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Polkacats – Pattern & Kit

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Q: How many cats can you fit on a sweater?
A: Quite a few…

 

We love this catty design by Marna Gilligan of An Caitin Beag! Marna used RiverKnits Nene 4 Ply and Nene 4 Ply Minis (100% Bluefaced Leicester wool) for her version and now you can too. Choose the originals or pick your own cat colours! You can knit Polkacats up as a sweater or a cardigan – full instructions are included for both.

 

Pattern & Yarn Kit Contents

1 copy of the Polkacats pattern, printed in high quality colour
1 PDF pattern download
2-4 skeins of Nene 4 Ply (100g) for MC (dependent on size)
4-7 skeins of Nene 4 Ply Mini (20g) for CC (dependent on size)
2-5 skeins of Nene 4 Ply Mini (20g) for HC (dependent on size)

 

Sizes

Refer to the charts that show the finished measurements of the actual jumper. Polkacats is designed to be worn with some positive ease, so choose a size which is 10-15 cm more than your body measurements and 5-8 cm more at the upper arm. All measurements are in centimetres.

Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
chest circumference 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 160 170
collar circumference 64 64 64 64 64 70 70 70 70 70
length – back neck to hem 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48
length – underarm to hem 26 26 26 24 24 22 22 22 19 19
length – neck to underarm 22 22 22 24 24 26 26 26 29 29
upper arm circumference 30 33 36 39 42 44 47 51 54 57
longer sleeve length, from underarm 42 42 42 42 42 40 40 40 40 40
shorter sleeve length, from underarm 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
longer sleeve – cuff circumference 23 23 26 26 29 29 29 32 32 32
shorter sleeve – cuff circumference 29 32 32 34 37 40 43 46 49 52

 

Yarn

Once you have determined your size, you can check the yarn requirements. MC is the main colour (Baa), CC refers to the contrast colours for the polka cats, HC is the hem colour (Pebble). The original Polka Cats uses 4 contrast colours for the cats: Jewel Orange, Jewel Gold, Jewel Yellow, and Jewel Lime. If your size requires more than 4 mini skeins for the cats, then double up on the original colours or add more colours from our range of 78 mini skeins! The table shows the number of skeins (full size or mini) required for each size.

Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sweater (long sleeves) MC 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
CC 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 6 7 7
HC 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4
Sweater (short sleeves) MC 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
CC 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 6 6
HC 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
Cardigan (long sleeves) MC 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4
CC 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 6
HC 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5
Cardigan (short sleeves) MC 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
CC 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 6
HC 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5

 

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Q: How many cats can you fit on a sweater?
A: Quite a few…

 

We love this catty design by Marna Gilligan of An Caitin Beag! Marna used RiverKnits Nene 4 Ply and Nene 4 Ply Minis (100% Bluefaced Leicester wool) for her version and now you can too. Choose the originals or pick your own cat colours! You can knit Polkacats up as a sweater or a cardigan – full instructions are included for both.

 

Pattern & Yarn Kit Contents

1 copy of the Polkacats pattern, printed in high quality colour
1 PDF pattern download
2-4 skeins of Nene 4 Ply (100g) for MC (dependent on size)
4-8 skeins of Nene 4 Ply Mini (20g) for CC (dependent on size)
2-5 skeins of Nene 4 Ply Mini (20g) for HC (dependent on size)

 

Sizes

Refer to the charts that show the finished measurements of the actual jumper. Polkacats is designed to be worn with some positive ease, so choose a size which is 10-15 cm more than your body measurements and 5-8 cm more at the upper arm. All measurements are in centimetres.

Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
chest circumference 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 160 170
collar circumference 64 64 64 64 64 70 70 70 70 70
length – back neck to hem 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48
length – underarm to hem 26 26 26 24 24 22 22 22 19 19
length – neck to underarm 22 22 22 24 24 26 26 26 29 29
upper arm circumference 30 33 36 39 42 44 47 51 54 57
longer sleeve length, from underarm 42 42 42 42 42 40 40 40 40 40
shorter sleeve length, from underarm 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
longer sleeve – cuff circumference 23 23 26 26 29 29 29 32 32 32
shorter sleeve – cuff circumference 29 32 32 34 37 40 43 46 49 52

 

Yarn

Once you have determined your size, you can check the yarn requirements. MC is the main colour (Baa), CC refers to the contrast colours for the polka cats, HC is the hem colour (Pebble). The original Polka Cats uses 4 contrast colours for the cats: Jewel Orange, Jewel Gold, Jewel Yellow, and Jewel Lime. If your size requires more than 4 mini skeins for the cats, then double up on the original colours or add more colours from our range of 78 mini skeins! The table shows the number of skeins (full size or mini) required for each size.

Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sweater (long sleeves) MC 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
CC 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 6 7 7
HC 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4
Sweater (short sleeves) MC 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
CC 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 6 6
HC 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
Cardigan (long sleeves) MC 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4
CC 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 6
HC 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5
Cardigan (short sleeves) MC 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
CC 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 6
HC 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5

 

Gauge

28 sts/ 36rows to 10cm, using gauge-sized needles, on colourwork pattern.

 

You Will Need
Needles: 3mm and 2.5mm or size required to obtain gauge, circular needle with cable length close to chest circumference for the yoke and body, and preferred needles for working small circumferences in the round on the sleeves.
Stitch markers
Waste yarn
Darning needle
20 small hook and eye closures for the cardigan

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