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Free Knitting Pattern: Drapey Cardigan

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Lion Brand® Vanna's Choice®
Pattern #: L10572
Rating: *****4.3 (based on 7 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: Adult (Multiple Sizes)

XS/S (M/L, 1X/2X)
Finished Bust 36 (48, 56) in. (91.5 (122, 142) cm)
Finished Length 24 (27, 31) in. (61 (68.5, 78.5) cm)



CORRECTIONS: (applied Aug 21, 2012)
Right Front

Continue in Textured st until right sleeve measures same length as left sleeve, end with a RS WS row.

Bind off Right Sleeve
Next Row (WS RS):
Bind off 48 sts, k to end of row - 17 (27, 33) sts rem for right front.
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
 
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Comfortable and warm, this cardigan is the perfect project to keep you cozy this winter.

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•  860-133 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Brick
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Drapey Cardigan

Lion Brand® Vanna's Choice®

GAUGE:

16 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in Textured st using larger needles.

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:

PATTERN STITCHES
Textured Stitch (over an odd number of sts)
Row 1 (WS):
K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: Knit.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for Textured st.

K2, p2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts + 2)
Row 1:
K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Rep Row 2 for K2, p2 Rib.

NOTES:

1. Cardigan is worked in one piece beg at lower edge of back. Sts are cast on for sleeves then piece is divided and the fronts worked separately down to lower edge.
2. A circular needle is used to accommodate large number of sts. Work back and forth on circular needle as if working on straight needles.



CARDIGAN
Back

With larger needle, cast on 73 (97, 113) sts.
Row 1 (WS): Purl.
Row 2: Knit.
Beg with Row 1 of pattern, work in Textured st until piece measures 16 (18, 21) in. (40.5 (45.5, 53.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
NOTES
1. 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.
2. Before going on to the next section of the pattern, take a few minutes to look carefully at the WS and RS of your work. As you continue working, you will be changing the st count by increasing sts or decreasing sts. You will continue to work the Textured st, but as the st count changes, Row 1 of the Textured st won't always begin with a knit.
3. By taking the time to study how your work looks on both the WS and RS, it shouldn't be difficult for you to determine which st to begin with.

Cast on for Sleeves
Next Row (RS):
Cast on 48 sts for right sleeve, k to end of row - 121 (145, 161) sts at the end of this row.
Next Row: Cast on 48 sts for left sleeve, k1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end of row - 169 (193, 209) sts at the end of this row.
Beg with Row 2 of pattern, work in Textured st until piece measures 7 (8, 9) in. (18 (20.5, 23) cm) from cast on sts for sleeves, end with a WS row.

Shape Neck
Next Row (RS):
K70 (80, 86) sts and sl to a st holder for right shoulder, bind off center 29 (33, 37) sts, k to end of row for left shoulder - 70 (80, 86) sts rem on needle for left shoulder.
Next Row: Work in Textured st as established across 70 (80, 86) sts for left shoulder.
Next Row: Bind off 3 sts, k across - 67 (77, 83) sts rem.
Next Row: Work in Textured st as established.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, k across - 65 (75, 81) sts rem.

Left Front
Continue in Textured st as established until sleeve measures 16 (18, 20) in. (40.5 (45.5, 51) cm) from cast on sts for sleeve, end with a RS row.
Bind off Left Sleeve
Next Row (WS):
Bind off 48 sts for left sleeve, continue in Textured st as established - 17 (27, 33) sts at the end of this row.
Continue in Textured st until left front measures 16 (18, 21) in. (40.5 (45.5, 53.5) cm) from bound off sts for sleeve, end with a RS row.
Purl 1 row.
Bind off.

Right Front
Sl 70 (80, 86) sts for right shoulder from st holder back to larger needle, ready to work a WS row. Rejoin yarn.
Next Row (WS): Bind off 3 sts, continue in Textured st as established - 67 (77, 83) sts rem.
Next Row: Knit.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, continue in Textured st as established - 65 (75, 81) sts rem.
Continue in Textured st until right sleeve measures same length as left sleeve, end with a WS row.

Bind off Right Sleeve
Next Row (RS):
Bind off 48 sts, k to end of row - 17 (27, 33) sts rem for right front.
Continue in Textured st as established until right front measures same length as left front, end with a RS row.
Purl 1 row.
Bind off.

FINISHING
Cuffs
Note:
To pick up sts evenly across an edge, use markers or scrap yarn to divide edge in half, then into quarters.
From RS, with smaller needle, pick up and k50 (58, 64) sts evenly spaced across wrist edge of one sleeve.
Work in K2, p2 Rib for 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm).
Bind off.
Rep for other sleeve.
Fold Cardigan across shoulder line and sew side and sleeve seams, including cuffs.
Collar Note: Right and left halves of collar are worked separately and sewn tog at center of back neck.
From RS, with smaller needle, pick up and k134 (150, 174) sts evenly spaced across right front edge, from lower edge up to center of back neck.
Work in K2, p2 Rib until collar measures 10 (11, 12) in. (25.5 (28, 30.5) cm).
Bind off.
From RS, with smaller needle, pick up and k134 (150, 174) sts evenly spaced across left front edge, from center back neck down to lower edge.
Work as for first half of collar.
Sew edges of collar tog at center of back neck.
Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
p = purl rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
sl = slip st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together WS = wrong side


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Ratings and Reviews
Pattern Average Rating: *****4.3 (based on 7 reviews)
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Drapey Cardigan Reviewed by Lauren on 2014-01-03 ****
I've been knitting (and crocheting) for about 10 years now, mostly just hats and scarves. This was my first attempt at a sweater, and the pattern was fairly easy to read and understand for someone, like myself, who's inexperienced in making "bigger" projects. The biggest challenge was picking up 134 stitches evenly to make the collar…that was excruciating for me, simply because I like symmetry and I was afraid my stitches wouldn't be spread evenly apart.

There are a few changes I would make to the pattern if I were to use it again. To start with, I would make the body of the sweater just a few inches longer, only because I prefer longer shirts and sweaters. I would also reduce the "bagginess" in the sleeves…I have small arms and wrists, so the baggy part of the sleeves swim on me, and then what is supposed to be the tighter part (the ribbing) is loose. This could be changed even now, and I still may choose to do so, if I get the ambition!

One problem I did experience was that I ran out of yarn. My gauge was spot on, and all of my lengths were to the pattern's specifications. I only needed enough yarn to finish about another inch of the ribbing on the collar, but this was still a hassle to have to run out and get another ball of yarn.

Overall this was a great pattern for a beginner. I began mine in August, and just finished (in January)…I am a college student, so I knitted in my free time, especially over breaks. I'm also pretty slow at knitting, so I'm sure it could be made a lot quicker! Attached is a photo of mine. I used Vanna's Choice yarn in Linen and made it in a small (I typically wear small/medium sweaters).


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