Autumnsong Cardigan - Mandy Moore - Olach Designs

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So when you hear this autumn song
Clear your heads and get ready to run
So when you hear this autumn song
Remember the best times are yet to come

Manic Street Preachers

This design was inspired by the wonderful autumn colours of the trees around beautiful Perthshire in Central Scotland where I used to live. The pattern itself based on skeleton leaves which I’ve always had a fascination for! The cardigan body and sleeves are knitted bottom up and in the round. Steek stitches are included in the body which will later be cut open for the creation of the button bands. The body and sleeves are joined to create the yoke. A few decrease rows are worked at the underarms to ensure a close fit. The yoke patterning is then worked with decreases included in the last few rows for shaping. Short rows are added to raise the back neck ensuring a better fit. My Autumnsong Beanie pattern knits to the same gauge so can be a wearable swatch to ensure gauge is met or to try your own favourite alternative colour combinations.

Jamieson’s of Shetland Spindrift (100% pure Shetland Wool: 105m/25g) in the following quantities:
• MC – Mustard 425 12 (13,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21)
• CC1 – Maroon 596 1(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2)
• CC2 – Amber 478 1(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2)
• CC3 – Madder 597 1(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2)
• CC4 – Ginger 462 1(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2)
• CC5 – Chartreuse 365 1(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2)
• CC6 – Granny Smith 1140 1(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2)
• CC7 – Leprechaun 259 1(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2)
• CC8 – Ivy 815 1(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2)
Please note all yarn quantities are approximations and you may wish to purchase more/fewer balls should you wish to alter the dimensions of your garment or should gauge not be met or an alternative yarn used.


• 1 2.5mm circular needle 60/80cm or preferred method for working in the round for ribs
• 1 2.75mm circular needle 60/80cm or preferred method of working in the round for stockinette
• 1 3mm circular needle 60/80cm or preferred method of working in the round for stranded colourwork yoke
• 1 set of each of 2.5mm, 2.75mm and 3mm DPN (or preferred method of working in the round) for sleeves. You may prefer to switch to shorter/ longer needles as circumferences decrease/ increase.
• Tapestry needle for weaving in ends and grafting underarms
• Stitch markers
• Waste yarn or stitch holders for holding live
stitches at underarms
• 10-12 1.25cm/0.5” buttons
• Ribbon or braid for covering steeks (optional)

This garment is designed to fit with 2-10cm” of positive ease. Measurements given are for the FINISHED garment choose the size which allows for your chosen amount of ease. In the pictures I am wearing the 105cm (41”) version with approximately 2.5cm/1” of positive ease. Directions for larger sizes are given in brackets (). It can be helpful to highlight the stitch counts and instructions throughout the pattern which correspond to your size. Where only one figure is given, this applies to all sizes. See chart image in photographs for available sizes.

29st and 32 rows to 10cm over colour work after washing and blocking. Use 3mm needles as starting point for checking gauge. Please check gauge carefully and adjust your needle size accordingly. My Autumnsong Beanie Pattern knits to the same gauge so can be used as a swatch for checking your tension and colour choices!


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