Rosemary & Lavender Cardigans up for testknitting!

Who doesn’t love a cardigan for chilly summer evenings or mid-season wear? Cardigans are my absolute go-to element of a daily wardrobe, so when I first came across the mohair+nettle+wool blend from onion knit, I knew they were just destined for a dedicated pattern. It is slightly on the scratchier side for those that are more sensitive, but it is the perfect fit for really keeping you warm without making you break out in sweat (my usual issues with too warm wool since I tend to be running around – a lot!).

I knit my first raglan sweater only a couple of years ago, and once I got hold of the starting rounds, I fell in love with it. It is the perfect technique for those who avoid any assembling of different parts and want to see quick progress. Yet I struggled myself with reading and understanding the first pattern I tried at that time, which made me decide to create a really accessible raglan pattern, that even beginners will manage to follow without getting lost on the way.


The Rosemary Cardigan

The Rosemary cardigan is the perfect raglan pattern for a beginning knitter, since all you need to concentrate on is the raglan set-up … and that’s about it! The rest is simple stockinette stitch, no special shaping, no buttonholes to worry about, and you’ll have made your first cardigan in no time at all.

Sizes

2XS, XS (S, M, L) [XL, 2XL, 3XL]

Size guide – to fit:

BUST CIRC.:

81; 86 (91; 96; 101) [106; 111; 116] cm
32; 34 (36; 38; 40) [42; 44; 46]”

Size guide – finished measurements

BUST CIRC.: 89; 94 (99; 104; 109) [114; 119; 124] cm

35.25; 37.25 (39.25; 41.25; 43.25) [45.25; 47.25; 49.25]”

Needle size

Circular needle 4 mm (US 6), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length

Circular needle 3.5 mm (US 4), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length

Circular needle 4 mm (US 6), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needles

Circular needle 3.5 mm (US 4), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needles

Tension / gauge

10 x 10 cm (4 x 4”) = 20 sts x 27 rows in stockinette stitch on 4 mm needle (US 6)

Materials

1 thread sport weight yarn

Yarn used in model (size S):

ONION KNIT Mohair + Nettles + Wool (45% mohair, 30% nettle fibers, 25% wool), 145 m / 158 yards // 50 g

Main colour (1408 – blue) – 5, 5  (6, 6, 7) [7, 7, 8] skeins

Contrasting colour (1416 – yellow) – 1, 1  (1, 1, 1) [1, 1, 1] skein

MC Meters: 653; 715 (768; 819; 875) [940; 986; 1053]

CC Meters: 44, 46 (49, 51, 53) [55, 57, 59]

MC Yardage: 714; 782; 840 (896; 957; 1028) [1079; 1152]

CC Yardage: 48, 50, (54, 56, 58) [60, 62, 65]

4 stitch markers  /  stitch holder or scrap yarn  / tapestry needle 

Deadline

14 August 2020


The Lavender Cardigan

The Lavender cardigan is a project for more advanced knitters, since it requires working the delicate daisy pattern at the same time as working the raglan decreases and neckline decreases. . It is knit bottom-up, with sleeves and body joined in the round up from the armholes on. For a more refined finishing, the bindings are worked with a twisted rib.

Sizes

2XS, XS (S, M, L) [XL, 2XL, 3XL]

Size guide – to fit:

BUST CIRC.:

81; 86 (91; 96; 101) [106; 111; 116] cm
32; 34 (36; 38; 40) [42; 44; 46]”

Size guide – finished measurements

BUST CIRC.: 87, 92 (97, 102, 107) [112, 117, 122] cm

34.25, 36.25 (38.25, 40.25, 42.25) [44.25, 46.25, 48.25]”

Needle size

Circular needle 4 mm (US 6), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length

Circular needle 3.5 mm (US 4), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length

Circular needle 4 mm (US 6), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needles

Circular needle 3.5 mm (US 4), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needles

Tension / gauge

10 x 10 cm (4 x 4”) = 20 sts x 27 rows in stockinette stitch on 4 mm needle (US 6)

Materials

1 thread sport weight yarn

Yarn used in model (size S):

ONION KNIT Mohair + Nettles + Wool (45% mohair, 30% nettle fibers, 25% wool), 145 m / 158 yards // 50 g

