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Little Man Cardigan

Keep him looking dapper and feeling cozy in the Little Man Cardigan. This darling knit baby cardigan features a classic cable knit design with a polished, turn-over neck opening. This precious baby sweater is perfect for dressier occasions, but he'll still have plenty of wiggle room for crawling around the kitchen, basement, and backyard. With sizing options all the way up to ten years of age, the Little Man Cardigan is the perfect piece for your growing pint-sized cutie.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size4 or 3.5 mm, 6 or 4 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

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

Materials:

  • Universal Yarn Deluxe DK Superwash (100% superwash wool; 100g/284 yds)
    • 831 Burrow – 2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) balls
  • Needles: US Size 6 (4 mm) 24” circular or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US Size 4 (3.5 mm) 24” circular, set of dpns
  • 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) Buttons
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • Cable needle

 
 

GAUGE
20 sts x 36 rows = 4” in garter st using larger ndls
21 sts x 38 rows = 4” in garter st using smaller ndls
Save time, check your gauge.

 

 

SIZES
1 (2, 4, 6, 8, 10) years shown in 2 year size

 


 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest: 22 (23, 24, 25½, 27, 29)”
Length: 11½ (13, 14½, 16, 17½, 19)”

 

 

PATTERN NOTES
Buttonholes are written to be worked on the Left or “Boy” side of this cardigan. If you’re making this sweater for a little girl, work the buttonholes on the right front instead.
 

 


STITCH GUIDE

Right Twist (RT)
On Right Side: Skip first st on left ndl, knit next st tbl, knit skipped st, drop both sts from left ndl.
On Wrong Side: Skip first st on left ndl, purl next st, purl skipped st, drop both sts from left ndl.
 
4x4 Right Cross (RS):Slip next 4 sts to cn and hold in back, k4 from left ndl, k4 from cn.
4x4 Right Purl Cross (RPC): Slip next 4 sts to cn and hold in back, k3, p1 from left ndl, p1, k3 from cn.
4x4 Left Cross (LC): Slip next 4 sts to cn and hold in front, k4 from left ndl, k4 from cn.
4x4 Left Purl Cross (LPC): Slip next 4 sts to cn and hold in front, k3, p1 from left ndl, p1, k3 from left ndl.
 
 

Little Man Cardigan Charts

 

BODY
With larger ndl, cast on 114 (122, 134, 142, 150, 162) sts.
Set-up row (RS): K26 (28, 31, 33, 35, 38) sts for Left Front, pm for side, k62 (66, 72, 76, 80, 86) sts for Back, pm for side, k26 (28, 31, 33, 35, 38) sts for Right Front.
Next row (WS): P1, knit to last st, p1. Work 8 more rows in garter st keeping 1 st each edge in St st.
 
 

Establish Pattern
Set-up row (RS): K4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7), pm, [p1, RT, p2, k1, m1, k1, p2, k1, m1, k1, p2, RT, p1], pm, knit to side m, sl m, k6 (7, 10, 11, 13, 15), pm, work from [ to ], pm, k18 (20, 20, 22, 22, 24), pm, work from [ to ], pm, knit to side m, sl m, 6 (7, 10, 11, 13, 15), pm, work from [ to ], pm, knit to end – 8 sts inc’d, 122 (130, 142, 150, 158, 170) sts.
Next row (WS): P1, knit to m, work Row 2 of Right Cross Chart over 18 sts to m, knit to side m, sl m, knit to m, work Row 2 of Left Cross Chart over 18 sts to m, knit to m, work Row 2 of Right Cross Chart over 18 sts to m, knit to side m, sl m, knit to m, work Row 2 of Left Cross Chart over 18 sts to m, knit to last st, p1. Cont in patt, keeping sts outside Chart markers in garter st with 1 edge st in St st through Row 26 of Charts, then rep Rows 9-26 of Charts. Work even in patt until Body meas 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11)” from cast-on edge, ending with WS row.
 
Shape Neck
Dec row (RS): K2tog, work in patt to last 2 sts, ssk – 2 sts dec’d. Rep Dec row every 14 (12, 12, 10, 10, 10) rows, 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) more times. Neck Shaping will continue throughout remainder of piece.
At the same time, when Body meas 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12)” from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row, proceed to next section.
 
Separate Back and Fronts
Next row (RS): Work in patt across Right Front sts to 2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) sts bef side m, bind off next 4 (6, 6, 8, 8, 8) sts, work in patt across Back sts to 2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) sts bef side m, bind off next 4 (6, 6, 8, 8, 8) sts, work in patt across rem Left Front sts. Place Right Front sts on holder. Place Back sts on holder.
 
Left Front
Work a WS row even in patt.
Dec row (RS): K1, k2tog, work in patt to end – 1 st dec’d at Armhole edge. Rep Dec row every RS row, 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) more time(s). Work even in patt until Armhole meas 4½ (5, 5½, 6, 6½, 7)”, ending with WS row. When all Armhole and Neck decs are complete, 20 (20, 22, 22, 24, 26) sts remain for Shoulder. Bind off all sts.
 
Right Front
Return sts to ndl. Work a WS row even in patt.
Dec row (RS): Work in patt to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 – 1 st dec’d at Armhole edge. Rep Dec row every RS row, 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) more time(s). Work even in patt until Armhole meas 4½ (5, 5½, 6, 6½, 7)”, ending with WS row. When all Armhole and Neck decs are complete, 20 (20, 22, 22, 24, 26) sts remain for Shoulder. Bind off all sts.

