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Peace Cardigan

I designed this cardigan for my youngest daughter.   It was inspired by a cardigan that I made for myself with a twisted rib yoke, and thought that I’d see if I could design one for her.

This is my first attempt at writing a pattern for various sizes,  so I apologise if it doesn’t tally in places.  Please let me know if it doesn’t, and I’ll have a play to make it work better.

SIZES: 12 – 18 months (18 – 24 months, 24 – 30 months)

TENSION: 12 st, 26 rows in 10 x 10cm swatch

NEEDLES: 5mm & 5.5mm

YARN: 120g, (150g, 180g)

If you are planning on making a contrast stripe,  you’ll need less than 50g of contrast.

TO MAKE UP: 3 (4, 5) buttons

Seed Stitch (over odd number of sts)

Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * across, end with k1.
Row 2: K the purled sts and p the knitted sts.
Rep Row 2 for Seed st.

Twisted Rib Pattern

If an odd number of stitches in the row:

Row 1: Seed stitch 4 (5, 5) *p1tbl, k1: repeat from * to end 4 (5, 5) sts, seed stitch these
Row 2:   Seed stitch 4 (5, 5) *k1tbl, p1: repeat from * to end 4 (5, 5) sts, seed stitch these.

If an even number of stitches in the row:

Row 1: Seed stitch 4 (5, 5) *p1tbl, k1 : repeat from * to end 4 (5, 5) sts, seed stitch these
Row 2:   Seed stitch 4 (5, 5) *p1, k1tbl : repeat from * to end 4 (5, 5) sts, seed stitch these.

Repeat either of these pairs or rows as many times as pattern states.  You could just rib it the normal way, but I prefer the twisted-ness!

CARDIGAN PATTERN

BACK
Using 5.5mm needles cast on 47 (53, 57) sts.
Work 4 (6, 6) rows in Seed st – k1, p1, k1, p1 to end.
Change to 5mm needles and St st (k on RS, p on WS) and work until piece measures 17  (21, 25) cm (or length to armpit that you require) from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Armhole
Bind off 3 (4, 5)  sts at beg of next 2 rows – 41 (45,  47) sts. Place sts on a holder.

LEFT FRONT
With larger needles cast on 27 (31, 33).
Work 4 (6, 6) rows in Seed st, (k, p to the end).
Change to smaller needles again
Next Row (RS): K to last 4 (5, 5) sts, place marker, work last 4 (5, 5) sts in Seed st as established for front band.
Next Row: Work in Seed st to marker, p to end of row. Continue as established, keeping 4 (5, 5) sts in Seed st for front band and remaining sts in St st, until piece measures 17 (21, 25) cm  from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Armhole
Bind off 3 (4, 5) sts at beg of next row – 24 (27,  28) sts.
Next Row: Purl. Place sts on a holder.

RIGHT FRONT
Cast on 27 sts (31, 33) with larger needles.
Work 4 (6, 6)  rows in Seed st.
Change to smaller needles
Next Row (RS): Work first 4 (5, 5) sts in Seed st for front band, place marker, k to end of row.
Next row: P to marker, work last 4 (5, 5) sts in Seed st. Continue in St st, keeping 4 (5, 5) sts in Seed st for front band until piece measures 17 (21, 25) cm from beg, end with a RS row.
Shape Armhole
Bind off 3 (4, 5) sts at beg of next row – 24 (27,  28) sts.  Purl to end and place sts on a holder

SLEEVE (make 2)
Cast on 29 (30, 31) sts.
Work 4 (6, 6) rows in Seed st.
Knit 1 row, purl 1 row.
Continue in St st, increasing 1 st at each  end of row every 4th  row 7 times – 43 (45, 46) sts.
Work even in St st until Sleeve measures 18 (19, 20) cm from beg, end with a WS row.
Shape Armhole
Bind off 3 (4, 5) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 37 sts. Place sts on a holder.

YOKE
With RS facing, place sts from holders back onto needle in the following order: Right Front, Sleeve, Back, Sleeve, Left Front – 163 ( 173, 177) sts

As I’m still getting used to pattern writing, this may not quite work with the twisted rib pattern, please see the note about twisted rib at the top.

