Kedleston by Judy Furlong


November 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1531 - 2625 yards (1400 - 2400 m)
82 -128 cm (32 - 50 in)
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This fitted cardigan has single pleat detail at the back, echoed at the sleeve cuffs, and box pleats at the fronts and sleeve caps. The cuff pleats fall in opposite directions on right and left fitted sleeves which are otherwise identical.
Two pockets with a knotted rib trim – ideal for carrying a lipstick or gloss for a quick touch up – and French knots decorating the otherwise plain buttons, complete the detail.
The stitch patterns - stocking stitch and single rib – are undemanding, but the moderate technical challenge lies in making the pleats. The tricky part of making box pleats is in creating a neat join between the two parts but this is made much easier here by having the two patch pockets to disguise the join on the Front sections and an armhole seam to do the same trick at the sleeve cap. Short row shaping is used in stocking stitch to create the bust darts and in the single rib edging to turn the corners. There is no need to work the wraps in the single rib as these fall on purl stitches and so the wrap is disguised.
The body may be lengthened or shortened at the waist or immediately before the armhole but be sure to reposition the buttonholes.