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Centaur Cardigan
Centaur Cardigan
This image courtesy of artesanoyarns.co.uk

The Centaur Cardigan is a beautiful free knitting pattern. The soft purple color of this knit cardigan makes it perfect for a variety of seasons, most notably, spring. Plus, the short sleeves of this pattern make it incredibly versatile. You can wear either a long or short sleeve shirt underneath and style this knit in so many different ways. Plus, the blue buttons down the front of the cardigan add such a sweet touch. This wool blend cardigan will keep you warm, but since the sleeves are not full length, you won't feel overheated or too constricted. Work up this free knit cardigan pattern today and you will not be disappointed.

Moss st (even no of sts)
Row 1 (RS): (K1, p1) to end.
Row 2 (WS): (P1, k1) to end.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge21 sts and 28 rows to 10x10cm in rib using 4mm needles 17 sts and 21 rows to 10x10cm in patt using 5mm needles

Finished SizeTo fit chest: 66/71 (71/76, 81/86, 86/91, 91/97, 102/107, 107/111, 117/123, 123/127)cm, 26/28 (28/30, 32/34, 34/36, 36/38 40/42, 42/44, 46/48, 48/50)in Actual measurement: 70.5 (77.5, 85, 92, 99, 106, 113, 120, 127)cm, 27¾ (30½, 33½, 36¼, 39, 41¾, 44½, 47

Materials List

  • 4[4:4:5:5:5:6:6:6] x 100g balls of Artesano Aran - C872 Marble
  • 1 pair each of 4mm and 5mm straight needles
  • 1 5mm circular needle
  • Stitch holder
  • 8 buttons

Back

Using 5mm needles, cast on 60 (66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96, 102, 108) sts.
Work 10 rows in m-st, ending with a WS row. Cont in Main Patt as folls:
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 (WS): P2, k2, (p4, k2) to last 2 sts, p2.
Rows 3&4: As Rows 1 & 2.
Rows 5-8: Work 4 rows in st st. These 8 rows form Main Patt. Rep last 8 rows, 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) more times.
Work Rows 1 - 4 once more.
Shape waist
Change to 4mm needles.
Next row: (K2, p1) to end.
Rep last row a further 19 times.
Change to 5mm needles.
Work 20 (20, 20, 20, 28, 28, 28, 28, 28) rows in Main Patt.
Shape Armholes
Keeping patt correct throughout, cast off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 54 (60, 66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96, 102) sts
Dec 1 st at each end of next 5 (5, 5, 7, 7, 7, 9, 9, 9) rows. 44 (50, 56, 58, 64, 70, 72, 78, 84) sts Cont in patt until armhole meas 18 (18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 21, 21)cm
Shape Shoulder
Cast off 4 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) sts at beg of next 4 rows. 28 (30, 32, 34, 40, 42, 44, 46, 52) sts.
Cast off 6 (6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 8, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Leave rem 16 (18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32) sts on a stitch holder.

Left Front

Using 5mm needles, cast on 30 (33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54) sts.
Work 10 rows in m-st, ending with a WS row.
Cont in Main Patt as folls:
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 (WS): P2, k2, (p4, k2) to last 2 (5, 2, 5, 2, 5, 2, 5, 2) sts, p2 (5, 2, 5, 2, 5, 2, 5, 2).
Rows 3&4: As Rows 1 & 2.
Rows 5-8: Work 4 rows in st st.
These 8 rows form Main Patt.
Rep last 8 rows 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) more times.
Work Rows 1 - 4 once more.
Shape waist
Change to 4mm needles.
Next row (RS): (K2, p1) to end.
Rep last row a further 19 times.
Change to 5mm needles.
Work 20 (20, 20, 20, 28, 28, 28, 28, 28) rows in Main Patt.
Shape Armholes
Keeping patt correct throughout, cast off 3 sts at beg of next row. 27 (30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51) sts. Dec 1 st at armhole edge on next 5 (5, 5, 7, 7, 7, 9, 9, 9) rows. 22 (25, 28, 29, 32, 35, 36, 39, 42) sts.
Shape Neck
Work 1 row
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next and every foll alt row to 14 (16, 18, 18, 20, 22, 22, 24, 26) sts.
Cont in patt until armhole meas 18 (18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 21, 21)cm, ending with a WS row.
Shape Shoulder
Cast off 4 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) sts at beg of next row. 10 (11, 12, 12, 14, 15, 15, 16, 18) sts.
Work 1 row.
Cast off 4 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) sts at beg of next row. 6 (6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 8, 10) sts.
Work 1 row.
Cast off.

