Pop-Life Cardigan no. 3

Monday, September 20, 2021

A few things about the Pop-Life Cardigan.
I truly do love it.  Libby's above in Washed Out Denim with my newest one in Dirty Denim.  

The Dirty Denim Colorway is more like your new blue jeans in the fact that it stained my hands a little as well as my bamboo needles.  
I haven't blocked it yet but I assume it will fade a little when I do.  
This color way seems a bit softer than Washed Out Denim.

I just finished the front and back of my Pop-Life no. 4 in the Reclaimed Blue color way and that color is not fading at all on my hands or needles.  However, it is twisted a bit tighter and so is a little less soft.  

Yarn:  Billie Jean  in Dirty Denim
Needles:  US 8/US 11
Size:  I mentioned this same thing in the post below, but here's the thing.  When I purchased this pattern 5 years ago it was a One Size.  I noticed on Ravelry that there are now different sizes.  I have an email out to Wool and the Gang asking what this One Size is equivalent to in their new sizing. Still haven't heard back from them.  I"ll keep you posted.

Modifications and Helpful Tips:
• Use bamboo needles.
• This size takes 5 balls of Billie Jean cotton.
• If the yarn is twisted too tightly, re roll it by hand into a ball.  This helps take out the twist and makes the yarn much softer! 
• Knit the fronts and the sleeves simultaneously.
• To achieve this length, knit 18 rows of rib and then knit 62 rows for the fronts before the neck increases.
• Knit the back in one piece by joining the fronts after you cast on the stitches for the neck.
• To achieve this length for back, knit 68 more rows (including the increase for neck rows) for a total of 130 rows and then knit the 18 rows of rib on back piece.
• Knit the sleeves simultaneously.
• Sleeves are NOT knit in reverse stockinette.
• Knit rib on sleeves for 18 rows.  Then knit 40 rows before binding off.  The increases end after 56 stitches omitting 2 of the increase for a total of 4 stitches.
• Front band is 200 stitches by picking up 1 stitch in every row.
• When binding off band, decrease by knitting 2 together along neck edge while binding off.  (Neck edge = where you cast on the 12 stitches along neck.
• Fold your sweater to match the front rib to the bottom rib and seam the ribs together at the sides. 
• Continue up side seam for a few inches. 
• Fold sleeve together and match the center stitch of sleeve to the center stitch of shoulder.  Start here seaming sleeve to body of sweater.

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  1. This looks sooo great! I need to do my sleeves yet and then I'm done. I used the Wool and the Gang Billie Jean yarn in "Ecru White". Totally neutral color!

    I did the collar after attaching the fronts and back and before the sleeves to see how it would fit. I love it already. When you block this rather heavy 100% cotton, does it shrink or stretch? Also, does it take a long time to dry after soaking it? Thanks for all of your hints on this! I will definitely do another one!

    1. Hi! I NEED an ecru one!!! SO smart to have the neutral color!

      The only one I have washed is the Washed Out Denim Colorway. The yarn seemed to bloom nicely and the stitches really filled in. I popped it in the dryer for a few minutes to get some of the moisture out of it before laying it to dry. That way I cut down on drying time.

      I hope you find it as versatile to wear as I do! xx

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