You'll be tick­led pink with the lace de­tail on the cuffs and waist­line of this sweet cardi­gan

With its pretty lace trim and flat­ter­ing tai­lor­ing, this cardi is sure to be­come a wardrobe sta­ple. By Pa­tons

Knit Today Magazine - - CONTENTS - SO­PHIE, OPER­A­TIONS ED­I­TOR Pat­tern from Pa­tons Smoothie DK Sum­mer Lace Knits (4017), £2.95 www.coatscrafts.co.uk

SKILL LEVEL

IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE

TECH­NIQUES A SIM­PLE LACE A SHAP­ING

"I love the lace de­tail on

this pretty cardi. It looks great with a sum­mer dress or worn

over your favourite tee"

This beau­ti­ful lace-edged

cardi­gan is so ver­sa­tile. Pretty and prac­ti­cal, it's sim­ple enough for ev­ery­day wear and easy to dress up for the evening. Worked in lux­u­ri­ously smooth Pa­tons Smoothie DK you'll find this cardi a plea­sure to knit and wear. If pink's not your colour, Smoothie DK is avail­able in lots of lovely shades so there are plenty of al­ter­na­tives to choose from.

Ma­te­ri­als

Yarn 5 ( 6:6: 7: 7: 8) x 100g balls of Pa­tons Smoothie DK in Bright Pink (2008)

Nee­dles 1 pair 3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) and 1 pair 4mm (UK 8, US 6) knit­ting nee­dles (or size needed to give cor­rect tension)

Ac­ces­sories 1 stitch holder 1 wool nee­dle 1 but­ton

Yarn de­tail

Pa­tons Smoothie DK www.coatscrafts.co.uk 01484 681881 100% acrylic

Tension

21 sts and 32 rows to 10cm or 4in over the pat­tern, us­ing 4mm nee­dles.

Pa ern not

When in­struc­tions read 'cast off 2 sts' (or sim­i­lar stitches), the stitch left on the right-hand nee­dle, af­ter cast­ing off, is counted as one stitch.

Spe­cial ab­bre­vi­a­tions

ybk yarn back: take yarn un­der nee­dle from purling po­si­tion into knit­ting po­si­tion yft yarn front: bring yarn un­der nee­dle from knit­ting po­si­tion into purling po­si­tion

Turn to page 84 for full list of ab­bre­vi­a­tions

MAT­TRESS STITCH SEAM

This seam is worked with RS of work fac­ing. Be­gin by bring­ing yarn up in the first row, be­tween the first and sec­ond stitch. Insert the nee­dle down in the cor­re­spond­ing po­si­tion on the sec­ond piece and bring up two loops (two rows) above. Re-insert down in the first piece where the yarn orig­i­nally was drawn up, pass nee­dle un­der two rows and up to front of work. Re­peat this zig-zag ac­tion, al­ways tak­ing the nee­dle un­der loops that cor­re­spond ex­actly to the op­po­site side. Work loosely, leav­ing seam stitches ap­prox­i­mately 1cm or less than ½in wide. When seam is about 2cm (¾in) long, pull thread gen­tly to close seam. When seam is com­plete, sew in ends. Keep the work elas­tic – there should be as much stretch in your seam as there is in the knit­ted item.

PAT­TERN

Row 1 (RS): K2, *yf, sl1, k2­tog, psso, yfwd, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, yf, sl1, k1, psso, k1. Row 2: K1, purl to last st, k1. Row 3: K1, k2­tog, yf, k1, *yf, sl 1, k2­tog, psso, yf, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 4: As row 2. Rows 1 to 4 form the pat­tern.

BACK

Us­ing 4mm nee­dles, cast on 93 ( 105: 113: 125: 133: 145) sts. Knit 5 rows garter st (first row is WS).

Be­gin pat­tern: Work in patt un­til work meas ap­prox 11.5cm (4½in) from beg, end­ing with a 4th row. Work in st st un­til work meas for Reg­u­lar Length 34cm (13½in) or for Long Length 42cm (16½in) from beg, end­ing with a P row.

