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Home : Patterns : Simple Hooded Cardigan

Free Knitting Pattern: Simple Hooded Cardigan

Lion Brand® Jiffy®
Pattern #: 70038
Rating: *****4.5 (based on 29 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: 3-6 mos, 12 mos, 18 mos, 24 months (2 yrs)
Finished Chest: 20 (22, 24, 26) in. [51 (56, 61, 66) cm]
Finished Length:
8 (10, 11, 13) in. [20.5 (25.5, 28, 33) 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

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2 buttons,¾ in. [2 cm] diameter

Simple Hooded Cardigan

Lion Brand® Jiffy®


13 stitches + 20 rows = 4 in. [10 cm] in Stockinette 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

Cast on 32 (36, 39, 42) sts.
Rows 1-4: Knit.
Row 5 (RS): Knit.
Row 6: Purl.
Continue in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures 8 (10, 11, 13) in. [20.5 (25.5, 28, 33) cm] from beg. Bind off all sts.

Cast on 16 (18, 20, 22) sts.
Rows 1-4: Knit.
Row 5 (RS): Knit.
Row 6 (WS): K 5, p 11 (13, 15, 17). Repeat last 2 rows until piece measures 6 (8, 9, 11) in. [15 (20.5, 23, 28) cm] from beg, end with a RS row.

Shape Neck
Next Row (WS):
Bind off 5 (5, 6, 6) stitches for neck, finish row. Continue in St st, dec 1 st at neck edge every row 2 (3, 3, 4) times – 9 (10, 11, 12) sts. When piece measures same length as Back, bind off.

Cast on 16 (18, 20, 22) sts.
Rows 1-4: Knit.
Row 5 (RS): Knit.
Row 6 (WS): P 11 (13, 15, 17), k 5. Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 3 (4, 5, 7) in. [7.5 (10, 12.5, 18 cm] from beg, end with a WS row.

Buttonhole Row (RS):
K 2, yo, k2tog, finish row.
Work even until piece measures 5½ (7½, 8½, 10½) in. [14 (19.5, 22, 27 cm] from beg, end with a WS row.

Next Row (RS): Rep Buttonhole Row.
Continue in St st until piece measures same as Left Front to neck shaping. Shape neck as for Left Front, reversing shaping. Bind off.

Sew shoulder seams. Place markers 4 (4, 4½, 5) in. [10 (10, 11.5, 12.5) cm down from shoulder on Front and Back. From RS, pick up and k 26 (26, 30, 32) sts between markers. Work in garter st (k every row) for 2 in. [5 cm].

Dec Row: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog – 24 (24, 28, 30) sts. Continue in garter st, rep Dec Row every 6 rows 2 (2, 4, 5) times more – 20 sts. Work even until piece measures 6 (7, 8, 9) in. [15 (18, 20.5, 23) cm]. Bind off.

Sew side and Sleeve seams. Sew buttons opposite buttonholes.

From RS, pick up and k 40 (42, 44, 46) sts evenly spaced around neck edge.
Next Row: K, inc 10 (10, 12, 12) sts evenly spaced across row – 50 (52, 56, 58) sts. Work in garter st for 7 (7½, 8, 8½) in. [17.5 (19, 20.5, 21.5) cm]. Bind off. Fold bound-off edge in half and seam for top of Hood. Weave in ends.

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inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side yo = yarn over

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.5 (based on 29 reviews)
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Reviewed by Barb kessler on 2014-12-27 ****
Turned out cute, however, a little short in length for newborn and sleeves were a bit bulky. I made 2nd one in larger size and decreased sleeves width by 2 stitches and it came out perfect. Thank you!!

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