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How To Make A Curvy Girl Subtle Texture Cardigan

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Lion Brand
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SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • Lion Brand® Vanna's Glamour®: Sapphire, 6 (7, 7, 8) balls (A) or color of choice
  • Lion Brand® Modern Baby®: Blue, 5 (5, 6, 6) balls (B) or color of choice
  • Lion Brand® knitting needles size 4 (3.5 mm)
  • Lion Brand® knitting needles size 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Lion Brand® knitting needles size 10-1/2 (6.5 mm)
  • Lion Brand® removable stitch markers
  • Lion Brand® large-eyed blunt needle
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors

    • SIZES
    • Curvy Girl 1 (2, 3, 4)
    • Finished Bust 48 (52, 56, 60)" (122 (132, 142, 152.5) cm)
    • Finished Length 27-1/2 (28, 28-1/2, 29)" (70 (71, 72.5, 73.5) cm)
    • To print the patterns, click on the "Download Project PDF" button (above).
    • Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to desired size before beginning.

    • GAUGE
    • 24 sts + 30 rows = about 4" (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with middle-size needles and 1 strand of A.
    • 14 sts + 20 rows = about 4" (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with largest needles and 1 strand each of A and B held tog.
    • 21 sts = about 4" (10 cm) in Garter Rib with middle-size needles and 1 strand of A.
    • BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

    • DIRECTIONS:

    • STITCH EXPLANATIONS
    • kfb (knit in front and back) Knit next st without removing it from left hand needle, then k through back of same st – 1 st increased.
    • ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right hand needle; insert left hand needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog – 1 st decreased.

    • PATTERN STITCHES
    • Garter Rib (worked over a multiple of 5 sts + 2 additional sts)
    • Row 1 (RS): Knit.
    • Row 2: K2, *p3, k2; rep from * to end of row.
    • Rep Rows 1 and 2 for Garter Rib pattern.

    • K1, p1 Rib (worked over an odd number of sts)
    • Row 1 (RS): K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end of row.
    • Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
    • Rep Row 2 for K1, p1 Rib.

    • NOTES
    • Cardigan is made in 7 pieces: Back, Right Front, Left Front, 2 Sleeves, Right Front Band, and Left Front Band.
    • Back and Fronts are each worked in 3 sections, changing yarn, needle size, and stitch patterns at the beginning of each section to create texture.
    • Sleeves are each worked in 2 sections: Lower band and top of sleeve.
    • This pattern includes some knitter’s lingo. When the pattern says to ‘work even’ this means to continue in the specified st or pattern and keep the number of sts the same – without increasing or decreasing. When ‘– 12 sts’ appears at the end of a sentence, this is the number of sts to have after working that row. When 'as established' appears in the instructions, this means to continue in the current pattern st. When '0' repeats in an instruction, this means that particular instruction should not be performed; just skip to the next part of the instruction.
    • Our pattern includes diagrams to help visualize how the Cardigan is made and put together. Take the time to review the diagrams before knitting.