Right Front

Using 5mm needles, cast on 30 (33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54) sts.
Work 10 rows in m-st, ending with a WS row.
Cont in Main Patt as folls:
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 (WS): P2 (5, 2, 5, 2, 5, 2, 5, 2), k2, (p4, k2) to last 2 sts, p2.
Rows 3&4: As Rows 1 & 2.
Rows 5-8: Work 4 rows in st st.
These 8 rows form Main Patt. Rep last 8 rows 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5) more times.
Work Rows 1 - 4 once more.
Shape waist
Change to 4mm needles
Next row (RS): (P1, k2) to end.
Rep last row a further 19 times.
Change to 5mm needles
Work 21 (21, 21, 21, 29, 29, 29, 29, 29) rows in Main Patt - WS facing for next row
Shape Armholes
Keeping patt correct throughout cont as folls:
Next row (WS): Cast off 3 sts, patt to end. 27 (30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51) sts.
Dec 1 st at armhole edge on next 5 (5, 5, 7, 7, 7, 9, 9, 9) rows. 22 (25, 28, 29, 32, 35, 36, 39, 42) sts.
Shape Neck
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next and every foll alt row until there are 14 (16, 18, 18, 20, 22, 22, 24, 26) sts.
Cont in patt until armhole meas 18 (18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 21, 21)cm, ending with a RS row
Shape Shoulder
Cast off 4 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) sts at beg of next row. 10 (11, 12, 12, 14, 15, 15, 16, 18) sts.
Work 1 row.
Cast off 4 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) sts at beg of next row. 6 (6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 8, 10) sts.
Work 1 row.
Cast off.

Front Bands

Join shoulder seams.
Using 5mm circular needle, with RS facing, starting at bottom of Right front,
pick up and k100 (100, 100, 110, 112, 112, 130, 130, 130) sts up Right Front ,
k16 (18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32) sts from Centre Back stitch holder, pick up and k100 (100, 100, 110, 112, 112, 130, 130, 130) sts down Left Front.
216 (218, 220, 242, 248, 250, 288, 290, 292) sts.
Work 3 rows in m-st.
Buttohonhole Row: Work 32 (32, 32, 36, 36, 36, 44, 44, 44) sts in m-st (yo, k2tog, m-st 3) seven times, yo, k2tog, m-st to end.
Work 3 rows in m-st.
Cast off.

Armhole Bands

Join side seams.
Using 5mm circular needle, with RS facing, beg at side seam, pick up and k68 (72, 76, 80, 84, 88, 92, 96, 100) sts evenly around armhole, join into a rnd. Work 8 rnds in m-st.
Cast off.

To Finish

Sew buttons to correspond with buttonholes.
Sew in ends and block gently.

Abbreviations

M-st
moss stitch

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Any chance you could send me the pattern using US measurements...not metric. Just the vest I've been looking for but would rather not have to do all that converting. ) geminibev@cox.net where do I find ratings?

Pardon my oversight! After looking over the pattern more carefully, I see the US measurements. Feeling slightly embarrassed! )

I love the rib detail around the middle of this vest. I think it looks like it would make it fit well. Has anyone made it? I am curious if the bottom flares like a peplum or if it lays more smoothly. Thanks!

This versatile little vest is perfect for layering during the cold winter months and to toss on when there is a chill in the air in the spring and summer. The overall pattern is quite pretty and creates a nice texture. The ribbed waistband assures a nicely tailored fit too.

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