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Maema, a Top Down Cardigan in an Interestingly Easy Stitch
With the opening of businesses to 25% occupancy, my heart filled while listening to a group of customers discuss a new pattern.  As with every discussion about yarn and patterns, interest and excitement grew.  Top down sweaters remain favorites at The Cup.  The ease of knit and fit put these patterns at the the top of our lists.  Maema, by Pip & Pin, provides you with the ease (no seaming) as well as texture.  Honeycomb brioche knits as brioche on the wrong side (slip, yarn over, knit one) and knit one and knit the slip stitches and the yarn overs together on the right side.  The texture forms on the body only, fronts and back sections.  For a three quarter sleeve, regular length cardigan with a positive ease of 3" to 5", it requires 1,113 yards for an extra small to 3,225 yards for a 5X in fingering weight yarn.  Dee began hers with Quechua, a sport weight yarn, knitting to gauge on a size 4 needle.  Connie created a stitch count chart for the fronts and back, very helpful in knitting to the break in the sleeve.  Deana is using MadelineTosh Copper Light, and Connie is using a fingering weight from Savvy Skeins.  Maema is sure to be your favorite cardigan!

Crochet the Perfect Summer Sweater...Cover-up...Pull Over
Ever on the lookout for a beautiful, crocheted sweater project, Dee discovered the Lacey Summer Top by Wannipa Yunker.  Thinking of a budget minded crocheter, Dee chose Bamboo Pop, priced at $9 per ball at 292 yards (50% Cotton/ 50% Bamboo).  Using 4 balls, she crochted to pattern, although, in length she added 4 repeats, and in the sleeve, Dee added 2 repeats.  The sleeves of Dee's sweater are 6 stitches shorter, too.  The sweater wears comfortably beautiful.  You need this in your wardrobe!