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A new knit-along! The Maple Street Cardigan

Apr 8, 2011

The Maple Street Cardigan squeaked by the Lace Saddle Tee, so it's the official knit-along for spring! I love this pattern and I love knitting cardigans, so I'm thrilled. 

Here are the pattern details:

Finished Size 33 3⁄4 (371⁄2, 41 3⁄4, 44 1⁄2, 48)" bust circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 33 3⁄4", modeled with a little negative ease.

Yarn Classic Elite Posh (70% silk, 30% cashmere; 125 yd [115 m]/50 g): #930521 hydrangea (MC), 6 (7, 8, 8, 9) skeins. Classic Elite Fresco (60% wool, 30% baby alpaca, 10% angora; 164 yd [151 m]/50 g): #5331 periwinkle (CC), 1 skein.

Needles Body and sleeves-size 7 (4.5 mm): 16" and 24" circulars (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Bands--size 6 (4 mm). Ruffles--size 8 (5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle; six 1⁄2" buttons.

Gauge 18 sts and 26 rows = 4" in St st on smaller needles.

Here's the schedule:

4/8-4/15: Gather materials and swatch, swatch, swatch!
4/16-4/30: Knit yoke.
5/1-5/22: Knit body.
5/23-6/13: Knit sleeves.
6/14-6/28: Finishing.

I'm going to make a couple of adjustments to the pattern: shorter sleeves and a longer torso, so I'll need a little more yarn, probably about 300 more yards. 

I'm not sure which yarn I'll be using. I want this to work for summer, so I think I'll look for a cotton blend or some similar type of blend.

Have fun!

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on Apr 17, 2011 11:14 AM

ok, my first KAL with you guys - Doing some destashing so I will be using Knit Picks Merino DK.  in Grasshopper.  Not sure about the ruffles yet, but I will be shopping around for some goodies.  

PTrish wrote
on Apr 17, 2011 9:15 AM

I was wondering the same thing as Sarah.  Do we need to buy the pattern, or will the parts be revealed as we Knit-A-Long?  My first time as well, but I can't wait to make his beautiful cardigan, although a little bit longer than the one pictured.

DianeN@16 wrote
on Apr 15, 2011 8:26 AM

Hi to Everyone!  This is my first KAL.  I'm taking the low-budget road, using Lion Brand's Cotton-Ease for the sweater.  Ruffle yarn TBD.  The swatch has nice stitch definition and a comforting soft feel to it.  My goal is to stay on track and finish this!    

sjmitch wrote
on Apr 14, 2011 6:28 AM

I've ordered Bergere de France Sonora yarn in Mosaique and buttons, but still waiting for it to arrive :-(

Do I need to buy the pattern too, or will this be on the blog as we go along? - sorry first time I've done this, so don't really know the rules



trailridr24 wrote
on Apr 11, 2011 6:27 AM

Okay, I'm in. I've wanted to knit this cardigan for a while now. I guess now's as good a time as any. I'll be knitting this in Simply Soft/raspberry. Knitting on a tight budget. It's in my stash and I may as well use it up! Plus, the color should be pretty. Guess I'd better dig out that yarn and start swatchin'!!

sjc wrote
on Apr 9, 2011 9:34 PM

Finally, a project I voted for got chosen!  This is a great issue of Interweave for any who might be thinking of purchasing the magazine.  So far we've done as KAL's the Slanting Gretel Tee, the Everyway Wrap and now the Maple Street Cardigan.  I've also made the Scoop Pullover and have the Big Montana Tunic on needles!  I love almost every pattern in this Fall 2009 issue.  I hope everyone has a good time knitting the Maple Street Cardi.  I'm also going to make it longer and will probably lengthen the sleeves to 3/4 length.  I have the yarn so might as well.

melschoenwx wrote
on Apr 8, 2011 11:57 PM

This one wasn't my pick, but I am actually excited about knitting it! Not sure how well it will work, but I am going to try it in either Quechua in a light willow or tilli tommas plie in red. If I pick that I will need to make a few minor changes as it is 100% silk, but I think it would make an incredible cardi! (and since I live in Hawaii, silk and bamboo are a bit better for wearing!) Going to swatch tonight!!

knit-picker wrote
on Apr 8, 2011 7:42 PM

what is the trick to knitting a sweater. I have made several attempts. The patterns are either so complicated I give up or the measurements are so far off it wouldn't fit. Is there a secret trick???

Deb@49 wrote
on Apr 8, 2011 7:33 PM

I hope knitters post what yarn they are using so I can get some ideas.

trinity2014 wrote
on Apr 8, 2011 6:34 PM


 It's funny that this would be the new knit-a-long because I am in need of a short sleeved, light weight cardigan to go with a couple of dresses I have for summer. Thinking I will do mine in a white cotton blend that will wear and hang well but also be light enough weight that I won't smother in it.

 Hoping I can find what I want and join the group!


on Apr 8, 2011 6:32 PM

Well Kathleen, I was hoping for the Lace Saddle Tee, which I started, a few days ago, and nearly have the back finished.  Maybe next time I'll knit along, but this time I like the Tee better.