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Free Knitting Pattern: My First Raglan Cardigan

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Pattern #: L32316
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

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

Finished Bust 35 (38, 42, 45, 51, 54, 58) in. (89 (96.5, 106.5, 114.5, 129.5, 137, 147.5) cm)
Finished Length 22 1/2 (23 1/2, 24 1/2, 25, 26, 26 1/2, 27) in. (57 (59.5, 62, 63.5, 66, 67.5, 68.5) 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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My First Raglan Cardigan

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GAUGE:

16 sts + 22 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) 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:

kfb (knit in front and back) Knit next st without removing it from left needle, then k through back of same st - 1 st increased.
Yo (yarn over)
An increase that also creates a small decorative hole (eyelet) in the fabric, worked as follows:
1. Bring yarn to front, between the needles.
2. Take yarn to back, over the right needle. This creates the new st. You are now ready to proceed with the next st as instructed.

PATTERN STITCH
K2, p2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts + 2 additional sts)
Row 1 (RS):
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 5 pieces - Back, 2 Fronts and 2 Sleeves.
2. Pieces are seamed along raglans, then stitches are picked up for neckband and front bands.
3. When the instructions say to repeat an action 0 times, this means that for your specific size, you will not need to work any repeats.
4. 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.
5. When you see "- 12 sts". in the instructions, this lets you know how many sts you will have at the end of that specific row.


BACK
With smaller needles, cast on 70 (74, 82, 90, 102, 106, 114) sts.
Work in K2, p2 Rib until piece measures about 1 1/2 in. (4 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.
Change to larger needles.
Beg with a RS row, work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures 15 in. (38 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Raglan Armholes
Row 1 (RS):
Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 8) sts, k to end of row – 67 (71, 78, 86, 97, 101, 106) sts at the end of this row.
Row 2: Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 8) sts, p to end of row – 64 (68, 74, 82, 92, 96, 98) sts.
Row 3 (Decrease Row): K1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k to last 7 sts, k2tog tbl, k1, yo, k1, k2tog tbl, k1 – 62 (66, 72, 80, 90, 94, 96) sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 7 (9, 10, 14, 20, 22, 23) more times – 48 (48, 52, 52, 50, 50, 50) sts when all decreases have been completed.
Next Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k1, yo, k to last 4 sts, yo, k1, k2tog tbl, k1.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Rep Row 3 (Decrease Row) – 46 (46, 50, 50, 48, 48, 48) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep last 4 rows 4 (4, 5, 4, 2, 2, 2) more times – 38 (38, 40, 42, 44, 44, 44) sts when all decreases have been completed.
Next Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k1, yo, k to the last 4 sts, yo, k1, k2tog tbl, k1.
Work even in St st for 3 rows – 38 (38, 40, 42, 44, 44, 44) sts.
Bind off.


LEFT FRONT
With smaller needles, cast on 31 (35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 57) sts.
Row 1 (RS): Work Row 1 of K2, p2 Rib to last st, k1.
Row 2: K1, work Row 2 of K2, p2 Rib to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows until piece measures about 1 1/2 in. (4 cm) from beg, end with a WS row, inc 1 (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0) st at end of last WS row – 32 (35, 39, 43, 48, 52, 57) sts.
Change to larger needles.
Next Row (RS): Knit.
Next Row: K1, p to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 15 in. (38 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Raglan Armhole
Row 1 (RS):
Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 8) sts, k to end of row – 29 (32, 35, 39, 43, 47, 49) sts.
Row 2: K1, p to end of row.
Row 3 (Decrease Row): K1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k to end of row – 28 (31, 34, 38, 42, 46, 48) sts.
Row 4: K1, p to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows 6 (8, 9, 13, 19, 21, 22) more times – 22 (23, 25, 25, 23, 25, 26) sts when all decreases have been completed.
Next Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k1, yo, k to end of row.
Next Row: K1, p to end of row.
Next Row: Rep Row 3 (Decrease Row) – 21 (22, 24, 24, 22, 24, 25) sts.
Next Row: K1, p to end of row.
Rep last 4 rows 3 (3, 4, 3, 1, 1, 1) more times – 18 (19, 20, 21, 21, 23, 24) sts when all decreases have been completed.
Next Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k1, yo, k to end of row.
Next Row: K1, p to end of row.
Next Row: Rep Row 3 (Decrease Row) – 17 (18, 19, 20, 20, 22, 23) sts.
Shape Neck
Next Row (WS):
Bind off 9 (10, 11, 11, 11, 13, 14) sts, p to end of row – 8 (8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9) sts.
Next Row: Rep Row 3 (Decrease Row) – 7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8) sts.
Next Row: Bind off 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) sts, p to end of row – 5 sts.
Next Row: K1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, p to end of row – 3 sts rem.
Next Row: Knit.
Next Row: Purl.
Bind off.

RIGHT FRONT
With smaller needles, cast on 31 (35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 57) sts.
Row 1 (RS): K1, work Row 1 of K2, p2 Rib to end of row.
Row 2: Work Row 2 of K2, p2 Rib to last st, k1.
Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 1 1/2 in. (4 cm) from beg, end with a WS row, inc 1 (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0) st at beg of last WS row – 32 (35, 39, 43, 48, 52, 57) sts.
Change to larger needles.
Next Row (RS): Knit.
Next Row: P to last st, k1.
Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 15 in. (38 cm) from beg, end with a RS row.

