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Skipper

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The Skipper cardigan is a result of my long-term love affair with butterflies. The stranded pattern is designed to evoke the appearance of butterflies fluttering around a lace window curtain in the height of summer.

The cardigan is knitted from the bottom up, commencing with a picot hem, then working in rounds with steeks at the centre front and armholes. After cutting the steeks the sleeves are knitted from the top down in short rows using stitches picked up around the armhole. The front button bands are worked in applied icord with icord buttonholes. The pattern includes a digitally illustrated tutorial for the icord buttonholes.

The instructions are graded to fit 32″, 34″, 36″, 39″, 40″, 42″, 44″, 46″, 48″, 50″, 52″, 54″, 56″, and 58″ chests.

To knit Skipper you will need two contrasting colours of 4ply/fingering weight yarn in the quantities given below, and approximately 10 metres/yards of laceweight yarn in a complimentary colour (for the underhem). The pictured sample was knitted with Rowan ‘Wool Cotton’ 4ply in Sea #402 (main colour) and Antique #480 (contrast colour) with Rowan ‘Fine Lace’ in Porcelaine #928 for the underhem.

The suggested needle sizes are 2.75mm/US 2 needle(s) for large diameter knitting, and 3.25mm/US 3 needle(s) for small and large diameter circular knitting. You will also need 10 stitchmarkers and a 3mm/US C crochet hook (for crochet provisional cast-on).

Tension gauge is 32 sts and 33 rows/rounds per 10cm/4″ in stranded pattern after blocking, knitted in the 4ply/fingering yarn on the larger needle(s). 26 sts and 36 rows/ rounds per 10cm/4″ in st-st after blocking, knitted in the 4ply/fingering yarn on the larger needle(s).

Required Yarn Quantities:

Main colour: 900, 1080, 1080, 1080, 1260, 1260, 1440, 1440, 1620, 1620, 1620, 1800, 1800, 1980 metres (985, 1182, 1182, 1182, 1379, 1379, 1576, 1576, 1773, 1773, 1773, 1970, 1970, 2167 yards). This is 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11 balls of Rowan ‘Wool Cotton’ 4ply.

Contrast colour: 720, 720, 720, 720, 720, 900, 900, 900, 900, 1080, 1080, 1080, 1080, 1260 metres (788, 788, 788, 788, 788, 985, 985, 985, 985, 1182, 1182, 1182, 1182, 1379 yards). This is 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7 balls of Rowan ‘Wool Cotton’ 4ply.

 

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