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Free Knitting Pattern: Heather Brown Cardigan

Lion Brand® LB Collection® Baby Alpaca
Pattern #: L0174
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate + (Level 4)

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

Finished Bust 37 1/2 (42, 45 1/2, 49 1/2, 53 1/2) in. (95.5 (106.5, 115.5, 125.5, 136) cm), including front bands
Finished Length 28 1/2 (29, 29 1/2, 30, 30 1/2) in. (72.5 (73.5, 75, 76, 77.5) 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.

CORRECTIONS: None
 
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*LB Collection Baby Alpaca (Article #488). 100% Baby Alpaca; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (146yds/133m) pull skeins

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•  488-126 LB Collection Baby Alpaca Yarn: Auburn
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•  488-125 LB Collection Baby Alpaca Yarn: Fawn Heather
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•  488-124 LB Collection Baby Alpaca Yarn: Tan
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$ 29.95 5, 6, 6, 7 
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•  488-098 LB Collection Baby Alpaca Yarn: Natural
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Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
Circular knitting needle size 7 (4.5 mm), 29 in. (73.5 cm) long
Six 7/8 in. (22 mm) buttons
 

Heather Brown Cardigan

Lion Brand® LB Collection® Baby Alpaca

GAUGE:

17 sts + 23 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in Stockinette st (k on RS, p on WS), with 2 strands of yarn 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.

Making a Gauge Swatch

STITCH EXPLANATION:

M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between needles and placing it onto left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop - 1 st increased.
M1P (make 1 st as if to purl) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between the needles and placing it onto the left needle. Purl this new stitch through the back loop - 1 st increased.
ssk (slip, slip, knit)Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog - 1 st decreased.

 

STRIPE PATTERNS
Notes

1. All rows are worked with 2 strands of yarn held tog. When only 1 color is indicated for a row, work with 2 strands of that color.
2. Stripe Pattern includes enough rows for the largest size Cardigan, so will not need to be repeated.
3. The colors in the Stripe Pattern are quite similar. Don't worry too much if you work a row or two with a different color!

 

Stripe Pattern for Back and Front
4 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
2 rows with 2 strands of A
3 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
3 rows with 2 strands of B
6 rows with 1 strand each of B and C
2 rows with 2 strands of C
3 rows with 1 strand each of A and C
5 rows with 1 strand each of A and D
5 rows with 1 strand each of B and D
1 row with 1 strand each of C and D
3 rows with 2 strands of C
5 rows with 1 strand each of B and C
4 rows with 1 strand each of A and C
4 rows with 1 strand each of A and D
3 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
4 rows with 2 strands of B
6 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
2 rows with 2 strands of A
4 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
4 rows with 1 strand each of A and C
3 rows with 1 strand each of B and C
2 rows with 2 strands of C
2 rows with 1 strand each of C and D
5 rows with 1 strand each of B and D
5 rows with 1 strand each of B and C
3 rows with 2 strands of B
3 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
8 rows with 1 strand each of A and C
7 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
2 rows with 2 strands of B
4 rows with 1 strand each of B and C
3 rows with 2 strands of C
3 rows with 1 strand each of C and D
5 rows with 1 strand each of B and D
4 rows with 1 strand each of A and D
3 rows with 1 strand each of A and C
2 rows with 2 strands of A
3 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
2 rows with 2 strands of B
7 rows with 1 strand each of B and C
6 rows with 1 strand each of B and D
2 rows with 2 strands of A
4 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
4 rows with 1 strand each of A and C
3 rows with 1 strand each of B and C
2 rows with 2 strands of C

 

Stripe Pattern for Sleeves
2 rows with 2 strands of A
3 rows with 1 strand each of A and C
5 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
3 rows with 2 strands of B
5 rows with 1 strand each of B and C
2 rows with 2 strands of B
7 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
2 rows with 1 strand each of A and C
5 rows with 1 strand each of A and D
4 rows with 1 strand each of B and D
2 rows with 2 strands of B
3 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
1 row with 2 strands of A
5 rows with 1 strand each of A and C
3 rows with 1 strand each of B and C
2 rows with 2 strands of C
1 row with 1 strand each of C and D
5 rows with 1 strand each of B and D
4 rows with 1 strand each of A and D
3 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
2 rows with 2 strands of A
7 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
2 rows with 2 strands of B
7 rows with 1 strand each of B and C
2 rows with 2 strands of C
2 rows with 1 strand each of C and D
3 rows with 1 strand each of B and D
4 rows with 1 strand each of A and D
4 rows with 1 strand each of A and C
2 rows with 2 strands of A
4 rows with 1 strand each of A and C
2 rows with 1 strand each of A and B
3 rows with 2 strands of B
6 rows with 1 strand each of B and D
1 row with 1 strand each of C and D
1 row with 2 strands of C
6 rows with 1 strand each of B and C
9 rows with 1 strand each of A and C
5 rows with 1 strand each of A and D

