DROPS De­sign Mercy

THIS LIGHT cardi­gan has a top-down con­struc­tion, start­ing with the back shoul­der pieces, which are joined to knit the yoke and then worked to­gether with the fronts. The ar­ray of lace stitch pat­terns is show­cased beau­ti­fully in this DK-weight cot­ton-blend

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PAT­TERN NOTES

Work cast-ons at end of row us­ing the back­wards thumb cast-on method.

BACK LEFT SHOUL­DER

Us­ing 3.5mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles, cast on 17 ( 20: 21: 24: 26: 29) sts. Row 1 (WS): Knit. Row 2 (RS): Knit. Change to 4mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles. Next row: P to last 2 sts, K2. Next row: K8 (2:3:6:8:2), (K2, skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, K2) 1 (2:2:2:2:3) times. Last 2 rows set pat­tern place­ment. Cont to work in patt as set un­til piece meas 2cm, end­ing with a WS row. Next row (RS): Patt to end, cast on 1 st. 18 ( 21: 22: 25: 27: 30) sts. Next row: Patt to end. Next row: Patt to end, cast on 34 sts for neck at end of row. 52 ( 55: 56: 59: 61: 64) sts. Slip sts onto a holder.

BACK RIGHT SHOUL­DER

Us­ing 3.5mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles, cast on 17 ( 20: 21: 24: 26: 29) sts. Row 1 (WS): Knit. Row 2 (RS): Knit. Change to 4mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles. Next row: K2, P to end. Next row (RS): (K2, skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, K2) 1 (2:2: 2:2:3) times, K8 (2:3:6:8:2). Last 2 rows set pat­tern place­ment. Cont to work in patt as set un­til piece meas 2cm, end­ing with a RS row. Next row (WS): Patt to end, cast on 1 st. 18 ( 21: 22: 25: 27: 30) sts. Next row (RS): Patt to end.

BACK YOKE

Beg with a WS row, cont as folls over all sts: Next row (WS): From Right Shoul­der sts: K2, P to end; from Left Shoul­der sts: P to last 2 sts, K2. 70 ( 76: 78: 84: 88: 94) sts. Next row (RS): K8 (2:3:6:8:2), (K2, skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, K2) 6 (8:8:8:8:10) times, K8 (2:3:6:8:2). Next row: K2, P to last 2 sts, K2. Last 2 rows set pat­tern place­ment. Cont to work patt as set over all sts un­til piece meas 15 ( 16: 15: 15: 15: 14) cm, end­ing with a WS row. Inc row (RS): K8 (2:3:6:8:2), K2, M1, skpo, yo, K1, K2­tog, M1, K2, (K2, skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, M1, K2) 5 (7:7:7:7:9) times, K8 (2:3:6:8:2). 77 ( 85: 87: 93: 97: 105) sts. Next row: K2, P to last 2 sts, K2. Next row: K8 (2: 3:6:8:2), K1, (K2, skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, K3) 6 (8:8:8:8:10) times, K8 (2:3: 6:8:2). Last 2 rows set pat­tern place­ment. Cont to work in pat­tern as set, AT THE SAME TIME when piece meas 17 ( 18: 17: 17: 17: 16) cm, inc 1 st for each arm­hole on the next RS row as folls: Inc row: K2, M1, patt to last 2 sts, M1, K2. 2 sts inc’d. Re­peat inc ev­ery RS row 1 (1:4:6:7:10) more times, work­ing new sts into st st and cont to work 2 edge sts in garter st through­out. 81 ( 89: 97: 107: 113: 127) sts. Work 1 WS row.

SHAPE ARM­HOLE

Next row (RS): Cast on 2 (2:3:3:5:7) sts at end of row for arm­hole. 83 ( 91: 100: 110: 118: 134) sts. Next row (WS): Cast on 2 (2:3:3:5:7) sts at end of row for arm­hole. 85 ( 93: 103: 113: 123: 141) sts. Slip sts onto a holder.

RIGHT FRONT

Us­ing 3.5mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles, cast on 17 ( 20: 21: 24: 26: 29) sts. Row 1 (WS): Knit. Row 2 (RS): Knit. Change to 4mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles. Next row: P to last 2 sts, K2. Next row: K8 (2: 3:6:8:2), (K2, skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, K2) 1(2:2:2:2:3) times.

