Metamorphosis Cardigan

pattern price: $6.50



At first glance Metamorphosis Cardigan seen from the front may seem like a simple striped affair, but wait, why do the stripes on the front alternate? The color of one stripe on the left side of the button band lines up with a stripe of the other color on the right. The back reveals all: stripes change color in the center of the back, forming a pretty zig-zag pattern that reminds me of some of the changing patterns in the art work of M.C. Escher. Metamorphosis: an abrupt change, in this case from one color yarn to the next. Knit from the top down in a fingering weight yarn, Metamorphosis Cardigan is seamless and allows for plenty of playing with color.

SIZE: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X) (shown in size S).
Bust: 31.25 (35, 39, 43, 46.25, 51, 54.25) inches or 79.5 (89, 99, 110, 117.5, 129.5, 138) cm.Designed to be worn with 1-2 inches or 2.5-5cm of positive ease.
Length: 22 (22.5, 23.5, 24.5, 25, 25, 25) inches or 56 (57, 60, 62, 63.5, 63.5, 63.5) cm.

GAUGE: 24 sts/36 rows = 4 x 4 inches (or 10 x 10 cm) in stockinette stitch after blocking.

MATERIALS NEEDED: Fingering weight yarn, approximate yardage:
Main color: 790 (860, 1040, 1220, 1380, 1460, 1540) yds or 720 (790, 950, 1115, 1260, 1335, 1410) m.
Contrasting color: 310 (340, 410, 440, 490, 540, 590) yds or 285 (310, 375, 400, 450, 495, 540) m.
29-inch (or larger) US #4/3.5mm circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge, 1 set US #4/3.5mm double-point needles or same size as circular needle used, 6 stitch markers, 2 stitch holders or scrap yarn, 6 buttons with a diameter of approximately 0.75 inches or 2 cm, darning needle.

YARN USED TO MAKE CARDIGAN PICTURED: Malabrigo Sock [100% merino wool; 440yd/402m per 100g skein]: Main Color [MC]: Ochre; 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins, Contrasting Color [CC]: Alcaucil; 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skeins.

TECHNIQUES: Knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, buttonholes, picking up stitches.

PATTERN NOTES: The cardigan is knit from the top down, working back and forth on a circular needle with raglan increases. The sleeves are worked in the round on a set of double pointed needles.
At the center back, when you change from the MC to the CC yarn and vice versa, in order to prevent a gap from forming where you change colors you have to twist the yarn the way you do in intarsia knitting.


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