Sunday, November 21, 2010

Week Thirty-Nine: Zap!

Original intended release date: September 25, 2010. See explanatory post.

This cardigan is for a little girl who likes bright colors and lasers. I wish I could show it on a model, but she doesn't live nearby, so I am trusting to God and the Craft Yarn Council that it will fit her four-year-old self. (It should. I Did Math and measured the thing obsessively. But you never know.)

(Confession: If the edge of the button band/collar seems to be a slightly different shade of dark green from the rest of the cardigan, it's not your monitor. I only had 2 skeins of the Knit Picks and had to improvise with some Patons Classic Wool at the end. In the yarn requirements and the pattern, however, they're treated as a single color.)

Zap Cardigan
Zap Cardigan

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Zap is a v-necked raglan cardigan with intarsia colorwork. The body is worked flat from the bottom up, and the sleeves are worked in the round from the bottom up, then joined to the body. The button band and short-row shawl collar are picked up and worked afterward. There are two small underarm seams. The colorwork sections of the body and yoke are charted.

Price: FREE.

Yarn: You will need three contrasting colors of worsted-weight wool or wool blends: approximately 250 yards of Color A, approximately 200 yards of Color B, and approximately 125 yards of Color C. (Pictured: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Fern – worsted, 3 skeins / 150g / 330 yards, 100% wool; Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Geranio – worsted, 1 skein / 100g / 210 yards, 100% merino; Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Alpaca Love in Fern – aran, 1 skein / 85g / 132 yards, 80% wool, 20% alpaca)

  • US size 10 20” (or longer) circular needle
  • stitch marker
  • stitch holders or waste yarn
  • tapestry needle
  • four 1-inch buttons
  • needle and thread
Gauge: 4 inches = 16 sts / 26 rows in stockinette

Sizing: Finished cardigan is a US child's size 4-6, with a positive ease of approximately 4 inches in the torso. See schematic at the end of the pattern for detailed measurements.


  1. That is super cute! I love the red and green and stripey lines :) great job!