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 those hot days almost make the heat worthwhile. 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.

Pattern details

  • 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.
  • Model: Baah! Sonoma 42.5 inch finished size, sleeves worked flat and seamed; MC: Baia; CC: Orange Amber.
  • 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.
  • Gauge: 18 sts and 25 rows to 4 inches in stockinette stitch.
  • Finished size: 36.25, 38.5, 40.25, 42.5 [44.25, 46.5, 48.25, 50.5] inches.
  • Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

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