Dare to Make It Knit-Along: An Easy Little Cardicomments (24) November 25th, 2008
Even if you are a brand-new knitter barely out of your first project, this stylish Fitted Knits Mini Cardi project offers valuable tips and techniques to transform you into an accomplished knitter. On trend and made up quickly, this easy sweater is a good skill builder with darts and shaped sleeves. This pattern is originally from Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel, courtesy of North Light Books, and comes to us courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn free pattern site.
A knit-along is defined by Larissa and Martin Brown, authors of Knitalong, of as “an event where people get together and knit for a common purpose.” Usually it’s a way for people to get together and knit the same project either in person or online. Knit-alongs can be as simple as getting together at your LYS to knit preemie caps for the hospital or as wide-reaching as joining a Ravelry group to knit with 1001 Socktoberfest knitters around the world.
Our knit-along welcomes all levels of knitters to join in making the Mini Cardi and to share your progress and ask questions. I will address your comments, suggestions, and questions at least once a day, so check back often.
Have fun and tell your friends!
• Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
Main color: Two balls for size small; three balls for sizes medium and large; four balls for size extra-large. I used Denim.
Contrasting color: Two balls are enough for all sizes. I used Snapdragon.
Other good yarn choices include the 100% wool Big Wool by Rowan or the wool/acrylic blend Yukon by Plymouth.
• Size US 13 (9mm) 24-inch or 29-inch circular needle or size to achieve gauge
• Size US 10-1/2 (6.5mm) straight or circular
• Size US 9 (5.5mm) circular needle in any length
• Stitch markers
• Stitch holders
• Tapestry needle
• Three 2-inch buttons
• Sewing needle and thread to match button/button band
CC: contrasting color
K2tog: knit 2 together
Kfb: knit in front and in back of stitch
MC: main color
St st: stockinette stitch
RS: right side
Ssk: slip, slip, knit
WS: wrong side
yo: yarn over
RLI: Inc 1 st in next st by inserting tip of right needle into back of st 1 row below on left needle and knitting into it to create a right-leaning inc.
LLI: Inc 1 st in next st by inserting tip of left needle into back of st 1 row below on right needle and knitting into it to create a left-leaning inc.
Eight sts and 13 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in St st on largest needles. PLEASE take the little bit of extra time to make a GAUGE SWATCH. When you match the gauge in the pattern, your sweater will be the size indicated in the pattern and you will have enough yarn to complete it. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4-inch (10cm) square, switch to a smaller size needle; if you come up with more stitches and rows, try a larger size needle.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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