Tutorial: How to make a cardigan using stunning colours

from VeryCris DHGPenFriend - 29 August 2017

I shouldn’t say this but Cyrcus is definitely my favourite yarn amongst the new DHG yarns. That’s why, aswell as using it to make the pom pom hat, I also chose it for a really unique garment: a soft and cosy cardigan, almost like a cloud. A simple and no-frills cardigan with which I have played with colours and tones.

Do you fancy making one? Just follow my pointers! I’ll warn you though, you will need a bit of patience because there are many colour changes, but it will be so worth it.

Materials

Cyrcus Yarn (2 ply thread) – about 100 grams / 3.5 ounce for each colour. These quantities refer to an oversized cardigan woman’s M. High bust is 57cm/22.5 “.

Needles

Needles n° 12EU/17US

Stitches

Stockinette stitch

This is by alternating a knit row on the odd rows and a purl stitch on the even rows.

Rib 1×1

This is by working a knit row and a purl one.

Useful tips

With the stockinette stitch never work the first stitch which should only be passed on the right needle and always knit stitch the last one. The result will give a neat and clean selvedge. When you change colours in the lines, tie together the new combination with the previous one leaving the threads long enough in order to clean up the work better at the end.

Preparation of the yarns

Prepare a ball of wool of about 50gr/1.76 ounce of each solid colour and one for each two-colour combination as follows:

Solid colour

1. Cotton Candy
2. Dancer
3. Mist
4. Tenderness
5. Black Cherry
6. Horizon
7. Amethyst
8. Sapphire
9. Indigo

2-colour combination

10. Dancer + Tenderness
11. Horizon + Dancer
12. Mist + Tenderness
13. Cotton Candy + Dancer
14. Horizon + Sapphire
15. Sapphire + Amethyst
16. Black Cherry + Tenderness
17. Horizon + Indigo
18. Black Cherry + Tenderness
19. Indigo + Sapphire
20. Amethyst + Black cherry
21. Dancer + Horizon

How to make a super soft cardigan

Back

Cast on 60 stitches of colour Mist and rib stitch 1×1 for 6 rows.

row 7. Knit colour Mist
row 8. Purl colour Indigo
row 9. Knit colour  Indigo
row 10. Purl colour Indigo
row 11. Knit combination no. 19
row 12. Purl colour Sapphire
row 13. Knit combination no. 11
row 14. Purl colour Tenderness
row 15. Knit colour Tenderness
row 16. Purl combination no. 16
row 17. Knit combination no.16
row 18. Purl colour Black Cherry
row 19. Knit colour Black Cherry
row 20. Purl colour Black Cherry
row 21. Knit combination no.18
row 22. Purl colour Cotton Candy
row 23. Knit colour Cotton Candy
row 24. Purl combination no.13
row 25. Knit colour Dancer
row 26. Purl colour Dancer
row 27. Knit combination no.10
row 28. Purl combination no.12
row 29. Knit combination no.12
row 30. Purl combination no.12
row 31. Knit colour Mist
row 32. Purl combination no.11
row 33. Knit combination no.11
row 34. Purl combination no.11
row 35. Knit colour Horizon
row 36. Purl combination no.17
row 37. Knit combination no.17
row 38. Purl combination no.17
row 39. Knit combination no.17
row 40. Purl colour Indigo
row 41. Knit colour Indigo
row 42. Purl combination no.19
row 43. Knit colour Sapphire
row 44. Purl colour Sapphire
row 45. Knit combination no.15
row 46. Purl combination no.15

row 47.  knit colour Amethyst – drop 3 stitches per side ( slip the first one and then knit 2 together 3 times – do the same thing for the remaining last loops on the needle)

row 48. purl colour Amethyst – drop 2 stitches per part (slip the first one and then knit 2 together twice – do the same thing for the remaining last loops on the needle)

row 49. Knit colour Sapphire
row 50. Purl combination no.21
row 51. Knit combination no.21
row 52. Purl colour Dancer
row 53. Knit combination no.10
row 54. Purl combination no.10
row 55. Knit combination no.10
row 56. Purl colour Black Cherry
row 57. Knit colour Cotton Candy
row 58. Purl colour Cotton Candy
row 59. Knit combination no.13
row 60. Purl colour Dancer
row 61. Knit colour Mist
row 62. Purl colour Mist
row 63. Knit colour Mist

Fasten off.

