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Castile Cardigan

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36 (39½ , 45, 49, 52½ , 56½ , 62, 66, 69½ )” circumference at underarm, not including 4” of collar width on each side of front. Cardigan shown measures 39½”; modeled with 2½ “ of positive ease.

17 sts and 24 rows = 4” in St st;
16 sts and 28 rows = 4” in garter st;
16½ sts and 28 rows = 4” in charted patts.

Valley Yarns Amherst (100% Merino wool; 109 yd [100 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): Drift wood, 10 (11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18) balls.

Needles Size 8 (5 mm): 32” circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); removable m; cable needle (cn); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

The body of this cardigan is worked back and forth in one piece from the lower edge to the underarm, then the upper fronts and back are worked separately. Stitches for the sleeves are
picked up around the armhole and the sleeves are worked in the round from the top down.

The collar is worked at the same time as the main body and uses cable decreases for the front neck shaping. The decrease lines create fold lines in the work that allow the garter-stitch collar to fold flat over the front of the sweater.

The larger sizes have wider upper bodies and therefore have shorter sleeves to prevent the overall “wingspan” of the garment from becoming too wide.