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Springtime Knit Cardigan

Flattering V-neck cardigan is the perfect springtime coverup with its graceful collar and garter edges. It's knit with three strands of double knitting worsted weight yarn on Size 15 needles. It's fast and easy! Springtime Cardigan

Sizes:

Small (Medium, Large, X-large)
Bust (buttoned) 33 (36, 38, 41)"
Length 19 1/4 (19 3/4, 20 1/4, 20 3/4)"
Upper arm 13 (14, 14 1/2, 15 1/4)"

Materials

  • Double worsted-weight acrylic yarn - 24.5 (24.5, 31.5, 35) ozs.
  • One pair each size 10 1/2 (7mm) and 15 (10mm) needlesOR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
  • Size F/5 (4mm) crochet hook
  • Six 3/4"(20mm) buttons
  • Stitch holders

See Abbreviations at the end of the Pattern

Gauge

11 sts and 14 rows to 4" over St st using 3 strands of yarn and larger needles.
TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

NOTE: Three strands of yarn are used at one time.

Back

With smaller needles and 3 strands of yarn, cast on 46 (50, 54, 58) sts.

Row 1

(RS k2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end.

Row 2

K1 (selvage st), p1, *k2, p2; rep from * end last rep p1, k1 (selvage st).

Rep rows 1 and 2 for rib twice more. K next RS rows. Change to larger needles and k next WS row, inc 1 (2, 0, 0) sts-47 (52, 54, 58) sts. Work even in St st (with K1 selvage sts each side of row) until piece measures 11 1/2" from beg.

Armhole shaping

Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows.

Next row (RS)

K1, SKP, k to last 3 sts, K2tog, k1.

Next row

K1, p to last st, k1. Rep last 2 rows 1 (2, 2, 3) times more-37 (40, 42, 44) sts. Work even (with selvage sts) until armhole measures 7 (7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2)"

Shoulder shaping

Bind off 5 (5, 6, 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows, 5 (6, 6, 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Bind off rem 17 ( 18, 18, 20) sts for back neck.

Left Front

With smaller needles and 3 strands of yarn, cast on 26 (30, 30, 34) sts. Rep rows 1 and 2 of back 3 times. Next row (RS) K20 (24, 24, 28) sts inc 2 (0, 2, 0) sts evenly, sl last 6 sts to a holder to be worked later for band-22 (24, 26, 28) sts rem. Change to larger needles and k next WS row. Then cont in St st (with k1 selvage sts each side) until piece 3measures 11 1/2" from beg.

Armhole shaping

Next row (RS)
Bind off 3 sts, work to end. Work 1 row even.

Next row (RS)

K1, SKP, k to end. Work 1 row even. Rep last 2 rows 1 (2, 2, 3) times more-17 (18, 20, 21) sts. Work even until armhole measures 2 1/2(3, 3 1/2, 4)".

Neck shaping

Next row (RS)

K to last 2 sts, k2tog. Cont to dec 1 st at neck edge every row 4 (4, 5, 8) times more, every other row 2 (2, 2, 0) times-10 (11, 12, 12) sts rem. Place a yarn marker at neck edge on last dec row. Work even until armhole measures same as back. Shape shoulder as on back.

Right Front

Work to correspond to left front, reversing shaping and having 6-st band at beg of RS rows and working one yo, p2tog buttonhole in center of band when piece measures 1/2" from beg.

Sleeves

With smaller needles and 3 strands of yarn, cast on 22 (22, 22, 26) sts. Work in rib and garter ridge as on back for 2" changing to larger needles on 2nd row. Then cont in St st, inc 1 st each side every 4th row 8 (9, 10, 9) times-38 (40, 42, 44) sts. Work even in St st until piece measures 17" from beg.

Cap shaping
Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 2 sts at beg of next 4 rows, dec 1 st each side every other row 4 (5, 6, 7) times-16 sts. Bind off.

Finishing

Block pieces lightly to measurements. With smaller needles, work in rib across 6 sts of left front band, inc 1 st at inside edges for selvage st. Work in rib on 7 sts until band fits along center front edges, then along neck shaping to marker, stretching lightly to fit. Bind off. Place markers for six buttons evenly spaced, having the first one at 1/2" from lower edge, the last one at beg of neck shaping and the others evenly spaced between. Work right front band to correspond, working yo, p2tog buttonholes to correspond to markers. Sew shoulder seams. Sew bands to neck edge.

Collar

With smaller needles and 3 strands of yarn, pick up and k 50 (50, 50, 54) sts evenly around neck edges, beg and end at ends of front band. Work in k2, p2 rib for 2 1/2". Bind off in rib. Sew six bound-off sts of each band to corresponding 1 1/2" of collar sides. Sew sleeves into armholes. Sew side and sleeve seams.

Picot edge

With crochet hook and 1 strand of yarn, work edge around sleeve cuffs as foll: Join in seam, 1 sc in joining, *ch 4 and skip 3 sts, sl st in next st, ch 4 and sl st in same st (for picot); rep from * around. Join and fasten off. Work edge along lower edge of ribbing in same way. Sew on buttons.

back diagramsleeve diagramleft front diagram

Abbreviations

Beg beginning
Ch chain
Cont continue
Dec decrease
Foll Follow
Inc increase
K knit
K2tog knit 2 stitches together
Mm millimeter
P purl
P2tog purl 2 stitches together
Rem remaining
Rep repeat
RS Right Side
Sc single crochet
SKP slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch(es) over
Sl st slip stitch
St(s) stitch(es)
St st Stockinette stitch
WS Wrong Side
Yo yarn over

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of these instructions. We cannot be responsible, however, for variances in individual techniques, human errors or typographical mistakes.

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