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Any Color Comfy Cardi

Any Color Comfy Cardi

If you're anything like the rest of the world, picking out a cardigan that matches your favorite outfits is a real struggle. If you knit an Any Color Comfy Cardi or seven, you'll never have that problem again. These adorable knitted sweaters look just as good in grey as they do in green. Fun free knitting patterns always seem to work with only one specific kind of yarn, and they're never in the colors you want. Worked with Caron Simply Soft, which has a ton of basic colors, you won't worry about that anymore.
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Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Caron® Simply Soft® (6 oz /170.1 g; 315 yds/288 m) Sizes S (M, L, XL) Any color - 3 (4, 4, 5) balls
  • One pair size U.S. 8 (5 mm) needles or size to obtain gauge.
  • Stitch marker.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Two buttons, 1" (2.5 cm) diameter.
  • Two stitch holders.
  • Yarn needle.

 

Measurements:

 

Finished bust measurement

Small: 37 1/4" [94.5cm]

Medium: 41 3/4" [106cm]

Large: 44 1/4" [112.5 cm]

X-Large: 48 1/4" [122.5cm]

 

Finished length measurement

Small: 25" [63.5 cm]

Medium: 25 1/2" [65 cm]

Large: 26" [66 cm]

X-Large: 26 1/2" [67.5 cm]

 

Abbreviations:

Alt = Alternate

Beg = beginning

Cont = Continue

Dec = decrease(ing)

Inc = Increase

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.

Pat = pattern

Psso = pass slipped stitch over

Rem = remaining

Rep = repeat

RS = right side

Sl1 = Slip next stitch knitwise

St(s) = stitch(es)

WS = wrong side

Yo = yarn over the needle (makes 1 extra stitch).

 

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm].

 

Instructions

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

 

Lace Pattern (multiple of 6 sts + 5 sts):

1st row: (RS). K4. *yo. sl1. K2tog. Psso. yo. k3. Rep from * across, ending last rep k4.

2nd and alt rows: Purl.

3rd to 8th rows: As 1st and 2nd row 3 times.

9th row: K1. *yo. Sl1. K2tog. Psso. yo. K3. Rep from * across, ending yo. sl1. K2tog. Psso. yo. K1.

10th row: Purl.

11th to 16th row: As 9th and 10th rows 3 times.

1st to 16th rows form Lace pat.

 

BACK

Cast on 87 (93-99-105)sts. Knit 23 (23-31-27) rows (garter st), noting 1st row is RS, ending on a RS row.

Next row: (WS). Purl, dec 4 sts evenly across row. 83 (89-95-101) sts.

Work 1st to 16th row of Lace pat.

Keeping cont of Lace pat, dec 1 st each side of next row, then every 16th row 3 times more. 75 (81-87-93) sts.

Work even until piece measures 17 (17-17-16½)" [43 (43-43-42) cm] from beg, ending on a WS row.

 

Shape Armholes

Maintaining pat, cast off 4 (5-6-7) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 67 (71-75-79) sts.

Dec 1 st each side every RS row 7 times. 53 (57-61-65) sts.

Work even in pat until piece measures 23½ (24, 24½, 25)" [59.5 (61-62-63.5) cm] from beg, ending on a WS row.

 

Shape Shoulders and Neck

Next row: (RS). Pat across 18 (19-21-22) sts. Place next 17 (19-19-21) sts on a st holder. Join a new ball of yarn. Pat to end of row.

Working both sides at the same time, cast off 3 sts at beg of each neck edge once, 2 sts once, and 1 st once. 12 (13-15-16) sts each shoulder. Work even in pat until piece measures 25 (25 ½, 26, 26½)" [63.5 (65-66-67.5) cm] from beg, ending on a WS row.

Cast off rem sts knitwise.

 

LEFT FRONT

Cast on 50 (56-60-64) sts. Knit 23 (23-31-27) rows (garter st), noting 1st row is RS, ending on a RS row.

Next row: (WS). K13 (13-17-15) sts place these sts on st holder for front band. Purl to end of row, dec 2 sts evenly across. 35 (41-41-47) sts.

Work 1st tor 16th rows of Lace pat.

Keeping cont of Lace pat, dec 1 st at side edge of next row, then every 16th row 3 times more. 31 (37-37-43) sts.

Work even until piece measures 17 (17,17,16½)" [43 (43-43-42) cm] from beg, ending on a WS row.

 

Shape Armhole

Next row: (RS). Maintaining pat, Cast off 4 (5-6-7) sts beg of next row. 27 (32-31-36) sts. Dec 1 st at armhole edge every RS row 7 times. 20 (25-24-29) sts.

Work even in pat until piece measures 21½ (22, 22½, 23)" [54.5 (56-57-58.5) cm] from beg, ending on a RS row.

 

Shape Neck

Next row: (WS). Maintaining pat, Cast off 1 (5-2-6) sts at neck edge once. Dec 1 st at neck edge every RS row 7 times– 12 (13-15-16) sts. Work even until same length as Back, ending on a WS row. Cast off knitwise.

 

Front Band

With WS facing, slip 13 (13-17-15) front band sts to needle. Knit in rows (garter st) until there 85 (87-89-91) total ridges from beg, ending on a WS row. Break yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew band to front edge.

 

RIGHT FRONT

Cast on 50 (56-60-64) sts. Knit 23 (23,31,27) rows (garter st), noting 1st row is RS, ending with a RS row.

