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A comfortably casual cardigan is a fall staple – for good reason! When it’s too chilly to go out and about without a little something to ward off the oncoming chill, but still too warm to don a thick winter jacket, it’s the magical time when knit sweaters and cardigans are in high season.

This stylish version hits all my buttons: The unusual top-down construction that starts at the shoulder seam makes for an interesting and fun knit, the relaxing garter stitch is broken up by decorative brioche elements and watching the colors fade is just a joy.

And let me tell you about the yarn: Nature’s Luxury On Stage is a luxuriously soft sport weight blend of Merino, Silk and Camel with the softest sheen that lets this cardigan truly shine. I’ve chosen a taupey neutral that fades into three shades of pink, from the light to almost burgundy.

The Autumn Affinity cardigan is meant to be worn causally open – which is why the fronts will not meet when knit to pattern. If you prefer a closable cardigan, you can adjust the pattern to fit your needs.
Short-rows are worked to create an – almost – straight finish. An attached brioche band and i-cords surround the cardigan. Brioche cuffs are the finishing touch.

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Details

Yarn: 4 colors of Nature’s Luxury On Stage
Sport weight, 50% Merino / 30% Silk / 20% Camel, 300 m / 328 yd per 100 g

Pictured in the colorways Diamonds & Pearls (A – taupe), Marcia Baila (B – light pink), Skandal um Rosy (C – medium pink), Dancing Queen (D – dark pink)

You can find yarn kits in lots of different colors in the Nature‘s Luxury Online Store.

Yardage:

  • Color A: 538 (555, 616, 693, 767) m / 588 (607, 674, 758, 839) yards / 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins
  • Color B: 188 (194, 215, 243, 268) m / 206 (212, 235, 266, 293) yards / 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) skeins
  • Color C: 235 (243, 269, 303, 336) m / 257 (266, 294, 331, 367) yards / 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins
  • Color D: 237 (244, 271, 306, 338) m / 259 (267, 296, 335, 370) yards / 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins
  • In Total: 1198 (1236, 1371, 1545, 1709) m / 1310 (1352, 1499, 1690, 1869) yards / 5 (5, 5, 8, 8) skeins

Gauge: 20 sts / 36 rows = 10 cm / 4” in garter stitch (relaxed after blocking)

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL) to fit chest circumference of 32-34 (36, 38-40, 42-44, 46-48)“ (=EUR sizes)

Needles: US 4/3.5 mm circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge), DPNs for cuffs & border

Notions: tapestry needle, 6 stitch markers, stitch holders, removable stitch marker