SHAPE ARM­HOLE

Cast off 6 ( 8: 9: 10: 11: 13) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 81 ( 89: 95: 105: 111: 119) sts** If de­sired, for fully fash­ioned shap­ing, work de­creases on RS rows as fol­lows: K2, sl1, K1, psso, knit to last 4 sts, k2­tog, k2. On WS rows, purl.

Dec 1 st at each end of ev­ery row un­til 75 ( 83: 85: 95: 101: 109) sts rem, then on ev­ery

foll alt row un­til 69 ( 73: 77: 85: 89: 93) sts rem. Cont with­out shap­ing un­til arm­hole mea­sures 11 ( 12: 13: 13: 14: 14) cm, 4¼ ( 4¾ : 5:

5: 5½: 5½ ) in, end­ing with a purl row. Be­gin yoke pat­tern:

Row 1 (RS): K2, *yf, sl1, k2­tog, psso, yf, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, yf, sl1, k1, psso, k1. Row 2: K1, purl to last st, k1. Row 3: K1, k2­tog, yf, k1, *yf, sl1, k2­tog, psso, yf, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 4: As 2nd row. Rows 1 to 4 form yoke patt. Cont in yoke patt un­til arm­hole mea­sures 20 ( 21: 22: 23: 24: 25) cm, 8 ( 8¼ :8¾: 9: 9½: 9¾ ) in, work­ing last row on WS.

SHAPE SHOUL­DERS

Note: Care must be taken when shap­ing in this pat­tern stitch. Do not work yfs un­less you have suf­fi­cient sts to work, k2­tog, sl1, k1, psso or sl1, k2­tog, psso to com­pen­sate for them, and vice versa. Cast off 7 ( 7:7: 9: 9: 9) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then 6 ( 6:6: 8: 8: 8) sts at beg of foll 2 rows. Leave rem 43 ( 47: 51: 51: 55: 59) sts on a stitch holder.

LEFT FRONT

Us­ing 4mm nee­dles, cast on 45 ( 49: 53: 61: 65: 73) sts. Knit 5 rows garter st (first row is WS).

Be­gin patt: Work in pat­tern as for back un­til work mea­sures 11.5cm (4½in) from beg, end­ing with a 4th row. Work in st st un­til work meas for reg­u­lar length 34cm (13½in) or for long length 42cm (16½in) from be­gin­ning end­ing with a purl row.**

SHAPE ARM­HOLE

Cast off 6 ( 8: 9: 10: 11: 13) sts at beg of next row. 39 ( 41: 44: 51: 54: 60) sts Work 1 row. Dec one st at arm­hole edge in ev­ery row 3 ( 3:5: 5: 5: 5) times, then in ev­ery foll alt row 3 ( 5:4: 5: 6: 8) times, AT SAME TIME dec 1 st at neck edge in ev­ery row 13 ( 9: 11: 15: 17: 23) times, then in ev­ery foll alt row un­til 13 ( 13: 13: 17: 17: 17) sts rem. Work 1 row, or con­tinue with­out shap­ing un­til arm­hole mea­sures same as back to beg of yoke patt, end­ing with a purl row.

Be­gin yoke patt:

Work in yoke patt as for back un­til arm­hole mea­sures same as back to be­gin­ning of shoul­der shap­ing, end­ing with same patt row on the wrong side.

SHAPE SHOUL­DER

Cast off 7 ( 7:7: 9: 9: 9) sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 6 ( 6:6: 8: 8: 8) sts.

RIGHT FRONT

Work as for Left Front to **. Work 1 row.

