Diane is an intricate and delicately textured Cardigan with feminine shapes, that can be worn either wrapped (by adding a closure at the side) or open, for a more casual but still flattering look. Its ample, shapely lower body with the curved hem will help in simulating an hour-glass figure, however one chooses to wear it. The all over patterned set-in sleeves, with their organically shaped cuff, add to the tailored look of the wide-cut body. Interesting details, like the broken up purl lines at the shoulders, that curve along the short rows and flow into the main, mirrored stitch pattern towards the sleeves, enhance the silhouette of this garment.
The whole front is knitted in growing stocking stitch lapels that almost never follow any straight edge; This concept is also found in both hemline and sleeve cuffs, which continue in a curved style for a softer overall look, but all those sections can easily be adjusted to the preference of the knitter.
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DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN: Dune by Shibui Knits (50% Alpaca / 25% Camel / 25% Silk; 50g/142yds): 10 (10,12,12,13-14,15) Skeins. Shown in Apple.
DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN: Felted Tweed DK by Rowan (50% Merino / 25% Alpaca / 25% Viscose; 50g/191yds): 7 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11) Skeins. This European yarn is a favorite among many knitters due to its softness and quality. This is a tweed yarn that will show lots of texture and color when knit. PRE-ORDER now available in all colors. Please contact us prior to placing your order for color availability, and allow at least 7 business days for shipping to your location.
ALTERNATE YARN: Dos Tierras by Malabrigo (50% Superwash Merino Wool; 50% Alpaca: 100g/210 yds): 7 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10) Skeins. This soft and supple yarn from Uruguayan Merino and Peruvian Alpaca is available in a stunning range of kettle-dyed colors. These variegated colors can be rather subtle and almost solid or strikingly mottled. Yarn Lop recommends the tonal colors for this project so that you don't lose the texture in your finished knit.
SIZE: XS (S, M, L, XL/2XL, 3XL/4XL)
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Bust: 31 (34, 37, 40, 43) (46, 49, 52)"
YARDAGE: 1306 (1402, 1594, 1687, 1756) (1886, 1970, 2005) yds. Please keep in mind that yardage is an estimate.
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced - short rows, I-cord, pattern includes lots of shaping details with many photo tutorials to guide you along the way
NEEDLES: Size US 4 / 3.5mm 32" or larger circular needle as well as Double Points for sleeves and I-Cord Bind-off, & US 2.5 / 3mm 32" Circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
OTHER TOOLS: Removable Stitch Markers (2+2+2) in different colors, Stitch Holders or scrap yarn & Tapestry needle
GAUGE: 24 stitches x 32 rows = 4" in Stocking Stitch
Images courtesy of La Maison Rililie