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Bohemian Rose Cardigan

The Bohemian Rose Cardigan is the ultimate knit cardigan pattern for the free-spirited dresser. This drape front cardi features short, elbow-length sleeves and an over-sized silhouette for an interesting, yet flattering shape. You are sure to wow those around you whenever you wear this luxurious knit cardigan. Worked from side to side with chunky weight yarn, this cardigan pattern is an easy and quick knit you'll cherish for years to come.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm, 10 or 6 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge16 stitches, 32 rows, 4 inches. garter stitch

Materials:

  • RED HEART® Boutique Changes® (Art E771 available in 3.5 oz (100 g), 187 yd (171 m) balls.): 9 (10, 11, 12 13) balls 9914 Garnet
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 5.5mm [US 9] and 6mm [US 10] circular knitting needles, 32” (81 cm) long
  • Detachable stitch markers
  • yarn needle

 


GAUGE: 16 sts = 4”; 32 rows = 4” in Garter stitch (knit every row) and larger needle.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

 

 

ABBREVIATIONS
k = knit; k2tog = knit next 2 sts together; st(s) = stitch(es).

 

 

Directions are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium, Large, 1X and 2X are in parentheses.


Finished Chest: 40 (44, 48, 52, 56)” [101.6 (112, 122, 132, 142) cm], including front bands.
Finished Length: 28 (28¾, 29, 29¾, 30)” [71 (73, 73.6, 75.5, 76.2) cm] including edging

 


Note: Sweater is very loose-fitting.

 


Special Stitch

kfb (Knit into front and back) = Knit next st but do not remove from needle, knit into back loop of same st and remove from needle.

 


Notes

1. Back is worked sideways, from wrist edge of left sleeve across to wrist edge of right sleeve. Piece is increased from left sleeve to back neck, piece is then worked even for back neck, and then decreased to wrist edge of right sleeve.

2. The stitch pattern is reversible. The left front and right front are worked the same, beginning at the wrist edge and ending at the front edge.

3. It is very helpful to mark the Right Side of your work, with a detachable marker, to keep track of the shaping.

4. Reviewing the schematic, before and while working pieces, will help in understanding the shaping of the pieces.

 

Bohemian Rose Cardigan Chart


BACK

Beginning at wrist edge of left sleeve, with larger needle, cast on 26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts.


Shape First Sleeve

Notes: Increases are worked on the lower/underarm edge (beginning of Right Side rows) and upper/shoulder edge (end of Right Side rows) at the same time. Increases on the upper/shoulder edge are worked every 8 rows. Increases on the lower/underarm edge are worked every 4th row.

Rows 1–3: Work in Garter st for 3 rows.
Row 4 (Right Side): Kfb (increase on lower/ underarm edge), knit to end of row—27 (29, 29, 31, 31) sts.
Rows 5–7: Work in Garter st for 3 rows.
Row 8: Kfb (increase on lower/underarm edge), knit to last st, kfb (increase on upper/ shoulder edge)—29 (31, 31, 33, 33) sts.
Rows 9–32: Repeat last 8 rows 3 more times—38 (40, 40, 42, 42) sts. Place a marker on the upper/shoulder edge.

Notes: Increases on the upper/shoulder edge continue to be worked every 8 rows. Increases on the lower/underarm edge are worked every other row.

Row 33 (Wrong Side): Knit.
Row 34: Kfb, knit to end of row—39 (41, 41, 43, 43) sts.
Rows 35–38: Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times—41 (43, 43, 45, 45) sts.
Row 39: Knit.
Row 40: Kfb, knit to last st, kfb—43 (45, 45, 47, 47) sts.
Rows 41–48: Repeat Rows 33–40—48 (50, 50, 52, 52) sts.
Row 49: Knit.
Row 50: Cast on 2 sts, knit to end of row—50 (52, 52, 54, 54) sts.
Rows 51–54: Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times—54 (56, 56, 58, 58) sts.
Row 55: Knit.
Row 56: Cast on 2 sts, knit to last st, kfb—57 (59, 59, 61, 61) sts.
Row 57: Knit.
Row 58: Cast on 4 sts, knit to end of row—61 (63, 63, 65, 65) sts.
Rows 59–62: Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times—69 (71, 71, 73, 73) sts.
Row 63: Knit.
Row 64: Cast on 4 sts, knit to last st, kfb—74 (76, 76, 78, 78) sts.
Row 65: Knit.
Row 66: Cast on 8 sts, knit to end of row—82 (84, 84, 86, 86) sts.
Rows 67–70: Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times—98 (100, 100, 102, 102) sts.
Row 71: Knit.
Row 72: Cast on 8 sts, knit to last st, kfb— 107 (109, 109, 111, 111) sts.


First Shoulder
Rows 1–7: Knit.
Row 8 (Right Side): Knit to last st, kfb—108 (110, 110, 112, 112) sts.
Repeat last 8 rows 2 (3, 4, 5, 6) more times—110 (113, 114, 117, 118) sts.


Back Neck
Place marker on upper/shoulder edge of last row worked, to mark beginning of back neck.
Work even in Garter st for 12” (30.4 cm), end with a Wrong Side row. Place marker on upper/shoulder edge of last row worked, to mark end of back neck.


Second Shoulder
Row 1 (Right Side): Knit to last st, k2tog—109 (112, 113, 116, 117) sts.
Rows 2–8: Knit.
Repeat last 8 rows 2 (3, 4, 5, 6) more times—107 (109, 109, 111, 111) sts.


