Colorica Cardigan



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I designed the Colorica Cardigan to be that one sweater you reach for and throw on over everything: one that you can knit over and over in different color combinations, and that is easily knit from stash or from all the gorgeous fade sets out there. With four (short sleeves) or five (long sleeves) colors and a simple openwork pattern for interest, this is the garment that will go with anything in your wardrobe.

The sweater is designed to look like a standard drop shoulder, but because of the way the sleeves are worked, you won’t have the extra fabric that can so often flare out in the back and spoil the line of the garment. It’s cropped, and looks fantastic over longer shirts and dresses, but it’s also very simple to add more length. And I’m already planning on knitting up a one color version!

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To fit bust size (model has a 40 inch bust size and is shown in size 40): 28 {32, 36, 40, 44}, {48, 52, 56, 60} inches; 71 {81.25, 91.5, 101.5, 111.75}, {122, 132, 142.25, 152.5} cm


Because this sweater is designed to hang open in front, the following figures show finished back width measured directly below armscye: about 18.5 {20.5, 22.5, 24.5, 26.5}, {28.5, 30.5, 32.5, 34.5} inches; 47 {52, 57.15, 62.25, 67.3}, {72.4, 77.5, 82.55, 87.6} cm after blocking


Shown (long sleeves): A Verb for Keeping Warm Annapurna [80% Merino wool, 20% Cashmere; 385 yards (352 meters)/3.95 oz (112 g)]; colors : Canyon Rose (C1), Passion Flower (C2), Sandalwood (C3), Chutney (C4), Ripe Currant (C5); 1 {1, 1, 1, 1}, {2, 2, 2, 2} skein(s) each
To use one color, you will need: 1025, {1170, 1330, 1520, 1660}, {1810, 2000, 2175, 2360} yards or 940, {1070, 1216, 1390, 1518}, {1655, 1830, 1990, 2160} meters

Shown (short sleeves): Anzula Squishy [80% Superwash Merino wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 385 yards (352 meters)/3.95 oz (112 g)]; colors : Seaside (C1), Tan (C2), Toffee (C3), Maple (C4); 1 {1, 1, 1, 1}, {2, 2, 2, 2} skein(s) each

To use one color, you will need: 815, {920, 1070, 1230, 1350}, {1485, 1640, 1800, 1970} yards or 746, {842, 980, 1125, 1235}, {1358, 1500, 1646, 1802} meters

US #4/3.5mm circular knitting needles, 32 inch or longer + 16 inch; US #3/3.25mm circular needles, 32 inch or longer + 16 inch; one set US #4/3.5mm double pointed needles (dpns) for sleeves; one set US #3/3.25mm dpns for back neckline and sleeves

smooth cotton waste yarn; optional size E crochet hook for provisional cast on; 2 x 24 inch spare circular needles size US #4/3.5mm or smaller, stitch markers (locking and traditional); tapestry needle


24 sts/ 30 rows = 4″/10cm in stockinette stitch on US #4/3.5mm needles after blocking where blocking consists of wetting swatch and pushing into shape to dry. Every knitter’s gauge is different; please check gauge!

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