Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Geneva Top-Down Cardigan

While I was a student in Paris, I went to visit a friend’s parents in the French Alps, and we drove over to Geneva for a festival. The drive through the mountains was amazing, and the festival was a ton of fun. We got to sample real Swiss fondue, which was wonderful. I wish I’d had this sweater then. It seems to fit the aesthetic of that region – a great blend of style, warmth, and easy wearability.

This cardigan is worked from the top down, beginning at the back shoulders. The back is worked to the armholes, then placed on hold while the fronts are picked up from the back shoulders and worked to the armholes. Then the back and fronts are joined and the body is worked to the bottom edge. The sleeves are picked up from the armholes and worked to the cuffs, with short-row shaping to shape the sleeve caps.

The cable pattern is presented in both written and charted formats.


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Skill Level: Intermediate

Skills Used: Lace knitting (trim only), knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, Japanese Short-Rows (explained in the pattern)

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

Finished Measurements: 27.5 (31.5, 35, 39.5, 43, 47.5, 51, 55.5, 59, 63.5, 67)” bust, with Fronts overlapped

Materials: DK/light worsted weight alpaca: 1180 (1305, 1420, 1595, 1730, 1890, 2040, 2205, 2355, 2500, 2645) yards. NOTE: If you plan to increase the length of the Body or Sleeves, be sure to purchase extra yarn. Model knit in Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca DK (100% alpaca; 50 grams / 125 yards): color #208.

Needles and Notions: Size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 32″ long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 12″ long or longer, one set of five size 5 (3.75 mm) double-pointed needles, and one set of five size 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles, for Sleeves; 3 size 6 (4 mm) circular needles, 32″ long or longer, for Body Edging; stitch markers in 2 different colors; 2 removable stitch markers; waste yarn; one button .75″ diameter; 2 clear buttons .5-.75″ diameter; 2 small snaps (optional).

Gauge: In Stockinette stitch, 22 stitches and 28 rows = 4″/10 cm using CC and smaller double-pointed needles, blocked.

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