Beach Babe

Light, breathable and soft: bamboo is the perfect summer fibre, used in this great summer knit.

Lightweight, breathable bamboo.

Bamboo yarns haven't been around for longcompared toclassicfibres like wool or cotton. If you haven't already discovered how useful bamboo yarns are, knit this cardigan and you'll quickly be converted!

Bamboo plants grow quickly, without needing masses of chemical fertiliser. To become suitablefor knitting with, thefibres are broken down chemically and then respun as viscose, which has a subtle sheen, a beautiful drape and, like other plant-based fibres, also allows your skin to breathe. This is essential on hot days, as synthetics like nylon and acrylic can make you feel overheated, which is never a good look!

Bamboo yarns usually come in two forms: a number of small strands twisted together, or a knitted tape. Designer Pat Menchini has chosen Wendy Pure, a tape yarn, forthis

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cardigan, and she's used a drop-stitch pattern belowthe waistband to show off the flat yarn.

Thereareafewthingsto bear in mind if you haven't knitted with bamboo before. Like a lot of plant-based fibres it's not particularly stretchy, although the tape construction does mean Wendy Pure has some 'give'. Pat comments, "The most common thing knitters do with tape-type yarns is to work loosely because of the lack of elasticity, so it's doubly importantto check your tension."

Knit it, pack it, wear it

Bamboo-based viscose yarns have a property that makes them a summer essentia I: they're very resista nt to crush i ng and crumpling. You can pack items to take on holiday and when you arrive at your destination, just shake them out and they're ready to wear.

If you are lookingfor a holiday knit,you probably won't want to take a lot of heavy clothes with you -this could be all you need. Bamboo yarn is lightweight, and this simple design is one that you can wear with all sorts of outfits, whether that's cropped trousers or shorts and a T-shirt by day, or a colourful cotton dress in the evening. Knit it in a colouryou wear frequently and you may not want another cardigan all summer!

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Pattern

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You will need.

Wendy, Pure

A pair of 3/mm needles A pair of 4mm needles Apairof4/mm needles A pair of 5/mm needles Two large buttons For where to buy, see page 92

Tension

Yarn used knits as arantothis tension:

20 sts and 26 rows to measure 4x4in (lOxlOcm) over stocking stitch using 5/mm needles

SIZING GUIDE

Sizing colour key

So you can re-use this pattern, we've colour-coded the sizing instructions. Simply follow our colour-coded measurements and you're off.

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SIZING GUIDE

SIZE

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

in

32

34

36

38

40

42

44

TO FIT BUST

cm

81

86

91

97

102

107

112

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