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DROPS Cardigan in Vivaldi

Sizes: S - M - L - XL
Finished measurements: 84-94-104-114 cm [33" - 37" - 41" - 44-7/8"]

Materials: DROPS VIVALDI from Garnstudio
150-200-200-250 gr nr 06, natural.

DROPS 3.5 mm [US 4] circular and double-pointed needles, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.
DROPS 3.5 mm [US E] crochet hook, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.

2-3 DROPS Pearl shell buttons nr 521

Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 5 ft 7 in and uses size S or M. If you are making a sweater, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.

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Gauge: 20 sts x 28 rows = 10 x 10 cm in stockinette st.

Pattern: See charts. The pattern is seen from the right side.

Garter st, when knitting flat: Knit all sts, all rows.

Button band: Knit the 3 button band sts as follows from edge (seen from the right side): K 1 (edge st knit in garter st), K 1 and P 1 (2 sts knit in rib throughout).

Knitting tips (for neckband):
All decs are made from right side. Dec 1 st inside 3 sts knit as follows from edge: K 1 (edge st knit in garter st), K 1, P 1.
After 3 edge sts: Slip 1 st as if to knit, K 1, psso.
Before 3 edge sts: K 2 tog.

Body: Cast on 189-209-229-249 sts on circular needles with 2 strands Vivaldi. Take away one strand and knit 1 row (wrong side row). Establish pattern on the next row as follows: 3 sts buttonband (see instructions above), Pattern 1 over 183-203-223-243 sts, 3 sts buttonband (see instructions above). Knit in pattern as established until piece measures 20 cm, then knit 1 row stockinette st over Pattern 1 sts (keep buttonbands in rib and garter st as established), decreasing 20 sts evenly distributed on the row = 169-189-209-229 sts. Then knit Pattern 2 to finished measurements (buttonbands as before).
Read the entire next section before knitting:
Put a marker 44-49-54-59 sts in from each edge for sides – there will be 81-91-101-111 sts between markers (back).
Neck: When the piece measures 30-31-32-33 cm
dec 1 st at each center front edge for neck every 4 rows 13-14-14-15 times - see knitting tips.
Armhole: At the same time when the piece measures 35-36-37-38 cm bind off 5 sts at each side for armhole (2 sts on front side of the marker and 3 sts on back side of the marker). Knit each piece separately from now on.

Right front: Continue to dec for the neck and at the same time bind off for armhole at the side every other row: 2 sts 0-1-2-4 times and 1 st 2-4-6-6 times. After all armhole and neck shaping is complete, 27-27-28-28 sts remain on shoulder. Do not knit a bobble at armhole, there must be at least 4 sts stockinette st between a bobble and the armhole - at the neck the bobble will disappear in the neck shaping. Bind off the remaining sts when the piece measures 54-56-58-60 cm.

Left front: Knit the same as the right front, reversing all shaping.

Back: = 75-85-95-105 sts. Bind off for armhole at each side as on front = 71-73-75-77 sts remain. When the piece measures 52-54-56-58 cm bind off the center 13-15-15-17 sts for the neck. Then dec 1 st at each neck edge every other row 2 times - see knitting tips = 27-27-28-28 sts remain on each shoulder. Bind off the remaining sts when the piece measures 54-56-58-60 cm.

Sleeve: Cast on 50-50-60-60 sts on double-pointed needles with 2 strands Vivaldi, join and place a marker at the join. Take away 1 strand and P 1 row, then knit Pattern 1 over all sts. When the piece measures 14 cm knit the first 7 rows of Pattern 2, then knit stockinette st.
At the same time after Pattern 1 inc 1 st each side of marker 9-11-8-10 times:
Sizes S and L: every 12 rows.
Sizes M and XL: every 9 rows
= 68-72-76-80 sts. When the piece measures 52-50-48-46 cm bind off 3 sts each side of marker and knit back and forth on needles. Bind off for sleeve cap at each side every other row: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 3-2-2-2 times, 1 st 0-5-7-10 times, then 2 sts at each side until the piece measures 58 cm and then bind off 3 sts 1 time. Bind off the remaining sts, the piece measures approx. 59 cm.

Assembly: Sew shoulder seams. Crochet up along the buttonband, around the neck and down along the other buttonband inside of 1 edge st as follows: 1 sc,
* ch 5, skip over 2 sts/rows around the neck and 4 rows along buttonbands, fasten with 1 sc in the next st *, repeat from * - *. Fasten off.
Start crochet again where neckband begins on right front.
Row 1: 1 sc in ch-loop, * ch 6, fasten with 1 sc in the next ch-loop *, repeat from * - *, finish with ch 1 where neckband begins on left front, turn the work.
Row 2: sl st to center of 1st ch-loop, 1 sc, * ch 3, 1 sc in the next ch-loop, ch 3, 1 sc in the same ch-loop *, repeat from * - *, finish with ch 3, 1 sc in last ch-loop, ch 1, turn the work.
Row 3: sl st to center of 1st ch-loop on previous row, then crochet picot-edge as follows: 1 sc, * ch 3, 1 sc in the first of the 3 ch, fasten with 1 sc in the same ch-loop from previous row, ch 3, 1 sc in the first of the 3 ch, fasten with 1 sc in the next ch-loop from previous row, ch 3, 1 sc in the first of the 3 ch, fasten with 1 sc in the next ch-loop from previous row *, repeat from * - *.
Sew in sleeves. Sew on buttons evenly spaced along Pattern 2 up to where neckband starts. Use the crocheted loops on button bands as buttonholes.


= stockinette st/knit (as seen from the right side)
= reverse stockinette st/purl (as seen from the right side)
= K 2 tog, yo.
= yo, slip 1 as if to knit, K 1, psso
= knit the following 3 sts as follows without slipping off left needle: P 3 tog, K 3 tog and P 3 tog, slip off left needle

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