When our children were small we used to play a game at bedtime where we used to blow kisses into the air and they used to catch them to put under their pillows to help them to feel safe at night. From this, I first designed my Smooriken beanie and mittens pattern but have long had the idea that I would use elements of those to make a cardigan.
Smooriken means kiss or to be kissed in Shetland dialect and for this design I have chosen two bold shades of Jamiesons of Shetland Double Knitting yarn. I am now planning a sweater version too!
Jamiesons of Shetland Double knitting 100% Shetland wool 75m/25g in the following quantities
MC Zodiac 599 16(16,17,17,18,20,20,21,22,23) balls
CC Plum 585 2(2,2,2,2,2,2,3,3,4)balls
Please note all yarn quantities are approximations and you may need more/less yarn should you wish to add or reduce length or should gauge not be met.
22st and 32 rows to 10cm/4 over stockinette worked in the round on 3.5mm circular needles.
Please check your gauge very carefully over washed and blocked swatch and adjust your needle size accordingly.
* 1 size 3.5mm 80-100cm circular needle (or preferred method for working in the round) for stockinette body
1 size 3.25mm set of double pointed needles (or preferred method for working in the round) for cuffs and neckband
1 size 3.5mm set of double pointed needles (or preferred method of working in the round) for body of sleeve
1 size 3.25mm 40cm circular needle (or preferred method for working in the round) for neckband and 80- 100cm for bottom rib
1 size 3.75mm 80-100cm circular needle (or preferred method for working in the round) for stranded colourwork
7 Stitch markers (a,b,c,d,e,f,g) Stitch markers are placed to mark centre front of steek (marker a) start and end of steek (markers b and g) and side seams (markers c and f) You may find it useful to use stitch markers
of different colours or types to differentiate between sections. If you are new to colourwork you may also find it useful to place markers at the end of each chart repeat. Markers are also placed following insertion of sleeves to denote area of work for decreases (markers c and d for right sleeve and markers e and f for left sleeve)
Waste yarn for holding stitches at underarms
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Sharp scissors for cutting steeks
8-12 1.25cm buttons
Tape or braid for covering steeks (optional)
Thread and needle for attaching braid (optional)
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