Thursday, April 29, 2010
Patternum Novum: Lilas Cardigan
Lilas- $5.00 on Ravelry (no account required)
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Finished bust measurements (when sweater is closed): 28.5 (33, 36.5, 41, 44.5, 49, 52.5)”/ 72 (84, 93, 104, 113, 124, 133) cm
The sweater is shown in size S with about ½”/ 1cm of ease.
Yarn requirements: Knit Picks Simply Cotton Worsted, 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8) balls of Haze Heather (100% Cotton; 164 yards/150 meters per 100g/ 3.53oz ball);
Or 691 (800, 885, 994, 1079, 1188, 1273) yards/ 632 (732, 809, 909, 986, 1086, 1164) meters of a similar yarn
Gauge: 18 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches/ 10cm in Stockinette stitch
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) circular needle and same size of type preferred for working sleeves in the round (e.g. dpns, two circular needles)
As mentioned in a previous post, Lilas came about when I received some gorgeous lilac-colored yarn and wanted to use it in a comfy-but-chic warmer weather sweater that could be worn with a variety of things. Now you can make one, too!
Lilas is a simple cardigan, knit from the top down with a raglan yoke all in one piece (read: no seaming!). I meant for the sweater to have a little bit of ease, but because it's knit from the top down and because of the overlapping fronts designed to be worn open, fit is easy to customize. Techniques in the pattern simply include knitting and purling, casting on, and increases and decreases, so this would be great for beginners.
To wear closed, all I did was pull the sweater into position and safety pin it in place under the collar, which is big and floppy enough to hide whatever fastener you might use.
Thank you so much for all the encouragement I received when I first posted about Lilas. I hope you enjoy the pattern!
scriptum est ab Hilary die 4/29/2010