Top Down Alpaca Cardigan

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Top Down Alpaca Cardigan

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Cardigan with zig-zag yoke detail is knit from the top down. Sizes XS-5XL (28-62"/71-157.5 cm bust). Shown in Bernat Alpaca 93430 Persimmon and 93007 Natural. 5.5 mm (US 9) & 6 mm (US 10) knitting needles.

Sizes

XS/S
28-34 ins [ 71-86.5 cm ]
36 ins [ 91.5 cm ]
M
36-38 ins [ 91.5-96.5 cm ]
40 ins [ 101.5 cm ]
L
40-42 ins [ 101.5-106.5 cm ]
45 ins [ 114.5 cm ]
XL
44-46 ins [ 112-117 cm ]
48 ins [ 122 cm ]
2/3 XL
48-54 ins [ 122-137 cm ]
57Hins [ 146 cm ]
4/5 XL
56-62 ins [ 142-157.5 cm ]
65 ins [ 165 cm ]
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Step 1:

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Size:

  • XS/S
  • M
  • L
  • XL
  • 2/3 XL
  • 4/5 XL
To fit bust measurement
28-34 ins [ 71-86.5 cm ]
Finished bust
36 ins [ 91.5 cm ]

Step 2:

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Main Color (MC)

Alpaca | Select your Shade, Edit Color
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Contrast A

Alpaca | Natural, 93007Edit Color
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The materials for this project cost $14.97

Abbreviations

Beg = beginning

cont = continue(ity)

Dec = decrease(ing)

Inc = Increase(ing)

K = knit

k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.

M1 = Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop.

M1P = Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and purling into back of loop.

P = purl

psso = pass slipped stitch over

rep = repeat

rnd(s) = round(s)

RS = right side

Sl1 = Slip next stitch knitwise.

st(s) = stitch(es)

Details & Instructions

MEASUREMENTS

To fit bust measurement
XS/S 28-34 ins [ 71-86.5 cm ]
M 36-38 ins [ 91.5-96.5 cm ]
L 40-42 ins [ 101.5-106.5 cm ]
XL 44-46 ins [ 112-117 cm ]
2/3 XL 48-54 ins [ 122-137 cm ]
4/5 XL 56-62 ins [ 142-157.5 cm ]
Finished bust
XS/S 36 ins [ 91.5 cm ]
M 40 ins [ 101.5 cm ]
L 45 ins [ 114.5 cm ]
XL 48 ins [ 122 cm ]
2/3 XL 57Hins [ 146 cm ]
4/5 XL 65 ins [ 165 cm ]

MATERIALS

Alpaca
SizesXS/SMLXL2/3 XL4/5 XL 
Main Color (MC)
()
6791011
Alpaca (100 g/3.5 oz;110 m/120 yds)
Contrast A
Natural (93007)
322344
Sizes 5.5 mm (U.S. 9) and 6 mm (U.S. 10) circular knitting needles 24 ins [60 cm] long. Sets of four 5.5 mm (U.S. 9) and 6 mm (U.S. 10) doublepointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge. Separating zipper 26 (27- 27-28-32-33) ins [66 (68.5-68.5-71-81.5-84) cm] long.

GAUGE

15 sts and 20 rows = 4 ins [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 ( ). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. For ease in working, circle all numbers pertaining to your size.

Note: Sweater is made from top down.

Neckband: With smaller circular needle and A, cast on 63 (67-75-79- 83-83) sts. Do not join. Working back and forth across needle, proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). K2. *P1. K1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd row: *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.  
Rep 1st and 2nd rows for 3 ins [7.5 cm], inc 1 st in center of last row. 64 (68-76-80-84-84) sts.

Change to larger circular needle and proceed as follows:
Sizes XS/S, M, L, XL only: 1st row: (Marking row). K11 (12-14-15) (Left Front). Place a marker on next st and knit it. K8 (Left Sleeve). Place a marker on next st and knit it. K22 (24-28-30) (Back). Place a marker on next st and knit it. K8 (Right Sleeve). Place a marker on next st and knit it. K11 (12-14-15) (Right Front). Knit to end of row.
2nd row: Purl.

