Leylak Pattern Released and KAL 2020

I am thrilled to present my Leylak pattern. It has been released on Ravelry – soon also on Love Crafts – in both English and Norwegian. My test knitters did a fantastic job correcting and improving the pattern and I look forward to present some of their projects at a later time. I knitted the sample in the divine Walk Collection Merino DK in the shade “Flieder” which also means “Lilac” in German, just as the pattern name does in Turkish in size Small but I have graded the pattern from sizes XS to 5XL. The sample was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne, worn by the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling. I also choose to use a detail of the Leylak for my discount offer for my KAL – Knit-A-Long – in my Ravelry group for any of my designs, see below.

Named after the Turkish leylak, the lilac tree, is this flowery cabled a-line cardigan with sidewings. The delicate cables, by Norah Gaughan, reminiscent of the lilac blossoms adorn the fronts, the back and the sleeves. Leylak ends in reverse stockinette stitch in a deep round neckline with a double neck- and buttonband. The jacket is knitted in the divine hand dyed Walk Collection Merino DK yarn, in pieces and seamed for the ultimate fit. To crown Leylak, make the cowl to act as a collar in excess yarn held together with the stunning Kid Mohair Lace.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Shown in size Small
Skill level: Experienced

Finished measurements:
Bust: 82 (90, 98, 106, 116, 126, 136, 146, 156) cm/32.25 (35.5, 38.5, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5, 53.5, 57.5, 61.5)” plus 2 cm/0.75″ buttonband.
Hip after wings: 94 (102, 110, 118, 128, 138, 148, 158, 168) cm/37 (40.25, 43.25, 46.5, 50.5, 54.25, 58.25, 62.25, 66.25)”
Length: 70 (71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78) cm/27.5 (28, 28.25, 28.75, 29.25, 29.5, 30, 30.25, 30.75)”
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 50, 51, 51, 51, 52, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20, 20.5, 20.5)”
Peplum width: 17 cm/6.75″
Peplum length: 20 cm/7.75″
Cowl: 54 cm/21.25″ wide and 20 cm/8″ high.
Intended ease: + 5-10 cm/2-4″. Sample shown is 90 cm/35.5″ and worn with + 7 cm/2.75″ ease on model.

Yarn: Walk Collection, Merino DK (100% Superwash Merino, 100 g, 225 m/246 yds)
Sample is knitted in Flieder:
Cardigan: 7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13) skeins; 1525 (1660, 1795, 1963, 2131, 2299, 2467, 2635, 2803) m/1668 (1815, 1963, 2147, 2330, 2514, 2698, 2882, 3065) yds.
Cowl: 1 skein; 140 m/153 yds held together with
KidMohair Lace (70% mohair, 30% silk, 50 g, 420 m/459 yds) held together with Merino DK for Cowl, both in Flieder:
Cowl: 1 skein: 152 m/166 yds.
https://www.walkcollection.com

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 straight needle.
3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for neckband and buttonband.
4.5 mm/US 7 circular needle for cowl.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: 11 (11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12) buttons (20 mm – 13/16″) from Razzle Dazzle Corner on Etsy: Vintage Pink Lilac White Streaked Convex size Medium.
Stitch markers (removable), cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows in st st using a 4 mm/US 6 with Merino DK, after blocking measures 10 cm/4″ square.
18 sts and 28 rows in st st using 4.5 mm/US 7 with 1 strand of Merino DK and 1 strand of KidMohair Lace for cowl, after blocking measures 10 cm/4″ square.
20-sts cable repeat measures about 8 cm/3.25″ across.
50-sts cable measures 19 cm/7.5″ across.

Notes: The cardigan, knitted in Merino DK, is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The asymmetric lower body has extra width in each side – sidewing – that is bound off. Each front has 3 cm/1.25″ extra width at center front that is bound off at the same time as the wing, then joined with the buttonband at the end. Due to the asymmetrical cable pattern the number of purl stitches in the sides varies from back to front. The cowl, knitted in 1 strand of Merino DK held together with 1 strand of KidMohair Lace, is worked in the round.

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