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Must Have Cardigan

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Timeless cardigan is a must-have for everyday wear.

Sizes

XS
32" [81.5 cm ]
34" [86.5 cm ]
S
34" [86.5 cm ]
37" [94 cm ]
M
36" [91.5 cm ]
38" [96.5 cm ]
L
38" [96.5 cm ]
41" [104 cm ]
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The materials for this project cost $76.75

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Size:

  • XS
  • S
  • M
  • L
Bust measurement
32" [81.5 cm ]
Finished bust
34" [86.5 cm ]

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Main Color (MC)

Classic Wool Worsted | Natural Mix, 00229Edit Color
$50.94

Takumi Bamboo Single Point Knitting Needles 13"-14"

Size 6/4mm
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Takumi Bamboo Single Point Knitting Needles 13"-14"

Size 7/4.5mm
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Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 36"

Size 6/4mm
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Plastic Straight Cable Needles

3/Pkg
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Aluminum Stitch Holder

4-3/4" 1/Pkg
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Materials not included in this kit:

7 buttons.

The materials for this project cost $76.75

Abbreviations

C6B = Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K3, then K3 from cable needle.

C6F = Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K3, then K3 from cable needle.

Cr4F = Slip next stitch onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K3, then K1 from cable needle.

Details & Instructions

MEASUREMENTS

Bust measurement
XS 32" [81.5 cm ]
S 34" [86.5 cm ]
M 36" [91.5 cm ]
L 38" [96.5 cm ]
Finished bust
XS 34" [86.5 cm ]
S 37" [94 cm ]
M 38" [96.5 cm ]
L 41" [104 cm ]

MATERIALS

Classic Wool Worsted (100 g/3.5 oz;192 m/210 yds)
SizesXSSML 
Main Color (MC)
Natural Mix (00229)
6677
Sizes 4 mm (U.S. 6) and 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension. Size 4 mm (U.S. 6) circular knitting needle 36" [90 cm] long. Cable needle. Stitch holder. 7 buttons.

GAUGE

20 sts and 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.

INSTRUCTIONS

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

PANEL PAT A (worked over 9 sts. See chart on page 4).
1st row: (RS). K9.
2nd and alt rows: P9.
3rd row: C6B. K3.
5th row: K9.
7th row: K3. C6F.
8th row: P9.
These 8 rows form Panel Pat A.

PANEL PAT B (worked over 23 sts. See chart on page 4).
1st row: (RS). P2. Cr4F. (P1. K1) 5 times. P1. Cr4B. P2.
2nd and alt rows: Knit all knit sts and purl all purl sts as they appear.
3rd row: P3. Cr4F. (P1. K1) 4 times. P1. Cr4B. P3.
5th row: P4. Cr4F. (P1. K1) 3 times. P1. Cr4B. P4.
7th row: P5. Cr4F. (P1. K1) twice. P1. Cr4B. P5.
9th row: P6. Cr4F. P1. K1. P1. Cr4B. P6.
11th row: P7. Cr4F. P1. Cr4B. P7.
13th row: P8. Cr7F. P8.
15th row: P7. Cr4B. K1. Cr4F. P7.
17th row: P6. Cr4B. K1. P1. K1. Cr4F. P6.
19th row: P5. Cr4B. (K1. P1) twice. K1. Cr4F. P5.
21st row: P4. Cr4B. (K1. P1) 3 times. K1. Cr4F. P4.
23rd row: P3. Cr4B. (K1. P1) 4 times. K1. Cr4F. P3.
25th row: P2. Cr4B. (K1. P1) 5 times. K1. Cr4F. P2.
26th row: As 2nd row.
These 26 rows form Panel Pat B.

