Nan

I named this luscious knit Nan, because now I am one – a new grandmother that is, and that's reason to celebrate!  Nan is a double-breasted cardigan to be worn all buttoned up or not, as it drapes evenly due to its abundant collar.  The wonderfully versatile (and reversible) Seeded Rib Check stitch pattern (a simple 4 stitch by 12 row repeat) adorns its overlapping center front panel and collar. This is a top-down knit, made in one piece, except for the sleeves (also top-down), that are worked separately and set-in.  Short rows even out the gauge differences between stitch patterns – with a row tracker included in instructions to keep the knitting simple.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bust:  33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57" / 83.75, 94, 104, 114.25, 124.5, 134.5, 144.75 cm
Waist:  28½, 33, 36½, 41, 44½, 49, 52½" / 72.5, 83.75, 92.75, 104, 113, 124.5, 133.5 cm
Hips:  33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57" / 83.75, 94, 104, 114.25, 124.5, 134.5, 144.75 cm
Length:  24¾, 25¼, 25½, 25¾, 26, 26¼, 26½" / 63, 64, 64.75, 65.5, 66, 66.75, 67.25 cm
Shown in size 37"/94 cm, worn with approx 1"/2.5 cm ease.

MATERIALS
Yarn
Shown in Cascade 220 wool by Cascade Yarns. (100% Peruvian Highland wool; 220 yds / 200 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein); color – Lavender Violet #9659; 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9 skeins, or for comparable yarn, approx 1060, 1170, 1320, 1435, 1550, 1680, 1810 yards / 970, 1070, 1210, 1315, 1415, 1535, 1655 m.  I always have additional yarn on-hand for swatching.

Needles
US8 / 5mm or size to obtain gauge
1 24" / 60 cm circular (circ) to manage stitches, bodice worked flat
• 1 36" / 90 cm circ, or longer, to manage multiple stitches following bodice join at underarms (allows for trying it on as you work to check fit)
• 1 set double pointed or preferred needle style for working small circumferences of the sleeves in the round

Notions
Stitch markers
• Stitch holders or waste yarn
• Tapestry needle
T-pins for blocking (blocking wires optional)
• (6) 7/8-1"/ 23-25mm buttons (1"/ 25mm shown)

GAUGE (after blocking)
18 sts and 25 rows = 4" / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch
18 sts and 29 rows = 4" / 10 cm in Seeded Rib Check pattern

SKILLS REQUIRED
Long-tail CO, provisional CO, cable CO, circular knitting, decreases (ssk, k2tog), increases (RLI, LLI), short row shaping at shoulders and throughout the collar/front panel at regular intervals, seaming at back neckline, blocking, and setting in sleeves.    

11 page PDF includes pattern instructions, photographs, assembly diagrams, schematics, stitch description and chart, row tracking grid for managing short row intervals, helpful links to online tutorials, and definitions for relevant abbreviations.

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