NOTES:

1. Back, Fronts and Sleeves are worked back and forth in rows on circular needle as if working on straight needles.
2. Cardigan is worked with 2 strands of yarn held tog throughout. When using 2 strands of the same color, work from 2 balls of yarn or work from the inside and outside of the same ball.
3. When only 1 color is listed for a row in the Stripe Pattern, use 2 strands of that color.
4. The number of rows given in each Stripe Pattern will make the largest size; for smaller sizes, you may not have completed all the rows in the Stripe Pattern when your piece measures the desired length.
5. Leave yarn tails of about 6 in. (15 cm) when changing colors. Weave in tails when knitting has been completed.
6. 'Work even' in the pattern means to work without increasing or decreasing.


BACK
With 1 strand each of A and C held tog, cast on 82 (92, 100, 108, 116) sts.
Work back and forth in rows on circular needle in Garter st (k every row) until piece measures 1 in. (2.5 cm) from beg.
Change to St st (k on RS, p on WS) and Stripe Pattern for Back and Front, and work until piece measures 5 in. (12.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row. Note: End with a WS row means that the last row you work should be a WS row, and the next row that you are ready to work will be a RS row.
Waist shaping
Note:
Waist shaping begins below natural waistline.
Place 4 markers on needle, as follows: sk first 9 (11, 12, 13, 14) sts, place marker (pm), sk next 23 (25, 27, 29, 31) sts, pm, sk next 18 (20, 22, 24, 26) sts, pm, sk next 23 (25, 27, 29, 31) sts, pm, k to end of row.
Next (Decrease) Row (RS): *K to marker, slip marker (sm), ssk, k to 2 sts before next marker k2tog, sm; rep from * once more, k to end of row - 78 (88, 96, 104, 112) sts at the end of this row.
Work even (without increasing or decreasing) in St st and Stripe Pattern for Back and Front for 13 rows.
Next Row: Rep Decrease Row - 74 (84, 92, 100, 108) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 11 rows.
Next Row: Rep Decrease Row - 70 (80, 88, 96, 104) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 9 rows.
Next (Decrease) Row:
Note: Remove markers while working this row.
K to marker, ssk, k to 2 sts before last marker, k2tog, k to end of row - 68 (78, 86, 94, 102) sts at the end of this row.
Work even until piece measures 14 in. (35.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next (Increase) Row (RS): K2, M1, knit to last 2 sts, M1, k2 - 70 (80, 88, 96, 104) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 7 rows.
Rep Increase Row - 72 (82, 90, 98, 106) sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 8 rows once more - 74 (84, 92 100, 108) sts when all increases have been completed.
Work even until piece measures 20 in. (51 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Armhole
Bind off 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Bind off 2 sts at beg of next 2 (2, 2, 4, 4) rows.
Dec 1 st (by working k2tog or p2tog) at beg of next 4 (6, 8, 6, 8) rows - 52 (58, 62, 66, 70) sts rem.
Work even until armhole measures about 7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2) in. (19 (20.5, 21.5, 23, 24) cm), end with a WS row.
Shape Shoulders and Neck
Place marker on both sides of center 16 (18, 20, 22, 24) sts.
Next Row (RS): Work to marker, join a 2nd set of strands and bind off center 16 (18, 20, 22, 24) sts, work to end of row.
Note: The neck and shoulder shaping are worked AT THE SAME TIME. In each of the following rows, work the shoulder shaping at the armhole edge and the neck shaping at the neck edge of the same row. Read ahead in the pattern for the neck shaping instructions.
You will be working both sides at once with separate balls of yarn.
Shape Shoulder
Bind off 4 sts at beg of next 6 (2, 0, 0, 0) rows.
Bind off 5 sts at beg of next 0 (4, 6, 4, 2) rows.
Bind off 6 sts at beg of next 0 (0, 0, 2, 4) rows.
AT THE SAME TIME, work neck shaping.
Shape Neck
Bind off 3 sts at each neck edge once.
Bind off 2 sts at each neck edge once.
Dec (by working k2tog or p2tog) 1 st at each neck edge once.


