Daytripper Cardigan: How to Divide for Sleeves and Body

By Kay Gardiner
February 17, 2022

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  • This doesn’t sound scary at all after reading this…: OH MY STARS KAY I, really BELIEVE I could do this now!! For so long I’ve knit simple rectangles and Frankensteined them into a garment ~ always fearful of the math required or not thinking I could understand a written pattern (forget about charts that cause my brain to gyrate!!) Yes yes yes I’m going to add this to my favorite patterns pile!! THANX for making this crystal clear for this older and long time knitter.

    • What is the yarn and colors….I am in love with the colors

      • I was just going to say that about the colors. Wow!

        • I was going to say the same thing, love the colors. I’m always amazed at how well some people can put together colors.

      • Question re the yoke, how are increases made ?

        • There are several increase rounds, the increase is always a Make 1 Left.

      • Hi all,

        Thanks for the yarn love, here you go:

        The yarn is Léttlopi. My colors are: (MC) Mimosa), (A) Royal Fuchsia, (B) Heaven Blue, (C) Pink, (D) White, (E) Pink, and (F) Pine Green.

        Mimosa is sold out but there is more on the way!


      • The yarn and colors are listed as the photo text for the first photo of her yoke.

  • Me too-loving that color combination!!

  • Are you going to felt the steek?

    • Yes! Can’t wait!

  • The colors the colors ohmygod the colors.
    I mean, I spent entirely too much time examining Stephen West patterns on ravelry yesterday and but then still THIS. My little eyes were poppin’!

    • Oh, and also thanks for posting the video, I might actually watch it today, now that you popped a teaser about your gauge – you’re the only other person I know who knits as loosely as I do.

      • It’s a gift! The few, the proud, the loose knitters!

      • Yes, I am one of the loose ladies, too! 😉

      • Also loose and proud! I rarely reach for needles larger than US 2, for any project or yarn. When I began knitting, I thought this meant I was doing something wrong. I always went down 3-4 needle sizes from any pattern-suggested needle size. Once I learned it’s not wrong, just a fact each knitter needs to learn about themselves, I’ve wished patterns would never suggest needle size – the suggestion is meaningless and it confuses new knitters. Patterns could list a gauge and say nothing more than ‘swatch to find the needle size that gives you correct gauge’. Because ultimately, that is what every single knitter must do.

  • wow kay!! i cant say enough about your colors…I ABSOLUTLY LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, THEM. cant wait to see the finished product. great job!!!!!!!

  • As a devoted magic looper, I just put those sleeves on interchangeable cables and then that eliminates a step at the end (and an excuse for my process knitter self to skip sleeve island and go to the next shiny object project).

  • I just watched the Zoom regarding dividing up for sleeves and body but my question is in regards to that needle felting tool and brushy thing that seems to go on the the underneath portion. Where do you get that sort of thing? Thanks and your colors are lovely!

  • Your colors are the ultimate. I so want to do this but Shetland and I don’t agree.

    • It’s not Shetland wool, but from Icelandic sheep. I bought a sweater in Iceland once, and the shopkeeper recommended rinsing it in hair conditioner to counter the itch. It helped! Might help with Shetland wool too… I haven’t tried that yet.

  • That makes everything look so much easier! Thank you!

  • I missed Tuesday’s Zoom call so just watched it and thought folks might like to know that if you click on the link other MDK calls are available to watch. There’s the Kiki rug steek call for anyone who might be nervous about the steek.
    Btw, I had tickets to see Fran Lebowitz on Tuesday and she was fabulous.

  • This is AMAZING! I’m knitting a sweater right now and I’m very close to the dreaded DIVIDE FOR SLEEVES AND BODY, but after this I see it is….easy! Wow! Thank you! (And I have to knit this cardigan, I have to.)

  • I often put the body on a holder and take care of the sleeves first—they’re easier without a body to flip around.

  • Yes, I agree with the many compliments on the color combination. My problem is with the backward loop CO, I have trouble keeping this neat without big holes.