Thysania, a free knitting pattern from Knitty.com. Free knitting pattern for a lacework easy shrug-style cardigan.
Thysania is a hybrid of a shawl and a cardigan, or an oversized shrug. I was skeptical about this type of piece, because I had tried on one or two that I didn't find flattering on me, but I had also seen some really nice ones and so I decided to challenge myself to create a one that would work for me. I believe that the key is to make it big enough, and I spent a good amount of time studying the shape and proportions to create the four sizes included.
A very engaging cable and eyelet pattern adorns a simple rectangle,which is sewn up to create armholes. Sitches are then picked up for sleeve cuffs and a generous collar.
model: Alison Green
photos: Amy Palmer
XS-S[M-L, 1X-2X, 3X-4X] XS-S, [M-L, 1X-2X, 3X-4X]
Fits bust sizes 28-34[36-42, 44-50, 52-58] inches.
Sample shown in Size M-L on a 40 inch/101.5 cm bust.
Finished back width: 20[23.75, 27.5, 31] inches/ 51[60.5, 70, 78.5] cm
Back neck to hem length: 33[33, 35, 35] inches/ 84[84, 89, 89] cm
Note: finished measurements are approximate, and garment is designed so fronts do not meet or overlap.
Berroco Summer Silk [45% Silk, 43% Cotton, 12% Nylon; 240 yd/220m per 50g ball]; color: #4061 Fable; 10[10, 12, 13] balls (translating to 2220[2400, 2820, 3010] yards).
Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below - every knitter's gauge is unique]
US #7/4.5mm straight circular needle, or 24 inches/60cm or longer
US #6/4mm needles for working small circumference in the round
US #6/4mm circular needle, 60 inches/ 150cm long
26 sts/27 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in openwork cable pattern stitch on larger needles
[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
3/3 LC kpk: Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to FRONT, k1, p1, k1, [k1, p1, k1] from cn.
3/3 RC kpk: Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to BACK, k1, p1, k1, [k1, p1, k1] from cn.
Openwork cable stitch (12 st rep + 8, decreases to 10 sts/rep on Row 9, goes back to 12 sts/rep on Row 11):
Set-Up Row 1 (RS): K1, *k6, p1, k4, p1; rep from * to last 7 sts, k7.
Row 1 (WS): P2, yo, ssp, p2tog, yo, p1, k1, p2tog, yo twice, ssp, k1, p1, yo, ssp, p2tog, yo, p1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 2: K1, *k6, p1, k1, [k1, p1] into double yo, k1, p1; rep from * to last 7 sts, k7.
Row 3: Rep Row 1
Row 4: K1, *3/3 LC kpk, p1, k1, [k1, p1] into double yo, *k1; rep from to last 7 sts, 3/3 LC kpk, k1.
Rows 5 and 7: Rep Row 1.
Rows 6 and 8: Rep Row 2.
Row 9: P2, yo, ssp, p2tog, yo, p1, *k1, p2tog, ssp, k1, p1, yo, ssp, p2tog, yo, p1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 10: K2, *k4, 3/3 RC kpk; rep from * to last 6 sts, k6.
Row 11: P2, yo, ssp, p2tog, yo, p1, *k1, p1, yo twice, p1, k1, p1, yo, ssp, p2tog, yo, p1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 12: Rep Row 2.
With larger needles, CO 188[188, 200, 200] sts.
Begin openwork cable pattern stitch, working from chart or written instructions.
Rep Rows 1-12, 22[24, 27, 29] times.
Bind off in pattern.
Block piece to measurements on schematic.
Place markers for sleeve opening at points 2 and 4. Match 3 to 3 and 4 to 4, and sew seam from 3 to 4. Match 1 to 1 and 2 to 2, and sew seam from 1 to 2.
Using smaller needles for working small circumference in the round, pick up and knit 60 sts around sleeve opening. Pm and join for working in the rnd. Work in k2, p2 rib for 4 inches. Bind off in rib.
Repeat on other side.
Beginning at either seam, using long circular needle, pick up and knit 212[230, 260, 278] across one long edge to the second side seam, then pick up and knit 212[230, 260, 278] sts across 2nd long edge to where you started (approximately 4 sts for every 5 rows).
Note: if your stitch count isn't exactly right, that's okay as long as you are in the ballpark and end with a multiple of 4 sts total on your needle.
Pm and join for working in the rnd. Work in k2, p2 rib for 4 inches. Bind off in rib.
A: 9.5[9.5, 10.25, 10.25] inches/24[24, 26, 26] cm
B: 10 inches/25.5 cm
C: 39[42.75, 48, 51.5] inches/ 99[108.5, 122, 131] cm
D: 29[29, 31, 31] inches/ 73.5[73.5, 78.5, 78.5] cm
Note: schematic measurements do not include ribbed edging.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Alison is part of the design team at Berroco yarns, and lives in Providence, RI. She has been working in the knitting industry as a designer, teacher and technical editor since 2002.
You'll find more of her work on Ravelry.
Pattern & images © 2017 Alison Green. Contact Alison