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Free Knitting Pattern: Jelly Bean Cardigan

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Lion Brand® Jiffy® - Landscapes®
Pattern #: 60315AD
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Rating: ***3.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: 24 months (2 yrs), Child 4, Child 5-6
Finished Chest 24½ (26½, 28¾ ) in.[62 (67.25, 73) cm]
13½ (14½, 15½) in. [34.25 (36.75, 39.5) 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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*Jiffy® (Article #450). 100% Acrylic; package size: Solids (except 151 Dusty Grey): 3 oz./85g; 135 yd/123m balls
Multi (plus 151 Dusty Grey): 2.5 oz./70g; 115 yd/103m balls
*Landscapes® (Article #540). 50% wool, 50% Acrylic; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (55yds/50m) pull skeins

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4 buttons ¾ in. [2 cm] diameter

Jelly Bean Cardigan

Lion Brand® Jiffy® - Landscapes®


7.25 sts + 12 rows = 4 in. [10 cm] in Stitch and Color Pattern with 1 strand each of A and D held tog. 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.

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Row 1 (WS): With 1 strand each of A and D held tog, *K2, p2, rep from * to end.
Row 2:
*K2, p2, rep from * to end.
Rows 3 and 4: *P2, k2, rep from * to end.
Rows 5-8: With 1 strand each of B and D held tog, rep Rows 1-4.
Rows 9-12:
With 1 strand each of C and D held tog, rep Rows 1-4.
Rep Rows 1-12 for Stitch and Color Pattern.

With 1 strand each of A and D held tog, cast on 44 (48, 52) sts.
Work in Stitch and Color Pattern until piece measures 8 (8½, 9) in. [20.25 (21.5, 22.75) cm] from beg, end with a WS row.

Divide for Armholes
Next Row:
Work as established over next 9 (10, 11) sts, bind off 4 sts for underarm, work as established over next 17 (19, 21) sts, bind off 4 sts, work as established to end.
Place 9 (10, 11) sts of Right Front on a holder. Place 18 (20, 22) sts of Back on a 2nd holder.

Continue as established on 9 (10, 11) sts of Left Front and, AT THE SAME TIME, dec 1 st at neck edge every other row 2 (3, 5) times, then every 4th row 2 (2, 1) time(s) – 5 (5, 5) sts. Work even until armhole measures 5½ (6, 6½) in. [14 (15.25, 16.5) cm]. Bind off.

Place 9 (10, 11) sts for Right Front onto needle. Beg with a WS row, join yarn and work as for Left Front, reversing shaping.

Place 18 (20, 22) sts for Back onto needle. Beg with a WS row, join yarn and work as established until armhole measures same as Left Front armhole. Bind off.

With 1 strand each of A and D held tog, cast on 16 (16, 16) sts. Work in Stitch and Color Pattern and, AT THE SAME TIME, inc 1 st at each side every 6th row 3 (4, 5) times – 22 (24, 26) sts. When all incs have been completed, work even as established until piece measures 8 (9½, 11) in. [20.25 (24.25, 28) cm] from beg.
Bind off.

Sew shoulder seams. Sew in Sleeves. Sew side and Sleeve seams. Sew buttons to Left Front. Use spaces between sts of Right Front as buttonholes. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
p = purl rep = repeat(s)(ing)
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together

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Pattern Average Rating: ***3.0 (based on 1 review)
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Downloadable Pattern: Jelly Bean Cardigan Reviewed by CHRISTINE VAN TASSEL on 2008-08-27 ***
I enjoyed knitting this sweater and the pattern was easy to follow, but I think the photo is a bit deceptive. I was disappointed that the sweater pattern is "boxy" shaped. The way it is worn by the model sort of gives the illusion of an A-shape (until you look more closely to notice that the sweater is large on the child and folded under at the bottom which "balloons" it creating that shape).

I'm a beginner knitter and would have also appreciated information on how to do the seaming depicted by the sweater displayed. I had to experiment with different seaming methods and I'm not entirely happy with what I chose. I have used plenty of beginning knitting instructions that provide some help in this area, at least calling out the name of a seaming method (mattress stitch for example). Particularly because this is an "easy" pattern, I would expect that. My seams are not as depicted. I'm not sure exactly how to achieve that.

I'm not completely happy with the fit. I know part of the issue is that my gauge was slightly off, so it is a bit narrower than it should be. (Measuring guage for a pattern like this is still a bit more mystical art than science to me.)

If I attempt this again I will definitely use larger needles (my own issue) and modify the pattern to give it more of a shape (the pattern's issue). In my opionion a bulky sweater is not so attractive on most frames when it fits like a tube, particularly since many toddlers have cute little bellies.

(I tried to create a different shape by using only one button. We'll see if I succeed.)

Overall, it is cute. The combination of yarns is pleasing to the eye and to the touch. Very eye-catching. I will try this again having learned a few things.

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