it was 7) to make my original size 34, each being approximately 115 metres (125 yds) in length.  An extra ball or two might be required for the larger sizes.  1 pair of 3mm (*no US equivalent, use #2 or #3) and 1 pair of 3.5mm (#4) needles.  Use circulars if preferred.  6 buttons, more or less as preferred.  

Leafy Lace Pattern
(Multiple of 10 + 1)

***Note: KB1 = Knit into back of stitch***
***         PB1 = Purl into back of stitch***

1) (right side) KB1, *p9, KB1; rep from * to end.

2) P1, *k9, p1; rep from * to end.

Rep the last 2 rows once more.

5) KB1, *p2, p2tog, yon, KB1, yfrn, p2tog, p2, KB1; rep from * to end.

6) P1, *k4, PB1, k4, p1; rep from * to end.

7) KB1, *p1, p2tog, yon, [KB1] 3 times, yfrn, p2tog, p1, KB1; rep from * to end.

Cool P1, *k3, [PB1] 3 times, k3, p1; rep from * to end.

9) KB1, *p2tog, yon, [KB1] 5 times, yfrn, p2tog, KB1; rep from * to end.

10) P1, *k2, [PB1] 5 times, k2, p1; rep from * to end.

11) KB1, *p1, yon, [KB1] twice, sl 1, k2tog, psso, [KB1] twice, yfrn, p1, KB1, rep from * to end.

12) As 10th row.

13) KB1, *p2, yon, KB1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, KB1, yfrn, p2, KB1; rep from * to end.

14) As 8th row.

15) KB1, *p3, yon, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfrn, p3, KB1, rep from * to end.

16) As 6th row.

Rep these 16 rows.  

Ridged Eyelet Border
(Multiple of 2 + 1)

1st, 2nd and 3rd rows: Knit.

4th row (wrong side): *p2tog, yrn; rep from * to last st, p1.

5th, 6th and 7th rows: Knit.  

8th row: Purl.

Back:

Using 3mm needles, cast on 107 (119, 127) stitches.  Work in k1, p1 rib for 4 (4, 4 1/2) inches (see pattern note 1 at end of pattern), ending on a WS row and increasing 4 (2, 4) stitches evenly across this row.

(***Read note 2 at end of pattern before continuing***)

Change to 3.5mm needles and knit Ridged Eyelet Border, once.

Start Leafy Lace pattern.  Work without shaping to desired length to underarm, ending on a WS row.  (Mine is around 11 1/2" including the ribbing, and I ended on a full pattern repeat.  I've calculated these sizes to be approximately 12 1/2, (12 1/2, 13") at this point, but of course you can make yours whatever length you like.)

Armholes:

Bind off 6, 7, 7 sts at beg of next 2 rows,  then decrease 1st at ea end of every alt row 6 (9, 13) times to 87 (89, 91 sts).  Work straight until armhole measures approximately 7 3/4 (8, Cool inches or desired length, ending on a WS row.

Shoulders:

All sizes, bind off 8 stitches at the beginning of next 4 rows, then 8 (8, 9) stitches at beginning of following 2 rows to 39 (41, 41) sts.  All sizes, bind off remaining sts loosely.

Right Front:

Using 3mm needles, cast on 49 (57, 59) sts.  Work in K1, P1 rib until length matches that of back ribbing, increasing 2 (4, 2) sts evenly across last WS row to a total of 51 (61, 61) sts.    

Change to 3.5mm needles and knit Ridged Eyelet Border, once.

Start Leafy Lace pattern working straight until right front measures same as back to beginning of armhole shaping, then decrease at armhole edge as for back, binding off 6 (7, 7) sts once, then decreasing 1 st at same edge of every following alternate row 6 (9, 13) times.  At the same time, all sizes start shaping the neck by decreasing 1 st at neck edge of next row, then dec 1 st at same edge of every 3 (2, 3) rows 3 (4, 5) times (you should now have
35 (40, 35 sts) then dec 1st every 4 (3, 4) rows 11 (16, 10) times to 24 (24, 25) stitches.  (*It's a good idea to mark the beginning of the neck shaping with scrap yarn so as to make it easier to place the button holes later***)  If necessary, work straight until armhole measures same as that of back, then
shape shoulders as for back by binding off 8 (8, Cool sts at shoulder edge of next row, 8 sts at same edge of following alternate row, then 8 (8, 9) sts at beg of following alt row.

Left Front:

Work same as right front, reversing shaping.

