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Lion Brand Touch of Merino in Swedish Blue (6 balls)

About this Project

Take a breezy afternoon stroll in your handmade cropped cardigan! This lightweight knit piece is made from a few skeins of Lion Brand's Touch of Merino collection. The luxurious yarn feels like cashmere and has springy stitches to provide excellent fit and drape. Grab your knitting needles and make your own!

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    SIZES
    S (M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)

     

    FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
    Finished Bust About 36 (40, 44, 47, 51, 55) in. (91.5 (101.5, 112, 119.5, 129.5, 139.5) cm)
    Finished Length About 18 (19, 20, 21, 21 1/2, 22 1/2) in. (45.5 (48.5, 51, 53.5, 54.5, 57) cm), not including neck band

    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.

     

    GAUGE
    Pattern in photo created with size 5 (3.75 mm) 29” circular knitting needle, size 6 (4 mm) 29” circular knitting needle and a large-eyed blunt needle.
    21 sts + 28 rows = about 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with larger needle.
    Be sure to check your gauge.

     

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    STITCH EXPLANATIONS
    M1L (make 1 – left slanting) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal strand lying between needles from front to back and placing it onto the left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop – 1 st increased.
    M1R (make 1 – right slanting) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal strand lying between needles from back to front and placing it onto the left needle. Knit this new stitch through the front 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 together – 1 st decreased.
    Yo (yarn over)
    An increase that also creates a small decorative hole (eyelet) in the fabric, worked as follows:
    Bring yarn to front, between the needles.
    Take yarn to back, over the right hand needle. This creates the new st. You are now ready to proceed with the next st as instructed.

     

    PATTERN STITCHES
    K1, p1 Rib (worked over an even number of sts)
    Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.
    Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
    Rep Row 2 for K1, p1 Rib.

     

    K1, p1 Rib (worked over an odd number of sts)
    Row 1: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end of row.
    Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
    Rep Row 2 for K1, p1 Rib.

     

    Lace Stripe (worked over an odd number of sts)
    Row 1-4: Beg with a RS (knit) row, work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) for 4 rows.
    Row 5 (RS): K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end of row.
    Rows 6-8: Beg with a WS row, work in St st for 3 rows.
    Rep Rows 1-8 for Lace Stripe pattern.

     

    NOTES
    - Cardigan is worked in one piece from the neck downwards.
    - The piece is divided at underarms then fronts, back and sleeves are worked separately.
    - Fronts and back are worked in St st (k on RS, p on WS). Sleeves are worked in Lace Stripe pattern.
    - Circular needles are used to accommodate the numbers of sts. Work back and forth on the circular needle as if working on straight needles.
    - 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.
    - When you see 'work in pattern as established' in the instructions, this means to work the next row of the pattern sts, lining up sts as in previous rows.

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    CARDIGAN
    With larger needle, cast on 101 (105, 111, 117, 119, 123) sts.
    Set-Up Row (WS): P3 for right front, place marker (pm), p23 for right sleeve, pm, p49 (53, 59, 65, 67, 71) for back, pm, p23 for left sleeve, pm, p3 for left front.
    Row 1 (Raglan Increase – RS): *K to 1 st before next marker, M1L, k1, slip marker (sm), k1, M1R for raglan increase, work Row 1 of Lace Stripe pattern to 1 st before next marker, M1L, k1, sm, k1, M1R; rep from * once more, k to end of row – you will have 109 (113, 119, 125, 127, 131) sts in this row.
    Row 2: Purl.
    Row 3 (Raglan and Neck Increase – RS): K2, M1R for neck increase, *k to 1 st before next marker, M1L, k1, sm, k1, M1R, work Row 3 of Lace Stripe pattern to 1 st before next marker, M1L, k1, sm, k1, M1R; rep from * once more, k to last 2 sts, M1L for neck increase, k2 – 119 (123, 129, 135, 137, 141) sts.
    Row 4: Purl.

     

    Note: Neck increases and raglan increases are worked AT THE SAME TIME. This means that when you reach an indicated raglan increase row, work raglan increases before and after each marker in that row. When you reach an indicated neck increase row, work neck increases at beg and end of that row. Be sure to follow the specific increase instructions for the size you are making.

