10-Hour Cardigan

Cast on Friday; wear it on Monday!

SuperQuick SuperBulky Cardigan

I saw a superbulky cardigan on Pinterest but couldn’t find a pattern on Ravelry so I drew a picture, did some math, and, presto! The photo I saw had bell sleeves which could easily be accomplished by not decreasing on the sleeve and decreasing by half just before knitting the cuff (k2tog all around). I wanted less bulk and to get the sweater out of 5 skeins so I opted for a tapered sleeve.

Spuntaneous

My notes are written out below for what I actually did. If I were to knit this again, I’d cast on 2 fewer sts for the back as I was aiming for 25” width. I might then have enough yarn to knit 2 more rows of rib on the band.

Super GaugeThis was my first experience working with superbulky yarn and I was glad it was a single as it spliced easily. When I came to the end of a ball, I split the end of the old and the beginning of the new about 4” back and cut off half. Then I laid one over the other and spit felted them together. Worked well and there were then no ends to work in! (Full disclosure: I didn’t figure this out until I was working the sleeves so I did have 2 awkward joins to hide. That worked too but the splicing was better.)

Materials

  • Yarn: 5 x 200g Cascade Spuntaneous (500 m total) plus some other yarn for seaming. I used 06 Burnt Orange (Would also be lovely in Malabrigo Rasta!)
  • Needles: 15 mm circular (I used a long cord and was able to knit in the round using magic loop.)

Gauge

1.75 stitches and 2.25 rows = 10 cm in stocking stitch

Size

Shoulder seam to shoulder seam: 26”
Length: 28”
Sleeve length: 14”

Pattern

Cast on 48 sts. (I used thumb method but wish I had used something that would match the ribbed cast off better.)

Work k1, p1 rib for 4” (8 rows).

Continue in SS until work measures 20” from cast on. (41 rows)

Work garter stitch for 7” (17 rows).

Cast off for neck: K 17, cast off 14, k 17.

Continue working one front side and then the other. (Be sure to cast off rather than placing the 14 sts on a holder. This gives the neck stability preventing it from stretching.)

K one row even.
Then dec one st at neck edge on next row.
Continue in garter for 20 rows.
Work 41 rows in SS.
Work 8 rows k1, p1 rib.
off in rib.

Other front side:
Start with 2 rows knit even.
Then dec one st at neck edge on the 3rd row.
Continue in garter for 20 rows.
Work 41 rows in SS.
Work 8 rows k1, p1 rib.
Cast off in rib.

Pick up for sleeves:
(I meant to start 10 rows below the beginning of the garter stitch section and end 10 rows after. If I had done that, my pick up calculations would have been perfect. Unfortunately, I started 8 rows before the garter stitch section and ended 8 rows after. So my pick up was 41 sts rather than the 42 I had intended and my sleeve is perhaps a little gathered at the top – not so you would notice.)

Pick up 7 sts for every 10 rows thus: pick up 2, skip 1, pick up 2, skip 1, pick up 2, skip 1, pick up 1 repeat 5 more times. (42 sts picked up over 60 rows)
Join in the round.
K 1 round even.
Dec next and every 4th round thereafter (decreases on rounds 1, 5, 9…25): ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. 27 sts remain (if you started with 41).
Knit 3 rounds even (or to desired length).
Next round: k1, k2tog Repeat to end of round (18 sts)
K1, p1 rib for 3 rounds (I would have liked 4 but I was at the end of a ball on my second sleeve and could only get 3 so took the first one back one round.)
Cast off in rib.

Sew Side Seams
I chose to sew these before picking up for the bands so I could try on the sweater and see if I liked it. I sewed them with sport weight yarn leftover from a pair of socks to prevent more bulk in the seam and to conserve yarn. I did a mattress stitch seam and liked the way it turned out.

Band
With right side facing, pick up using instructions from sleeve pickup (7 sts for every 10 rows) up the one front to the back of the neck. Pick up 14 sts that were cast off for back of neck. Pick up equal number down the other front side. I had 55 up, 14 across the back of the neck and 56 down the other side.
P1, k1, p1 for 2 rows (4 would be nicer but I had 63 g of yarn remaining when I started the pick up for the bands and used all but 2 g with only 2 rows. I would have needed an additional 30 g to work 2 more rows of rib. I.e., 14 g to pick up, 15 g per row of ribbing, 17 g to cast off)
Cast off in rib.

I used the ends under the arms to “mend” the little holes and worked in all ends.

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