Bettina Cardigan KAL – Day 1
What a special day! Last month, at the 1st Brazilian Knitting Congress (fantastic event, by the way!), a few of fellow knitting friends have asked me about a KAL for the Bettina Cardigan! I believe you can imagine how flattering this is for a beginner knitting designer. And, for me, there’s no better time for this KAL, once I’m focusing on a career in crafting! So…today is the day!
The Bettina Cardigan’s KAL starts today and will go on for the next 5 Fridays. I’ll be posting parts of the pattern with tips, suggestions and sometimes videos from special techniques.
But you can participate at your own pace: once all parts of the KAL is posted here, you can check it whenever you like and work on the project when it is more convenient to you! You’re most welcome to participate as you wish!
Our communication will be set through the blog comments and the PKL facebook page. Please, feel free to contact me. I’ll answer asap!
I hope that you have a good time and have fun!
***My observations are in purple color!
Approximately 780 (810, 850, 940, 1020, 1150) yds of bulky weight yarn or 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9) hanks of Swish Bulky Yarn from Knit Picks (100% superwash merino – 137 yds/100gr hank) color Seraphin
The sample was knitted with a 100% wool yarn. In case of substitution, keep this in mind. Different materials have different results (such as drape, weight etc).
16 stitches and 24 rows/rounds in 4”x4” in Twisted Stockinetted stitch
Finding the indicated gauge is key for a well fitted project. You can change the size of the needles until you reach the same gauge numbers.
US 9 / 5,5mm 32” circulars and double points (for sleeves) or needles to match the gauge
US 10,5 / 6,5mm (only to cast-on and I-cord)
8 stitch markers, waste yarn in contrasting color, tapestry needle and 10 pairs of small hook & eye (optional)
XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
32 1/2” (34 1/2”, 37 1/2”, 41 1/2”, 44 1/2”, 47 1/2”)
My suggestion is that you choose the closest size to your measurements. (Be sure to take the measurements with your usual brassiere).
pm = place marker
slm = slip marker
M1R = make one stitch to the right (lift the strand between stitches from the back to the front and knit into the front)
M1L = make one stitch to the left (lift the strand between stitches from the front to back and knit into the back)
The cardigan is worked flat in one piece from the top down in Twisted Stockinette Stitch (On the RS rows the knit stitches are worked on the back of the loop and on the WS rows in plain purl stitch). The sleeves are also worked in Twisted Stockinette Stitch but in circular (At every other round the knit stitches are worked on the back loop).
Notice the difference about the Twisted Stockinette St when knitted back and forth and circular!
When finished the yoke, the sleeve stitches will be held on waste yarn. The sleeves will be worked in the round after finishing the body.
The 8 stitch markers placed at the yoke indicates the raglan, where the increases shape the sleeves. Regarding further instructions, the yoke’s stitch markers must be slipped throughout the work.
There’s a Double I-cord Finishing around the edges of the cardigan and at the end of the sleeves that is worked one at the time as the written instructions.
Believe me: It’s easy and fun to do! Later on the KAL, I will also suggest a way to pick up stitches that can be helpful when we have to pick up many of them!
Backwards loop cast on Make a backwards loop and place it on the needle. Repeat until required number of stitches.
W&T = Wrap&Turn
Wrap & Turn on the Knit side:
Keeping the yarn in the back, slip the next stitch purlwise from the left to the right needle.
Bring the yarn to the front as if to purl.
Slip the stitch from the right needle back to the left needle.
Bring the yarn to the back of the work as if to knit.
Turn the work so the purl side is facing you.
Wrap & Turn on the Purl side:
Keeping the yarn in front, slip the next stitch purlwise from the left to the right needle.
Bring the yarn back as if to knit.
Slip the stitch from the right needle back to the left needle.
Bring the yarn to the front of the work as if to purl.
Turn the work so the knit side is facing you.
Later on the KAL I will do my best to make videos and/or improve instructions to make your knitting experience even more pleasant!
PeaceKnitLove youtube channel here!
With the bigger needles and using any long tail method, cast-on 52 (54, 58, 66, 66, 68) stitches. Purl one row. Do not join work in the round. The cardigan is knitted back and forth in rows. Change for smaller needles.
Set up row:
p1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2), pm, p1, pm, p8 (8, 9, 11, 11, 11), pm, p1, pm, p30 (32, 34, 36, 36, 38), pm, p1, pm, p8 (8, 9, 11, 11, 11), pm, p1, pm, p1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2)
Markers are a wonderful tool to remind us there is something different that has to be done when we meet them! I like to think about it like this:
– When meeting the first marker= it’s time to make an increase st leaning to the right side (M1R)
– When meeting the second marker: it’s time to slip it to the right needle and make an increase st leaning to the left side (M1L)
Shaping collar and Increasing raglan:
Row 1 (RS): co 1, * k until next marker, M1R, slm, k1, slm, M1L, * repeat 3 more times (4 times total), k to the end.
Row 2 (WS): co 1, purl until the end.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 one more time.
Row 5: co 2, * k until next marker, M1R, k1, M1L, * repeat 3 more times (4 times total), k to the end.
Row 6: co 2, purl until the end.
Row 7: co 8 (9, 10, 10, 10, 11), * k until next marker, M1R, k1, M1L, * repeat 3 more times (4 times total), k to the end.
Row 8: co 8 (9, 10, 10, 10, 11), purl to the end.
You will have 108(112, 118, 126, 126, 130) stitches on the needle.
It is a Good time to check if any of the increased stitches was missed!
Continuing the yoke – Increasing raglan
Row 9 (increase row): * k until next maker, M1R, k1, M1L, * repeat 3 more times (4 times total), k to the end.
Row 10: purl all sts.
Repeat the rows 9 (increase row) and 10 more 3 (4, 6, 7, 9, 11) times.
You will have 140 (152, 174, 190, 206, 226) stitches on the needle.
Final raglan increases section
Work 2 even rows (one row: knit all stitches; next row: purl all stitches), one increase row (as row 9) and one even purl row. Repeat this section more 6 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7) times.
I also like to think about this part as a section:
– RS Twisted Stockninette sts row
-WS purl row
– RS increase row
– WS purl row
And I have to repeat this section for more 6 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7) times, according to the size that I’ve chosen.
When finished this section, you will have 196 (208, 230, 246, 270, 290) stitches on the needle.
One more check point before the sleeves and body section!
Have fun and, please, feel free to contact me if you have questions!