Sylvania Cardigan by Gabrielle Vézina

Sylvania Cardigan

July 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in St st on larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1100 - 1600 yards (1006 - 1463 m)
33¼ (36½ , 39, 42¼ , 46¼ )"
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Take your cue from the elves, dryads, satyrs, and other forest dwellers with this cardigan. A large leaf pattern and many cables take root at the bottom edge, while the dark leaf pattern gives a mysterious air. Explore your own sylvan side as you make your way through this versatile design, which comes together like magic: knitted from the top down, it is joined at the underarm and worked seamlessly.


  • The body of this cardigan is worked from the top down back and forth in rows. The upper back is worked first, then the fronts, then the pieces are joined for the lower body. Sleeve sts are picked up and worked in the round from the top down with short-row cap shaping.
  • A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.
  • When working short-rows, work wraps together with wrapped stitches when you come to them.
  • Use the knitted method to cast on stitches within the work.
  • The number of stitches of the Leaves chart varies from 21 to 23. All stitch counts are based on 21 stitches in the Leaves chart.
  • Before shaping back armholes, take note of the row of the cable patterns you’re on so you can start shaping front armholes at the same place.
  • When ending top back section, take note of the row of the leaves pattern you’re on so you can resume at the same place later.
  • When ending the armhole shaping for front, make sure you end at the same row of the pattern as the back.