Made with thick yarn on chunky needles, this drop-shoulder cardi knits up in record time. Features a ribbed neckline, over-size fit, balloon cuffs and heart motif on the back.
The Love Bomber comes in three size options and is knit from the bottom up as one piece before dividing off at the underarms. The sleeves are knit in the round from top down.
Tip: While this pattern could technically be knit on straight needles, the bulky yarn means the stitches won’t actually fit on them. We recommend circular needles for this project so that you can get the extra length needed.
Suitable for Advanced level knitters and above.
Fit & Yarn Details
We recommend a chunky yarn that asks for 15mm needles on the label.
Model wears size B with approx 9” / 22.5 cm positive ease. Designed to be worn with 2-10” / 5-25 cm ease depending on your personal preference. Sizes read as A (B, C).
Finished bust measurements: cm = 98.5 (110.5, 123) / inches = 38.75 (43.5, 48.5).
Yarn Quantity: metres = 415 (470, 515) / yards = 465 (514, 564)
Needles: 15mm/US 19 and 10mm/US 15 circular needles both on a 100cm/40" cord. NOTE: The body is knit flat but the sleeves are worked in the round using the magic loop method and circular needles. If you prefer to use DPNs on the sleeves then you will also need DPNs in both needle sizes mentioned above.
Gauge: 6.5 stitches and 9 rows = 10 x 10 cm in stockinette stitch
For our sample, we used: Abbey Road "born to be wool" from Spotlight Stores (100% merino wool; 50m / 55 yds / 100g per ball) in lavender using 9 (10, 11) balls.
A suitable substitute is "The Wool" by We Are Knitters.
Errata: 15 July - Updated the recommended yarn quantity as above.