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Emily Summer Sweater

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This simple cardigan is meant to be worn all spring and summer long. Whether you wear the Emily Summer Sweater by itself or as a coat over a sundress, you'll love how the seed stitch edging complements the rest of the stockinette stitch sweater. If you're a beginner knitter, you can easily learn how to knit a sweater too. This is an easy pattern that makes an ideal garment to practice on.

Emily Summer Sweater
Emily Summer Sweater
This image courtesy of Redheart.com

Easy

Knitting Needle Size: 6 or 4 mm

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Notes

Directions are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large are in parentheses.

 

MATERIALS:

  • RED HEART® Soft™: 5 (6, 7, 8, 8) balls 9388 Wheat
  • Knitting Needles: 4mm [US 6]
  • Circular Knitting Needle: 4mm [US 6] – 29”
  • Yarn needle; stitch holders; six ¾” buttons (JHB #42316 Ridgeway Lt. Brown shown)


GAUGE: 20 sts = 4”; 28 rows = 4” in St st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.


Finished Bust: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)”; Length: 24 (25, 26, 27, 28)”.

 

Special Stitches
Seed St (worked over an odd number of sts)
Row 1 (Right Side): K1, * K1, P1; repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2.
Row 2: P1, * K1, P1; repeat from * across.


One Row Buttonhole
Bind off 2 sts, replace last st worked to left needle. Cast on 3 sts to right needle. Slip worked st to right needle. Pass 1 cast on st over worked st.

 

SWEATER INSTRUCTIONS

Pattern Dimensions


Back
Cast on 133 (153, 169, 189, 205) sts. Work in Seed st for 1”, end Row 2. Change to St st, begin Knit row, and work even until back measures 11” from cast-on, ending after a Purl row.


Empire Shaping
K17 (19, 20, 22, 23), [K3tog] 11 (13, 15, 17, 19) times, K33 (37, 39, 43, 45), [K3tog] 11 (13, 15, 17, 19) times, K17 (19, 20, 22, 23) – 89 (101, 109, 121, 129) sts. Work in Seed st for 1”, begin Row 2, end Row 2. Change to St st and work even until 5½ (6, 6½, 7, 7½)” above empire shaping, end Purl row.


Shape Armholes
Bind off 5 (7, 7, 9, 10) sts at beginning of next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st at each edge every right side row 5 (7, 8, 8, 10) times – 69 (73, 79, 87, 89) sts. Work even until armhole measures 7½ (8, 8½, 9, 9½)”. Place sts on holder for back neck and shoulders.


Left Front
** Cast on 67 (77, 85, 95, 103) sts. Work same as for back until Empire Shaping.


Empire Shaping
K17 (19, 20, 22, 23), [K3tog] 11 (13, 15, 17, 19) times, K17 (19, 20, 22, 23) – 45 (51, 55, 61, 65) sts. Work in Seed st for 1”, begin Row 2, end Row 2. Change to St st and work even until 5½ (6, 6½, 7, 7½)” above empire shaping, end Purl row. **

Shape Armhole and Neck
Bind off 5 (7, 7, 9, 10) sts at beg of next row for armhole and dec 1 st at end of row for neck. Dec 1 st at armhole edge every right side row 5 (7, 8, 8, 10) times AND AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 st at neck edge every 4th and 2nd row alternately 16 more times – 18 (20, 23, 27, 28) sts. Work even until front measures same as back to shoulder. Place all sts on holder for shoulder.


Right Front
Work same as for left front from ** to **.


Shape Armhole and Neck
Dec 1 st at neck edge at beginning of next Knit row. Bind off 5 (7, 7, 9, 10) sts at beginning of next Purl row. Dec 1 st at armhole edge every right side row 5 (7, 8, 8, 10) times AND AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 st at neck edge every 4th and 2nd row alternately 16 more times – 18 (20, 23, 27, 28) sts. Work even until front measures same as back to shoulder. Place all sts on holder for shoulder.


Join Shoulders
Place sts from back and fronts on needles with needle points at arm edge. Hold pieces with right sides together and beginning at arm edge, insert needle as if to knit into first st on needle in front and then into first st on needle in back, yarn over and draw yarn through both sts at the same time; * insert needle into next st on needle in front and into corresponding st on needle in back, yarn over and draw yarn through both sts, slip first st on right needle over 2nd st and off the needle – one st bound off. Repeat from * until 18 (20, 23, 27, 28) sts are bound off for shoulder.
Repeat on opposite shoulder leaving center 33 sts on holder for back neck.


Neck and Front Edging
Mark positions for 6 buttonholes along right front edge.
With right side facing and circular needle, pick up and K82 (85, 88, 90, 92) sts up right front to beginning of neck shaping, 37 (40, 43, 45, 48) sts up right neck edge, K33 sts across back neck holder, 37 (40, 43, 45, 48) sts down left neck edge, and 82 (85, 88, 90, 92) sts down left front from beginning of neck shaping to lower edge – 271 (283, 295, 303, 313) sts. Work in Seed st for ½”.

Keeping continuity of Seed st, work One Row Buttonhole at each marker. Continue in Seed st for ½”. Bind off.

Sew buttons to left front.

Sleeves
Cast on 65 (71, 75, 81, 85) sts. Work in Seed st for 1”, end Row 2. Continue in St st, begin Knit row, until sleeve measures 3” from beginning, end Purl row.

Shape Armholes
Bind off 5 (7, 7, 9, 10) sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each edge every right side row 19 (20, 22, 23, 24) times – 17 sts. Bind off.


Finishing
Sew side seams. Sew sleeve seams. Set in sleeves.
 

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