The Cardigan That Lived
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The Cardigan That Lived is the sister pattern to ‘The Sweater That Lived’ released in December 2018.
The Cardigan That Lived is inspired by a young boy who learned he was a wizard. The colour work yoke features his iconic lightning bolt scar, along with his round glasses and the mystical stag form, produced when he casts a particularly powerful spell.
The cardigan is knitted top down and in the round, with a steek panel. The panel is then steeked to create the cardigan, before the addition of buttonholes.
By omitting the steek panel, this cardigan can be knitted as a DK weight sweater instead
Truly Hooked DK (100% superwash merino, 225m per 100g)
two contrasting colours are required for this cardigan
As this pattern features colourwork that is steeked, its ideal to use a non-superwash yarn with woolly fibres, as this will help the stitches felt together and make your steeked edge more secure. However, this is not essential. As long as your steeked edges are properly secured (either by hand or using a sewing machine) then you dont have to be tied to a woolly yarn. Avoid slippery fibres like silk, or bamboo and ensure you create a fabric that has a little stretch acorss the colourwork, but isnt gappy and drapey when worn.
Testers used the following yarns (this list is not exhaustive):
Aldi So Crafty DK
Hayfield Bonus Glitter DK
RIverknits BFL DK
Truly Hooked merino DK
King Cole Panache DK
Stylecraft Special DK
Sizes (finished size with an inch or two of ease included):
32 (35, 37.75, 40, 43) (45.75, 48.75, 51.75 54.5) (57.5, 60.5, 62.5) inches
MC: 750 (800, 880, 950, 1040) (1135, 1220, 1310, 1400) (1490, 1575, 1670) m
CC: 180 (200, 220, 240, 260) (280, 300, 320, 340) (360, 380, 400) m
This equates to the following full skeins of recommended yarn:
MC: 4 (4, 4, 5, 5) (5, 6, 6, 7) (7, 7, 8) skeins
CC: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) (2, 2, 2, 2) (2, 2, 2) skeins