Knitting Gauge: 23 sts x 30 rows on needles size 3.5 mm in stocking sts = 10 x 10 cm.
20 sts x 27 rows on needles size 4 mm in stocking sts= 10 x 10 cm.
Rib: *K2, P3*, repeat from *-*
Lace Pattern: See diagram M.1 to M.3. The diagrams are seen from the right side.
Increasing tips (for the front edge): Inc inside the outer edge sts at the centre front edge as follows: Make a yo. On the next row twist the yo 1 time and K it.
Bind off tips (for the neckline): Bind off inside the 3 edge sts. All bind off’s to be done from the right side. Bind off as follows after the 3 edge sts: Slip a st as if to knit, K1, psso. Bind off before the 3 edge sts: K2 tog.
Front edge: The front edge is knitted in garter sts up to the neck – to make sure the front edge will look nice knit it a little tight.
Front and Back Piece: The cardigan is knitted forward and backward on circular needles starting from the centre front.
Cast on loosely 207-232-247-277-307-337 sts (inclusive of 5 edge sts each side = centre front) on needles size 3.5 in Silke-Tweed. P 1st row from the wrong side, and continue in Rib with 5 edge sts in garter sts each side (make sure you start and finish the rib with K2 and then the edge sts). When the piece measures 3 cm dec all P3 to P2 = 168-188-200-224-248-272 sts. Continue the rib K2/P2 until the piece measures 10-10-11-11-12-12 cm, make sure the next row starts from the right side. Change to needles size 4 and continue in stocking sts (knit the 5 edge sts in gartr sts) at the same time adjusting the number of sts on row to 167-191-203-227-251-275 – NB: Do not inc. or dec on the front edges.
Please read the rest of the front and back piece section before continuing!
Pattern: When the piece measures 13-14-15-16-17-18 cm knit the next row from the right side as follows: 5 edge sts, M.1A (=16 sts), M.1B over the next 132-156-168-192-216-240 sts, M.1C (= 9 sts) and 5 edge sts. Continue M.1 - 1 repeat. At the same time insert a marking thread 44-50-53-59-65-71 sts in from each side = 79-91-97-109-121-133 sts between the marking threads for the back piece. When finished with M.1 continue in M.2 in the same way: 5 edge sts, M.2A (= 16 sts), M.2B on the next 132-156-168-192-216-240 sts, M.2C (= 9 sts) and 5 edge sts. Continue M.2 until the piece measures 40-41-42-43-44-45 cm (adjust the length to a finished pattern repeat). Continue in M.3 – 1 repeat the same way (5 edge sts at each side). Continue in stocking sts until finished measurements (front edge and sts for the neck knitted in garter sts as explained in the pattern).
Front edge shaping: At the same time when the piece measures 13-14-15-16-18-19 cm inc. for the front edge shaping – see increasing tips – as follows: 1 st on every 4-4-3.5-3.5-3-3 cm a total of 8-8-9-9-10-10 times.
Armholes: At the same time when the piece measures 35-36-37-38-39-40 cm bind off for armholes each side as follows: 6-6-8-8-10-10 sts (3-3-4-4-5-5 sts each side of the marking threads). Continue to knit each piece separately.
Back piece: = 73-85-89-101-111-123 sts. Bind off for armhole each side on every other row as follows: 3 sts 0-0-0-1-1-2 times, 2 sts 0-2-2-3-5-5 times and 1 sts 2-3-4-4-4-6 times = 69-71-73-75-77-79 sts – continue pattern as before but with a seam st each side (all seam sts are knitted in garter sts) -NB: When binding off for armholes K sts not fitting into a hole pattern line. Make sure that the number off sts in the pattern remain constant, i.e. as many yo's as sts knitted tog. After 1 repeat of M.3 continue in stocking sts. When the piece measures 51-53-55-57-59-61 cm knit 4 rows of garter sts over the centre 25-27-27-29-29-31 sts (all other sts are knitted as before). On next row bind off the centre 19-21-21-23-23-25 sts for neck. Continue to bind off 1 st on each neckline – see bind off tips = 24-24-25-25-26-26 sts left on each shoulder. Continue in stocking sts and 3 garter sts at each neck side until the piece measures 54-56-58-60-62-64 cm. Bind off.
