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Home : Patterns : Wide Rib Cardigan
 

Free Knitting Pattern: Wide Rib Cardigan

Lion Brand® Baby Wool
Pattern #: L0700
Rating: ***2.5 (based on 2 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate + (Level 4)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Finished Bust 36 1/2 (40 1/2, 44 1/2, 48 1/2, 52 1/2) in. (92.5 (103, 113, 123, 133.5) cm)
Finished Length 24 1/2 (25, 25 1/2, 26, 26 1/2) in. (62 (63.5, 65, 66, 67.5) cm) 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: (applied Feb 27, 2012)


Buttonhole Band
From RS with circular needle, beg at lower edge, pick up and k82 sts evenly spaced along Right Front to beg of neck shaping, 43 (45, 49, 51, 53) sts to shoulder seam, and 21 (23, 27, 29, 31) sts to center back neck - 146 (150, 158, 162, 166) sts at the end of this row.
Work in Garter st for 3 rows.
Next (Buttonhole) Row (RS): K4, *bind off 2 sts (buttonhole), k11; rep from * 5 4 more times, k to end of row.

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Baby Wool

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Baby Wool
Coral Blue Bell Sunflower Alpine Meadow Bouquet
*Baby Wool (Article #823). 100% Total Easy Care Wool; package size: Solids: 1.75oz (50g), 98yds (90m)
Prints: 1.4oz (40g), 79yds (72m)

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MATERIALS
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Additional Materials
Circular knitting needle size 7 (4.5 mm), 36 in. (91.5 cm) long
Five 7/8 in. (22 mm) buttons
 

Wide Rib Cardigan

Lion Brand® Baby Wool

GAUGE:

23 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) with larger needles in K6, p2 Rib. 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 horizontal thread lying between needles and placing it onto left needle. Knit 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.

PATTERN STITCH
K6, p2 Rib (multiple of 8 sts)
Row 1:
*K6, p2; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Rep Row 2 for K6, p2 Rib.

NOTES:

1. Cardigan is worked in 5 pieces: Back, Left Front, Right Front, and 2 Sleeves. All pieces are worked beg at the lower edge.
2. Border of Sleeves is worked back and forth in rows on circular needle as if working on straight needles. This allows the same circular needle to be used for the front bands.
3. When you see 'work even' in the instructions, this means to continue on in the pattern st you have established without changing the st count by increasing, decreasing, or binding off.
4. When you see 'as established' in the instructions, this means to continue in the current pattern st. For example, to continue in a rib pattern, k the knit sts and p the purl sts.

BACK
With straight needles, cast on 100 (112, 124, 136, 148) sts.
Row 1 (RS): K5 (3, 5, 3, 5), p2, work in K6, p2 Rib to last 5 (3, 5, 3, 5) sts, k5 (3, 5, 3, 5).
Continue in K6, p2 Rib as established until piece measures 16 in. (40.5 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.
Shape Armhole
Bind off 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Bind off 4 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, 4, 4, 6) rows.
Decrease 1 st (by working k2tog or p2tog) at beg of next 2 (2, 2, 2, 4) rows - 72 (80, 84, 92, 94) sts rem.
Work even until armholes measure 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
Next Row (RS):
Work over first 25 (28, 28, 31, 31) sts as established, join a 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 22 (24, 28, 30, 32) sts, work to end of row - 25 (28, 28, 31, 31) sts rem for each side.
Note: The shoulder and neck 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
Note:
If a '0' is indicated for your size, this means that you will not work any sts.
Bind off 4 sts at beg of next 2 (4, 4, 0, 2) rows.
Bind off 5 sts at beg of next 2 (4, 4, 6, 2) rows.
Bind off 6 sts at beg of next 2 (0, 0, 2, 4) rows.
AT THE SAME TIME, work neck shaping.
Shape Neck
Bind off 4 sts at each neck edge once.
Bind off 3 sts at each neck edge once.
Bind off 2 sts at each neck edge once.
Decrease (by working k2tog or p2tog) 1 st at each neck edge once.

LEFT FRONT
With straight needles, cast on 54 (60, 66, 72, 78) sts.
Row 1 (RS): K6 (5, 4, 3, 6), p2, work in K6, p2 Rib to last 6 (5, 4, 3, 6) sts, k6 (5, 4, 3, 6).
Continue in K6, p2 Rib as established until piece measures 16 in. (40.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Neck and Armhole
Next Row (RS):
Bind off 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts, work to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 49 (53, 57, 61, 65) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Next Row: Bind off 4 sts, work to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Next Row: Bind off 3 sts, work to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 40 (44, 48, 52, 56) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, work to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 37 (41, 45, 49, 53) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows until 37 (41, 42, 46, 47) sts rem.
Next Row: Bind off 1 st, work to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 35 (39, 40, 44, 45) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows until 35 (39, 40, 44, 43) sts rem.
Note: For most of the sizes, there will be no need to rep the last 2 rows. The desired st count has already been reached.

Note: The rem neck shaping and shoulder shaping are worked AT THE SAME TIME. Continue the neck shaping until the 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. Then continue the neck shaping AND beg the shoulder shaping. 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 shoulder shaping instructions.
Shape Neck
Neck Decrease Row (RS):
Work to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 34 (38, 39, 43, 42) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows 19 (20, 21, 22, 21) times.
AT THE SAME TIME, when 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, and beg shoulder shaping while working the rem reps of neck shaping.
Shape Shoulder
Bind off 4 sts at beg of next RS row 1 (2, 2, 0, 1) time(s).
Bind off 5 sts at beg of next RS row 1 (2, 2, 3, 1) time(s).
Bind off 6 sts at beg of next RS row 1 (0, 0, 1, 2) time(s).

