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Serendipity: The Cardigan


Designer: Jodie Gordon Lucas
Pattern Type: Knit
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Sizes Included: 36" , 44", 52", 60" finished bust
Yarn Shown: Swish DK Yarn
Yardage: 1200 - 2075
Needles/Hooks Suggested: Size 6(4mm): circular needle
Fiber Type: Wool & Blends
Weight: DK
Please Note: This pattern has errata - if you purchased it before 03/28/2016. The corrected version is available in your pattern library.
Some designs come more easily than others. This cardi and its pullover cousin, were pure Serendipity. I was inspired by the observation that an octagon would make a great sweater back. The sides, raglan sleeves, neck, and a guide for waist shaping are all right there. The garments practically designed themselves!

I chose a ribbed fabric for Serendipity and then allowed the lines of that ribbing to flow from the octagons to the waist and sleeves to make gorgeous, flattering shaping reminiscent of the sweater girls of Hollywood from the 1950's. The cardi pictured here has bell sleeves, a feminine (but optional) touch.

Serendipity is written as a recipe which allows the knitter to customize their garment to fit any bust size and to use a wide range of yarn weights (with the caveat that bulky yarn allows for fewer bust size options). There are worksheets throughout to gently guide you through all calculations. And, for those who prefer to keep their patterns on their electronic devises, the PDF files have form fields which will allow you to save your personal data to your devise.

Finally, a four week, video supported Serendipity Knit Along begins May 4, 2015. Details can be found in the QueenieKnits Forum on Ravelry.

Techniques Used: Knitting in the round, directional increases and decreases, twisted stitches, picking up stitches, short rows, button holes, Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.

bust: 36(44, 52, 60) inches
fingering: 1500 (1775, 2100, 2450) yards
sport: 1350 (1675,1900, 2300) yards
dk: 1200 (1525, 1750, 2075) yards
worsted: 1200(1375, 1625, 1900) yards
bulky: na (1500, 1750,1900) yards

Shown in Swish DK

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This pattern has errata - if you purchased it before 03/28/2016. The corrected version is available in your pattern library.
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