Left front: Continue the pattern as before and at the same time continue the inc. for the front edge shaping. At the same time bind off for armhole as done for the back piece. After all inc. and dec. are complete there are 47-48-50-51-53-54 sts left on row (- 1 seam sts, 33-34-35-36-37-38 pattern sts and 13-13-14-14-15-15 garter sts for the edge at the centre front). At the same time after the last inc. on front edge (the piece now measures approx. 41-42-43-44-45-46 cm), bind off the outermost 10-10-11-11-12-12 edge sts at the centre front edge for neck. Continue to bind off 1 st on neckline on every other row – see bind off tips – a total of 13-14-14-15-15-16 times = 24-24-25-25-26-26 sts left for shoulder. When the piece measures 54-56-58-60-62-64 cm bind off remaining sts.
Right front: Knit as left front but reverse.
Sleeve: Knit forward and backward on circular needles. Cast on loosely 77-77-77-92-92-92 sts (inclusive of 1 seam st each side) on needles size 3.5 mm with Silke-Tweed. P 1st row from the wrong side, and continue in Rib with 1 seam st each side. When the piece measures 4 cm dec every 3rd P3 to P2 = 72-72-72-86-86-86 sts. Repeat the dec at 8 and 12 cm and make sure that when all P-reports have been dec to P2, there are K2/P2 over all sts with a seam st each side = 62-62-62-74-74-74 sts. Continue the rib until the piece measures 13-13-14-14-15-15 cm, make sure the next row starts from the right side. Change to knitting needles size 4 and continue in stocking sts at the same time adjusting the number of sts on row to 51-55-57-59-61-63.
Please read the rest of the sleeve section before continuing!
Pattern: When the piece measures 16-16-17-17-18-18 cm knit the next row from the right side as follows: 1 seam st, 0-2-3-4-5-6 sts stocking sts, M.1A (=16 sts), M.1B over the next 24 sts, M.1C (= 9 sts), 0-2-3-4-5-6 sts stocking sts and 1 seam st. Continue M.1 - 1 repeat, and then knit M.2 the same way – remember to knit the inc sts each side in stocking sts – see explanation below. When the piece measures approx. 29-29-30-30-31-31 cm - adjust the length to a finished pattern repeat - continue M.3 - 1 repeat, the same way, and then continue in stocking sts until finished mesurements.
Increasing: At the same time when the piece measures 17-17-18-18-19-19 cm inc 1 st each side a total of 10-11-11-14-15-16 times
Size XS: Alternate between every 4th and 5th row.
Size S: every 4th row.
Size M: Alternate between every 3rd and 4th row.
Size L: Alternate between every 2nd and 3rd row.
Size XL: Every other row.
Size XXL: On every row
= 71-77-79-87-91-95 – knit new sts in stocking sts.
Sleeve cap: When the piece measures 35-34-33-32-30-38 cm bind off for sleeve cap each side on every other row as follows: 4 sts 1 time, 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 2-3-3-4-4-4 times and 1 st 1-3-4-4-7-8 times, continue to bind off 2 sts each side until piece measures 41-42-42-42-42-42 cm. Then bind off each side 3 sts 1 time. When the piece measures 42-43-43-43-43-43 cm bind off the remaining sts. Knit the other sleeve.
Assembly: Sew shoulders seams. Sew the sleeve and the sides tog. inside of the seam sts. Sew in the sleeves.
Button loops: Crochet 3 -4 loops along the right front edge with hook size 3 in Silke-Tweed. Place the top loop approx 0.5 cm from the top of the front edge. Place the other loops with a space of approx 6-8 cm in between.
1 loop = 1 dc in a st, 6 ch, skip 8 rows of garter sts and fasten with a sl st in the next st.
Sew the button on the inside of the left front edge – see picture.
= K from RS, P from WS
= 1 YO
= K2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso
= slip 1 st as if to K, K2 tog, psso