     

    Continue in St st (k on RS, p on WS) on fronts and back and Lace Stripe pattern as established on sleeves, and AT THE SAME TIME work the following raglan and neck increases:
    - Work raglan increases:
    Every other row for 12 (15, 20, 18, 27, 31) more times
    Then every 4th row 5 (5, 3, 5, 1, 0) time(s).
    - Work neck increases
    Every 4th row for 11 (12, 11, 6, 6, 4) times
    Then every other row 0 (0, 4, 16, 17, 23) times.
    Note: When you see '0' repeats in an instruction, this means that you should not perform that particular instruction, just skip to the next part of the instruction.

    You will have 277 (307, 343, 363, 407, 443) sts when all increases are complete.

     

    Divide for Fronts, Sleeves, and Back
    Note: All raglan increases are now complete.
    Row 1 (RS): K1, (M1R) 0 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) time(s), k to marker for left front, remove marker, cast on 7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8) sts for underarm, place next 61 (67, 73, 73, 83, 89) sts on a holder for left sleeve, remove marker, place next 87 (97, 109, 115, 127, 137) sts on a holder for back, remove marker, place next 61 (67, 73, 73, 83, 89) sts on a holder for right sleeve, remove marker, place rem 34 (38, 44, 51, 57, 64) sts on a holder for right front – 41 (46, 52, 60, 66, 73) sts rem on needle for left front.

     

    Left Front
    Continue in St st and work the following neck increases:
    - Continue to work a neck increase at beg of RS rows:
    Every 4th row 3 (0, 0, 0, 0, 0) more times.
    Then every other row 2 (4, 3, 1, 0, 0) more times.
    When all neck increases have been completed you will have 46 (50, 55, 61, 66, 73) sts.
    Work even in St st until piece measures about 8 1/2 (8 3/4, 9 1/2, 10, 10 1/4, 10 1/2) in. (21.5 (22, 24, 25.5, 26, 26.5) cm) from underarm, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    Change to smaller needle.
    Work in K1, p1 Rib for 1 in. (2.5 cm).
    Bind off.

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    Back
    Return the 87 (97, 109, 115, 127, 137) back sts to larger needle so that you are ready to work a RS row.
    Row 1 (RS): Cast on 7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8) sts for underarm, k to end – 94 (104, 116, 123, 135, 145) sts.
    Row 2: Cast on 7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8) sts for underarm, p to end – 101 (111, 123, 131, 143, 153) sts.
    Work even in St st until piece measures about 8 1/2 (8 3/4, 9 1/2, 10, 10 1/4, 10 1/2) in. (21.5 (22, 24, 25.5, 26, 26.5) cm) from underarm, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    Change to smaller needle.
    Work in K1, p1 Rib for 1 in. (2.5 cm).
    Bind off.

     

    Right Front
    Return the 34 (38, 44, 51, 57, 64) right front sts to larger needle so that you are
    ready to work a RS row.
    Row 1 (RS): Cast on 7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8) sts, k to last st, (M1L) 0 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) time(s), k1 – 41 (46, 52, 60, 66, 73) sts.
    Continue in St st and work the following neck increases:
    - Continue to work a neck increase at end of RS rows:
    Every 4th row 3 (0, 0, 0, 0, 0) more times.
    Then every other row 2 (4, 3, 1, 0, 0) more times.
    When all neck increases have been completed you will have 46 (50, 55, 61, 66, 73) sts.
    Work even in St st until piece measures about 8 1/2 (8 3/4, 9 1/2, 10, 10 1/4, 10 1/2) in. (21.5 (22, 24, 25.5, 26, 26.5) cm) from underarm, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    Change to smaller needle.
    Work in K1, p1 Rib for 1 in. (2.5 cm).
    Bind off.