BACK
With smaller needles, cast on 86 (94-98-106) sts.
1st row: (RS). K2. *P2. K2. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: P2. *K2. P2. Rep from * to end of row.
These 2 rows form (K2. P2) ribbing.
Cont in (K2. P2) ribbing until work from beg measures 1½" [4 cm], ending on a 2nd row and inc 13 sts evenly across last row. 99 (107-111-119) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). K1. (P1. K1) 4 (6-7-9) times. P2. Work 1st row Panel Pat A. P2. (K3. Work 1st row Panel Pat B) twice. K3. P2. Work 1st row Panel Pat A. P2. (K1. P1) 4 (6-7-9) times. K1.
2nd row: P1. (K1. P1) 4 (6-7-9) times. K2. Work 2nd row Panel Pat A. K2. (P3. Work 2nd row Panel Pat B) twice. P3. K2. Work 2nd row Panel Pat A. K2. (P1. K1) 4 (6-7-9) times. P1.
3rd row: P1. (K1. P1) 4 (6-7-9) times. P2. Work 3rd row Panel Pat A. P2. (Wrap 3. Work 3rd row Panel Pat B) twice. Wrap 3. P2. Work 3rd row Panel Pat A. P2. (P1. K1) 4 (6-7-9) times. P1.
4th row: K1. (P1. K1) 4 (6-7-9) times. K2. Work 4th row Panel Pat A. K2. (P3. Work 4th row Panel Pat B) twice. P3. K2. Work 4th row Panel Pat A. K2. (K1. P1) 4 (6-7-9) times. K1.
These 4 rows form Irish Moss St pat at sides and Wrap St pat. Panel Pats A and B are now in position.
Cont in pat, keeping cont of panel pats, until work from beg measures 11¾ (12½-12¾-13)" [30 (32-32.5-33) cm] ending with a WS row.
Shape armholes: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 5 (7-7-8) sts beg next 2 rows. 89 (93-97-103) sts.
Dec 1 st each end of needle on next and following alt rows until there are 79 (79-81-85) sts.
Cont even in pat until armhole measures 7¼ (-7¾- 8)" [18.5 (19-19.5-20.5) cm] ending with a WS row.
Shape shoulders: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 9 (9-9-10) sts beg next 2 rows, then 9 (9-10-10) sts beg following 2 rows. Leave rem 43 (43-43-45) sts on a st holder.

LEFT FRONT
With smaller needles cast on 43 (47-47-51) sts.
1st row: (RS). *K2. P2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. K3.
2nd row: P3. *K2. P2. Rep from * to end of row.
These 2 rows form (K2. P2) ribbing.
Cont in (K2. P2) ribbing until work from beg measures 1½" [4 cm] ending on a 2nd row and inc 6 (6-8-8) sts evenly across last row. 49 (53-55-59) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). K1. (P1. K1) 4 (6-7-9) times. P2. Work 1st row Panel Pat A. P2. K3. Work 1st row Panel Pat B. P1.
2nd row: K1. Work 2nd row Panel Pat B. P3. K2. Work 2nd row Panel Pat A. K2. (P1. K1) 4 (6-7-9) times. P1.
3rd row: P1. (K1. P1) 4 (6-7-9) times. P2. Work 3rd row Panel Pat A. P2. Wrap 3. Work 3rd row Panel Pat B. P1.
4th row: K1. Work 4th row Panel Pat B. P3. K2. Work 4th row Panel Pat A. K2. (K1. P1) 4 (6-7-9) times. K1.
These 4 rows form Irish Moss St pat at side and Wrap St pat. Panel Pats A and B are now in position.
Cont in pat, keeping cont of panel pats, until work from beg measures 11¾ (12½-12¾-13)" [30 (32-32.5-33) cm], ending with a WS row.
Shape armhole: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 5 (7-7-8) sts beg next row. 44 (46-48-51) sts.
Work 1 row even in pat.
Shape front and armhole: Next row: Work 2tog (armhole edge). Pat to last 2 sts. Work 2tog (front edge).
Work 1 row even in pat.
Rep last 2 rows 4 (6-7-8) times more. 34 (32-32-33) sts.
Dec 1 st at front edge only on following alt rows until there are 18 (18-19-20) sts.
Cont even in pat until work from beg measures same length as Back to beg of shoulder shaping, ending with a WS row.
Shape shoulder: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 9 (9-9-10) sts beg next row. Work 1 row even in pat. Cast off rem 9 (9-10-10) sts.