Back
Return sts to ndl. Work a WS row even in patt.
Dec row (RS): K1, k2tog, work in patt to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 – 2 sts dec’d. Rep Dec row every RS row, 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) more time(s) – 58 (60, 64, 66, 70, 76) sts rem. Work even in patt until Armhole meas 4½ (5, 5½, 6, 6½, 7)”, ending with WS row.
Bind off all sts.
 
RIGHT SLEEVE
Cast on 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40) sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 (WS): P1, knit to last st, p1.
Rep these 2 rows, 4 more times.
 
Main Sleeve
Set-up row (RS): K7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) sts, pm, [p1, RT, p2, k1, m1, k1, p2, k1, m1, k1, p2, RT, p1], pm, knit to end – 2 sts inc’d, 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42) sts.
Next row (WS): P1, knit to m, sl m, work Row 2 of Right Cross Chart to m, sl m, knit to last st, p1. Cont in patt for 2 more rows.
Inc row (RS): K1, m1, work in patt to last st, m1, k1 – 2 sts inc’d. Rep Inc row every 6 (8, 8, 10, 12, 12) rows, 5 (6, 7, 7, 7, 8) more times – 42 (46, 50, 52, 54, 58) sts.
Work even in patt until Sleeve meas 7 (9, 10½, 12, 13, 14½)” from cast-on edge, ending with WS row.
 
Shape Cap
Bind off 2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 38 (40, 44, 44, 46, 50) sts rem.
Dec row (RS): K1, k2tog, work in patt to lst 2 sts, ssk, k1 – 2 sts dec’d. Rep Dec row every 3 RS rows, 4 (4, 4, 6, 6, 6) more times, every 2 RS rows, 0 (0, 1, 0, 1, 1) time, and every RS row, 1 (3, 3, 2, 2, 4) time(s) – 26 sts rem (all sizes). Bind off 4 sts at beg of next 4 rows. Bind off rem 10 sts.
 
LEFT SLEEVE
Work as for Right Sleeve, substituting Left Cross chart for Right Cross chart.


 
FINISHING
Sew Shoulder seams. Sew Sleeve Caps into Armholes. Sew Sleeve and Side Seams.

Shawl Collar
With smaller ndl, beg at lower Right Front edge, pick up and knit 32 (38, 42, 48, 52, 56) sts to beg of Neck shaping, pm, 32 (34, 36, 38, 42, 46) sts up remainder of Right Front, 18 (20, 20, 22, 22, 24) sts along Back Neck, 32 (34, 36, 38, 42, 46) sts down Left Front to beg of Neck Shaping, pm, 32 (38, 42, 48, 52, 56) sts down Left Front Edge – 146 (164, 176, 194, 210, 228) sts. Knit a WS row.
 
Shape Collar with Short-Rows
Row 1 (RS): Knit to 1 st bef second marker, wrap next st and turn.
Row 2 (WS): Knit to 1 st bef first marker, wrap next st and turn.
Row 3: Knit to 2 sts bef last wrapped st, wrap next st and turn.
Row 4: Knit to 2 sts bef last wrapped st, wrap next st and turn.
Rep last 2 rows, 2 (3, 6, 5, 4, 3) more times – 4 (5, 8, 7, 6, 5) wrapped sts each end.
Next row (RS): Knit to 3 sts bef last wrapped st, wrap next st and turn.
Next row (WS): Knit to 3 sts bef last wrapped st, wrap next st and turn.
Rep last 2 rows, 7 (7, 5, 7, 9, 11) more times – 12 (13, 14, 15, 16, 17) wrapped sts each end.
Next row (RS): Knit to end (there is no need to work wraps together with their sts – the garter st will hide the wraps).
Next row (WS): Knit to end.
Cont in garter st until Collar meas 1¼” (measuring from lower edge away from short-rows), ending with RS row.
 
Buttonhole Row (WS): K6 (4, 4, 6, 5, 6), * k2tog, yo, k8 (8, 9, 8, 9, 8) sts; rep from * to 2 sts bef marker, k2tog, yo, knit to end – 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) buttonholes.
Cont in garter st until Collar meas 1¾”, ending with WS row.


 
Note: The reason for working a k3tog every 6 sts (in place of the k2tog) is to compensate for I-Cord gauge which tends to be a little bit looser than St st.

 

I-Cord Bind –Off: Cast on 3 sts to 1st  st on left ndl, * [k2, k2tog tbl, slip these 3 sts back to left ndl] 5 times, k2, k3tog tbl, slip these sts back to left ndl; rep from * until all sts from Collar have been bound off-3 sts rem, sl 1, k2tog, psso, fasten off last st.
 
Weave in ends. Block sweater. Sew buttons to Right Front opposite buttonholes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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why is the cable pattern missing? can you please send me the cable pattern thank you lina

very frustrated with this pattern as it appears to be missing the 9-26 rows of the cable pattern I am an experience knitter and couldn't make it work at all

Adorable doesn't cover it! Just added two of this to the Christmas list - which means I had better get down to business and soon

They are place marker, knit to side marker, slip marker, and make one (increased stitch).

Hello I am trying to do this beautiful cardigan but same of the abbreviations are not very clear .can you help me with the(pm ,knit to side m,sl m,and m1) thank you

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