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Seeing Dots Cardigan

This cardigan takes its name from embroidered polka dots worked in spiderweb stitch.

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The simple square body is bordered with a striped garter-stitch edging, mitered at the corners, which is picked up and knitted after the sweater is finished. The center front zipper is guided up and down with a corded pull embellished with three-color pom-poms. Kristin Nicholas is the author of two recent books on embroidery, Kids' Embroidery (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2004) and Colorful Stitchery (Storey, 2005). She talks about her love of stitchery and offers more ideas for embellishing handknits with simple embroidery stitches in an article that you'll find on the Knits website,
Finished Size: 30 (32, 34)" (76 [81.5, 86.5] cm) chest circumference. Sweater shown measures 32" (81.5 cm).
Yarn: Nashua Handknits Julia (50% wool, 25% kid mohair, 25% alpaca; 93 yd [85 m]/50 g): #8141 pretty pink (MC), 5 (5, 7) balls; #6416 midnight blue, 2 balls; #2083 magenta, 1 ball. Yarn distributed by Westminster Fibers.
Yarn weight: #4 - Medium
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st with larger needles.
Needles: Body and sleeves-size 7 (4.5 mm): straight. Edging-size 6 (4 mm): 32" (80-cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: 14 (16, 16)" (35.5 [40.5, 40.5] cm) separating zipper with molded plastic teeth in coordinating color; sharp-point sewing needle and thread for attaching zipper; markers (m); tapestry needle; sewing pins (optional); pom-pom maker (optional).
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Spring 2006

SKU: EP1273

Author/Speaker/Editor: Kristin Nicholas

Format: eProject