Lifesavers Cardigan

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Lifesavers Cardigan

6.00

Pattern also available as a kit here!

Size: Finished Bust, closed:
28 (30.5, 32.5, 34.5, 36, 38) [40, 44, 48.5, 52, 56]”
Sample shown is size 32.5” worn with 1“ of negative ease.

Yarn: 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) [4, 5, 5, 5, 5] skeins TFA Blue Label Fingering Weight Yarn (1 skein = 115g, 420 yds; 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon). Total yardage can be made up of one colour for a solid cardigan or of as many colourways as you’d like for a striped or colour-blocked effect. See note about this sample stripes below.
For 10-row stripes as shown in the sample, you'll need about 37 (41, 45, 49, 54, 58) [64, 71, 77, 84, 91] total grams or about 133 (147, 162, 176, 194, 208) [230, 255, 277, 302, 327] total yards of contrast colours.

Needles: 3.75mm (US size 5), 32” circular needle and dpns (gauge needle). Sweater is knit flat in one piece from the top down.
3.25mm (US size 3), 32” circular needle and dpns, for ribbing.
Or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 25 sts and 31 rows in 4” in stockinette stitch after blocking.

Additional Tools and Materials: Stitch markers, stitch holders, crochet hook and waste yarn for provisional cast on, tapestry needle, 5-7 half inch buttons.

Pattern also available on Ravelry

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Last summer I was bit by the colour bug in a big way. Sitting and gazing at my lovely urn of leftover sock yarn scraps inspired me to cast on for my perfect cardigan. Simple in shape and construction but with endless possibilities in terms of colour and impact. Who doesn’t love rainbow stripes? The perfect light layer, this cardigan has become a wardrobe staple and I don’t know how I ever managed to live without it.     

A Note About Stripes!

For this sample I used Sand as the main colour. The contrasting colours used are:
Buttercup, Lemongrass, Mallard, Seabreeze, Peacock, Cobalt, Grape, Plum, Jewel, Garnet, Royal Flush, Pink Grapefruit, Orange Blossom. 

This cardigan would look equally great with only 1 contrasting colour, or with thicker bands of colour, or with no stripes at all as a perfectly simple solid sweater. Think of it as a blank canvas!