LEFT FRONT
With 1 strand each of A and C held tog, cast on 44 (48, 53, 57, 61) sts.
Work in Garter st until piece measures 1 in. (2.5 cm) from beg.
Change to St st and Stripe Pattern for Back and Front, and work until piece measure 5 in. (12.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Waist shaping
Place 2 markers on needle, as follows: beg on left side edge, sk first 10 (11, 12, 14, 15) sts, pm, sk next 24 (26, 29, 29, 31) sts, pm.
Next (Decrease) Row (RS): K to marker, sm, ssk, k to 2 sts before 2nd marker, k2tog, sm, k to end of row - 42 (46, 51, 55, 59) sts at the end of this row.
Work even in St st and Stripe Pattern for Back and Front for 13 rows.
Rep Decrease Row - 40 (44, 49, 53, 57) sts.
Work even for 11 rows.
Rep Decrease Row and remove the markers - 38 (42, 47, 51, 55) sts.
Work even until piece measures 14 in. (35.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next (Increase) Row (RS): K2, M1, k to end of row - 39 (43, 48, 52, 56) sts.
Work even for 7 rows.
Rep Increase Row - 40 (44, 49, 53, 57) sts.
Work even until piece measures 20 in. (51 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Neck and Armhole
Next Row (RS):
Bind off 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) sts, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 34 (37, 41, 44, 47) sts at the end of this row.
Purl one row.
Next Row: Bind off 3 sts, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 30 (33, 37, 40, 43) sts at the end of this row.
Purl one row.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 27 (30, 34, 37, 40) sts.
Rep last 2 rows until 24 (27, 28, 31, 34) sts rem.
Purl one row.
Next Row: Bind off 1 st, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 22 (25, 26, 29, 32).
Rep last 2 rows until 20 (23, 24, 25, 26) sts rem.
Purl one row.
Next (Neck Decrease) Row: K to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 19 (22, 23, 24, 25).
Work even for 3 rows.
Next Row: Rep Neck Decrease Row - 18 (21, 22, 23, 24) sts.
Rep last 4 rows until 14 (16, 17, 18, 19) sts.
Work even for 1 row.
Next Row: Rep Neck Decrease Row - 13 (15, 16, 17, 18) sts.
Rep last 2 rows - 12 (14, 15, 16, 17) sts when all decreases have been completed.
Work even until armhole measures about 7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2) in. (19 (20.5, 21.5, 23, 24) cm), end with a WS row.
Shape Shoulder
Bind off 4 sts at beg of next RS row 3 (1, 0, 0, 0) time(s).
Bind off 5 sts at beg of next RS row 0 (2, 3, 2, 1) time(s).
Bind off 6 sts at beg of next RS row 0 (0, 0, 1, 2) time(s).

 

RIGHT FRONT
With 1 strand each of A and C held tog, cast on 44 (48, 53, 57, 61) sts.
Work in Garter st until piece measures 1 in. (2.5 cm) from beg.
Change to St st and Stripe Pattern for Front and Back, and work until piece measures 5 in. (12.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Waist shaping Place 2 markers on needle, as follows: beg on left side edge, sk first 10 (11, 12, 14, 15) sts, pm, sk next 24 (26, 29, 29, 31) sts, pm.
Next (Decrease) Row (RS): K to marker, sm, ssk, k to 2 sts before 2nd marker, k2tog, sm, k to end of row - 42 (46, 51, 55, 59) sts.
Work even for 13 rows.
Rep Decrease Row - 40 (44, 49, 53, 57) sts.
Work even for 11 rows.
Rep Decrease Row and remove the markers - 38 (42, 47, 51, 55) sts.
Work even until piece measures 14 in. (35.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next (Increase) Row (RS): K to last 2 sts, M1, k2 - 39 (43, 48, 52, 56) sts.
Work even for 7 rows.
Rep Increase Row - 40 (44, 49, 53, 57) sts.
Work even until piece measures 20 in. (51 cm) from beg, end with a RS row.
Shape Neck and Armhole
Next Row (WS):
Bind off 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) sts, p to last 3 sts, p2tog tbl, p1 - 34 (37, 41, 44, 47) sts.
Knit one row.
Next Row: Bind off 3 sts, p to last 3 sts, p2tog tbl, p1 - 30 (33, 37, 40, 43) sts.
Knit one row.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, p to last 3 sts, p2tog tbl, p1 - 27 (30, 34, 37, 40) sts.
Rep last 2 rows until 24 (27, 28, 31, 34) sts rem.
Knit one row.
Next Row: Bind off 1 st, p to last 3 sts, p2tog tbl, p1 - 22 (25, 26, 29, 32) sts.
Rep last 2 rows until 20 (23, 24, 25, 26) sts rem.
Knit one row.
Next (Neck Decrease) Row: P to last 3 sts, p2tog tbl, k1 - 19 (22, 23, 24, 25) sts.
Work even for 3 rows.
Next Row: Rep Neck Decrease Row - 18 (21, 22, 23, 24) sts.
Rep last 4 rows until 14 (16, 17, 18, 19) sts rem.
Work even for 1 row.
Next Row: Rep Neck Decrease Row - 13 (15, 16, 17, 18) sts.
Rep last 2 rows - 12 (14, 15, 16, 17) sts when all decreases have been completed.
Work even until armhole measures about 7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2) in. (19 (20.5, 21.5, 23, 24) cm), end with a RS row.
Shape Shoulder
Bind off 4 sts at beg of next WS row 3 (1, 0, 0, 0) time(s).
Bind off 5 sts at beg of next WS row 0 (2, 3, 2, 1) time(s).
Bind off 6 sts at beg of next WS row 0 (0, 0, 1, 2) time(s).


