This loose, cropped cardigan from the famous Kate Davies has simple lines and a structured ribbed collar. This cardigan is intended to be wide, cropped, and to hang bell-like from the shoulders. To fit as shown, it should be knitted with at least 4" positive ease at the bust. Pick the size at least 4" above your actual bust measurement, and if in doubt, select the next size up. Length can easily be added to the sweater to make it less cropped.
The cardigan is knitted from the bottom up, and begins with an inch of rib, after which it is worked straight to the underarms (length can be added here to make the cardigan less cropped, if required). Two sleeves are worked, then body and sleeves are joined together to be worked in one piece. The yoke is shaped by decreasing stitches at an even rate from the body only, and, when the correct depth is reached, the stitch count is reduced further for the neck. Button bands are worked, then the neck rib is picked up, folded over and joined to the inside of the garment. Finally, an i-cord bind off and i-cord buttonholes add a neat finish to the front edges. If adding length to the body or sleeves, then more yarn will be required.
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Kit includes pdf & printed pattern, selected yarn & 6 buttons. Please include button selection in the "Notes" section at checkout or email after payment. For yarn winding services, click here.
DK Weight or Bulky Weight
DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN: Buachaille by Kate Davies Designs (100% Scottish Wool; 50g/120yds):10 (11/12, 13, 15, 16/17) Skeins. Shown in colorway Furze. Yarn held double throughout. This is a hard wearing, long lasting blend of wool local to the designer.
ALTERNATE YARN: Prairie Spun DK (100% USA Wool; 100g/256yds): 5 (6, 7, 7, 8) Skeins. Yarn held double throughout. This 100% American yarn is similar to its Scottish counterpart. While not the softest yarn ever made, all Brown Sheep yarn has a hardiness and a wonderful hand that does not dissapoint. PRE-ORDER now available in all colors. Please feel free to contact us prior to placing your order, and allow at least 6 business days for shipping your pre-order to your location.
ALTERNATE YARN: Chunky by Malabrigo (100% Merino Wool; 100g/104 yds): 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) Skeins. This pure Peruvian merino wool is kettle dyed to create variegated colors that add depth to your finished garment.
ALTERNATE YARN: O-Wash Chunky by O-Wool (100% machine-washable Certified Organic Merino Wool; 100g/105yds): 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) Skeins. This South American yarn is made of wonderfully soft merino wool that has been treated to prevent felting.
SIZE: S (M/L, XL, 2XL, 3XL/4XL) Designed with 4-6.5" positive ease.
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Bust (with overlapped button bands): 37.5 (41-44.5, 49, 53.5, 56.5-60)"
YARDAGE: DK Wt held double: 1160 (1302-1380, 1586, 1718, 1850-1960) yds. Bulky Wt: 580 (651-690, 793, 859, 925-980) yds
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate - button band, I-Cord, Backwards Loop Cast-On
NEEDLES: Size US 10.5 / 6.5mm 32-60" circular needles (depending on size made) & set Double Points, Size US 10 / 6mm 32-60" circular needles (depending on size made) and set Double Points, or size needed to obtain gauge
OTHER TOOLS: 4 stitch markers, waste yarn or Stitch holders, Tapestry needle, 6 buttons-1 inch in diameter
GAUGE: 14 sts x 20 rows=4" in stockinette stitch, with yarn held double, using larger needle
Carbeth Images courtesy of Kate Davies Designs. Yarn photos by Yarn Loop