    • BACK
    • With middle-size needles and 1 strand of A, cast on 127 (137, 147, 157) sts.
    • Lower Band
    • Work in Garter Rib until piece measures about 4" (10 cm) from beg, end with a Row 2 of Garter Rib as the last row worked.
    • Body
    • Change to largest needles and 1 strand each of A and B held tog.
    • Decrease Row (RS): K2tog, *k1, k2tog; rep from * to last 2 (0, 1, 2) sts, k to end of row – you will have 85 (91, 98, 105) sts at the end of this row.
    • Work even in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 18-1/2" (47 cm) from beg, end with a WS (purl) row as the last row worked.
    • Shape Armholes
    • Row 1 (RS): Bind off 4 (5, 6, 7) sts, k to end of row – 81 (86, 92, 98) sts.
    • Row 2: Bind off 4 (5, 6, 7) sts, p to end of row – 77 (81, 86, 91) sts.
    • Row 3 (Decrease Row): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 75 (79, 84, 89) sts.
    • Row 4: Purl.
    • Rep Rows 3 and 4 for 4 (5, 7, 8) more times – 67 (69, 70, 73) sts.
    • Work even in St st until piece measures about 21-1/2 (22, 22-1/2, 23)" (54.5 (56, 57, 58.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row worked.
    • Yoke
    • Change to middle-size needles and 1 strand of A.
    • Increase Row (RS): *K1, (kfb) twice; rep from * to last 1 (0, 1, 1) sts, k1 (0, 1, 1) – 111 (115, 116, 121) sts.
    • Work even in St st until piece measures about 26-1/2 (27, 27-1/2, 28)" (67.5 (68.5, 70, 71) cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    • Shape Neck and Shoulders
    • Place a marker on each side of center 35 (39, 40, 45) sts.
    • Row 1 (RS): Bind off 12 sts for right shoulder, k to first marker, remove marker, join a 2nd ball of A and bind off center 35 (39, 40, 45) sts for neck, removing markers as you work, k38 for left shoulder – 26 sts for right shoulder and 38 sts for left shoulder.
    • Note: You will now be working both shoulders AT THE SAME TIME using separate balls of yarn.
    • Row 2: On first side, bind off 12 sts, p to end of side; on 2nd side, bind off 3 sts, p to end of row – 26 sts for left shoulder and 23 sts for right shoulder.
    • Row 3: On first side, bind off 10 sts, k to end of side; on 2nd side, bind off 3 sts, k to end of row – 13 sts for right shoulder and 23 sts for left shoulder.
    • Row 4: On first side, bind off 10 sts, p to end of side; on 2nd side, bind off 3 sts, p to end of row – 13 sts for left shoulder, 10 sts for right shoulder.
    • Row 5: On first side, bind off rem 10 sts of right shoulder; on 2nd side, bind off 3 sts – 10 sts rem for left shoulder.
    • Row 6: Bind off rem 10 sts of left shoulder.

    • LEFT FRONT
    • With middle-size needles and 1 strand of A, cast on 62 (67, 72, 77) sts.
    • Lower Band
    • Work in Garter Rib until piece measures about 4" (10 cm) from beg, end with a Row 2 of Garter Rib as the last row you work.
    • Body
    • Change to largest needles and 1 strand each of A and B held tog.
    • Decrease Row (RS): K1, *k2tog, k1; rep from * to last 1 (0, 2, 1) sts, k1 (0, 2, 1) –42 (45, 49, 52) sts.
    • Work even in St st until piece measures about 18-1/2" (47 cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    • Shape Armholes
    • Row 1 (RS): Bind off 4 (5, 6, 7) sts, k to end of row – 38 (40, 43, 45) sts.
    • Rows 2 and 4: Purl.
    • Row 3 (Decrease Row): K1, ssk, k to end of row – 37 (39, 42, 44) sts.
    • Rep Rows 3 and 4 for 4 (5, 7, 8) more times – 33 (34, 35, 36) sts.
    • Work even in St st until piece measures about 21-1/2 (22, 22-1/2, 23)" (54.5 (56, 57, 58.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    • Yoke
    • Change to middle-size needles and 1 strand of A only.
    • Increase Row (RS): *K1, (kfb) twice; rep from * to last 0 (1, 2, 0) sts, 0 (1, 2, 0) – 55 (56, 57, 60) sts.
    • Next Row: Purl.
    • Next Row (Decrease Row): K1, ssk, k to end of row – 54 (55, 56, 59) sts.
    • Rep last 2 rows 2 (3, 4, 5) more times – 52 (52, 52, 54) sts.
    • Work even in St st until piece measures about 24-1/2 (25, 25-1/2, 26)" (62 (63.5, 65, 66) cm) from beg, end with a RS row as the last row you work.
    • Shape Neck
    • Row 1 (WS): Bind off 4 (4, 4, 6) sts, p to end of row – 48 sts.
    • Rows 2 and 4: Knit.
    • Row 3: Bind off 3 sts, p to end of row – 45 sts.
    • Rows 5 and 6: Rep Rows 3 and 4 – 42 sts.
    • Row 7: Bind off 2 sts, p to end of row – 40 sts.
    • Row 8: Knit.
    • Rows 9 and10: Rep Rows 7 and 8 – 38 sts.
    • Row 11: Rep Row 7 – 36 sts.
    • Row 12: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 35 sts.
    • Rows 13, 15 and 17: Purl.
    • Row 14: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 34 sts.
    • Row 16: Rep row 14 – 33 sts.
    • Shape Shoulder and Continue Shaping Neck
    • Row 18: Bind off 12 sts, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 20 sts.
    • Row 19: Purl.
    • Row 20: Bind off 10 sts, k to end of row – 10 sts.
    • Row 21: Purl.
    • Bind off rem 10 sts.

