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Novita Merino DK: Sulo cabled cardigan

Knitted from Novita Merino DK, the relaxed Sulo cable cardigan will keep men warm, along with providing a hint of the bohemian. The cardigan is knitted in one piece up to the armholes and finished with a shawl collar.

Size(s)

S(M)L(XL)XXL

Yarn demand

Novita Merino DK (006) Semolina Porridge 850(900)950(1000)1100 g

Needles and other supplies

Circular needles (80 cm / 32 in) Novita 3.5–4 mm (UK 8–9 / US 4–6) and 4–4.5 mm (UK 7–8 / US 6–7) or sizes needed; 4 mm (UK 8 / US 6) and 4.5 mm (UK 7 / US 7) double-pointed needles for the sleeves, if you don’t use the Magic Loop technique Other supplies 6 buttons (Nappitalo)

Designer

Ronja Hakalehto

Finished dimensions

body circumference 106(114)122(130)138 cm / 41¾(45)48(51¼)54¼ in

length 70(72)74(76)78 cm / 27½(28¼)29¼(30)30¾ in

inner sleeve length 51(52)53(53)54 cm / 20(20½)20¾(20¾)21¼ in

Stitch patterns Ribbing: *k1, p1*, repeat *–*. On WS rows, knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts. Cable pattern: follow the chart and instructions. Double seed stitch: Row 1: *k1, p1*, repeat *–* to end of row. Rows 2 and 4: knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts. Row 3: *p1, k1*, repeat *–*. Ribbing in the round: *k1, p1*, repeat *–*.

Gauge 20 sts and 32 rows in double seed st with larger needles = 10 cm / 4 in;
26 sts in cable pattern with larger needles = 10 cm / 4 in

Body

The body is knitted in one piece up to the armholes.

Using the smaller circular needle, cast on 273(289)305(321)337 sts and begin ribbing: (WS) p2, k1, *p1, k1*, repeat *–*, p2. Work ribbing.

When the ribbing measures 2(3)4(2.5)3.5 cm, make the first buttonhole on the left front edge: (RS) work to last 8 sts, k2tog, yarn over, work to end. Make 4 more buttonholes at 8(8)8(8.5)8.5 cm intervals.

Note: After 6 cm in ribbing, finish on a RS row and switch to the larger circular needle. Work following row 1 of chart I: (WS) work 10 sts in ribbing, work sections A (14 sts), B (20 sts) and D (18 sts), work 9(13)17(21)25 sts in double seed st and at the same time decrease 1 st, place side marker, work 9(13)17(21)25 sts in double seed st, work section A (14 sts), section B 4 times (80 sts), section D (18 sts), work 9(13)17(21)25 sts in double seed st, place side marker, work 9(13)17(21)25 sts in double seed st, work sections A (14 sts), B (20 sts) and D (18 sts), work 10 sts in ribbing. 272(288)304(320)336 sts on the needles: 71(75)79(83)87 sts in the fronts, 130(138)146(154)162 sts in the back.

Work rows 2–24, then keep repeating rows 1–24.

When the piece measures 42(43)44(45)46 cm, increase 1 purl st (purl the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop) at both ends, 10 sts from the edge (right after the ribbing). 72(76)80(84)88 sts in the fronts, 130(138)146(154)162 sts in the back.

On the next RS row, begin neckline decreases and increases in the ribbing and make the last buttonhole:

Row 1: (RS) work 10 sts in ribbing, 1st increase at right end (purl the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop), k1, 2nd increase at right end (pfb: purl front and back), decrease at right end (skp: slip 1 knitwise, k1, pass the slipped st over), work to last 14 sts, decrease at left end (k2tog), 1st increase at left end (pfb), k1, 2nd increase at left end (purl the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop), work 10 sts in ribbing.

Row 2: (WS) purl the purl sts and knit the knit sts.