RIGHT FRONT
With smaller needles, cast on 43 (47-47-51) sts.
1st row: (RS). K3. *P2. K2. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: *P2. K2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. P3.
These 2 rows form (K2. P2) ribbing.
Cont in (K2. P2) ribbing until work from beg measures 1½" [4 cm], ending on a 2nd row and inc 6 (6-8-8) sts evenly across last row. 49 (53-55-59) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). P1. Work 1st row Panel Pat B. K3. P2. Work 1st row Panel Pat A. P2. (K1. P1) 4 (6-7-9) times. K1.
2nd row: P1. (K1. P1) 4 (6-7-9) times. K2. Work 2nd row Panel Pat A. K2. P3. Work 2nd row Panel Pat B. K1.
3rd row: P1. Work 3rd row Panel Pat B. Wrap 3. P2. Work 3rd row Panel Pat A. P2. (P1. K1) 4 (6-7-9) times. P1.
4th row: K1. (P1. K1) 4 (6-7-9) times. K2. Work 4th row Panel Pat A. K2. P3. Work 4th row Panel Pat B. K1.
These 4 rows form Irish Moss St pat at side and Wrap St pat. Panel Pats A and B are now in position.
Cont in pat, keeping cont of panel pats, until work from beg measures 11¾ (12½-12¾-13)" [30 (32-32.5-33) cm], ending with a RS row.
Shape armhole: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 5 (7-7-8) sts beg next row. 44 (46-48-51) sts.
Shape front and armhole: Next row: Work 2tog (front edge). Pat to last 2 sts. Work 2tog (armhole edge).
Work 1 row even in pat.
Rep last 2 rows 4 (6-7-8) times more. 34 (32-32-33) sts.
Dec 1 st at front edge only on following alt rows until there are 18 (18-19-20) sts.
Cont even in pat until work from beg measures same length as Back to beg of shoulder shaping, ending with WS facing for next row.
Shape shoulder: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 9 (9-9-10) sts beg next row. Work 1 row even in pat. Cast off rem 9 (9-10-10) sts.

SLEEVES
With smaller needles cast on 42 sts and work 1½" [4 cm] in (K2. P2) ribbing as given for Back, ending on a 2nd row and inc 13 sts evenly across last row. 55 sts.
Change to larger needles, and proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). P2. Work 1st row Panel Pat A. P2. K3. Work 1st row Panel Pat B. K3. P2. Work 1st row Panel Pat A. P2.
2nd row: K2. Work 2nd row Panel Pat A. K2. P3. Work 2nd row Panel Pat B. P3. K2. Work 2nd row Panel Pat A. K2.
3rd row: P2. Work 3rd row Panel Pat A. P2. Wrap 3. Work 3rd row Panel Pat B. Wrap 3. P2. Work 3rd row Panel Pat A. P2.
4th row: K2. Work 4th row Panel Pat A. K2. P3. Work 4th row Panel Pat B. P3. K2. Work 4th row Panel Pat A. K2.
These 4 rows form Wrap St pat. Panel Pats A and B are now in position.
Keeping cont of pat, inc 1 st each end of needle on next and following 8th rows until there are 73 (75-77-79) sts, taking inc sts into Irish Moss St pat.
Cont even in pat until work from beg measures 18 (18½-18½-19)" [45.5 (47-47-48) cm], ending with a WS row.
Shape top: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 2 (3-3-4) sts beg next 2 rows. 69 (69-71-71) sts.
Dec 1 st each end of needle on next and following alt row(s) until there are 65 (61-59-55) sts, then on every row until there are 11 (11-13-13) sts. Cast off.

FINISHING
Pin all garment pieces to measurements and cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.
Button and Buttonhole Band: Sew shoulder seams.
With RS of work facing and circular needle, pick up and knit 66 (66-70-70) sts up Right Front edge to beg of front shaping. Pick up and knit 39 (41-41-42) sts up front neck edge. K43 (43-43-45) from Back st holder, dec 7 sts evenly across. Pick up and knit 39 (41-41-42) sts down Left Front neck edge to beg of front shaping and 66 (66-70-70) sts down Left Front edge to cast on edge. 246 (250-258-262) sts. Do not join. Working back and forth across needle in rows, proceed as follows:
Beg on a 2nd row, work 3 rows in (K2. P2) ribbing as given for Back.
4th row: (RS). (Buttonhole row). K2. *Cast off 2 sts. Rib 8 (8-9-9) (including st on needle after cast off ). Rep from * 5 times more. Cast off 2 sts. Rib to end of row.
5th row: Rib, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts.
Work a further 2 rows in (K2. P2) ribbing. Cast off in ribbing.
Sew in Sleeves. Sew side and Sleeve seams. Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.