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Can I admit that this cardigan sprang, as if fully formed, from a heart-felt wish to find myself in the middle of one of those midwestern summer nights? It may sound overly romantic, but the design came from the idea of needing only a light layer, enjoying a candlelit picnic, and an hour or two of music.

If you’re from the Chicago area, you probably know exactly why I chose the name “Ravinia”. Ravinia is a unique summer-long music festival, and Ravinia is exactly what I will wear the next time I’m lucky enough to spend an evening under the stars.

The design begins from the neck down and is worked in a circular fashion to the bust line. The body is then knit from the hem up in an easy lace pattern and joined using a three needle bind off.

The garment begins by working the circular yoke from the neckline down. The body lace portion is then knit from the hem up. Both pieces are joined, and the sleeves are split from the body, with a three needle bind off across the bust line. The neck finishing and front bands are knit on at the conclusion of the project.

Instructions for working the lace pattern are provided in both charted and written format.

21 sts and 28 rows to 4 inches using US 6/4 mm needles in stockinette stitch after blocking

S[M, L, XL, 2X, 3X]
Choose a size close to your actual bust size if you plan on wearing it closed. If you prefer an open look, consider picking a size 1-2 inches smaller than your actual bust for a sleek fit.

Finished Measurements:
33[36, 40, 44, 49, 54] inch chest
23.5[24, 24, 24.5, 25, 25] back length

900[1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400] yds DK wt. yarn
Shown in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport – color Kerfuffle
(100% Superwash Wool, 200 yards / 70g)
US 6 / 4mm circular needles, 24” or 36”, OR SIZE TO OBTAIN PROPER GAUGE AFTER BLOCKING
1 set US 6 / 4mm double pointed needles
US 5 / 3.75mm circular needles, 24” or 36”
1 set US 4 / 3.75mm double pointed needles
stitch markers
stitch holders or scrap yarn
darning needle
8 buttons – 3/4” diameter


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