“Rettidig” is a short oversized cardigan worked top-down in garter stitch, starting with an I-cord. The I-cord is used for picking up stitches for the neckline. Afterward, a deep raglan with I-cords is worked before the body and sleeves are divided. The sleeve stitches are placed on hold, while the body is knit in garter stitch. The hem is worked with smaller needles. The sleeves are worked flat (one at a time) and worked with I-cords and decreases to the cuff. The cuff is worked with decreases and I-cords like “nerves in the middle of a leaf”.
A garment worked in garter stitch has to be constructed to embrace the way garter stitches react. The garter stitches may grow in length when the garment is worn. This cardigan is worked from an I-cord at the neck to prevent growth, I-cords at the vertical edges and with sleeves at bracelet length (7/8) and a short body length.
I worked the sample in a superwashed fingering weight merino yarn, which is said to grow the most, but I think the growth is under control with a firm gauge and by washing the cardigan in washing bag.
Because of the deep raglan sleeves, the measurement for your size is at the waist level after body and sleeves are divided. Measure your waist and choose the size that gives you the wanted ease. The sample is oversized, so I recommend between 10-20cm/4-8” ease. More information about the measurements of the cardigan on the last page.
The finished measurement around the waist is XS: 89cm/35.75”(S: 94cm/37.75”, M: 101cm/40.25”, L: 107.5cm/43”, XL: 116cm/46.25”, 2XL: 125cm/50”)
Approx yarn estimate: 1350m/1476yds (1400m/1531yds, 1500m/1640yds, 1600m/1749yds, 1750m/1913yds, 1900m/2077yds) Anina by Filcolana, 4 ply, 100% superwash merino wool yarn, 210m/230yds per 50g/
The sample is shown in a fingering weight 4 ply superwashed Merino yarn hand-dyed with avocado skins and pits – I recommend Anina from Filcolana because it is a similar yarn.
The pattern is suitable for a large range of fingering weight yarns. You could choose a yarn with linen or cotton content, or a natural woolen yarn would be very suitable, too. Be aware that yarn with a content of alpaca, silk will grow more than a natural yarn.
3.0mm/US 2.5, 80cm/32” circular needle for the hem.
3.5mm/US 4, 80cm/32” circular needle as main needle for the cardigan.
3.5mm/US 4, 2 double pointed needles for Basic I-cord.
Waste yarn and stitch markers
A safety pin, tapestry needle and 7 buttons (1.5cm/0.5”)