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Girl's Classic Lace Cardigan

Your daughter will be the best dressed girl on the block in the Girl's Classic Lace Cardigan. Pretty lace stitches and a timeless construction make for a sweater she'll reach for time after time. This darling knit cardigan pattern for kids is a year-round essential. Perfect for family gatherings, holiday parties, and casual get-togethers, the Girl's Classic Lace Cardigan is a pretty yet practical garment you'll both treasure for years to come.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm, 6 or 4 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

 

Knit a matching cardigan for mom! Be sure to check out the women's Classic Lace Cardigan.

 

 

Materials:

  • Patons Astra (50 g/1.75 oz; 161 yds/147 m)
    • Sizing: 4 yrs: 5 balls; 6 yrs: 5 balls; 8 yrs: 6 balls
  • Sizes 3.75 (U.S. 5) and 4 mm (U.S. 6) knitting needles
  • Size 3.75 (U.S. 5) circular knitting needle or size needed to obtain tension
  • St holder
  • 5 buttons

 

GAUGE
21 sts and 34 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger needles in lace pat.

 

MEASUREMENTS

To fit chest measurement
4 yrs 24 ins [61 cm ]
6 yrs 26 ins [66cm]
8 yrs 28 ins [71cm]

Finished chest
4 yrs 28 ins [71cm]
6 yrs 31 ins [78.5cm]
8 yrs 33.5 ins [85cm]

 

INSTRUCTIONS
The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

 

BACK
With smaller needles, cast on 71 (78-85) sts.
1st row: (RS). P1. *P1. K2. yfwd. Sl1. K1. psso. P2. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: *K2. P4. K1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
3rd row: P1. *P1. K2tog. yfwd. K2. P2. Rep from * to end of row.
4th row: As 2nd row.
These 4 rows form Eyelet Rib pat.
Work a further 2 (4-6) rows in Eyelet Rib pat, inc 3 sts evenly across last row. 74 (81-88) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in Lace Pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). K3. *Sl1. K1. psso. K5. yfwd. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd and alt rows: Purl.
3rd row: K3. *Sl1. K1. psso. K4. yfwd. K1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
5th row: K3. *Sl1. K1. psso. K3. yfwd. K2. Rep from * to last st. K1.
7th row: K3. *Sl1. K1. psso. K2. yfwd. K3. Rep from * to last st. K1.
9th row: K3. *Sl1. K1. psso. K1. yfwd. K4. Rep from * to last st. K1.
11th row: K3. *Sl1. K1. psso. yfwd. K5. Rep from * to last st. K1.
13th row: K1. *yfwd. K5. K2tog. Rep from * to last 3 sts. K3.
15th row: K2. *yfwd. K4. K2tog. K1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.
17th row: K3. *yfwd. K3. K2tog. K2. Rep from * to last st. K1.
19th row: K4. *yfwd. K2. K2tog. K3. Rep from * to end of row.
21st row: K5. *yfwd. K1. K2tog. K4. Rep from * to last 6 sts. yfwd. K1. K2tog. K3.
23rd row: K6. *yfwd. K2tog. K5. Rep from * to last 5 sts. yfwd. K2tog. K3.
24th row: Purl.
These 24 rows form Lace Pat.
Cont in Lace Pat until work from beg measures approx 8¼ (8½-9) ins [21 (21.5-23) cm], ending on a 16th row of Lace Pat.

Armhole shaping: 1st row: (RS).
Cast off 3 sts (1 st rem on needle after cast off). yfwd. K2. K2tog. K2. *yfwd. K3. K2tog. K2. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd row: Cast off 3 sts. Purl to end of row.
3rd row: Sl1. K1. psso. yfwd. K1. K2tog. K3. *yfwd. K2. K2tog. K3. Rep from * to last 4 sts. yfwd. K2. K2tog.
4th row: P2tog. Purl to end of row.
5th row: Sl1. K1. psso. K5. *yfwd. K1. K2tog. K4. Rep from * to last 3 sts. K1. K2tog.
6th row: Purl.
7th row: Sl1. K1. psso. K4. *yfwd. K2tog. K5. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2tog.
8th row: P2tog. Purl to last 2 sts. P2togtbl. 60 (67-74) sts.
Beg with 1st row of Lace Pat, cont even in pat until armhole measures approx 5 (5½-6) ins [12.5 (14-15) cm], ending on a 10th (16th-22nd) row of Lace Pat.
Shoulder shaping: Cast off 8 (9- 10) sts beg next 2 rows, then cast off 9 (10-11) sts beg following 2 rows. Leave rem 26 (29-32) sts on a st holder.


