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Candy Twist
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Candy Twist

Intermediate
By Allegra Wermuth

I have always loved the color combination of red and pink. It reminds me of the cinnamon candy canes that I used to eat when I was a child. I wanted to design something using the color combination but could never find a yarn that was "just right". So I called upon my friend Samantha, the indie dyer behind sKNITches to custom dye a colorway for me. The yarn turned out exactly the way I envisioned! With those cinnamon candy canes in mind, I used a cable pattern for the yoke and body which reminded me of a wrapped candy. Pair this cardigan with a dressy dress and your toddler will look as sweet as those wrapped candies.

SIZE

12 months [18 months, 24 months, 3T, 4T]

Shown in 24 months

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest Measurement: 20.25[22, 23, 23.75, 25] inches
Finished Length: 7.75[9, 9.5, 11, 12.25] inches

MATERIALS

sKNITches Lofty [100% superwash merino wool; 190 yards/173 meters per hank];

Candy Twist; 2[3, 3, 3, 4] hanks

Recommended needle sizes

US #5/3.75 mm 24 inch circular needle and dpns (set of 4) for sleeves

NOTIONS

4 stitch markers
Waste yarn or 2 stitch holders

GAUGE

19 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches in St st

PATTERN NOTES

Cable strip is worked first for neck edge. Stitches are picked up along the long edge of strip to work remainder of Yoke, increasing at 4 raglan "seam" lines. Sleeve sts are slipped to waste yarn and Body is completed. Sleeves are then worked individually on dpns.

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS

C4B: Slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold in back of work, k2, k2 from cable needle
sm: slip marker

Skills Required

Cabling, picking up stitches.


INSTRUCTIONS

CABLED NECK STRIP

Autumn LeavesCast on 10 sts using the backwards loop method.
Rows 1 and 2: Knit across.
Row 3: Sl 1, p2, C4B, p2, k1, place marker in last st made.
Row 4: P1, k2, p4, k2, p1.
Rows 5-8: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 twice.
Row 9: Sl 1, p2, k4, p2, k1.
Row 10: P1, k2, p4, k2, p1.
Rows 11-14: Repeat Rows 9 and 10 twice.
Repeat Rows 3-14 until Neck Strip measures 15.5 inches, ending by working Row 8.
Last 2 rows: Knit across.
Bind off loosely.

YOKE

Row 1: With RS facing and working in marked edge of Yoke, pick up and knit 94[88, 90, 80, 76] sts across Yoke, placing markers as follows: k14[14, 14, 13, 13], pm, k19[16, 16, 13, 11], pm, k28,[28, 30, 28, 28], pm, k19[16, 16, 13, 11], pm, k14[14, 14, 13, 13].
Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3: K3, * knit to within 1 st of next marker, kfb, sm, kfb; repeat from * across, knit across to last 3 sts, k3: 102[96, 98, 88, 84] sts.
Row 4: K3, purl across to last 3 sts, k3.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4, 9[11, 12, 14, 16] times: 174[184, 194, 200, 212] sts.

BODY

Row 1: Knit to within 1 st of marker, kfb, slip next 39[40, 42, 43, 47] sts onto st holder or waste yarn for left sleeve; kfb, knit to within 1 st of marker, kfb; slip next 39[40, 42, 43, 47] sts onto st holder or waste yarn for right sleeve; kfb, knit across: 100[108, 114, 118, 122] sts.
Row 2: K3, purl across to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3: * Knit to within 1 st of marker, kfb, sm, kfb; repeat from * once more, knit across: 104[112, 118, 122, 126] sts.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3, 8[11, 12, 16, 19] times, then repeat Row 2 once more: 136[156, 166, 186, 206] sts.

Candy Twist Edging (multiple of 10 sts plus 6)

Autumn Leaves
Row 1:
K3, * k1, p2, C4B, p2, k1; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 2: K3, * p1, k2, p4, k2, p1; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, k3.
Rows 3-6: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice.
Row 7: K3, * k1, p2, k4, p2, k1; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 8: K3, * p1, k2, p4, k2, p1; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, k3.
Rows 9 and 10: Repeat Rows 7 and 8.
Rows 11-14: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice.

Bind off all sts loosely knitwise.

SLEEVE

Transfer sts  from waste yarn to 3 dpns, pick up 3[2, 3, 2, 1] additional sts to help close up the seam: 42[42, 45, 45, 48] sts.
Knit every round until sleeve measures 6[7, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5] inches.

CUFF

Rnd 1: * K1, p2; repeat from * around.
Repeat Rnd 1 until Cuff measures 1 inch or to desired length.
Bind off all sts in pattern.

FINISHING

Block lightly. Spend some extra time blocking the Candy Twist sections to enhance the cables.

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Jenny Snedeker

When she is not knitting or dreaming about knitting, Allegra Wermuth is a mother, wife, teacher and professional violinist living outside of Denver, Colorado. Her father taught her to knit six years ago when she wanted to knit small decorative scarves for all the women who were a part of her wedding. She hasn't put her needles down since. You can read about her adventures in knitting at her blog.

 

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