NEE­DLES & AC­CES­SORIES

3.5mm (UK 10-9/US 4) cir­cu­lar nee­dles, 80cm long 1 set 3.5mm (UK 10-9/US 4) dou­ble­pointed nee­dles (DPNs) 4mm (UK 8/US 6) cir­cu­lar nee­dles, 80cm long 1 set 4mm (UK 8/US 6) dou­ble-pointed nee­dles (DPNs) Stitch mark­ers and stitch hold­ers 6 (6:6:7:7:7) but­tons

TEN­SION

21 sts and 28 rows to 10cm over st st on 4mm nee­dles

YARN STOCK­ISTS

DROPS De­sign c/o Wool Ware­house 01926 882 818 www.wool­ware­house.co.uk Last 2 rows set pat­tern. Cont to work in patt as set un­til piece meas 5 (5:5:7:7:7) cm. SHAPE NECK Cast on 1 st at the end of next 4 RS rows, 2 sts at end of foll 3 RS rows, and 13 sts at the end of the next RS row, bring­ing new sts into pat­tern. 40 ( 43: 44: 47: 49: 52) sts. Next row (WS): K5,P to last 2 sts,K 2. Next row: K8 (2:3: 6:8:2), (K2, skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, K2) 3 (4:4:4:4:5) times, K5. Last 2 rows set pat­tern. Con­tinue to work as set un­til piece meas 15 ( 16: 15: 15: 15: 14) cm, AT THE SAME TIME plac­ing a but­ton­hole as folls on the next row, and then ev­ery 7 ( 7 :8:7: 7 : 8) cm, 5 (5:5:6: 6:6) more times: But­ton­hole row (WS): P2, K2­tog, yo, P to last 2 sts, K2. When piece meas 15 ( 16: 15: 15: 15: 14) cm, in­cas folls: Inc row (RS): K8(2:3:6:8:2), (K2, skpo, yo, K 1, yo, K2­tog, M1,K 2)3(4:4:4:4:5) times, K5. 43 ( 47: 48: 51: 53: 57) sts. Next row (WS):K5,P to last 2 sts,K 2. Next row: K8 ( 2:3: 6:8:2), (K2, skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, K3) 3 (4:4:4:4: 5) times, K5. Last 2 rows set pat­tern. Cont to work pat­tern and but­ton­holes as set, AT THE SAME TIME when piece meas 17 ( 18: 17: 17: 17: 16) cm, inc 1 st for arm­hole on the next RS row as folls: SHAPE ARM­HOLE Inc row (RS): K2, M1, patt to last 5 sts, K5. 1 st inc’d. Re­peat inc ev­ery RS row 1 (1:4:6:7: 10) more times, work­ing new sts into st st and cont to work 2 edge sts in garter st through­out. 45 ( 49: 53: 58: 61: 68) sts. Next row (WS): Cast on 2 (2:3:3:5:7) sts at the end of row. 47 ( 51: 56: 61: 66: 75) sts. Slip sts onto a holder.

LEFT FRONT

Us­ing17 ( 20: 21: 3.5mm24: 26: cir­cu­lar29) sts. nee­dles, cast on Row 1 (WS): Knit. Row 2 (RS): Knit. Change to 4mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles. Next row (WS): K2, P to end. Next row (RS): (K2, skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, K2) 1 (2: 2:2:2:3) times, K8 (2:3:6:8:2). Last 2 rows set pat­tern. Cont to work in patt as set un­til piece meas 5 ( 5:5:7:7:7) cm. SHAPE NECK Cast on 1 st at the ndend of next 4 WS rows, 2 sts at end of foll 3 WS rows, and 13 sts at the end of the next WS row, bring­ing new sts into pat­tern. 40 ( 43: 44: 47: 49: 52) sts. Next row (RS): K5, (K2, skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, K2) 3 (4:4:4:4:5) times, K8 (2:3:6:8:2). Next row: K2, P to last 5 sts, K5. Last 2 rows set pat­tern. Cont to work as set un­til piece meas 15 ( 16: 15: 15: 15: 14) cm. Inc row (RS): K5, (K2, M1, skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, K2) 3 (4:4:4:4:5) times, K8 (2:3:6:8:2). 43 ( 47: 48: 51: 53: 57) sts. Next row (WS): K2, P to last 5 sts, K5. Next row: K5, (K3, skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, K2) 3 ( 4:4:4:4:5) times, K8 ( 2:3:6:8:2). Last 2 rows set pat­tern. Cont to work as set, AT THE SAME TIME when piece meas 17( 18: 17: 17: 17: 16) cm, inc 1 st for arm­hole on the next RS row as folls: SHAPE ARM­HOLE Inc row (RS): K5, patt to last 2 sts, M1, K2. 1 st inc’d. Re­peat inc ev­ery RS row 1 (1:4:6:7:10) more times, work­ing new sts into st st and cont to work 2 edge sts in garter st through­out. 45 ( 49: 53: 58: 61: 68) sts. Work 1 WS row. Next row (RS): Cast on 2 (2:3: 3:5:7) sts at the end of row. 47 ( 51: 56: 61: 66: 75) sts. Work 1 WS row. Slip sts onto a holder.

