Summer Blues

When I was young, I lived where the summer temps would soar. I’ve always hated hot weather—there are only so many layers of clothing you can remove before it gets downright embarrassing! The cool nights that follow the hot days almost make the heat worthwhile, though. Almost. For years I wanted the perfect little summer sweater for those cool nights—you know the one: the sweater you can throw on over a skimpy little dress after sunset, or wear with jeans and a white top for those casual evening strolls along the shore. With Summer Blues I think I've finally found it. This is the sweater I wish I'd had when sitting outside in a friend's gazebo long past midnight, having that last glass of wine before heading home.

Summer Blues is a raglan cardigan that is knit in one piece from the top down. The folded hem can be knit in a contrasting color for a little extra sizzle, and ribbon that matches the hem color, or coordinates with your dress, can be threaded through the eyelets for additional fun.


Yarn: DK weight; MC: 600, 675, 725, 775 [850, 925, 1000, 1100] yards; CC: 50, 50, 50, 50 [50, 50, 50, 75] yards; if worked all in one color 650, 725, 775, 825 [900, 975, 1050, 1175] yards required.
Model: Baah! Sonoma 42.5 in/108 cm finished size with 3 hanks of yarn, and a big fat zero yards remaining (I was sweating it there at the end, and elated that I’d knit the folded hem in a contrasting color), sleeves worked flat and seamed; MC: Baia; CC: Orange A
Gauge: 18 sts and 25 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch
Needles: US 8 (5 mm) circular needles for gauge; US 6 (4 mm) circular needles; long needles required for body and neckline, shorter needles or DPNs required for sleeves
Finished size: 36.25, 38.5, 40.25, 42.5 [44.25, 46.5, 48.25, 50.5] inches/92, 98, 102, 108 [112.5, 118, 122.5, 128.5] cm
Bust size: 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) smaller than finished sweater; Model shown is 4 inches smaller than the sweater
Notions: 4 stitch markers, 2 stitch holders, yarn needle, 1.75, 1.75, 1.75, 1.75 [2, 2.25, 2.25, 2.25] yards 1/4- or 3/8-inch ribbon in coordinating or contrasting color (optional)
Difficulty:
Easy-Intermediate

Skills: k2tog, YO, left- and right-leaning increases (m1L, m1R), folded hem, pick up stitches along an edge
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.