Anora

Anora is an a-line shaped, open-style cardigan with seamless top-down raglan construction and features a gradient striping pattern at the bottom. A total of 4 colors will be needed (in worsted-weight): your main color and then 3 additional for the stripes and front bands. If you want to replicate a similar gradient-look, your main color should be the lightest and then each additional color should be a bit darker than the previous. Or, simply have fun playing with color and combine 4 shades together that you like.

This is a great beginner sweater pattern that combines lots of basic sweater techniques: knitting from the top-down, adding stripes, picking up stitches and working short rows (to shape the shawl collar).

Anora is an open-style cardigan meaning the front bands are not designed to overlap in the front (but can be stretched a bit and secured with a shawl pin or clasp if you like). The pattern does provide some notes though on a modification you can do to have the fronts overlap if you prefer. The a-line shape gives Anora a ‘swing’ feel as it floats away at your hips, a great shape on many body types.

Pattern cost: $6.00

PATTERN INFORMATION:

Finished Bust: 33.75 (36, 39, 42.25, 45.25, 48.5, 51.5, 54.25)” / 86 (91, 99, 107, 115, 123, 131, 138) cm
(Choose a size that is approx. 1-3” / 3-8 cm larger than your actual bust measurement, depending on the fit you would like.)

Gauge: 18 sts & 26 rws = 4” in Stockinette stitch

Yarn: Worsted-weight yarn (approx. yardage for each color given below), shown in Owl by Quince & Co (50% wool, 50% alpaca; 50g = 120 yds).
• Color A (shown in Abyssinian): 580 (624, 670, 716, 762, 822, 868, 920) yds; 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins
• Color B (shown in Cement): 78 (84, 90, 96, 102, 110, 116, 122) yds; 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2) skeins
• Color C (shown in Papuan): 46 (48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72) yds; 1 skein
• Color D (shown in Barred): 300 (324, 348, 372, 394, 426, 450, 476) yds; 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4) skeins

Needles and other supplies:
• US 7 32” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
• US 7 DPNs (or you can use the 32”circular for the magic loop method for sleeves)
• US 6 DPNs (or a US 6 32” circular if using the magic loop method for sleeves), or 1 needle size smaller than that used to obtain gauge
• Optional: a US 7 40” circular needle for working the front bands (not necessary though)
• 4 stitch markers
• 2 pieces of scrap yarn, approx 20” / 51 cm in length
• Tapestry needle to weave in ends

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3 Comments

  1. The Brown Stitch | Lovely October... |
    October 24, 2014

    […] Anora is a top-down, a-line shaped cardigan using worsted-weight yarn and features some gradient striping at the bottom (gradients are all these rage these days it seems!). I used Quince & Co’s Owl yarn, a beautiful alpaca/wool blend that has such great texture it was truly fun to knit with. […]

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  2. The Brown Stitch | Anora Options... |
    October 31, 2014

    […] my pattern Anora, one of the best parts is the planning! There are so many great color combinations in Quince & […]

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  3. The Brown Stitch | Playing with color... |
    December 1, 2014

    […] I released my latest pattern, Gradient Wrap Cowl. Similar to my cardigan pattern Anora, it was a fun way to play around with color gradients. And what better yarn to use for gradient […]

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