Connie

Connie is the perfectly wearable transition to spring – a jacket-like cardigan of dense garter stitch knit.  Wear it zipped or not, as the weather allows.  For dramatic effect, short rows shape the front, dipping its hemline slightly, and counterbalancing the rise of its collar in the back.  Side shaping is gentle, just enough for a feminine silhouette.  You’ll find this to be a delightfully quick knit, worked flat from the bottom up in worsted weight wool.  Easy knitting and shaping, and easy zipper insertion too, achieved by matching rows and following the paths of the defined garter stitches.   No blocking is required for this piece.  A light steaming evens stitches out nicely at the end.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bust: 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56" / 81.25, 91.5, 101.5, 111.75, 122, 132, 142.25 cm
Waist:
27, 31, 35, 39, 43, 47, 51" / 68.5, 78.75, 89, 99, 109.25, 119.5, 129.5 cm
Hip:
32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56" / 81.25, 91.5, 101.5, 111.75, 122, 132, 142.25 cm
Length:
22¾, 23¼, 23½, 23¾, 24, 24¼, 24½" / 57.75, 59, 59.75, 60.25, 61, 61.5, 62.25 cm at center front

MATERIALS
Yarn
Shown in Lark wool by Quince & Co. (100% wool; 134 yds / 123 m per 50g skein); Birds Egg #106; 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19 skeins, or for comparable yarn, approximately 1440, 1625, 1795, 1965, 2175, 2375, 2550 yds / 1317, 1486, 1642, 1797, 1989, 2172, 2332 m.

Needles
US8 / 5mm or size to obtain gauge
1 24 to 32" circular to manage multiple stitches (pattern knit flat)
1 pair straight

Notions
Stitch markers (locking and rings)
Stitch holders
Tapestry needle
Medium weight (#5) 16" / 40 cm separating zipper
Thread, waste wool in an alternate color, sewing needle, and pins for zipper insertion

GAUGE
20 sts and 40 rows = 4" / 10 cm in garter stitch

SKILLS REQUIRED
Long-tail cast on, garter stitch, decreasing (k2tog), increasing (k1-f/b), short row shaping, some seaming, garter stitch grafting, and zipper installation.

13 page pdf includes pattern instructions, photographs, schematics, photo tutorials for best practice sleeve insertion and zipper installation, links to garter stitch short rows, seaming, and grafting tutorials, and definitions for relevant abbreviations.

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