Row 1 (RS): Keeping 4 (5, 5) sts for front bands in Seed st, knit 1 row dec 5 sts evenly spaced across row – 158  (168 , 172 )sts. ( I did them around the armpit areas)
Row 2: Work first and last 4 (5, 5) st in seed stitch, purl rest of row.
Row 3 : Work first and last 4 (5, 5) st in seed stitch, knit rest of row  (If you want stripes, knit this and the next row in contrasting colour . I did this by knitting the band in the main colour and then attaching the contrast, knitting to the other button band and then swapping back to the main colour.  You’ll either need a bit of spare wool of the main colour for that end, or keep breaking off and reattaching the yarn) .
Row 4 : Work first and last 4 (5, 5) st in seed stitch, knit rest of row.
Row 5 (Button hole and Decrease Row): Work 4 (5, 5) sts in Seed st, *k3 (4, 5), k2tog; rep from * to last 4 (5, 5)sts which you work;  seed 1(2, 2) st, yo, k2tog, seed st 1 –  127 ( 146, 147)
Row 6: Row 1 of twisted rib pattern (make sure you follow the pattern for the odd or even number of stitches)
Row 7: Row 2 of twisted rib pattern
Row 8: As row 6
Row9: As row 7
Row 10: As row 6
Row 11: As row 3
Row 12: As row 4
Row 13: (Button hole and Decrease Row ) ;Work first (5, 5) st in seed stitch, *k2 (3, 4), k2tog; rep from * to last 4 (5, 5) sts which you work;  seed 1(2, 2) st, yo, k2tog, seed st 1 –  98 (108, 125)
Row 14: Row 1 of twisted rib pattern (make sure you follow the pattern for the odd or even number of stitches)
Row 15: Row 2 of twisted rib pattern
Row 16: As row 14
Row 17: As row 15
Row 18: As row 14
Row 19:  As row 3
Row 20: As row 4
Row 21: (Button hole and Decrease RowWork first 4 (5, 5) st in seed stitch, *k1 (2, 3), k2tog; rep from * to last 4 (5, 5) sts which you work;  seed 1(2, 2) st, yo, k2tog, seed st 1 –  61 ( 80, 102)

For smallest size, jump to neck band (double check that you have an odd number of stitches, if you don’t either remove one of the decreases, or add another).
Row 22: As row 14
Row 23: As row 15
Row 24: as row 22
Row 25: as row 23
Row 26: as row 22
Row 27: as row 3
Row 28:  as row 4
Row 29: : (Button hole and Decrease Row) Work first (5, 5) st in seed stitch, *k(1, 2), k2tog; rep from * to last (5, 5) sts which you work;  seed (2, 2) st, yo, k2tog, seed st 1 –   ( 61,  79) sts

For medium size, jump to neck band (double check that you have an odd number of stitches, if you don’t either remove one of the decreases, or add another)

Row 30: as row 14
Row 31: as row 15
Row 32: as row 14
Row 31: as row 15
Row 32: as row 14
Row 33: as row 3
Row 34: as row 4
Row 35: (Button hole and Decrease Row Work first 5 st in seed stitch, *k1, k2tog; rep from * to last 5 sts which you work;  seed (2, 2) st, yo, k2tog, seed st 1    55sts  (double check that you have an odd number of stitches, if you don’t either remove one of the decreases, or add another).

Neck Band

Continue Seed stitch across whole row  WS , k1, p1 etc
Repeat 4 times
RS cast off loosely

MAKE UP:

Sew up seams, and attach 3 (4, 5) buttons in line with the button holes.  I had to do a little bit of clever sewing under the armpits as there were a couple of holes, if I find out how not to get them I will update the pattern.

I’ve found inspiration along the way from:

http://www.ravelry.cm/patterns/library/eyelet-yoke-cardigan

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shalom-cardigan

I am happy to put this pattern on here for free, BUT, please do not use it for your profit! That’s hardly fair!

©Jammymummy’s blog


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