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Knitting Gauge: 23 sts x 30 rows on needles size 3.5 mm with Alpaca in stocking sts = 10 x 10 cm.
Bind off (for the armhole):
Bind off inside K5 sts. All bind off’s should be done from the right side. Bind off as follows after 5 sts: Slip 1 st. as if to knit, K1 psso. Bind off as follows before the 5 sts: K2 tog.
Rib: *K2, P2*, repeat from *-*.
Back piece: Cast on 82-92-100-112-124-138 sts (inclusive of 1 seam sts each side – all seam sts are knitted in garter st throughout) on needles size 3.5 with Alpaca.
Knit in stocking sts with a seam st each side. When the piece measures 5 cm inc. 1 st each side on every 2-2-2-2.5-2.5-2.5 cm a total of 6 times = 94-104-112-124-136-150 sts. When the piece measures 17-18-19-20-21-22 cm bind off each side for armhole: 5-7-8-10-13-17 sts 1 time. Continue to bind off 1 st for armhole on every 4th row – see bind off tips – 2-4-5-8-10-12 times = 80-82-86-88-90-92 sts. When the piece measures 33-35-37-39-41-43 cm bind off the centre 28-30-30-32-32-32 sts for neck. Continue to bind off at each neck side on every other row 1 st 2 times = 24-24-26-26-27-28 sts left for each shoulder. Bind off when the piece measures 35-37-39-41-43-45 cm.
Left front: Cast on 22-22-25-26-28-30 sts (inclusive of 1 seam st at the side) on needles size 3.5 with Alpaca.
Please read all of the next section before continuing!
Insert a marking thread inside the outermost st mid front. Continue in stocking sts – at the same time inc for the rounded edge mid front as follows: Cast on new sts on every other row (i.e. at the end of every row towards mid front) 3 sts 3-4-4-5-5-6 times, 2 sts 2-3-4-5-7-8 times and 1 st 9-9-8-8-8-8 times – after the last inc. insert a marking thread inside the outermost st mid front.
Increases at side: At the same time when the piece measures 4 cm inc. at the side as done for the back piece. After all inc. are complete there are 50-55-59-65-71-78 sts on needle.
Neck shaping: When the piece measures 17-17-18-19-20-21 cm bind off for neck mid front. Bind off on every 4th row: 1 st 3-3-4-4-5-5 times, on every other row: 1 st 13-13-12-12-11-11 times and then on every 4th row again: 1 st 3-4-4-5-5-5 times.
Armholes: At the same time when the piece measures 17-18-19-20-21-22 cm bind off for armhole as done for the back piece. When all dec for the neck and armhole are complete there are 24-24-26-26-27-28 sts left for shoulder. Bind off when the piece measures 35-37-39-41-43-45 cm.
Right front: Knit as left front, but reverse.
Sleeve: Cast on 70-74-78-86-90-94 sts (inclusive of 1 seam st each side) on 2 needles size 3.5 with Vivaldi (use both needles to ensure the edge becomes stretchy). Remove 1 needle and knit 4 rows stocking sts (= roll over edge). Change to Alpaca and continue in Rib with a seam st each side. When the rib measures 3 cm knit 2 rows of garter sts and continue in stocking sts. At the same time after the 2 rows of garter sts bind off for sleeve cap each side on every other row as follows: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 3-3-4-4-4-5 times and 1 st 4-4-6-6-7-8 times. Continue to bind off 2 sts each side until the piece measures 11-12-13-14-15-17 cm. Then bind off each side 3 sts 1 time. Bind off the remaining sts when the piece measures 12-13-14-15-16-18 cm.
Assembly: Sew the shoulders. Sew in the sleeves and then sew the sides and the sleeve together.
Rib: pick up approx 344-368-384-416-440-464 sts (divisible by 4) along the whole edge on circular needles size 3.5 with Alpaca (begin at the centre back) – Note: Make sure to pick up enough sts (28-28-30-30-32-32 sts) between the marking threads on both front pieces so that the rib doesn't become too tight. Knit round as follows: P 1 round, K 1 round and continue in rib. When the rib measures 3 cm change to Vivaldi. Knit 4 rounds of stocking sts and bind off loosely.
To ensure the edge doesn't become too tight make a yo after every 8th st while binding off (knit and bind off the yo's as sts).
The cardigan may be held together with a pin, a kilt pin or a brooch.