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Free Knitting Pattern: Autumn Afternoons Cardigan

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Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Pattern #: 50924AD
Rating: ***2.6 (based on 18 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: Small, Large, 2X
Sizes S/M (L/1X, 2X/3X)
Finished Bust 50 (56, 62) in. [127 (142.25, 157.5) cm]
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 your size before beginning.


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Take the fast track to great style with this flattering cardigan. Available in S/M, L/1X, 2X/3X.
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Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

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*Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Article #640). Solids, Heathers, Twists, Prints, Stripes: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
Wheat & Wood: 86% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 4% Rayon
Oatmeal & Barley & Grey Marble: 82% Acrylic; 10% Wool; 8% Rayon
Metallics: 79% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 1% Metallic Poly; package size: Solids, Heathers, Twists, Tweeds: 6 oz./170g (106 yd/97 m)
Prints, Stripes: 5 oz./140g (87 yd/80 m)
Metallics: 5 oz./140g (92 yd/84 m)

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Autumn Afternoons Cardigan

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®


8 sts + 10.5 rows = 4 in. [10 cm] in St st (k on RS, p on WS). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting horizontal thread lying between needles and placing it onto left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop.


Cast on 50 (56, 62) sts. Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures 15 (16, 18) in. [38 (40.75, 45.75) cm] from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Armhole
Bind off 2 (3, 5) sts at beg of next 2 rows -- 46 (50, 52) sts.
Next Row (Dec Row):
K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog -- 44 (48, 50) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 0 (2, 3) more times -- 44 sts.
Work even until piece measures 24 (25, 27) in. [61 (63.5, 68.5) cm] from beg. Bind off 6 sts at beg of next 6 rows. Bind off remaining 8 sts.

Cast on 25 (29, 33) sts.
Row 1 (RS):
K 4 (for facing), sl 1, k to end of row.
Row 2: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 13 (14, 15) in. [33 (35.5, 38) cm] from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Collar
Next Row (RS):
K 4, m1, place marker, sl 1, place marker, m1, k to end of row -- 27 (31, 35) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row:
K to marker, sl marker, sl 1, sl marker, k to end of row.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row:
K to 1 st before marker, m1, sl marker, sl 1, sl marker, m1, k to end of row -- 29 (33, 37) sts. Rep last 4 rows 6 (7, 8) more times and, AT THE SAME TIME, when piece measures 15 (16, 18) in. [38 (40.75, 45.75) cm] from beg, end with a RS row.

Shape Armhole
Next Row (WS):
Bind off 2 (3, 5) sts at beg of next WS row. Dec 1 st at beg of every WS row 1 (3, 4) times. Continue collar shaping and then work even until piece measures 24 (25, 27) in. [61 (63.5, 68.5) cm] from beg, end with a RS row. Bind off 6 sts at beg of next 2 WS rows. Work even for 3 in. [7.5 cm]. Transfer remaining sts to spare needle.

Work as for Right Front, reversing all shaping.

Cast on 20 (22, 24) sts. Beg with a WS row, work in St st for 5 rows.
Row 6 (Inc Row):
K1, inc 1, k to last 2 sts, inc 1, k 1 -- 22 (24, 26) sts. Rep last 6 rows 4 (5, 6) times more -- 30 (34, 38) sts. Work even until piece measures 15˝ (16, 16˝) in. [39.5 (40.75, 42) cm] from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Cap
Bind off 4 (4, 5) sts at beg of next 6 rows. Bind off remaining 6 (10, 8) sts.

Sew shoulder seams. Sew sts from spare needles tog for collar. Sew in Sleeves. Sew side and Sleeve seams. Fold front/collar facing to WS along sl st line and sew in place. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
sk = skip sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: ***2.6 (based on 18 reviews)
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Autumn Afternoons Cardigan Reviewed by Diana McBratney on 2015-03-29 *
I have been knitting for 40 years and I did not like this pattern one bit. I could not figure out the collar and I sew to. I ended ripping out the whole sweater a first for me ,instructions were not good. What a terrible waste of time.

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