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Magical Top Down Cardigan

By: Elaine Phillips from
Magical Top Down Cardigan
Magical Top Down Cardigan
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When the weather takes a turn for colder temperatures, there are few things more comforting than knit cardigan patterns. Simultaneously cozy and lacy, the Magical Top Down Cardigan is just the pattern you need for warming up in style. This gorgeous lace knitting pattern is a must have in anyone's wardrobe Knit from the top down and available in sizes small to 3X, this classic accessory is just waiting to be a part of your regular wardrobe. Create various versions in multiple colors and you'll have an array of sweaters that you can easily mix and match with other items in your closet.


Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

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This is a lovely cardigan and I have the perfect yarn for it. It has a nice detail which is not hard to do. I like top down sweaters because I find it falls nicely. Also it eliminates all those seams. I will probably make the sleeves longer as well. Thank you for the pattern.

An historical note about "Top-down sweaters". A friend lived in Germany during WWII and said that all the children's sweaters were knit top down because you could easily unravel them and add to the bottom of the sleeves and body as the kid grew.....there was no money for new clothes.

Always amazes me the strength of the human spirit. Though such a shame the atrocities inflicted by some. Thank you for the reminder and inspiration to persevere for the good.

The Rowan linen cotton mix yarn makes this sweater absolutely perfect for Spring and Summer. The yarn is also hand washable, lay flat to dry so no expensive dry cleaning costs. If you substitute yarns in this pattern you may not achieve the same amount of definition, but it should work up into a beautiful sweater.

I think I would either use smaller pins for the sleeve rib, or less stitches then increase befor beginning the pattern. I don't like the bagginess of them on the pattern, but I do like the actual cardigan very much.

I've made top down sweaters before and I like this very much especially as it and others linked are also for larger sizes. Can I assume that the sleeves can be knitted to whatever length desired?

I too would be interested to confirm if sleeves can be knitted longer.

I would prefer a longer length sleeve, too, three quarters or full length. I don't see any reason why the sleeves couldn't be worked as long as you want them to be. Just remember to take into account the cuff so it wont be too long (something I tend to forget!).


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