pattern price: $6.50

When the days get shorter and the temperature drops, my fingers begin to ache for some serious worsted wool knitting. Nocturne is a short-sleeved cardigan that provides just that and which, once finished, will keep you nice and toasty on a cool Fall day to boot. The design was inspired by the A-line silhouettes of the sixties and will flatter virtually any shape. The contrasting hem is also reminiscent of vintage designs, but a solid color version of this cardigan would doubtlessly look just as cute. Much of Nocturne’s shaping comes from the transition from 1 x 1 rib to stockinette stitch halfway through the pattern; consequently this is a fairly straight-forward project, perfect for knitting by the fire, radiator or space heater!

SIZE: XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X (cardigan shown in size S).

MEASUREMENTS: Chest: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50) inches, length: 19 (20.5, 22.5, 25, 26.5, 28.5) inches

GAUGE: 17 st/24 rows = 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10cm) in stockinette stitch

MATERIALS: 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 8) skeins of a worsted or aran weight yarn (approx. 193 yds/100g. skein for pure wool yarns or 144 yds/100g. skein for a wool/alpaca blend yard) in a main color and 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins in a contrasting color, 1 US #7/4.5mm circular needle of 29 inches (74cm) or longer or size needed to obtain gauge, 1 set(s) US #7/4.5 mm double-point needles if working the sleeves in the round, 2 stitch holders (or scrap yarn to use as stitch holders), 2 large buttons, preferably oval or rectangular in shape, of approximately 40-50 mm in length and 10-15 mm in width, 2 small buttons or 1 crochet hook and scrap yarn to use for crocheted tie closure (depending on which type of closure chosen).

YARN USED TO MAKE CARDIGAN PICTURED: Louet Riverstone Worsted, 100% wool, 193 yds/100g.

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