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Flairey Cardigan

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When you want a cardigan with a touch of something special, Flairey is your choice! The majority of the cardigan is worked in simple stockinette stitch, but the cuffs and hems are jazzed up with an easy bobble and lace pattern. The result is a better-than-basic throwover that goes with tops, shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, dresses, and anything else you want to layer it with – including its sister, the Flairey Sweater!

1 (2, 3, 4, 5) {6, 7, 8, 9}

When cardigan is buttoned closed
30.5 (34.5, 38.5, 42.25, 46.25) {50.25, 54.25, 58, 62}” / 77.5 (87.5, 97.5, 107.5, 117.5) {127.5, 137.5, 147.5, 157.5}cm

It is recommended to choose a size that will give you between -2 and +2” / -5 and +5cm of ease at your full bust point. Sample pictured is Size 3, worn with + 1” / 2.5cm of ease (on a 37.5” / 95cm full bust). If you are between sizes through the full bust point, it is recommended to choose a size based on your preferred finished upper sleeve circumference.

See Notes (final note) for more details about yardage requirements.
1095 1235, 1375, 1525, 1650 {1795, 1920, 2105, 2225}yds / 1000 1130, 1260, 1395, 1510 {1640, 1755, 1925, 2035}m
of heavy fingering weight / 4ply yarn. As this cardigan is knit at a loose gauge for fingering weight / 4ply yarn, please swatch carefully with thinner yarns to ensure you are happy with the “airiness” of the finished fabric.

Sample was knit using Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4ply (100% wool; 787yds / 720m per 200g) in colourway 342 Ghost.

– For main fabric: US 5 / 3.75mm needle, OR size to obtain gauge, at least 32” / 80cm length circular needle, plus optional double-pointed needles for sleeves
– For hem, cuffs, and neck and button bands: US 4 / 3.5mm needle, OR 1 size smaller than size to obtain gauge, at least 32” / 80cm length circular needle, plus optional double-pointed needles for cuffs
– Optional for bobbles: US E / 3.5mm crochet hook OR equivalent size to smaller needle (see Stitch Help, page 3 of pdf)

– 8 small buttons, each approximately 0.5” / 1.5cm in diameter (please note that you may need less or more buttons if you decide to alter the length of your cardigan)
– For sewing on the buttons: matching colour of embroidery floss / sewing thread to colour of yarn used for cardigan (alternatively you can try splitting your yarn and using just 1 or 2 plies of the yarn threaded onto your tapestry needle)
– 2 lengths of waste yarn or spare interchangeable needle cables
– 8 fixed stitch markers
– Removable stitch markers or progress keepers
– Scissors
– Tape measure
– Tapestry needle

24 stitches x 32 rows = 4” / 10cm square in stockinette stitch using larger size needle, worked flat and relaxed after blocking

Any variations in gauge may affect your final yardage requirements and measurements!

Note: Sometimes when we work a small circumference in the round, our tension can tighten up. If this occurs while you are knitting your sleeves, you will need to adjust your needle size accordingly (going up 1 needle size tends to help enough) so that the blocked stockinette gauge of your sleeves will also match the blocked stockinette gauge of your cardigan body.

When swatching, it is also recommended to take note of your pre-blocked gauge so that you know how much your finished garment will stretch after blocking. This difference is particularly useful to know if you like measuring your project to check its lengths while knitting, instead of counting the rows worked.

– Flairey is worked seamlessly from the top down. Stitches for the back, fronts, sleeves and raglan seams are cast on first and worked flat. When the neckline increases are completed, the shaping is continued along the raglan seams only. Then, when all of the remaining increases are completed, the sleeve stitches are placed on hold, stitches are cast on at the underarm points, and the body and hem of the cardigan are worked flat. Each set of sleeve stitches is then returned one at a time to the needles, with stitches picked up and knit at the underarms, and the sleeves and cuffs are worked top down, in the round. Lastly, stitches are picked up and knit along the entire opening of the cardigan, and the neck and button bands are worked flat. Buttonholes are made during the button band instructions, and buttons are sewn on to correspond with their placement.

– Instructions are provided in a fully written format, with optional charts for the bobble and lace details, and additional diagram and table representations of the raglan and neckline shaping.

– The subtle waist and hip shaping included in the pattern is entirely optional. The yardages given are for a cardigan knit without waist and hip shaping to ensure you’ll have enough yarn to complete your project, whether including the shaping or not (sample is shown with shaping). See BODY instructions (page 7 of pdf) for more details on this, as well as details on altering the length of your cardigan (altering the length may affect your yardage and button / buttonhole requirements). You can also alter the length of your sleeves if desired - see SLEEVES instructions (page 8 of pdf) for details.

– Long tail cast on method
– Cable cast on method, purl version
– Bind off
– MB: Make Bobble (choice of crocheted and knitted versions)

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