Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Empire Waist Cardigan

I really love the Openwork Rib used in the sleeves, collar, and bottom portion of this cardigan. The Eyelet Pattern used on the upper portion is a great match for the Rib; it gives you coverage while adding to the beauty of the piece. The tie at the high waist pulls the ribbing in nicely so that it flows over your hips and accentuates your figure. Whether you wear this cardigan over its matching pullover (Pattern #164), or all by itself, you WILL get noticed!

The cardigan is worked in one piece from the bottom to the armholes, then the fronts and back are worked separately to the shoulders. The sleeves are worked flat from the bottom up, then sewn in. The collar is worked from the top down, then sewn to the neckline. Embroidered button hoops are worked along the right front edge.

The lace patterns are presented in both written and charted formats.


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Skill Level: Intermediate

Skills Used: Lace knitting, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches

Sizes: XX-Small (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X)

Finished Measurements: 28.5 (33, 37.25, 41.75, 46, 50.25, 54.75, 59, 63.5, 67.75, 72.25)” bust, buttoned; intended to be worn with approximately 4″ ease

Materials: Light worsted/DK weight cotton: 1000 (1000, 1100, 1225, 1350, 1450, 1550, 1625, 1750, 1900, 2025) yards

Model knit in Cottonwood by FibraNatura (100% organic cotton, 50 gram ball = 115 yards): color# 41104

Needles and Notions: One size 6 (4 mm) circular needle, 29” long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; one size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 29” long or longer; one pair size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles; one size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 29” long or longer; stitch holders; tapestry needle; five 5/8” buttons; beads (optional) with opening large enough to slip over 4 strands of yarn

Gauge: In Eyelet Pattern, 22 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10 cm, using size 6 (4 mm) needle

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