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    Left Sleeve
    Return the 61 (67, 73, 73, 83, 89) left sleeve sts to larger needle so that you are ready to work a RS row.
    Row 1 (RS): Pick up and k7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8) sts along cast on sts of left front underarm, work in Lace Stripe pattern as established over 61 (67, 73, 73, 83, 89) left sleeve sts, pick up and k7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8) sts along cast on sts of left back underarm – 75 (81, 87, 89, 99, 105) sts.
    Row 2: Purl.
    Row 3: K1, work even in Lace Stripe pattern as established to last st, k1.
    Rep Rows 2 and 3 for about 1 1/2 (1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 2 1/2, 2 1/2) in. (4 (4, 5, 6.5, 6.5, 6.5) cm), end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    Decrease Row (RS): K1, k2tog, work in Lace Stripe pattern as established to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 – 73 (79, 85, 87, 97, 103) sts.

    Continue in Lace Stripe pattern as established and AT THE SAME TIME rep Decrease Row every 8th (8th, 12th, 16th, 10th, 14th) rows 5 (4, 4, 3, 5, 4) more times – 63 (71, 77, 81, 87, 95) sts rem after all decreases have been completed.

    Work even in St st until piece measures about 8 (8, 8 1/2, 8 1/2, 9, 9) in. (20.5 (20.5, 21.5, 21.5, 23, 23) cm) from underarm, end with a RS row as the last row you work.
    Last Row (WS): K1, k2tog, work in Lace Stripe pattern as established to end of row – 62 (70, 76, 80, 86, 94) sts.
    Change to smaller needle.
    Work in K1, p1 Rib for 1 in. (2.5 cm).
    Bind off.

     

    Right Sleeve
    Return the 61 (67, 73, 73, 83, 89) right sleeve sts to larger needle so that you are ready to work a RS row.
    Row 1 (RS): Pick up and k7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8) sts along cast on sts of right back underarm, work in Lace Stripe pattern as established over 61 (67, 73, 73, 83, 89) right sleeve sts, pick up and k7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8) sts along cast on sts of right front underarm – 75 (81, 87, 89, 99, 105) sts.
    Row 2: Purl.
    Row 3: K1, work even in Lace Stripe pattern as established to last st, k1.
    Rep Rows 2 and 3 for about 1 1/2 (1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 2 1/2, 2 1/2) in. (4 (4, 5, 6.5, 6.5, 6.5) cm), end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    Decrease Row (RS): K1, k2tog, work in Lace Stripe pattern as established to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 – 73 (79, 85, 87, 97, 103) sts.

    Continue in Lace Stripe pattern as established and AT THE SAME TIME rep Decrease Row every 8th (8th, 12th, 16th, 10th, 14th) row 5 (4, 4, 3, 5, 4) more times – 63 (71, 77, 81, 87, 95) sts rem after all decreases have been completed.


    Work even in St st until piece measures about 8 (8, 8 1/2, 8 1/2, 9, 9) in. (20.5 (20.5, 21.5, 21.5, 23, 23) cm) from underarm, end with a RS row as the last row you work.
    Last Row (WS): K1, work in Lace Stripe pattern as established to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 – 62 (70, 76, 80, 86, 94) sts.
    Change to smaller needle.
    Work in K1, p1 Rib for 1 in. (2.5 cm).
    Bind off.

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    FINISHING
    Front and Neck Bands
    From RS with smaller needle, beg at lower right front edge, pick up and k113 (119, 127, 133, 139, 145) sts evenly spaced along right front edge, pick up and k95 (98, 106, 112, 112, 118) sts along tops of sleeves and back neck, pick up and k113 (119, 127, 133, 139, 145) sts along left front edge – 321 (336, 360, 378, 390, 408) sts.
    Work in K1, p1 Rib for 3 in. (7.5 cm), end with a WS row as the last row you work.
    Next Row (Decrease Row): *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end of row – 214 (224, 240, 252, 260, 272) sts.
    Beg with a WS row, work in St st for 3 rows.
    Bind off.

    Sew side and sleeve seams.
    Weave in ends.

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    ABBREVIATIONS
    beg                
     Begin(ning)(s)
    k                      Knit
    k2tog              Knit 2 Stitches Together
    p                     Purl
    rem                 Remain(ing)(s)
    RS                     Right Side
    rep                  Repeat
    st(s)                Stitch(es)
    St st                Stockinette Stitch
    WS                  Wrong Side