Find Peace and Tranquility with the Koru Cardigan
The koru, which is often used in Māori art as a symbol of creation, is based on the shape of an unfurling fern frond. Its circular shape conveys the idea of perpetual movement, and its inward coil suggests a return to the point of origin. It represents peace, tranquility, personal growth, positive change and awakening.
The symbolism of the koru ties into perfectly with the art of knitting. Knitting is a form of self-care, a meditative activity that can bring peace and tranquility to on
Feel the yarn run through your fingers as you work, and watch how the twist and lace stitches come together to paint an intricate tapestry.
Enjoy the process of working up this design, and celebrate your success upon it’s completion (and show it off to your friends and family!).
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A trial version of the Koru cardigan is available at a heavily discounted price for those who are low on funds or want to preview the pattern before upgrading to the full, official version.
At Aroha Knits, we believe that everyone should have access to all sorts of patterns so they can transform their yarn into fibre art.
However, as an indie biz, I have to make sure that my practices are sustainable in order to support myself, my team (comprised of my lovely assistant, my copy and tech editor), my community and the industry as a whole.
So, as a compromise, I decided that with each official pattern release, a trial pattern is available for those who are on a tight budget or want to preview a pattern before they invest in it fully.
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Official version contains written and charted instructions, photos of the design for reference, tables with stitch counts for different sizes, schematics, written and video instructions for working the mattress stitch, picking up stitches, instructions for making sizing adjustments, and the option to work the pattern seamed or seamless.
Needle: US size 5 (3.75mm) or size(s) to obtain gauge.
Yarn Used: Scheepjes Sunkissed (Fingering ; 4ply / 100% Cotton / 170 meters ; 50 grams)
Yardage: 850 - 1,020 yards ; 777 - 932 meters (1,020 - 1,190 yards ; 932 - 1,088 meters, 1,190 - 1,360 yards ; 1,088 - 1,243 meters, 1,360 - 1,530 yards ; 1,243 - 1,400 meters, 1,530 - 1,700 yards ; 1,400 - 1,554 meters). Yardage depends on gauge and tightness of knitting. If you’re a tight knitter, you would use less yarn, looser knitters, more yarn.
Gauge: 24 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm in St.st., both flat and in the round. Take time to swatch for gauge.
Other Notions: Stitch markers, third needle, stitch holders
Sizes: To fit busts 32 inches (36, 40, 44, 48).
Pattern has been tech edited and test knit.