14 March 2013

Pattern: Mermaid's Cardigan

Mermaid's Cardigan by Kathleen Dames

It's been a long time coming with this one, but the timing is perfect now, as Spring gets ready to ... spring. The lace sleeves lighten things up and allow for a hint of skin (or contrasting shirt layered underneath), while the princess-seam style waist shaping flatters your figure.

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. Lace instructions are provided in written and chart form.

Chest: 30 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54 inches; shown in M/38” with 0” ease

Mermaid's Cardigan by Kathleen Dames

Materials 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
Set of five US6/4.0mm double-pointed needles (DPNs)
Coil-less safety pins or other removable stitch markers
Waste yarn or stitch holders
Tapestry needle
Eight 5/8” buttons

17 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches in Fishtail Lace pattern
20 sts x 28 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch

Mermaid's Cardigan by Kathleen Dames

Skills Needed
Cast on
Bind off

Tech editing by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
Test knitting by 3catos and elizek (on Ravelry)

Pattern available for $6 on Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy, or by using the button below.

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