Shape Raglan Armholes
Row 1 (WS):
Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 8) sts, p to end of row – 29 (32, 35, 39, 43, 47, 49) sts.
Row 2 (Decrease Row): K to last 7 sts, k2tog tbl, k1, yo, k1, k2tog tbl, k1 – 28 (31, 34, 38, 42, 46, 48) sts.
Row 3: P to last st, k1.
Rep last 2 rows 6 (8, 9, 13, 19, 21, 22) more times – 22 (23, 25, 25, 23, 25, 26) sts when all decreases have been completed.
Next Row (RS): K to last 5 sts, k1, yo, k1, k2tog tbl, k1.
Next Row: P to last st, k1.
Next Row: Rep Row 2 (Decrease Row) – 21 (22, 24, 24, 22, 24, 25) sts.
Next Row: P to last st, k1.
Rep last 4 rows 4 (4, 5, 4, 2, 2, 2) more times – 17 (18, 19, 20, 20, 22, 23) sts when all decreases have been completed.
Shape Neck
Next Row (RS):
Bind off 9 (10, 11, 11, 11, 13, 14) sts, k to last 7 sts, k2tog tbl, k1, yo, k1, k2tog tbl, k1 – 7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8) sts.
Next Row: P to last st, k1.
Next Row: Bind off 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) sts, yo, k1, k2tog tbl, k1 – 5 sts.
Next Row: P to last st, k1.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, k to end – 3 sts rem.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Knit.
Bind off.


SLEEVES (make 2)
With smaller needles, cast on 34 (34, 38, 38, 38, 42, 46) sts.
Work in K2, p2 Rib until piece measures about 1 1/4 in. (3 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Change to larger needles.
Knit 1 row, purl 1 row.

Shape Sleeve
Inc Row (RS):
K2, kfb, k to last 4 sts, kfb, k3 – 36 (36, 40, 40, 40, 44, 48) sts.
Work even in St st for 5 rows.
Rep last 6 rows 7 (11, 7, 11, 13, 12, 12) more times – 50 (58, 54, 62, 66, 68, 72) sts.
Rep Inc Row – 52 (60, 56, 64, 68, 70, 74) sts.
Work even in St st for 7 rows.
Rep last 8 rows 3 (0, 3, 0, 0, 0, 0) more times – 58 (60, 62, 64, 68, 70, 74) sts when all increases have been completed.
Work even in St st until piece measures 17 (17, 17, 18, 18, 18, 18 1/2) in. (43 (43, 43, 45.5, 45.5, 45.5, 47) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Raglan Armholes
Row 1 (RS):
Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 8) sts, k to end of row – 55 (57, 58, 60, 63, 65, 66) sts.
Row 2: Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 8) sts, p to end of row – 52 (54, 54, 56, 58, 60, 58) sts.
Row 3 (Decrease Row): K1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k to last 7 sts, k2tog tbl, k1, yo, k1, k2tog tbl, k1 – 50 (52, 52, 54, 56, 58, 56) sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 15 (15, 12, 12, 12, 12, 9) more times – 20 (22, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38) sts when all decreases have been completed.
Next Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k1, yo, k to last 4 sts, yo, k1, k2tog tbl, k1.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Rep Row 3 (Decrease Row) – 18 (20, 26, 28, 30, 32, 36) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep last 4 rows 0 (1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9) more times – 18 sts when all decreases have been completed.
Next Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k1, yo, k to the last 4 sts, yo, k1, k2tog tbl, k1.
Work even in St st for 3 rows – 18 sts.
Bind off.


FINISHING
Sew raglan seams.
Neckband
With RS facing and smaller needles, join yarn at beg of Right Front neck shaping, pick up and k14 (15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 21) sts evenly spaced along neck edge to raglan seam, pick up and k12 sts evenly spaced across top of Sleeve, 36 (36, 38, 40, 42, 42, 42) sts evenly spaced across Back neck, 12 sts evenly spaced across top of other Sleeve, 14 (15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 20) sts evenly spaced across Left Front neck edge – 88 (90, 94, 100, 104, 108, 108) sts.
Row 1 (WS): K1, p2, *k2, p2; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2 (RS): K3, p2, * k2, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Rep last 2 rows until neckband measures about 1 in. (2.5 cm).
Bind off in pattern.
Buttonband
With RS facing and smaller needles, join yarn at neck edge of Left Front, pick up and k116 (120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140) sts evenly spaced along left front edge.
Row 1 (WS): K1, p2, *k2, p2; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: K3, p2, *k2, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Rows 3-8: Rep last 2 rows 3 times.
Row 9: Rep Row 1.
Bind off.
Place 7 markers across buttonband, with first about 1 in. (2.5 cm) below neck edge, next about 1 in. (2.5 cm) above lower edge, and remaining 5 markers evenly spaced between.
Buttonhole Band
With RS facing and smaller needles, join yarn at lower edge of Right Front, pick up and k116 (120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140) sts evenly spaced across right front edge.
Row 1 (WS): K1, p2, *k2, p2; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: K3, p2, *k2, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3: Rep Row 1.
Row 4 (RS) (Buttonhole Row): Rep Row 1, working a buttonhole of (k2tog, yo) opposite each marker on buttonband.
Rows 5, 7 and 9: Rep Row 1.
Rows 6 and 8: Rep Row 2.
Bind off.
Sew side and Sleeve seams. Sew buttons to buttonband, opposite buttonholes.
Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) tbl = through the back loop
tog = together WS = wrong side
yo = yarn over  


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