Row 3: (RS) work 12 sts in ribbing, 1st increase at right end (purl the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop), k1, 2nd increase at right end (pfb), decrease at right end (skp), work to last 16 sts, decrease at left end (k2tog), 1st increase at left end (pfb), k1, 2nd increase at left end (purl the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop), work 12 sts in ribbing.

Row 4: (WS) purl the purl sts and knit the knit sts.

Repeat the increases (1st and 2nd) at both ends on every 4th row 16 more times (2 sts increased in the ribbing on each row). Repeat the decreases at both ends on every 4th row 18(18)19(19)19 more times. At the decreases, knit on RS rows and purl on WS rows.

Note: When the piece measures 48(49)50(51)52 cm and you have last worked a RS row, on the next row (WS), divide the sts into three groups: *work to last 3(4)4(4)4 sts before marker, bind off next 6(8)8(8)8 sts for armhole*, repeat *–*, work to end of row. Leave the other sts on hold and continue with the right front sts.

Top right front

Work as established. On every other row, bind off 3(3)4(4)4x2 sts at the armhole.

When the armhole measures 22(23)24(25)26 cm, bind off the 33(36)37(41)45 shoulder sts. Leave the 46 collar sts on hold.

Top left front

Mirror right front.

Top back

With the 124(130)138(146)154 back sts, work as established. On every other row, bind off 3(3)4(4)4x2 sts at both ends for armholes = 112(118)122(130)138 sts.

When the armhole measures 20(21)22(23)24 cm, on the next RS row bind off the middle 38(38)40(40)40 sts for the neckline and work to end. Leave the sts on the right on hold and work the left side first. On every other row, bind off 2x2 st at the neckline edge.

When the armhole measures 22(23)24(25)26 cm, bind off the 33(36)37(41)45 shoulder sts. Knit the other side in the same manner.

Sleeves

Use either the double-pointed needles or the Magic Loop technique and the circular needle.

Using the smaller needles, cast on 54(54)56(58)58 sts and place marker for beginning of round. Work ribbing in the round for 6 cm. Knit 1 round, evenly increasing 8(8)10(10)12 sts = 62(62)66(68)70 sts.

Switch to the larger needles and work following row 1 of chart II: work 18(18)20(21)22 sts in double seed st, work the 26 st cable pattern, work 18(18)20(21)22 sts in double seed st. In the cable, work rows 2–24, then keep repeating rows 1–24.

When the piece measures 9(12)13(10)13 cm, increase 1 st on both sides of the beginning of round, 1 st from the marker. Repeat the increases every 3(2.5)2.5(2.5)2.5 cm 13(15)15(16)17 more times = 90(94)98(102)106 sts. Work the increased sts in double seed st.

When the piece measures approx. 51(52)53(53)54 cm and you have last worked an even-numbered row of the chart, work next round to last 3(4)4(4)4 sts, bind off the last 3(4)4(4)4 sts and the first 3(4)4(4)4 sts of the next round. Switch to working flat. On every other row bind off 3(3)4(4)4x2 sts at both ends. Bind off the remaining sts.

Knit the other sleeve in the same manner.

Finishing

Pin to measurements wrong side up, mist and allow to dry. Sew the shoulder seams.

Collar: Place the left front sts on the needles and cast on 1 selvedge st at the shoulder end = 47 sts. Work ribbing. After 2 cm, begin short rows: *On the next WS row, work the first 28 sts on the front edge. Turn work. Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, bring yarn to back over the work and tighten to create double stitch, work to end. On the next WS row, work the first 32 sts on the front edge and work the loops of the double st together to form one st. Turn work. Double stitch, work to end. With all sts work 6 rows; on the first row work the loops of the double st together.* Repeat *–* until the collar reaches the midpoint of the back neckline when lightly stretched. Leave the sts on hold.

On the right front, mirror the collar of the left front .

Sew or stitch the middle back seam. Attach the collar to the back neckline.

Attach the sleeves. Sew on the buttons.

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