    • RIGHT FRONT
    • Cast on and work as for Left Front to Shape Armholes.
    • Shape Armholes
    • Row 1 (WS): Bind off 4 (5, 6, 7) sts, p to end of row – 38 (40, 43, 45) sts.
    • Row 2 (Decrease Row): K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 37 (39, 42, 44) sts.
    • Row 3: Purl.
    • Rep Rows 2 and 3 for 4 (5, 7, 8) more times – 33 (34, 35, 36) sts.
    • Work even in St st until piece measures same length as Left Front to Yoke, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    • Yoke
    • Change to middle-size needles and 1 strand of A only.
    • Increase Row (RS): *K1, (kfb) twice; rep from * to last 0 (1, 2, 0) sts, 0 (1, 2, 0) – 55 (56, 57, 60) sts.
    • Next Row: Purl.
    • Next Row (Decrease Row): K to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 54 (55, 56, 59) sts.
    • Rep last 2 rows 2 (3, 4, 5) more times – 52 (52, 52, 54) sts.
    • Work even in St st until piece measures about 24 1/2 (25, 25 1/2, 26) in. (62 (63.5, 65, 66) cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    • Shape Neck
    • Row 1 (RS): Bind off 4 (4, 4, 6) sts, k to end of row – 48 sts.
    • Rows 2 and 4: Purl.
    • Row 3: Bind off 3 sts, k to end of row – 45 sts.
    • Rows 5 and 6: Rep Rows 3 and 4 – 42 sts.
    • Row 7: Bind off 2 sts, k to end of row – 40 sts.
    • Row 8: Purl.
    • Rows 9-12: Rep Rows 7 and 8 twice – 36 sts.
    • Row 13: K1, ssk, k to end of row – 35 sts.
    • Rows 14 and 16: Purl.
    • Row 15: K1, ssk, k to end of row – 34 sts.
    • Row 17: Rep Row 15 – 33 sts.
    • Shape Shoulder and Continue Shaping Neck
    • Row 18: Bind off 12 sts, p to end of row – 21 sts.
    • Row 19: Rep Row 15 – 20 sts.
    • Row 20: Bind off 10 sts, p to end of row – 10 sts.
    • Row 21: Knit.
    • Bind off rem 10 sts.

