Thursday, April 3, 2008

More Sizes for Lace Cardi

I have heard from many of you about your liking the Lace Cardi (#20) from Spring VK, and I feel your frustration with having the instruction only in one size. Unfortunately, the way the lace stitch count and decreases worked, it just mathematically did not add up to make it in more sizes. So what I’d suggest to those of us who are bigger than the 34” is to use slightly thicker yarn and thus getting a smaller gauge per inch. I have created a chart where you can find the size closer to yours and the gauges needed to achieve it, while using the same pattern as printed in Vogue Knitting.

DISCLAIMER: The instructions below are only informative guidelines. You may try to use them to achieve the result similar to Lace Cardigan featured in VK. Be aware that these were NOT tech edited and have not been test knitted. Some measurements may differ because your row gauge may be different, so you may need to make changes to fit it to your body measurements.

I'd tried to calculate the measurements to best of my abilities, but since your row gauge might (and most likely will) be different, I'd recommend to make the sleeves first, since they are going to be slightly wider than in the pattern (see the schematics below). Then when you make the body, adjust the underarms height so that you can fit the sleeve caps in comfortably.

To achieve following sizes, you should work it in the gauges (# sts = 4") as you can see below.

SIZE (inches) 36 3/4 37 1/2 39 1/2 41 3/4 44 46 3/4

Waterfall patt (# sts = 4") 21 20 19 18 17 16

Lace patt (# sts = 4") 24 23 22 20.5 19.5 18

You should get following measurements for the sizes as you can see in the schematics (click to enlarge them):

To achieve the measurements in the schematics, I made a few modifications to original pattern.

Under RIBBED WAIST: .... work in k3, p3 rib for "3 1/4, 3 1/4, 3 1/4, 3 1/2, 3 3/4, 4)", .... Then work in waterfall patt for (5 1/2, 5 1/2, 5 1/2, 5 1/2, 5 1/2, 5 3/4)".

Under BACK: ..... bind off for armhole as written in the pattern; then work even until armhole measures (6 1/2, 7, 7 1/4, 7 3/4, 8, 8 1/2)". (then work neck and shoulder shaping.)

Under FRONT: .... work underarm shaping as written in the pattern; AT THE SAME TIME, after underarm measures (1/4, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, 1 3/4, 2 1/4)", from the neck edge bind off .... (work the front neck shaping)

If you have any suggestions or changes that might help others to make this cardi in the larger size, please let me know. I hope these basic guidelines will help you to work your size successfully.


Mark said...
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knittingmeadow said...

I'm confused about the directions for the lace cuff. Am I starting charts C & D on a WS or RS? It isn't turning out to look the same as the peplum.