Front right

Cast on 20 stitches and follow the lining sequence and the work on the reverse side, making exceptions for the 47th and 48th row where you only need to drop on the right side of the work.

Front left

Cast on 20 stitches and follow the lining sequence and the work on the reverse side, making exceptions for the 47th and 48th row where you only need to drop on the left side of the work.

Sleeves

Cast on 22 stitches of colour Mist and rib 1×1 for 6 rows.

row 7. Knit colour Mist increasing 1 stitch per side. Slip the first loop and work the second twice, then do the same thing for the second to last one.
row 8. Purl colour Indigo
row 9. Knit colour Indigo
row 10. Purl colour Indigo
row 11. Knit combination no.19
row 12. Purl colour Sapphire
row 13. Knit combination no.11
row 14. Purl colour Tenderness
row 15. Knit colour Tenderness
row 16. Purl combination no.16
row 17. Knit combination no.16 increasing 1 stitch per side
row 18. Purl colour Black Cherry
row 19. Knit colour Black Cherry
row 20. Purl colour Black Cherry
row 21. Knit combination no.18
row 22. Purl colour Cotton Candy
row 23. Knit colour Cotton Candy
row 24. Purl combination no.13
row 25. Knit colour Dancer
row 26. Purl colour Dancer
row 27. Knit combination no.10 increasing 1 stitch per side
row 28. Purl combination no.12
row 29. Knit combination no.12
row 30. Purl combination no.12
row 31. Knit colour Mist
row 32. Purl combination no.11
row 33. Knit combination no.11
row 34. Purl combination no.11
row 35. Knit colour Horizon
row 36. Purl combination no.17
row 37. Knit combination no.17 increasing 1 stitch per side
row 38. Purl combination no.17
row 39. Knit combination no.17
row 40. Purl colour Indigo
row 41. Knit colour Indigo
row 42. Purl combination no.19
row 43. Knit colour Sapphire
row 44. Purl colour Sapphire
row 45. Knit combination no.15
row 46. Purl combination no.15
row 47. Knit colour Amethyst increasing 1 stitch per side
row 48. Purl colour Amethyst
row 49. Knit colour Sapphire
row 50. Purl combination no.21
row 51. Knit combination no.21
row 52. Purl colour Dancer
row 53. Knit combination no.10
row 54. Purl combination no.10
row 55. Knit combination no.10
row 56. Purl colour Black Cherry
row 57. Knit colour Cotton Candy increasing 1 stitch per side
row 58. Purl colour Cotton Candy
row 59. Knit combination no.13
row 60. Purl colour Dancer increasing 1 stitch per side
row 61. Knit colour Mist
row 62. Purl colour Mist
row 63. Knit colour Mist

Fasten off.

Front hem

Cast on 110 stitches.
row 1. Purl colour Mist
row 2. rib 1×1 colour Mist
row 3. rib 1×1 colour Mist
row 4. rib 1×1 colour Mist
row 5. rib 1×1 colour Mist
row 6. rib 1×1 colour Mist
row 7. rib 1×1 colour Mist
row 8. rib1x1 colour Mist
row 9. rib 1×1 colour Dancer
row 10.rib 1×1 colour Dancer
row 11. Fasten off with colour Sapphire

Making up of the cardigan

Before sewing and putting together the pieces to make up the cardigan, tidy up the selvedges from the threads of the colour changes like this: put a crochet hook or a knitting needle along the stitches on the edge and then cut the excess.
Sew the shoulders joining the front and back.
Sew the sleeves making sure not to tug the thread of the seam too tight to avoid losing elasticity of the underarm seam.
Sew the sleeves starting from the wrist until you get to the side. Repeat on both sides.
Sew the front hem and also here making sure not to tug the thread of the seam too tightly.

The cardigan is ready!

And apparently it’s irresistible, as our model, Damiano couldn’t help wearing it, even if it’s a bit too small for him. At the very least, like a true gentleman, he let Giuditta have the poncho. If it has the same effect on your man, I hope he is just as much a gentleman!

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2 Comments for Tutorial: How to make a cardigan using stunning colours

  1. Jane Spence

    Hi there, I’m confused about the quantity of yarn required for this cardigan. Is 9 x 100g balls correct?
    Thanks
    Jane

  2. Edoardo Del Lucchese

    Hi Jane, yes the quantity is 100 gr for each colors, so 900 gr total.
    Best regards
    Edoardo

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