Next row: (WS). Purl, dec 2 sts evenly across. Place rem 13 (13-17-15) sts on st holder for front band. 35 (41-41-47) sts.

Work 1st to 16th rows of Lace pat.

Keeping cont of Lace pat, dec 1 st at side edge of next row, then every 16th row 3 times more. 31 (37-37-43) sts. Work even in pat until piece measures 17 (17,17,16½)" [43 (43-43-42) cm] from beg, ending on a RS row.

 

Shape Armhole

Next row: (WS). Maintaining pat, Cast off 4 (5-6-7) sts beg of next row. 27 (32-31-36) sts.

Dec 1 st at armhole edge every RS row 7 times. 20 (25-24-29) sts. Work even in pat until piece measures 21½ (22,22½,23)" [54.5 (56-57-58.5) cm] from beg, ending on a WS row.

 

Shape Neck

Next row: (RS). Maintaining pat, cast off 1 (5-2-6) sts at neck edge once. Dec 1 st at neck edge every RS row 7 times. 12 (13-15-16) sts.

Work even in pat until same length as Back, ending on a WS row. Cast off knitwise.

 

Front Band

With WS facing, slip 13 (13-17-15)front band sts to needle. Knit in rows (garter st) until there 82 (82-84-86) total ridges.

Next row: Buttonhole: (RS). K5 (5-7-6)sts. Cast off 3 sts. knit to end.

Next row: Knit, casting on 3 sts over cast off sts.

Knit in rows until there are 85 (87-89-91) total ridges. Do not break yarn. Sew band to front.

 

Neckband

Sew shoulder seams. With RS facing, beg at Right Front, K13 (13-17-15) sts from band, pick up and K16 (20-17-21) sts along Right Front neck edge and 8 sts along Back neck edge. K17 (19-19-21) sts from Back st holder. Pick up and K8 sts along Back neck and 16 (20-17-21) along Left Front neck. K13 (13-17-15) from Left front band. 91 (101-103-109) sts.

Knit 11 rows.

Work buttonhole as before over next 2 rows.

Knit 5 rows more. Cast off knitwise on WS. Sew buttons opposite buttonholes.

 

SLEEVES

Cast on 47 (53-53-55) sts. Knit 23 (23,31,27) rows (garter st), noting 1st row is RS and ending on a RS row.

Next row: (WS). Purl, dec 0 (0-0-2) sts. 47 (53-53-53) sts.

Beg on 1st row, work 16 (24, 8, 4) rows of Lace pat. Keeping cont of pat, inc 1 st at each edge of next row, then every 8th row 3 (2-4-6) times more, working added sts into pat. 55 (59-63-67) sts.

Work even until piece measures 12½ (13, 13, 13½)" [32 (33-33-34.5) cm] from beg, ending on a WS row.

 

Shape Cap

Maintaining pat, cast off 4 (5-6-7) sts beg of next 2 rows. 47 (49-51-53) sts. Work 0 (0, 2, 2) rows even.

Dec 1 st each edge every RS row until 21 sts rem, ending on a WS row. Cast off knitwise.

 

FINISHING

Sew in Sleeves. Sew side and Sleeve seams.

Using yarn needle, weave in ends.

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What a great cardigan. I love the idea of just two buttons at the top, and the versatility of the lacy pattern.

Lace pattern stitch comfy cardi is beautifully knit in and color. You can never have enough cardigans to accentuate your wardrobe. Great to knit in any type of yarn, I myself prefer cotton or cotton blends.

This is the sweetest little pattern, I think that it would be lovely in black for the office. The lace pattern looks very easy to memorize and the knit sweater pattern seems to be very easy to follow.

After a few failed attempts..I got through it and it turned out great...Just wondering if anyone has a hint for the best stitch to seam it together....hard to figure out with the lace pattern. I know the mattress stitich...but don't think it will work for this pattern.

Im having a problem with the decreases. It's not coming out even. Can you help. Would be nice to have row by row instructions....so much work and I might be just ripping it out. Please help.

It would be nice to have a picture of the pattern up close and a pattern chart .

Not fond of cardigans as they so often look frumpy not this one even to the three/quarter sleeves, although one could knit the sleeve wrist-length if one so desired - the slightly flared hem line adds to the overall appeal I am guessing that one could knit any size the longer length?

I am doing something wrong but I can't find it and have the same problems when I do it over. Perhaps someone can help-in the LACE Pattern at the end of the first row it says k4. I have just TWO stitches left after the rep.

I'm having the same problem and can't figure it out. I've started the sweater twice but my knitting just doesn't look right. I love the look of the sweater so will try again.

I gave up on this sweater ages ago, after about 6 attempts. There is something wrong in the pattern, it states stitch count is 6 5 but the repeat is in fact 6 stitches with the 4 on each end the stitch count must be even for this to work as written. I've tried emailing yarnspirations several times, I always receive an automated reply that someone has reviewed the pattern and it looks correct as written to them, so no help there. If anyone figures it out i would be very interested in hearing about it.

The wording of the first row of the lace pattern is a little confusing.... "1st row (RS). K4. yo. sl1. K2tog. Psso. yo. k3. Rep from across, ending last rep k4." It actually means that at the end of the final repeat you knit 4 stitches instead of 3. If you do this I think you will find the stitch count is correct. )

Is it possible to get a schematic for this pattern, so I can see the measurements to block the pieces to? Thanks.

Lovely pattern but the sleeves look way too short. I will definitely be knitting them longer when I get the yarn to do mine.

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