RIGHT FRONT
With straight needles, cast on 54 (60, 66, 72, 78) sts.
Row 1 (RS): K6 (5, 4, 3, 6), p2, work in K6, p2 Rib to last 6 (5, 4, 3, 6) sts, k6 (5, 4, 3, 6).
Continue in K6, p2 Rib as established until piece measures 16 in. (40.5 cm) from beg, end with a RS row.
Shape Neck and Armhole
Next Row (WS):
Bind off 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts, work to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 - 49 (53, 57, 61, 65) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Next Row: Bind off 4 sts, work to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 - 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Next Row: Bind off 3 sts, work to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 - 40 (44, 48, 52, 56) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, work to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 - 37 (41, 45, 49, 53) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows until 37 (41, 42, 46, 47) sts rem.
Next Row: Bind off 1 st, work to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 - 35 (39, 40, 44, 45) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows until 35 (39, 40, 44, 43) sts rem.
Note: For most of the sizes, there will be no need to rep the last 2 rows. The desired st count has already been reached.

Note: The rem neck shaping and shoulder shaping are worked AT THE SAME TIME. Continue the neck shaping until the 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. Then continue the neck shaping AND beg the shoulder shaping. 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 shoulder shaping instructions.
Shape Neck
Neck Decrease Row (WS):
Work to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 - 34 (38, 39, 43, 42) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows 19 (20, 21, 22, 21) times.
AT THE SAME TIME, when 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, and beg shoulder shaping while working the rem reps of neck shaping.
Shape Shoulder
Bind off 4 sts at beg of next WS row 1 (2, 2, 0, 1) time(s).
Bind off 5 sts at beg of next WS row 1 (2, 2, 3, 1) time(s).
Bind off 6 sts at beg of next WS row 1 (0, 0, 1, 2) time(s).

SLEEVES (make 2)
With circular needle, cast on 60 (60, 64, 64, 66) sts.
Work back and forth on circular needle as if working on straight needles.
Work in Garter st (k every row) until piece measures 1 in. (2.5 cm) from beg.
Change to larger (straight) needles.
Next Row (RS): K5 (5, 3, 3, 4), p2, work in K6, p2 Rib to last 5 (5, 3, 3, 4) sts, k5 (5, 3, 3, 4).
Continue in K6, p2 Rib as established until piece measures 1 1/2 in. (4 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Increase Row (RS): K2, M1, work to last 2 sts, M1, k2 - 62 (62, 66, 66, 68) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 9 (7, 5, 5, 3) rows.
Rep Increase Row - 64 (64, 68, 68, 70) sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 10 (8, 6, 6, 4) rows 6 (8, 9, 12, 14) more times - 76 (80, 86, 92, 98) sts when all increases have been completed.
Work even until piece measures about 14 (14 1/2, 14 1/2, 14 1/2, 14 1/2) in. (35.5 (37, 37, 37, 37) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Cap
Bind off 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Bind off 4 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 - 50 (50, 52, 54, 56) sts when all bind offs have been completed.
Decrease Row (RS): K1, ssk, work to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 - 48 (48, 50, 52, 54) sts at the end of this row.
Work even for 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows 9 (9, 10, 11, 12) times - 30 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 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Bind off rem 12 sts.

FINISHING
Sew shoulder seams.

Buttonband
From RS with circular needle, beg at center back neck, pick up and k21 (23, 27, 29, 31) sts evenly spaced along neck to left shoulder seam, 43 (45, 49, 51, 53) sts along Left Front to beg of neck shaping, and 82 sts to lower edge - 146 (150, 158, 162, 166) sts at the end of this row.
Work in Garter st for 9 rows.
Next Row (RS): *Bind off 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts as if to purl (only 1 st rem on right needle), p2tog (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 circular needle, beg at lower edge, pick up and k82 sts evenly spaced along Right Front to beg of neck shaping, 43 (45, 49, 51, 53) sts to shoulder seam, and 21 (23, 27, 29, 31) sts to center back neck - 146 (150, 158, 162, 166) sts at the end of this row.
Work in Garter st for 3 rows.
Next (Buttonhole) Row (RS): K4, *bind off 2 sts (buttonhole), k11; rep from * 4 more times, k to end of row.
Next Row: Knit, casting on 2 sts over bound off sts of previous row.
Work in Garter st for 3 rows.
Next Row (RS): Bind off to last 14 (18, 18, 22, 22) sts as if to purl, *bind off 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts as if to purl (only 1 st rem on right needle), p2tog (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.

Sew ends of buttonband and buttonhole band tog at back neck. 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 rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together WS = wrong side


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Ratings and Reviews
Pattern Average Rating: ***2.5 (based on 2 reviews)
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Wide Rib Cardigan Reviewed by Cynthia Hamley on 2011-11-01 ****
I made this sweater and it fits quite well. I made the small size based on the other review and it blocks out to about 38+ inches for the bust. I added two inches to the sleeves because I can't use a warm wool sweater with short sleeves. I have short arms so the extra two inches make the sleeves reach my wrists. My one complaint is the instruction for the buttonhole band. It is poorly designed and each size must be re-calculated to get the right spacing for the desired number of buttons. The picture and the materials show 5 buttons, but the pattern results in 6 or more unevenly space button holes.
This pattern has good potential but needs a bit of refinement. I did not use Lionbrand wool but a worsted wool that measures out at 100 yards per 50 grams of yarn, similar to the suggested baby wool. My yarn store does not carry Lionbrand baby wool.


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