SHAPE ARM­HOLE

Cast off 6 ( 8: 9: 10: 11: 13) sts at beg of next row. 39 ( 41: 44: 51: 54: 60) sts Dec one st at arm­hole edge in ev­ery row 3 ( 3:5: 5: 5: 5) times, then in ev­ery foll alt row 3 ( 5:4: 5: 6: 8) times, AT SAME TIME dec one st at neck edge in ev­ery row 13 ( 9: 11: 15: 17: 23) times, then in ev­ery foll alt row un­til 13 ( 13: 13: 17: 17: 17) sts rem. Work 1 row, or cont with­out shap­ing un­til arm­hole mea­sures same as Back to be­gin­ning of yoke pat­tern, end­ing with a purl row.

Be­gin yoke patt:

Work in yoke patt as for Back un­til arm­hole meas same as Back to beg of shoul­der shap­ing, end­ing with same patt row on wrong side. Work 1 row.

SHAPE SHOUL­DER

Cast off 7 ( 7:7: 9: 9: 9) sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 6 ( 6:6: 8: 8: 8) sts.

SLEEVES

Us­ing 4mm nee­dles, cast on 45 ( 49: 49: 53: 53: 57) sts. Knit 5 rows garter st (1st row is WS).

Be­gin patt: Work 8 rows in patt. Cont in patt and work­ing ex­tra sts into patt, inc one st at each end of next row, then in ev­ery foll 12th ( 12th: 8th: 8th: 6th: 6th) row un­til there are 49 ( 53: 59: 59: 61: 65) sts. Cont in patt with­out shap­ing un­til work mea­sures ap­prox 11.5 cm (4½in) from beg, end­ing with a 4th row. Work in st st for rem, inc one st at each end of 3rd row, then in ev­ery foll: 14th ( 12th: 10th: 8th: 6th) row un­til there are 61 ( 67: 73: 79: 87: 91) sts. Con­tinue with­out shap­ing un­til work mea­sures 43cm (17in) from beg, end­ing with a purl row.

SHAPE TOP

Cast off 3 ( 4:5: 6: 6: 7) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 55 ( 59: 63: 67: 75: 77) sts Dec one st at each end of next row, then in ev­ery foll 4th row un­til 41 ( 45: 49: 55: 69: 71) sts rem, then in ev­ery foll alt row un­til 31 ( 31: 33: 33: 33: 33) sts rem. Work 1 row. Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 4 rows. Cast off rem 15 ( 15: 17: 17: 17: 17) sts.

NECK­BAND

Us­ing mat­tress stitch seam, join shoul­der seams. With RS fac­ing and us­ing 3.25mm nee­dles, pick up and knit 42 ( 44: 46: 48: 50: 52) sts evenly along right front neck, ty­ing a coloured thread on st at beg of yoke patt, knit across sts from back stitch holder, then pick up and knit 42 ( 44: 46: 48: 50: 52) sts evenly along left front neck, ty­ing a coloured thread on st at beg of yoke patt. 127 ( 135: 143: 147: 155: 163) sts

Row 1 (WS): Knit. Row 2: Knit to within 2 sts of first coloured thread, k2­tog, k1 (st marked with coloured thread), k2­tog, knit to within 2 sts of sec­ond coloured thread, k2­tog, k1 (st marked with coloured thread), k2­tog, knit to end. Rep 2nd row 3 times more. (5 rows in all). Cast off knit­ways.

RIGHT FRONT BAND

With RS fac­ing and us­ing 3.25mm nee­dles, pick up and knit for reg­u­lar length 75 sts or for long length 91 sts evenly along right front edge and side edge of neck­band. Knit 2 rows garter st.

Row 3 (but­ton­hole): K3, yf, k2­tog, knit to end. Knit 2 rows garter st. Cast off knit­ways.

LEFT FRONT BAND

Work to cor­re­spond with Right Front Band, omit­ting but­ton­hole.

MAKING UP

Join side and sleeve seams. Sew in sleeves. Sew on but­ton. Sew in all ends.

This cardi­gan is so well­tai­lored – it sits beau­ti­fully across the shoul­ders

Pretty lace cuffs give this stylish cardi­gan that lit­tle some­thing ex­tra

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