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Cecilia Niemeyer KAL – last post

I know, I know…sounds as a cliche, but time flew, insn’t i true?!

I sincerely hope that you had a great knitting time so far and enjoyed our last post with a cute finishing detail that is not on the pattern!

Button band
– CO with Backward Loop method.

This is the place where we will pick up and knit the stitches:

where to pick up stitches 1st crop with arrow

Here you can see how it will look like after we built the band:

one side

pick up sts red 1 w first crop w arrow

other side

pick up sts red 2 w first crop w arrow

With US 4 / 3.5mm needles and starting from the top to the end in rib finishing, pick up and knit 97 [97, 97, 106, 106, 115, 115] sts along the inside edge formed by knitting sts (WS) right before the purl sts from the button band cover.
K 2 rows.
Buttonhole Row: K3, [BO 2 sts, K 8 [8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10] sts] 9 times, BO 2 sts, K2 sts.
Next Row: K3, [CO 2 sts, K 8 [8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10] sts] 9 times, CO 2 sts, K2 sts.
K2 more rows.

Now I would like to suggest a finishing detail that might add extra cuteness to your cardigan! We are going to sew a decorative (and fun, and adorable…) ribbon behind the left side button band, where the buttons will be sewed. For this charming detail we will need 19, 5 (19, 5, 19, 5, 21, 21, 23, 23) inches of 1,5 wide ribbon of your choice.

Actually this idea has started at at fun chat before a Ragga Eiríksdóttir workshop, received a precious contribution from Adrienne Almeida and our Brooklyn Craft Tour and became reality during the Icelandic Night chat with some of my dear brazilian friends!


Hand stitch as you like or use a fancy embroidery stitch for your hand sewing. The whole idea is to make your Cecilia cardigan prettier and unique and that you can have fun in the process, appreciating what you are accomplishing!

You can use a suitable thread or even one ply of your yarn. I particularly love this idea!

thread for sewing

Pin the ribbon along the button band before hand sewing.

pinned to be swed
Weave in ends and close underarm holes.
Sew the buttons at the button band on left side, inside of the small depressions created by the stitches to avoid extra volume at the bands.
Block the collar (I suggest blocking the collar separately).
Block body and sleeves to measurements given in schematic. Sew buttons opposite buttonholes.
*** The sleeve’s chart motif must to be strongly blocked.

You can dress your Cecilia open and casual, with your unique ribbon detail discreetly showing off…:)

ribbon sewed 3

ribbon sewed 1

ribbon sewed 2

You can dress it buttoned creating another look…

Cecilia 5

But I sincerely hope that  you feel joy and appreciate your work while knitting Cecilia Cardigan!

Thank you, a thousand times Thank you for you participation on our double KAL – Cecilia Niemeyer! It was a blast for us!

And please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the patterns.

Paula for Cecilia Cardigan

Iris from Flor de Iris  for Niemeyer Shawl


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