05 October 2015

Pattern: Mermaid's Cardigan

Mermaid's Cardigan by Kathleen Dames
Mermaid's Cardigan on Ravelry $7 (no account necessary)

An elegant cardigan just right for a mermaid. Gentle waist shaping follows your curves, and Fishtail Lace sleeves pique the knitter’s interest. By eliminating sleeve increases, the lace is not too difficult and the sleeves blouse out from an i-cord cast-on. To keep the lines clean and the hems from rolling, the entire cardigan is edged in i-cord.

Mermaid's Cardigan by Kathleen Dames

What you'll love about knitting Mermaid's Cardigan:
  • Stockinette body gives you some lovely, "mindless" knitting, while...
  • The sleeves are filled with knitterly excitement - i-cord and lace!
  • Integrated i-cord is used to great effect to not only smoothly finish your sweater, but to create your cardigan's buttonholes.

What you'll love about wearing Mermaid's Cardigan:
  • Perfectly placed princess-seam waist shaping flatters your figure
  • Lace sleeves give you a bit of ventilation - this is a great transitional cardigan
  • The little puff of sleeve at the cuff - very subtle but very fun

Mermaid's Cardigan by Kathleen Dames

Size/Finished Measurements
Women’s XS [S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] (shown in size M with no ease)
Chest: 30 [34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54] inches

  • Madeline Tosh tosh dk [100% Superwash Merino Wool 225 yards/206 meters per 50 gram skein]; color: Baltic; 4 [5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8] 
  • One US6/4.0mm 29-inch circular needle (NDLs) 
  • Set of five US6/4.0mm double-pointed needles (DPNs) 
  • Coil-less safety pins/removable stitch markers 
  • Waste yarn or stitch holders 
  • Tapestry needle 
  • Eight 5/8-inch buttons

20 stitches x 28 rows = 4 inches square in Stockinette St.

Skills Needed
  • casting on
  • binding off
  • knitting
  • purling
  • increasing
  • decreasing
  • working i-cord
  • following written or charted instructions for Fishtail Lace pattern (both included)

Mermaid's Cardigan by Kathleen Dames

Technical Editing: Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
Test Knitting: 3catos, elizek
Photography: Nicholas Dames

Everything you need to create your own beautiful Mermaid's Cardigan is provided in the professionally designed (by me!) pattern. Both written and charted versions of the Fishtail Lace stitch pattern are included.

Lovely knitters who purchased this pattern when it was originally released should have received a message from Ravelry that the updated version of the pattern is now in your library. Don't miss the special customer coupon code!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Ann! It is one of my favorites (which means I should probably design another along the same lines ;)


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