Shape Second Sleeve
Row 1 (Right Side): Bind off 8 sts (decrease on lower/underarm edge), knit to end of row—99 (101, 101, 103, 103) sts.
Row 2: Knit.
Rows 3–6: Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times—83 (85, 85, 87, 87) sts.
Row 7: Bind off 8 sts (decrease on lower/underarm edge), knit to last st, k2tog (decrease on upper/shoulder edge)—74 (76, 76, 78, 78) sts.
Row 8: Knit.
Row 9: Bind off 4 sts, knit to end of row—70 (72, 72, 74, 74) sts.
Row 10: Knit.
Rows 11–14: Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times—62 (64, 64, 66, 66) sts.
Row 15: Bind off 4 sts, knit to last st, k2tog—57 (59, 59, 61, 61) sts.
Row 16: Knit.
Row 17: Bind off 2 sts, knit to end of row—55 (57, 57, 59, 59) sts.
Row 18: Knit.
Rows 19–22: Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times—51 (53, 53, 55, 55) sts.
Row 23: Bind off 2 sts, knit to last st, k2tog—48 (50, 50, 52, 52) sts.
Row 24: Knit.
Row 25: K2tog, knit to end of row—47 (49, 49, 51, 51) sts.
Row 26: Knit.
Rows 27–30: Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times—45 (47, 47, 49, 49) sts.
Row 31: K2tog, knit to last st, k2tog—43 (45, 45, 47, 47) sts.
Rows 32–39: Repeat Rows 24–31—38 (40, 40, 42, 42) sts.
Row 40: Knit.
Row 41: K2tog, knit to end of row—37 (39, 39, 41, 41) sts.
Rows 42–44: Work in Garter st for 3 rows.
Row 45: K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog—35 (37, 37, 39, 39) sts.
Rows 46–48: Work in Garter st for 3 rows.
Rows 49–72: Repeat last 8 rows 3 more times—26 (28, 28, 30, 30) sts.
Bind off loosely.


RIGHT FRONT

Work same as back through first shoulder, end with a Right Side row—110 (113, 114, 117, 118) sts.

 

Shape Neck
Row 1 (Wrong Side): K2tog (decrease at upper/neck edge), knit to end of row—109 (112, 113, 116, 117) sts.
Row 2 (Right Side): Knit to last 2 sts, k2tog (decrease at upper/neck edge)—108 (111, 112, 115, 116) sts.
Repeat last 2 rows 29 more times—50 (53, 54, 57, 58) sts.


Front Band
Change to smaller needle.
Purl 2 rows
Knit 2 rows.
Repeat last 4 rows 2 more times.
Bind off loosely.


LEFT FRONT

Work same as right front. Flip piece over so that it is a mirror-image of the right front.


COLLAR (worked in 2 pieces)

Right Collar
With smaller needles, cast on 44 sts.
Row 1 (Wrong Side): Knit.
Row 2: Purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3: K2, purl to end of row.
Rows 4 and 5: Knit.
Rows 6 and 7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Row 8: K2tog, knit to end of row—43 sts.
Repeat Rows 1–8 until 26 sts remain.
Repeat Rows 1–4 until piece measures 26” (66 cm) from beginning. Bind off.


Left Collar
With smaller needles, cast on 44 sts.
Row 1 (Wrong Side): Knit.
Row 2: K2, purl to end of row.
Row 3: Purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Rows 4 and 5: Knit.
Rows 6 and 7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Row 8: Knit to last 2 sts, k2tog—43 sts.
Repeat Rows 1–8 until 26 sts remain.
Repeat Rows 1–4 until piece measures 26”(66 cm) from beginning. Bind off.


FINISHING

Sew upper/shoulder seams, leaving 12” (30.4 cm) between markers unsewn for back neck.


Sleeve Cuffs
With Right Side facing and smaller needle, pick up and k52 (56, 56, 60, 60) sts evenly spaced across wrist edge of sleeve.
Purl 2 rows.
Knit 2 rows.
Repeat last 4 rows 2 more times.
Bind off loosely. Repeat on 2nd sleeve.
Sew underarm and side seams.


Lower Edging
With Right Side facing and smaller needle, beginning in lower left front corner, pick up and k6 sts evenly spaced across edge of front band, pick up and k1 st between each Garter ridge to opposite front band, pick up an k6 sts evenly spaced across edge of front band.
Purl 2 rows.
Bind off loosely as if to knit.


Sew right collar to right front along shaped edges of both pieces, with collar ending at center back neck. Sew left collar to left front along shaped edges of both pieces, with collar ending at center back neck. Sew bind-off edges of right and left collar together at back neck.
Weave in ends.

 

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I have never made a side to side sweater but there is a first time for everything. I like when directions are detailed and these are. It even includes a chart which will come in handy. I can always use another cardigan and this one will be a bit different. You have to pay a bit of attention so the directions but they are not hard. Thank you for the free pattern.

I love the vintage feel of this sweater and the colors are perfect for fall. This would definitely be a perfect sweater to throw on during a chilly fall day and it is nice enough to wear at the office. I really like the yarn used but, it could easily be subsituted for something already in your stash.

I have just finished the Bohemian Rose Jacket and I just wanted to say what a lovely pattern to follow. It was so clear. I am really pleased with the result even though I didn't knit it in the yarn specified, it was unobtainable. Thank you.

The pattern refers to the "wrist" of the sleeves. The picture shows the sweater doesn't quite reach the elbows. I would love to knit this with long sleeves. How would I adjust this pattern? Thank you.

Hi fairknitter, What a lovely modification! We suggest contacting the designer, Heather Lodinsky, via the Red Heart website for any adjustment questions you may have. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

You say to review the schematic to understand the shaping of the pieces - but there is no schematic. Could you send it to me please. Thank you. Kathy Van Gundy

The schematic is right below the "Notes". Click on the green link that says "Bohemian Rose Card. Chart".

the schematic is there, its highlighted in green-click on it and it opens. happy knitting.

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