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Ribbed Cardigan

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Coats & Clark
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Description
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
  • 7 (8, 9, 10, 10) skeins Red Heart® Eco-Ways® Yarn, Oyster
  • Knitting needles: size 8, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 24" circular knitting needles: size 8 or size to obtain gauge
  • Three 2" buttons
  • Hook & eye or magnetic closure
  • Yarn needle
    GAUGE: 18 sts = 4"; 36 rows = 4" in Double Garter stitch pattern.

DIRECTIONS: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. Circle numbers pertaining to size before beginning. Sizes S (M, L, XL, 2XL). Finished Bust: 38" (42", 46", 50", 54"). Finished Length: 21 1/2" (22", 22", 22 1/2", 23"). Double Garter Stitch Pattern: Row 1 (RS): Purl. Row 2: Purl. Rows 3 and 4: Knit. Rep Rows 1 – 4.

BACK: With knitting needles, cast on 86 (94, 104, 112, 122) sts. Row 1: Work in Double Garter st until piecemeasures 14" from beg, ending with a WS row.

SHAPE ARMHOLES: Keeping continuity of pattern, bind off 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then bind off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows – 70 (76, 84, 90, 98) sts. Dec 1 st at beg and end of next row, then every other row 4 (4, 6, 6, 8) times – 60 (66, 70, 76, 80) sts.
Work even in pattern until armhole measures 7 1/2" (8", 8", 8 1/2", 9"), ending with a WS row. Bind off.

LEFT FRONT: With knitting needles, cast on 56 (60, 65, 69, 74) sts. Work same as for back to armhole shaping.

SHAPE ARMHOLES: Bind off 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts at beg of next row, then bind off 2 sts at armhole edge – 48 (51, 55, 58, 62) sts. Dec 1 st at armhole edge every other row 5 (5, 7, 7, 9) times – 43 (46, 48, 51, 53) sts. Work even in pattern until armhole measures 4" (4 1/2", 4 1/2", 5", 5 1/2" ), ending with a RS row.

SHAPE NECK: Bind off first 20 (21, 21, 22, 22) sts at beg of next row for neck edge.
Continue to bind off at neck edge 4 sts once, then 3 sts once, then 2 sts once – 14 (16, 18, 20, 22) sts. Dec 1 st at neck edge next row, then every other row 5 times – 8 (10, 12, 14, 16) sts. Work even in pattern until armhole measures same as for back. Bind off.

Mark placement for 2 buttons spaced 3 1/2" apart, with first button 1 3/4" from neck edge.

RIGHT FRONT: Work same as left front, reversing all shaping & making buttonholes opposite markers on WS row of pattern: Buttonhole Row 1: work across row to last 9 sts, bind off 4, work to end. Buttonhole Row 2: Cast on 4 sts over bound off sts from previous row, work to end.

SLEEVES: Make 2. Cast on 58 (63, 68, 72, 77) sts.
Beg with Row 1, work in double garter st until piece measures 7" from beg, ending with a WS row.

SHAPE CAP: Bind off 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 46 (49, 52, 54, 57) sts. Dec 1 st at beg & end of next row, then every other row 8 times, then every 4th row 6 times; bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows; bind off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Bind off remaining 6 (9, 12, 14, 17) sts.
With WS together, sew shoulder seams.

COLLAR: With circular needles and RS facing, pick up and k 20 (21, 21, 22, 22) sts across right front neck edge, 22 sts up neck edge to shoulder, 44 (46, 46, 48, 48) sts across back neck, 22 sts down left neck edge & 20 (21, 21, 22, 22) across front neck edge – 128 (132, 132, 136, 136) sts. Beg with Row 2, work in double garter st until collar measures 13/4", ending with a RS row.
Work Buttonhole Rows 1 & 2 same as for right front. Work even until collar measures 4 1/4", ending with a RS row. Rep Buttonhole Rows once more. Continue even until collar measures 6" from beginning. Bind off. Fold collar in half to WS; line up buttonholes on front & back. Sew edges of buttonholes together. Sew collar in place.

RIGHT FRONT EDGING: Use circular needles. RS facing, beg at lower edge, pick up & k 48 (50, 50, 51, 52) sts along front edge, working through double thickness of collar. Bind off loosely on next row. Rep for left front edging. Set in sleeves. Sew sleeve & side seams. Weave in yarn ends. Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes. Sew hook & eye closure to WS of cardigan where collar meets right front.

ABBREVIATIONS
beg = begin(ning), dec = decrease; k = knit; rep = repeat, RS = Right side(s), st(s) = stitch(es), WS = Wrong side(s)

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