Main Colour (1410 – pink) – 6, 6  (6, 7, 7) [8, 8, 8] skeins

Contrasting Colour (1403 – navy blue)  – 1 skein

Meters – MC : 751, 809 (864, 907, 985) [1063, 1106, 1195]

Meters – CC: 102 107 (110, 112, 114) [117, 119, 121]

Yardage – MC: 822, 885 (943, 992, 1078) [1163, 1221, 1307]

Yardage – CC: 112, 117 (120 ,123, 125) [128, 129, 132]

4 markers  /  stitch holders or scrap yarn  / tapestry needle / 11 buttons (optional, depending on finishings) p

Deadline

14 August 2020


Be a testknitter:

Sparkles cable top

The Sparkles sleeveless cable top is worked in one piece from the bottom up until the armhole shaping, at which point the front and back are knit separately. The cable binding is worked first, then sewn together to form the hemline that the top is then cast onto. The yarn chosen for the model (size S) is a combination of Lana Grossa Silkhair Lusso (a mohair with some shimmer in it) and Lana Grossa Cashmere 16 fine, which gives it a more glamorous look. You can of course opt for any other combination, or a single thread of any DK or light worsted yarn (cat. 3) that fits the indicated gauge.

SIZES: XS (S, M, L) [XL, 2XL, 3XL]

NEEDLE SIZE: Circular needle 4,5 mm (US 7), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length (or double-pointed needles for cable hem)

GAUGE: 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4″) = 21 sts x 30 rows in stockinette stitch on 4,5 mm needles (US 7)

YARN : DK or light worsted (cat. 3)  

Yarn used in model : Lana Grossa Silkhair Lusso (78% mohair, 14% silk, 4% polyamid, 4% polyester), 210 m / 25 g
Lana Grossa Cashmere 16 Fine (80% merino, 10% polyamid, 10% cashmere) 320 m / 50 g

Summer Bubbles top

The sleeveless Summer Bubbles top is worked in one piece from the bottom up until the armhole shaping, at which point the front and back are knit separately. The colours chosen for the hem as well as the neckline and armholes are up to you. You can alternate them as shown in the picture, or opt for a more simple unicoloured design. The yarn used for the model (size S) is Cashair from Lana Grossa, a cotton-nylon-cashmere blend which comes in a large range of fun colours, but any Sport, light worsted or 5-ply yarn will do (cat. 2-3).

SIZES: XS (S, M, L) [XL, 2XL, 3XL]

NEEDLE SIZE:

  • Circular needle 3 mm (US 2.5), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length
  • Circular needle 3,5 mm (US 4), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length
  • Circular needle 3 mm (US 2.5), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needle

GAUGE: 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4″) = 26 sts x 36 rows in stockinette stitch on 3,5 mm needles (US 4)

YARN: Sport, light worsted or 5-ply yarn (cat. 2-3)

Yarn used in model: Lana Grossa Cashair (60% cotton, 30% nylon, 10% cashmere, 50g / 225 m per skein

The Roxy sweater

The Roxy sweater is a very comfortable knitted pullover with an elegant V-neck on the backside which goes perfectly with a simple pair of jeans for a casual but special day-to-day wear. It is knit in one piece, top down, with raglan technique and big balloon sleeves. Use soft worsted yarn (cat.4), for example baby llama wool or an alpaca blend. The front piece is shorter than the back and reaches right above the hip line, but feel free to try it on as you knit to get the best fit for your body and the length you desire.

SIZES: XS (S, M, L) [XL, 2XL, 3XL]

NEEDLE SIZE:

  • circular needle 4,5 mm (US 7), 60-80 cm (24-32”) in length
  • circular needle 4,5 mm (US 7), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needles 4,5 mm (US 7)
  • circular needle 3,5 mm (US 4), 40 cm (16”) in length or double-pointed needles 3,5 mm (US 4)
  • optional: crochet needle 4 – 4,5 mm (US G6 – 7)

GAUGE: 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4″) = 17 sts x 27 rows in stockinette stitch on 4,5 mm needle (US 7)

YARN: worsted yarn (cat. 4)

Yarn used in model: Stargazer Brushed from Juniper Moon Farm, extrafine baby llama (85% baby llama // 15% nylon // 260m / 100g) – Colour: ARTEMIS