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Home : Patterns : 'Stripes & Bobbles' Cardigan

Free Knitting Pattern: 'Stripes & Bobbles' Cardigan

Lion Brand® Jiffy®
Pattern #: kjif-car
Rating: *****4.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: Child 3
Finished garment measures about 25 inches around chest.

CORRECTIONS: (applied Dec 17, 2005)

On larger needle, 14 sts x 10 18 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] square
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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'Stripes & Bobbles' Cardigan

Lion Brand® Jiffy®


On larger needle, 14 sts x 18 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] square 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

With pink and smaller needles cast on 47 sts.
Ribbing: Row 1 (RS): K 1, then work (p1, k 1) across.
Row 2: P 1, (k 1, p 1) across. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice more. Change to larger needles and White. Work even in stockinette st (k 1 row, p 1 row) until piece measures 13¼" from beg.
Shoulders and Neck: Next row: Bind off first 15 sts, work center 17 sts and place these sts on a holder for back neck, bind off last 15 sts.

LEFT FRONT: With Blue and smaller needles, cast on 21 sts. Work ribbing as for back. Change to larger needles and White. Work even in stockinette st until piece measures 11¾ from beg, ending with a RS row.
Neck: Next row: Bind off 2 sts; then p to end. Continue in stockinette st and at neck edge on WS rows, bind of 2 sts once more, then dec 1 st every other row twice (15 sts). Work even until front measures same as back to shoulder. Bind off all sts for shoulder.

RIGHT FRONT: With Pink, work border as for left front. Complete to correspond left front, reversing neck shaping (by working shaping at beg of RS rows).

LEFT SLEEVE: With Blue and smaller needles, cast on 23 sts. Work ribbing as for back. Change to larger needles and Pink.
Next row: K and inc 4 sts evenly spaced across (27 sts). Starting with a p row, work in stockinette st for 5 rows. Work in stripe pattern in stockinette st, alternating 6 rows of Blue and 6 rows of Pink. AND AT THE SAME TIME, inc 1 st each end of every 5th row 6 times (39 sts). Work even until 4th Blue stripe beyond ribbing is completed. Sleeve should measure about 11" from beg. Bind off all sts loosely.

RIGHT SLEEVE: Starting with Pink for ribbing, then alternating Blue and Pink stripes, work as for left sleeve, ending with 4th Pink stripe. Bind off.

FINISHING: Sew shoulder seams.
Neckband: With RS of work facing you, using smaller needles and Pink, pick up and k 9 sts along neck edge to shoulder seam, join pastel blue and k 17 back neck sts from holder, then pick up and k 9 sts along left neck edge. (Note: To change colors on ribbing rows, twist yarns, bringing new color under old to prevent holes in the work.) Keeping colors as established, work 6 rows of k 1, p 1 ribbing. Bind off in ribbing, using appropriate color.
Left Front Buttonband: With RS of work facing you, using Blue and smaller needles, pick up and k 53 sts evenly spaced along left front edge (including ends of neck and bottom ribbing). Work in k 1, p 1 ribbing for 6 rows. Bind off in ribbing.
Right Front Buttonhole Band: With Pink and smaller needles, pick up and k 53 sts along right front edge. Work in ribbing for 2 more rows.
buttonhole row: Rib 3, *bind off next 2 sts for buttonhole, rib as established until there are 7 sts on right needle; repeat from * 4 times more, bind off next 2 sts, rib to end (6 buttonholes made). Rib next row, casting on 2 sts over bound-off sts for each buttonhole, then rib 2 rows more. Bind off in ribbing. Mark side edge of fronts and back 5¾" from shoulder seam for armholes. Sew sleeves to armholes between markers. Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew on buttons opposite buttonholes.

Bobbles: (Make 8 Pink and 6 Blue): With larger needles, cast on 1 st. K into the front and back of this st twice (4 sts). (P 1 row, k 1 row) twice. Pass the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sts over the first to bind off. Cut yarn, leaving long strand; draw strand through remaining st on needle to fasten off. Thread strand in needle and with running stitch around edge, draw bobble closed. Securely sew 4 pink and 3 blue bobbles scattered over each front of sweater.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) bet = between
BO = bind off ch(s) = chain(s)
CO = cast on cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) foll = follow(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
meas = measure(s) ndl(s) = needle(s)
opp = opposite p = purl
pat = pattern rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rev = revers(e)(ing) RS = right side
sc = single crochet sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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'Stripes & Bobbles' Cardigan Reviewed by Orit Rehany on 2010-02-01 *****
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