SLEEVES (make 2)
With 1 strand each of A and C held tog, cast on 34 (36, 38, 40, 42) sts.
Work in Garter st until piece measures 1 in. (2.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Change to St st and Stripe Pattern for Sleeves.
Next (Increase) Row (RS): K2, M1, knit to last 2 sts, M1, k2 - 36 (38, 40, 42, 44) sts.
Work even for 11 rows.
Rep Increase Row - 38 (40, 42, 44, 46) sts.
Work even for 5 rows.
Rep Increase Row - 40 (42, 44, 46, 48) sts.
Rep last 6 rows 2 (3, 4, 5, 6) more times - 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) sts when all increases have been completed.
Work even for 7 rows.
Next Row: Rep Increase Row - 46 (50, 54, 58, 62) sts.
Rep last 8 rows 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) more times - 48 (52, 56, 62, 66) sts when all increases have been completed.
Work even for 9 rows.
Next Row: Rep Increase Row - 50 (54, 58, 64, 68) sts.
Rep last 10 rows 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) more times - 52 (56, 60, 66, 72) sts when all increases have been completed.

 

Sizes S (M, L, 1X) Only
Work even for 11 rows.
Rep Increase Row - 54 (58, 62, 68) sts.
Rep last 12 rows 1 (1, 1, 0) more time(s) - 56 (60, 64, 68) sts when all increases have been completed.

 

All Sizes
Work even until piece measures about 18 1/2 (18 1/2, 19, 19 1/2, 20) in. (47 (47, 48.5, 49.5, 51) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.

 

Shape Cap
Bind off 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Bind off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows - 38 (40, 42, 44, 46) sts when all bind offs have been completed.
Next (Decrease) Row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 - 36 (38, 40, 42, 44) sts.
Purl one row.
Rep last 2 rows 3 (4, 4, 5, 5) more times - 30 (30, 32, 32, 34) sts when all decreases have been completed.
Work even for 3 rows.
Next Row: Rep Decrease Row - 28 (28, 30, 30, 32) sts.
Rep last 4 rows once more - 26 (26, 28, 28, 30) sts when all decreases have been completed.
Work even for 1 row.
Next Row: Rep Decrease Row - 24 (24, 26, 26, 28) sts.
Rep last 2 rows 2 more times - 20 (20, 22, 22, 24) sts when all decreases have been completed.
Bind off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Bind off rem 10 (10, 12, 12, 14) sts.


FINISHING
Sew shoulder seams.
Buttonband
From RS with 1 strand each of A and C held tog, beg at center back, pick up and k16 (18, 20, 22, 24) sts evenly spaced along neck to left shoulder seam, 37 (39, 41, 43, 45) sts along Left Front to beg of neck shaping, and 76 sts to lower edge - 129 (133, 137, 141, 145) sts at the end of this row.
Work 7 rows in Garter st (4 ridges on RS).
Next Row (RS): *Bind off 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts as if to purl (only 1 st rem on right needle), p2 tog (2 sts on right needle) bind off 1 st in the usual way; rep from * 2 more times, bind off rem sts as if to purl.
Buttonhole Band
From RS with 1 strand each of A and C held tog, beg at lower edge, pick up and k76 sts evenly spaced along Right Front to beg of neck shaping, k37 (39, 41, 43, 45) sts to shoulder seam, and k16 (18, 20, 22, 24) sts to center back - 129 (133, 137, 141, 145) sts.
Knit one row.
Next (Buttonhole) Row (RS): K4, *bind off 2 sts (buttonhole), k10; rep from * 5 more times, k to end of row.
Next Row: Knit, casting on 2 sts over bound off sts of previous row.
Complete buttonhole band same as buttonband.
Seam ends of button and buttonhole bands. Sew buttons to buttonband opposite buttonholes. Sew in Sleeves. Sew side and Sleeve seams.
Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 together Pm = place marker
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side sm = slip marker
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
tbl = through the back loop tog = together
WS = wrong side  


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