A step by step guide to knitting the squishy Anucia Cardi.
Ever gotten half way through a project and thought “Hang on, am I even doing this right?”
We have 🙋♀️
That’s why we’ve created these step by step guides to walk you through the knitting process.
If you're a total knitting newbie - WELCOME! 👋 Learning to knit can feel a bit like learning code. We've stripped away the complicated jargon and tried to keep things really simple so even the newest knitter can master the skill 🧶
Before we get started on the pattern it’s a good idea to learn the basic stitches you’ll need to complete your masterpiece. You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice with. The video below covers every technique you'll need to learn (spoiler - there's only 5!). Learn how to cast on, do a knit stitch, a purl stitch and put them together to create a rib stitch, lastly, we learn casting off. Once you've got these mastered you'll find this pattern is a cinch!
💭 For more detailed videos of each technique, head down a little further where we've got specific videos for each stitch type.
YOU'VE GOT THIS ⚡️💪
Remember learning a new skill can be a little challenging at first, and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature!
If you get stuck, reach out to us and we'll give you a (virtual) hand! 😎
TEST YOUR TENSION
Before you start your project, you should make sure your tension (how tightly or loosely your knitting is) is juuuust right 🥣 We do this by knitting a “tension swatch”. It's a bit like goldilocks, if the tension is too tight, your piece will be too small, and if it's too loose it may not hold its shape and might be too big.
If done correctly, your 10x10cm knitted swatch in stockinette stitch should be 7 stitches wide and 9 rows high. To test this, jump on your needles, cast on around 12 stitches, then knit in stockinette stitch (row 1 knit, row 2 purl) for around 10 rows. Then get a measuring tape and measure out 10x10cm and count your stitches and rows to make sure you're knitting at the correct tension.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Your kit comes with everything you need to knit your masterpiece.
- 12mm circular needles
- 15mm needles
- Chunky Merino yarn
- Darning needle
THE TECHNIQUES YOU’LL MASTER
Casting on is the first step in any project. It's the term we use for getting the wool onto our needles! We recommend using the two-needle technique as it's one of the simplest methods. Two-needle cast on uses your two needles (surprise!), starting with a slip knot on your left needle, each stitch is knitted to form a new loop and this loop is then added to your left needle. You repeat until you’ve made the desired number of stitches.
💭 Casting on, like many things in knitting, can be done in a number of ways - our suggestion is a simple technique but you can pick any that’s right for you.
This handy little stitch makes up the backbone of most knitting patterns. Each knit stitch looks like a little ‘v’.
The second most common stitch, purl stitches look like little bumps (or purls!). You knit a knit stitch with your yarn tail at the back of your work and your needle going into the back of the stitch, the purl is the opposite, so your yarn tail is at the front of your work and your needle goes into the front of the stitch.
A rib stitch is a textured pattern usually used on the cuffs and necks of jumpers. It’s made by alternating knit and purl stitches in the same row, then knitting the same stitch sequence in the next row.
FISHERMAN'S RIB STITCH
Fisherman's Rib creates a thick and voluminous texture. It's done by alternating purl and knit stitches but on your knit stitch you'll knit into the stitch below the stitch on your needle. That's what gives it the volume. It's reversible and follows the same sequence for every row.
We reduce the number of stitches on our needle by knitting or purling some stitches together. This simply means we put our right needle into the second stitch on your left needle and collect both the first and second stitch and knit them as you would a single stitch.
To cast off, knit two stitches then slip the first stitch on your right needle back over the second stitch and off the needle. You’ll have one stitch left on your right needle. Knit another stitch so you’ve got two stitches on your right needle and then slip the first stitch off. Continue to the end of the row. When you’ve got the last stitch on your right needle, cut the yarn and thread this through the final stitch to secure. To see casting off in action watch our "Master The Basics" video above.
OKAY, LET’S KNIT UP A STORM!
We'll knit our masterpiece flat and in pieces. Once we've knitted all the pieces we'll sew it together and finish with the ribbing around the neckline.
So let's start with the back piece.
We start with the back panel because it’s the simplest piece of the knit and will give you the confidence as you move onto other pieces. We knit from the bottom up, starting at the rib and going up to the shoulders.
Cast on the required number of stitches using your 12mm circular needles.
Once you've cast on the right number of stitches you move on to the 1x1 rib. We knit the rib following the instructions in your pattern. Remember to create a rib we knit 1 stitch, then purl the next. Make sure you’re moving your yarn tail from the back to the front of our stitch to ensure the stitch is executed correctly.
Next, we move onto using our 15mm straight needles and into our set-up row of purl stitch.
To switch to a different size needle we just hold the new needle (in this case the 15mm straight needle) in our right hand and knit onto the stitch on your 12mm needle in your left hand. Simple!
We knit the row of purl stitch.
Next we're going to knit the required number of rows Fisherman's Rib stitch. The beauty of this stitch is that every row is the same 😎
Time to cast off our stitches to finish the back piece. Well done!
We're going to knit 2 front panels and they're exactly the same process as you just followed for the back. EASY!
Knit, knit, knit, knit...
Onto the sleeves. You'll do two of theses too 😎🧶
We start at the top of the sleeve and knit down to the rib.
Using your 15mm needles cast on the correct number of stitches.
We're going to do the set-up row of purl stitch.
Next, we'll knit the specified number of rows in Fisherman's Rib. This should be a cinch by now! 💪
To get the shape in our sleeve, we're going to decrease some stitches before we knit the cuff. You'll purl two stitches together along the entire length of your row. At the end of the row you should have 14 (16) stitches left on your needle.
Once that’s done you'll swap to your 12mm needles to start your 1x1 rib stitch to create the cuffs.
Cast off your stitches. When you cast off make sure it’s not too tight otherwise you’ll have a really tight wrist hole!
SEWING IT TOGETHER
We're SO CLOSE! I can see the finish line 🎢🙌
Now it’s time to get to work with the darning needle to sew your masterpiece together. We lay our pieces flat and sew them together one by one.
Lay your front and back pieces on a flat surface, the right sides facing you.
Sew the shoulder panels together using the invisible seam technique, and leaving the hole in the middle for the open front of the cardi.
Time to attach the sleeves to the body. Make sure the middle of your sleeve is lined up with the shoulder seam. This will ensure the seam of your sleeve is right under your armpit, not half way around your arm! Once you've made sure it's all lined up, sew the sleeves to the shoulders.
Fold your cardi in half long ways with the wrong sides facing each other, we're going to sew it together using a Mattress Stitch, from the arm cuff all the way up the arm to the arm pit, then down the side seam to the bottom of your jumper. And then repeat this on the other side.
We're on the final stretch - you've got this 🏋️
We knit the 1x1 rib stitch using our 12mm needles. Pick up an even number of stitches from around the neckline starting at the bottom of the front right panel and work your way up and around to the bottom of the left front panel. Try to pick up a stitch for every row and ensure you've got an even number. You should have approximately 90-106 stitches on your needle. It will be a squishy fit but that’s ok!
Then you'll knit back and forth in 1x1 rib stitch for 3 rows.
The last thing we do for every piece is weave in the ends. That’s basically just tidying up the piece so all loose ends are trimmed down and tucked in.
FINITO! You are done! 💪🔥🥳
Time to rock that baby out and about 😎
We'd 💕LOVE💕 to see how you go! Share your masterpiece with us by tagging @cardigang_knits on socials or by sending us an email at email@example.com
Until next time! 😘🧶
Morgan & Cat xx