    • SLEEVES (make 2)
    • With middle-size needles and 1 strand of A, cast on 47 (51, 51, 57) sts.
    • Ribbing
    • Work in K1, p1 Rib until piece measures about 1" (2.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    • Lower Band
    • Row 1 (RS): K1, (kfb) 0 (1, 1, 0) times, k to end of row – 47 (52, 52, 57) sts.
    • Beg with Row 2 of pattern, work in Garter Rib pattern until piece measures about 2" (5 cm) from beg, end with a Row 2 of Garter Rib as the last row you work.
    • Increase Row (RS): K1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 – 49 (54, 54, 59) sts.
    • Next 15 Rows: Work in Garter Rib as established, working increased sts into pattern.
    • Rep Increase Row – 51 (56, 56, 61) sts.
    • Rep last 16 rows – 53 (58, 58, 63) sts.
    • Work even in Garter Rib as established until piece measures about 7" (18 cm) from beg, end with a Row 2 of Garter Rib as the last row you work.
    • Upper Band
    • Change to largest needle and 1 strand each of A and B held tog.
    • Decrease Row (RS): K1, *k2tog, k1; rep from * to last 1 (0, 0, 2) sts, k1 (0, 0, 2) – 36 (39, 39, 43) sts.
    • Work in St st for 3 rows.
    • Increase Row (RS): K1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 – 38 (41, 41, 45) sts.
    • Work in St st for 5 rows.
    • Rep Increase Row – 40 (43, 43, 47) sts.
    • Rep last 6 rows twice – 44 (47, 47, 51) sts.
    • Work in St st for 3 rows.
    • Rep Increase Row – 46 (49, 49, 53) sts.
    • Rep last 4 rows 1 (2, 4, 4) more times – 48 (53, 57, 61) sts.
    • Work even in St st until piece measures about 16 1/2 (17, 17 1/2, 18) in. (42 (43, 44.5, 45.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    • Shape Sleeve Cap (Top of Sleeve)
    • Row 1 (RS): Bind off 4 (5, 6, 7) sts, k to end of row – 44 (48, 51, 54) sts.
    • Row 2: Bind off 4 (5, 6, 7) sts, p to end of row – 40 (43, 45, 47) sts.
    • Row 3 (Decrease Row): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 38 (41, 43, 45) sts.
    • Row 4: Purl.
    • Rep Rows 3 and 4 for 4 (5, 6, 7) more times – 30 (31, 31, 31) sts.
    • Next Row (RS): Bind off 1 st, k to end of row – 29 (30, 30, 30) sts.
    • Next Row: Bind off 1 st, p to end of row – 28 (29, 29, 29) sts.
    • Rep last 2 rows once more – 26 (27, 27, 27) sts.
    • Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, k to end of row – 24 (25, 25, 25) sts.
    • Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, p to end of row – 22 (23, 23, 23) sts.
    • Bind off.

    • LEFT FRONT BAND
    • With smallest needle and 1 strand of A, cast on 43 sts.
    • Work in K1, p1 Rib for 6 rows.
    • Decrease Row (RS): K2tog, work in K1, p1 Rib as established to end of row – 42 sts. Mark the beg of this row for edge that will be sewn to Left Front.
    • Work in K1, p1 Rib as established for 5 rows.
    • Rep Decrease Row – 41 sts.
    • Rep last 6 rows 30 more times – 11 sts rem.
    • Work even in K1, p1 Rib as established until marked edge measures the same as front edge of Left Front.
    • Bind off.

    • RIGHT FRONT BAND
    • With smallest needle and 1 strand of A, cast on 43 sts.
    • Work in K1, p1 Rib for 6 rows.
    • Decrease Row (RS): Work in K1, p1 Rib as established to last 2 sts, k2tog – 42 sts. Mark the beg of this row for edge that will be sewn to Right Front.
    • Work in K1, p1 Rib as established for 5 rows.
    • Rep Decrease Row – 41 sts.
    • Rep last 6 rows 30 more times – 11 sts rem.
    • Work even in K1, p1 Rib as established until marked edge measures the same as front edge of Right Front.
    • Bind off.

    • FINISHING:
    • Step 1: Sew marked edges of Front Bands to front edges of Left and Right Fronts.

    • Step 1
    • Step 2: Sew Fronts to Back at shoulder seams.

    • Step 2
    • Step 3: Matching the center of the Sleeve cap to the shoulder seam of the Cardigan, sew in Sleeves.

    • Step 3
    • Step 4: Matching the underarm seams, sew side and Sleeve seams, leaving 7" (18 cm) at lower edge of each side unsewn for side slits.

    • Step 4

    • Step 5: Neck Band
    • From RS, with smallest needles and 1 strand of A, beg at Right Front Band, pick up and k10 sts evenly spaced across top of band, 27 (27, 27, 29) sts along right front neck, 61 (69, 69, 75) sts across back neck, 27 (27, 27, 29) sts along left front neck and 10 sts across top of Left Front Band – 135 (143, 143, 153) sts.
    • Row 1: P1, *k1, p1; rep from * across.
    • Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
    • Rep Row 2 until neck band measures about 1" (2.5 cm).
    • Bind off.

    • Step 5
      Weave in ends.
    • ABBREVIATIONS:
    • k = knit
    • k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
    • p = purl
    • rem = remain(ing)(s)
    • RS = right side
    • St st = Stockinette stitch
    • tog = together
    • WS = wrong side

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