Sleeves:

Using 3mm needles, cast on 51 (53, 55) sts.  Work in K1, P1 ribbing until work measures 2 (2, 2 1/4") or desired length, increasing 0 (8, 6) sts on last WS row to 51 (61, 61) sts.

Change to 3.5mm needles and commence Leafy Lace pattern, increasing 1 st at each end of every 6 (7, 7) rows 12 (1, 9) times, then inc 1 st at ea end of every 0 (8, Cool rows 0 (8, 1) times.  You should now have 75 (79, 81) sts.  Work without shaping until sleeve measures 12 1/2 (12 1/2, 12 3/4) inches, or desired length, including ribbing.  Shape cap by binding off 6 (7, 7) sts at
beg of the next two rows.  You should now have 63 (65, 67) sts remaining.  Dec 1 st at ea end of every following alt row 19 (18, 21) times, then dec 1 st at ea end of every 3 rows 0 (2, 0) times.  All sizes, loosely bind off remaining 25 stitches.

Finishing:

Block pieces using preferred method, and sew in any loose ends.

Join shoulder seams.

With right side of work facing, using 3mm needles and starting at lower right front, pick up and knit approximately three stitches for every four rows along front edge to shoulder, across back of neck, and down left front edge to bottom of ribbed band.  (For my original size 34 which is slightly shorter  
I picked up 92 stitches along each front and 27 stitches across the back of the neck.)  Work two rows K1, P1, rib.  (See note 3 at end of pattern)  Make button holes on right front of next row in desired position, marking opposite side of band (now or later) to indicate where buttons will go.  Work a further
3 rows K1, P1 rib.  Bind off all stitches.  Attach buttons.

Set in sleeves, sew sleeve and side seams.

Make a twisted cord to thread through eyelets at waist, or make an I-cord, crocheted cord or thread ribbon through the eyelets.

Pattern notes:

1) When I designed this I had in mind wearing it over a summer dress.  Those wanting to wear it with a skirt or pants might like to add two or three inches to the waist ribbing, and if desired lengthen the ribbing on the sleeves
proportionately.

2)  I went from ribbing straight into the Ridged Eyelet Border.  It looks fine, however if you'd like a mirrored image try knitting a couple of rows of stockinette after the ribbing and before commencing the Ridged Eyelet Border.

3)  I used 6 buttons, attaching the last one just below the Ridged Eyelet Border.  The band doesn't gape even with all the buttons worn closed, but I doubt I'd wear it that way so less buttons at the top could be used.  A button can also be attached 1/2 an inch or so above the hem line if desired.

This 34" pattern is closer to a true 34 than the original one I made for myself, but it will still be close fitting.  To avoid disappointment, I recommend you make a swatch and calculate your required finished measurement to be sure the cardigan will fit.  If more ease is required, try using thicker yarn and larger needles.

***I realised after finishing this that I worked the KB1s by knitting into the back of the stitch, but I just purled the PB1s.  It looks fine and I probably saved myself a lot of time and anguish.***  

I've done my best to make sure the pattern will work, but please keep in mind I am not a professional designer.  Feel free to email me with any questions and I'll help if I can.

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7  Cherry Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by soobeeoz on: June 11, 2007 09:24:24 AM
I finished this yesterday.  The yarn is Rowan Wool Cotton in Pinky.
I'm not overly thrilled with the buttons, but they were the best match I could find.  Thanks for looking.   Smiley

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8  Rowan Martha Cardi (2 images) in Knitting: Completed Projects by soobeeoz on: May 31, 2007 10:35:27 PM
This is my latest FO.  At a gauge of 34 sts & 46 rows to four inches,  it seemed to take forever to finish.  The yarn is vintage Lane Borgosesia fingering weight wool I bought on eBay several years ago.  The second photo gives a better view of the neckline.  Thanks for looking.   Smiley
 

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9  Vest in Knitting: Completed Projects by soobeeoz on: May 15, 2007 03:55:49 AM
I'm not a vest person, but may actually wear this.  The yarn is Jo Sharp's Classic DK Heathers in owl, which is gray with purple and plum overtones.  Thanks for looking.   Smiley

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10  Rowan's Bay Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by soobeeoz on: May 05, 2007 06:07:49 PM
This is my latest FO, Bay from Rowan #36.  The yarn is Kidsilk Haze
in Trance & Meadow.  The colours are much nicer in real life.  

Thanks for looking.  Smiley  


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