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The Birthday Cardigan Pattern Instructions…

Voila!!
Jen’s Birthday Cardigan is finished!
She is very excited:) I am so happy that I have managed to finish her special cardigan, I wish I had been able to finish it in time for her birthday, but now here it is:) It’s so warm and soft and finished in perfect time for our really cold winter. It’s freezing here in Johannesburg today!
I have included the pattern instructions below…

Jenna’s Cardigan
Erin’s Cardigan
Jenna’s Cardigan Instructions:
Materials:
2 ply bulky Merino handspun wool
8mm circular needles
Wool sewing up needle
Buttons
Gauge:
3 stitches to 1 inch
13 rows of knitting measures 3 inches
Pattern Instructions:
These instructions are for Jenna’s cardigan. We took Jen’s measurements and then I worked out the gauge of the wool. For Jenna’s cardigan I cast on 124 stitches.
I knitted the front and sides of the cardigan all in one which was wonderful and made this a fast knit:) Because of the bulkiness of the wool, I have not knitted button holes, the big buttons fit perfectly through the knitting stitches, but of course you could add button holes if you wish.
Cast on 124 stitches
Knit in garter stitch for 6 rows, creating an attractive border
After these 6 rows you will continue in stocking stitch but knit 6 stitches at the beginning and ends of each row for the border.
I knitted for 26 inches until I reached the armhole.
Front side of the cardigan with border.
Fronts and Back:
Knit 31 stitches, this will be the first side, put the rest of the stitches on a stitch holder.
Knit for 9 inches, or your comfortable measurement from the start of the armhole to the top of the shoulder, remember to knit the border on the side. Once you have knitted up high enough, cast off. (once the back has been finished you will sew the top of the front to the top of the back of the cardigan).
Now you will be knitting 62 stitches off of the stitch holder for the back, leave the remaining stitches on the stitch holder.
Knit the back in stocking stitch until it is as long as the front you have just knitted. Mine was 9 inches.
Cast off.
You will now be knitting the remaining 31 stitches from the stitch holder until it measures 9 inches like the other side and back, or whatever measurement is comfortable for you:)
This is what I LOVE about this cardigan, it is knitted according to your measurements, it is a straight knit, nothing fancy and looks and feesl so comfortable!
Now that you have finished the front sides and back, turn your cardigan inside out and sew right sides together at the top of the shoulders, NB don’t sew the border section to the back just the stocking stitch section. (Seen in the photo below). Sew the top of the front to the back on the one side and the sew the other top of the front to the back at the top of the shoulders. If you fitted the cardigan on now it would look like a waist coat with out sleeves.
Top of the shoulder seams has been sewn and the border section has not  yet been sewn.
Sleeves.
With your circular needles, pick up 40 stitches around the armhole of the cardigan and knit according to your required arm length. For Jenna’s I knitted 65 rounds, then decreased 4 stitches evenly throughout the next round. Knit another 7 rounds, decrease 4 stitches evenly throughout the following round. 
Cuffs.
Start knitting the cuffs in a double rib, (knit 2, purl 2) all the way around for 8 rounds and cast off.
Neck:

Pick up 6 stitches from the right facing side of the cardigan that you cast off at the top of the front.

When you start to knit pick up one stitch from the back of the cardigan.

Knit this picked up stitch together with the first stitch.

Continue picking up a stitch and knitting it together with the first stitch. See how you have attached the collar to the back of the cardigan:)

When you reach the other side of the collar, cast off.

Sew the two ends together and the collar is finished! 🙂
Finishing off:
Sew in all ends and sew on your buttons and you are finished!

To knit a smaller size like Erin’s, she is 12 years old, I cast on 79 stitches.
For the sleeves I picked up 40 stitches around the armhholes, knitted 36 rows, decreased 4 stitches evenly on sleeves, knitted another 10 rows, decreased 6 stitches evenly, knit 6 rows, decreased 4 stitches evenly on the next row and I knitted 8 rounds for the cuffs.
Jenna’s cardigan fits me and I am a size 36-38 (12-14).
Please email me if anything is unclear:) lindadawkins@mweb.co.za
Enjoy
Warmly
Linda
xo
Please not that this pattern is for persoanl use only:)
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Knitting…

These are my two knitting projects at the moment, my Shalom cardi and Jenna’s birthday cardigan. I love the tradition we have started regarding knitting a garment for a birthday in our family, it feels so special… Here is Erin’s cardigan I knitted in April this year. I am so enjoying knitting my Shalom, I have cast off for the arms and I am knitting down the length of the body. I think this will go fairly quickly, I worked out all the decreasing with my new stitch modifications for the armholes and it all worked out just fine. I also tried it on today and it fits perfectly!! I am so excited to wear it.
There is still time to join in the Shalom KAL if you are keen, people are joining up all the time:) Yay!

Jenna’s birthday cardigan is coming along nicely, I started knitting it on Friday and I am almost up to the sleeves:) I have until next Thursday to finish, I really love this organic handspun merino. I have ordered more so I can knit a cardi for Richard and Kye has also asked me to knit him one too:)

I think once I have finished these two cardigans, I am going to give the Hourglass Sweater a try from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, I am thinking a lovely burnt orange colour would knit up well:) Maby this could also be a KAL?

What are you busy knitting at the moment? Thanks so much for visiting my space:)

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