The golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus) is a small and yellow bird whose song looks like a flute. This migratory bird returns in Europe from its winter quarters in April or May. It is difficult to see it but it is often heard in forests. I dedicate this little yellow cardigan, perfect for spring, to the golden oriole (Loriot in French), which is a symbol of joy and happiness.
Loriot is a cropped cardigan, knitted in one piece from the bottom up to the armholes. Then the back and front are separated, knitted separately and then joined at the shoulders using a three needles bind off. Stitches are picked up at the armholes and the three-quarter sleeves are worked top down in the round. Finally, the buttons band and the neckband are added.
The pattern is given in 12 sizes (32 to 54). Moreover the length of the cardigan and of the sleeves are adaptable. It has been designed with zero in (cm) ease. If you wish a more confortable cardigan chose a size that will give you about 2 inches (5 cm) ease. It is a pattern suitable for advance beginner and intermediate knitters.
- Illustrated knitting pattern
- Us imperial and metric measurement
- Sizes 32-54
- Step by step instructions
Materials you need at home:
- Yarn De Rerum Natura, Pénélope (100% MacoMérinos, 1.76 oz [50 g], 145 yards [133 m]), coloris 610711, ocre 8 (9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) balls.
- Two circular needles US 2½ [3 mm] to close the hem and to close the shoulders.
- One circular needle US 5 [3.75 mm], 32 in 80 cm as the main needle.
- One circular needle US 1 [2.25 mm], 24 in [60 cm] to pick up stitches at the armholes (or one size and a half smaller than your main needle).
- One hook US G [4 mm] for provisional cast on (optional).
- Six stitches markers.
- Six stitches holders (or scrap yarn).
- One tapestry needle.
- Three buttons.