Sizes 2/3XL and 4/5XL only: 1st row: (Marking row). K16 (Left Front). Place a marker on next st and knit it. K8 (Left Sleeve). Place a marker on next st and knit it. K32 (Back). Place a marker on next st and knit it. K8 (Right Sleeve). Place a marker on next st and knit it. K16 (Right Front). Knit to end of row.
2nd row: *Purl to marked st. M1P. Purl marked st. M1P. Rep from * 3 times more. Purl to end of row.
3rd row: *Knit to marked st. M1. Knit marked st. M1. Rep from * 3 times more. Knit to end of row. Rep last 2 rows (0-1) time more, then 2nd row once. (108-124) sts.
Next row: Purl.

All sizes: Next row: (RS). *Knit to marked st. M1. Knit marked st. M1. Rep from * 3 times more. Knit to end of row.
4th row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 6 (7-9-10-11-12) times more. 120 (132-156-168-204- 228) sts.

Work Chart II to end of chart, reading knit rows from right to left and purl rows from left to right noting 12-st rep will be worked 10 (11-13-14-17-19) times and working inc sts as M1. 200 (220-260-280- 340-380) sts. Break A.
Chart II is shown on page 28.

Sizes XS/S, M, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only: Next row: (RS). With MC, K2 (5-85-25). M1. *K14 (18-170-47). M1. Rep from * 13 (10-0-6) times more. K2 (6-85-26). 215 (232-342- 388) sts.

Sizes L and XL only: Next row: (RS). With MC, knit.

All sizes: Next row: Divide for Body and Sleeves: With MC, P32 (36-40-43-52-59). Slip next 44 (45- 50-54-67-76) sts onto a length of yarn for Right Sleeve. Cast on 4 sts (right underarm). P63 (70-80-86- 104-118). Slip next 44 (45-50-54- 67-76) sts onto a length of yarn for Left Sleeve. Cast on 4 sts (left underarm). P32 (36-40-43-52-59). 135 (150-168-180-216-244) sts for Right Front, Left Front and Back.

Cont even in stocking st until work from dividing row measures 11H (11½-12-12-14-15) ins [29 (29- 30.5-30.5-35.5-38) cm], ending with a purl row and dec 0 (1-1-1-1-1) st at center of last row. 135 (149-167- 179-215-243) sts. Change to smaller circular needle and work 3 ins [7.5 cm] in (K1. P1) ribbing as given for Neckband, ending on a 2nd row. Cast off in ribbing.

Sleeves: With RS of work facing, slip 44 (45-50-54-67-76) sts from length of yarn onto 3 larger double-pointed needles as follows: 15 (16-18-18-23- 26) sts on 1st and 2nd needles and 14 (13-14-18-21-24) sts on 3rd needle. Cast on 4 sts. Join in rnd. 48 (49-54-58-71-80) sts. Slip 2 sts from 3rd needle onto 1st needle.

Proceed as follows:
Knit 11 (9-9-7-3-3) rnds even.
Next rnd: 1st needle: K1. K2tog. Knit to end of needle.
2nd needle: Knit.
3rd needle: Knit to last 3 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K1.
Rep last 12 (10-10-8-4-4) rnds 5 (5- 4-4-15-12) times more. 36 (37-44-48-39-54) sts.

Sizes L, XL, 4/5XL only: Knit (5-5- 1) rnd(s) even.
Next rnd: 1st needle: K1. K2tog. Knit to end of needle.
2nd needle: Knit.
3rd needle: Knit to last 3 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K1.
Rep last (6-6-2) rnds (3-5-6) times more. (36-36-40) sts.

All sizes: Knit even in rnds until work from dividing rnd measures 14H (15-15-15½-14-13½) ins [37 (38- 38-39.5-35.5-34.5) cm], dec 0 (1-0- 0-1-0) st at beg of last rnd. 36 (36- 36-36-38-40) sts.

Change to set of 4 smaller doublepointed needles and proceed as follows:
1st rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * around. Rep last rnd of (K1. P1) ribbing for 3 ins [7.5 cm]. Cast off in ribbing.

FINISHING
Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.

Graft underarms.

Front edging: With RS of work facing, smaller circular needle and MC, pick up and knit 87 (89-91-94- 50-50) sts up Right front edge. Cast off knitwise.
Rep for other side.

Sew zipper in position.