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Colorblock Cardigan

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The Colorblock Cardigan is knit flat from the bottom up. Beginning with ribbing that is maintained along each edge of the cardigan’s opening, the piece is worked in large blocks of color, changing every 5”. The fronts and back are knit separately with short row shoulder shaping, then seamed together with a Three Needle BO. The sleeves are picked up in the round and worked with no decreases until the wrist cuff to make a subtle but stylish balloon shape. Lastly, the ribbing sections on either side of the cardigan’s front opening are connected to the back neckline for a smooth transition from front to back. All instructions for these techniques are included in the pattern.

SIZES: XS (S, M, L, 1XL)( 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) = 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)(54, 58, 62, 66)” / 86 (96.5, 106.5, 117, 127)(137, 147, 157.5, 168) cm bust, includes 4”/10 cm positive ease.

GAUGE: 18 sts x 24 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette on larger needles.

YARN: 5 colors of Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk (153 yards/140 meters, 25g/0.88 oz) held double, or any fluffy sport weight yarn held double or aran weight yarn held single that obtains gauge.

NOTE: The following yrds/m totals are estimates based on a sport weight yarn held double project. To calculate yardage for aran weight option, divide all totals by 2.

Estimated total yrds/m for sport weight held double: 1580 (1760, 2130, 2220, 2450)(2640, 2910, 3210, 3500) yrds / 1445 (1600, 1948, 2030, 2240)(2323, 2661, 2935, 3200) m

Pattern includes detailed chart with estimated yardage, meters, balls per color.

NEEDLES:
Larger Needles: US size #8 (5 mm) 32-60” circular needles for body and dpns for sleeves, plus third needle of same size for Three Needle BO, or any size necessary to obtain gauge.
Smaller Needles: US size #7 (4.5 mm) dpns for sleeve ribbing, or any size necessary to obtain gauge.

OTHER MATERIALS: Stitch markers (4), darning needle, scrap yarn or stitch holders.

SKILLS NEEDED:
Knitting flat and in the round
Ribbing
Decreases
German Short Rows
Three Needle BO
Picking up sts
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