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Home : Patterns : Knitted Mandarin Collar Cardigan

Free Knitting Pattern: Knitted Mandarin Collar Cardigan

Lion Brand® Microspun
Pattern #: 875

Advanced Beginner: The silky-smooth texture of Micro-Spun enhances this exquisitely simple side-slit Mandarin-collar knit jacket, finished with authentic Chinese 'frog' closures. Order #910 Micro-spun: Women's S (40:) 8 balls, M (44) 8 balls, L (48) - 9 balls, 1x (52) - 9 balls, 2X (56) - 10 balls, 3X (60) - 11 balls. Requires size 6 needles. Requires 3 Chinese Frogs.

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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner + (Level 2)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X

Finished chest: 40 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60) inches

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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 910-124: Microspun Yarn: Mocha
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*Microspun (Article #910). 100% Micro-Fiber Acrylic; package size: 2.50oz/70.00 gr. (168yds/154m) pull skeins

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•  910-124 Microspun Yarn: Mocha
$ 42.32 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11) 
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Knitted Mandarin Collar Cardigan

Lion Brand® Microspun



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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STITCH PATTERN (worked on an even number of sts):
Rows 1 & 3 (WS): Knit.
Row 2: *K 1, p 1; rep from * across row.
Row 4: *P 1, k 1; rep from * across row.
Rep Rows 1-4 for pat st.


Cast on 100 (110, 120, 130, 140, 150) sts. Work in pat st until piece meas 17 (17, 17, 18, 18, 18)” from beg.
Shape armholes: Bind off 5 (5, 5, 7, 7, 7) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Maintaining pat, dec 1 st each end every other row 5 (5, 5, 7, 7, 7) times -- 80 (90, 100, 102, 112, 122) sts. Work even in pat st until armholes meas 9 (9, 10, 10, 11, 11)”. Bind off.


Cast on 50 (56, 60, 66, 70, 76) sts. Work in pat st until piece meas 17 (17, 17, 18, 18, 18)” from beg, ending with a RS row.
Shape armhole: Bind off 5 (5, 5, 7, 7, 7) sts at armhole edge once. Maintaining pat, dec 1 st at armhole edge every other row 5 (5, 5, 7, 7, 7) times -- 40 (46, 50, 52, 56, 62) sts. Work even in pat st until piece meas 24 (24, 25, 25, 27, 27)” from beg, ending with a WS row.
Shape neck:Maintaining pat, bind off at neck edge at beg of every other row: 8 (9, 10, 10, 11, 12) sts once 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) sts once, 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3) sts once, 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2) sts once and 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) st twice -- 22 (27, 30, 31, 34, 39) sts. Work even in pat st until piece meas same as Back to shoulder. Bind off.


Work to correspond to Right Front, rev shaping. (Note: Shape armhole at beg of RS rows; shape neck at beg of WS rows.)


Cast on 46 (46, 52, 62, 62, 62) sts. Work in pat st inc 1 st at each end every other row 24 times (working added sts into pat st) -- 94 (94, 100, 110, 110, 110) sts. Work even in pat st until Sleeve meas 18” from beg or desired length to underarm.
Shape Cap Bind off 5 (5, 5, 7, 7, 7) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Maintaining pat st, dec 1 st at each end every other row 5 (5, 5, 7, 7, 7) times -- 74 (74, 80, 82, 82, 82) sts. Bind off.


Sew shoulder seams.
Collar: With RS facing, beg 3 sts from Right Front center edge, pick up and k approx 82 (82, 92, 92, 100, 100) sts around neck, ending 3 sts from Left Front center edge. Work in pat st for 12 rows. Bind off loosely in pat. Sew Sleeves to body of garment matching bound off and dec points. Sew Sleeve and side seams leaving 2” slit on Sleeves and 5” slit on side seams, if desired.
Edging (crochet): Work 1 row single crochet along center Fronts and around slits; OR (knit): With RS facing, pick up and k approx 126 (126, 131, 131, 136, 136) sts along each center Front. Knit 1 row, then bind off. Pick up 26 sts in same manner on each side of each side slit, and 10 sts on each side of each Sleeve slit and knit a row, then bind off. Sew three frog closings on center Fronts as pictured. Weave in ends.

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approx = approximately beg = begin(s)(ning)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit meas = measure(s)
p = purl pat = pattern
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rev = revers(e)(ing)
RS = right side st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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Knitted Mandarin Collar Cardigan Reviewed by Alison on 2014-05-18 ****
hi i have made three of theses Mandarin collar cardigans and i knit very loose so i knitted on a 4mm needle instead of needle stated also i found by doing knit one purl one knit one it had the same affect as moss stitch came out rather well really pleased

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