LEFT FRONT

**With smaller needles, cast on 36 (36-43) sts.
Work 6 (8-10) rows in Eyelet Rib Pat as given for Back inc 3 sts evenly across last row. 39 (39-46) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in Lace Pat as given for Back until work from beg measures approx 8¼ (8½-9) ins [21 (21.5-23) cm], ending on a 16th row of Lace Pat.**

Armhole and V-neck shaping:
1st row: (RS). Cast off 3 sts. yfwd. K2. K2tog. K2. *yfwd. K3. K2tog. K2. Rep from * to last 8 sts. yfwd. K3. K2tog. K1. K2tog.
2nd row: Purl.
3rd row: Sl1. K1. psso. yfwd. K1. K2tog. K3. *yfwd. K2. K2tog. K3. Rep from * to last 6 sts. yfwd. K2. (K2tog) twice.
4th row: Purl.
5th row: Sl1. K1. psso. K6. *yfwd. K1. K2tog. K4. Rep from * to last 4 sts. K2. K2tog.
6th row: Purl.
7th row: Sl1. K1. psso. K6. *yfwd. K2tog. K5. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2tog.
8th row: Purl to last 2 sts. P2togtbl. 28 (28-35) sts.
Dec 1 st at V-neck edge only on next and every alt row 4 times, then every 4th row from previous dec 6 (4-9) times. 17 (19-21) sts.
Cont even in pat until armhole measures same length as Back to beg of shoulder shaping, ending on a 10th (16th-22nd) row of Lace Pat.

Shoulder shaping: Cast off 8 (9- 10) sts beg next row. Purl 1 row. Cast off rem 9 (10-11) sts.


RIGHT FRONT

Work from ** to ** as given for Left Front.

Armhole and V-neck shaping:
1st row: (RS). Sl1. K1. psso. K1. *yfwd. K3. K2tog. K2. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd row: Cast off 3 sts. Purl to end of row.
3rd row: Sl1. K1. psso. K1. *yfwd. K2. K2tog. K3. Rep from * to last 4 sts. yfwd. (K2tog) twice.
4th row: Purl.
5th row: Sl1. K1. psso. K1. *yfwd. K1. K2tog. K4. Rep from * to last 3 sts. K1. K2tog.
6th row: Purl.
7th row: Sl1. K1. psso. K1. *yfwd. K2tog. K5. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2tog.
8th row: P2tog. Purl to end of row. 28 (28-35) sts.

Proceed as follows to cont shaping V-neck only:
1st row: (RS). Sl1. K1. psso. K4. *Sl1. K1. psso. K5. yfwd. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd and alt rows: Purl.
3rd row: Sl1. K1. psso. K3. *Sl1. K1. psso. K4. yfwd. K1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
5th row: Sl1. K1. psso. K2. *Sl1. K1. psso. K3. yfwd. K2. Rep from * last st. K1.
7th row: Sl1. K1. psso. K1. *Sl1. K1. psso. K2. yfwd. K3. Rep from * to last st. K1.
9th row: Sl1. K1. psso. *Sl1. K1. psso. K1. yfwd. K4. Rep from * to last st. K1.
Dec 1 st at V-neck edge only, as established above, on every 4th row from previous dec 6 (4-9) times more. 17 (19-21) sts.
Cont even in pat until armhole measures same length as Back to beg of shoulder shaping ending on an 11th (17th-23rd) row of Lace Pat.

Shoulder shaping: Cast off 8 (9- 10) sts beg next row. Work 1 row even. Cast off rem 9 (10-11) sts.


SLEEVES

With smaller needles, cast on 43 sts.
Work 6 (8-10) rows in Eyelet Rib Pat as given for Back, inc 3 sts evenly across last row. 46 sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in Lace Pat as given for Back inc 1 st at each end of needle on next and every following 4th row to 58 (64-68) sts, taking inc sts into stocking st.
Cont even in pat until work from beg measures 6½ ins [16.5 cm], ending with RS facing for next row.
Top shaping: Cast off 2 st beg next 2 rows. Dec 1 st each end of needle on next and every following alt row 7 times. Cast off 3 sts beg next 4 rows. Cast off rem 26 (32-36) sts.
 

FINISHING

Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth leaving to dry.
Buttonhole and button band: Sew shoulder seams. With RS of work facing and circular needle, pick up and knit 35 (37-39) sts up Right Front edge to V-neck shaping. Pick up and knit 32 (34- 38) sts up Right Front V-neck edge to shoulder seam. K26 (29- 32) from back st holder, dec 2 sts evenly across. Pick up and knit 32 (34-38) sts down Left Front V-neck edge. Pick up and knit 35 (37-39) sts down Left Front edge to lower edge. 158 (171-184) sts.
Next row: Knit.
Next row: K3. *Cast off 1 st. K6 (7-8) (including st on needle after cast off). Rep from * 3 times more. Cast off 1 st. Knit to end of row.
Next row: Knit, casting on 2 sts over each cast off st to make a loop. Cast off purlwise (RS).
Sew in Sleeves. Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew buttons to correspond to button loops.

 

Girl's Classic Lace Cardigan Front Chart

Girl's Classic Lace Cardigan Back Chart

Girl's Classic Lace Cardigan Sleeve Chart

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I have a question. This is my first attempt at making a sweater. The last statement in "Armhole shaping" discussed casting off 8 sts beg of next 2 rows... . I am not understanding what to do here. Was I to cast off at row 3?

Hi tgilmore19, it is our understanding that you should have ended on a row 10 of the lace patt before arriving at this bind off section. That means that you will work rows 11 and 12 of the lace patt, binding off the first 8 stitches of each. Then, you will work rows 13 and 14 of the lace patt, but this time, binding off the first 9 stitches of each. Finally, you will put the remaining stitches on a stitch holder and set aside. However, we recommend contacting Patons to confirm since the designers would have more accurate insight. We hope this helps! Happy knitting! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

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