BODY

Us­ing 4mm nee­dles and with RS fac­ing, cont in patt as set, work 47 ( 51: 56: 61: 66: 75) sts from Left Front Piece, pm, work 85 ( 93: 103: 113: 123: 141) sts from Back Piece, pm, work 47 ( 51: 56: 61: 66: 75) sts from Right Front Piece. 179 ( 195: 215: 235: 255: 291) sts. Cont to work straight in patt as set un­til piece meas 14 ( 15: 16: 17: 18: 19) cm, AT THE SAME TIME when piece meas 2cm, dec 1 st on each side of both mrks as folls: Dec row: * Patt to 2 sts be­fore mrk, K2­tog, slm, skpo; rep from * once more. 4 sts dec’d. Re­peat Dec row ev­ery 2 ( 2: 2 : 2 :3: 3 ) cm, 6 (5:5: 5: 5:4) more times. 151 ( 171: 191: 211: 231: 271) sts. When piece meas 14 ( 15: 16: 17: 18: 19) cm, re­move mrks and be­gin charts as folls: BE­GIN CHART A Next row (RS): K5, work Chart A to last 5 sts, work­ing the rep box 13 ( 15: 17: 19: 21: 25) times, K5. Last row sets Chart A place­ment. Cont to work as set un­til all 64 rows of Chart A have been worked. 207 ( 235: 263: 291: 319: 375) sts. BE­GIN CHART B Next row (RS): K5, work Chart B to last 5 sts, work­ing the rep box 13 ( 15: 17: 19: 21: 25) times, K5. Last row sets Chart B place­ment. Cont to work as set un­til all 26 rows of Chart B have been worked. Change to 3.5mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles. Rib row 1 (RS): K5, (K1, P1) to last 6 sts, K6. Rib row 2: K5, (P1 ,K1) to last 6 sts, P1, K5. Rep Rib row 1 once more. Loosely cast off sts in garter st and rib as set.

SLEEVES

(both alike) Us­ing 4mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles, cast on 23 ( 25: 27: 31: 33: 37) sts, in­sert­ing a mrk af­ter stitch 3 ( 4:5: 7:8: 10) and af­ter stitch 20 ( 21: 22: 24: 25: 27). Work­ing in st st back and forth, in­crease for sleeve cap as folls, AT THE SAME TIME when work meas 2cm, be­gin work­ing

Chart C on the 17 sts be­tween mrks: Cast on 3 sts at the beg of next 2 ( 2: 4: 10: 8: 6) rows. 29 ( 31: 39: 61: 57: 55) sts. Cast on 2 st at the beg of next 14 ( 16: 12: 2:2:0) rows. 57 ( 63: 63: 65: 61: 55) sts. Cast on 1 st at the beg of next 8 ( 6: 10: 14: 18: 28) rows. 65 ( 69: 73: 79: 79: 83) sts. Cast on 2 (2:3:3:5:7) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 69 ( 73: 79: 85: 89: 97) sts. Change to 4mm DPNs (if pre­ferred) and join to work in the round, plac­ing a marker at beg of round. Cont to work in st st and Chart C un­til all 46 rounds of Chart C have been worked once. Next round: K32 ( 34: 37: 40: 42: 46), skpo, yo, K1, yo, K2­tog, K to end of round. Next round: Knit. Rep last 2 rounds through­out, AT THE SAME TIME when piece meas 12 ( 12: 13: 13: 14: 16) cm, dec 2 sts for Sleeve as folls: Dec round: Skpo, K to last 2 sts, K2­tog. Re­peat Dec round ev­ery 2 ( 2 :2: 2:2: 1 ) cm 14 ( 15: 16: 18: 19: 22) more times. 39 ( 41: 45: 47: 49: 51) sts. Cont straight un­til Sleeve meas 56 ( 55: 55: 55: 55: 55) cm. Change to 3.5mm DPNs. Work 4 rounds in garter st. Loosely cast off knit­wise.

MAK­ING UP

Sew shoul­der seams in­side cast-off edge. Place sleeve ap­prox. 0.5cm in un­der garter st edg­ing along arm­hole and fas­ten neatly so the garter st shows. Re­peat for other side. NECK EDGE Us­ing 3.5mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles and with RS fac­ing, pick up 110 ( 112: 112: 114: 114: 116) sts around neck edge. Knit 3 rows. Loosely cast off knit­wise. Sew but­tons on to left band. Weave in ends and gen­tly block to mea­sure­ments, fol­low­ing any yarn care in­struc­tions on the ball band.

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