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Chevron Knitted Cardigan Pattern

This knit cardigan sweater has a unique trim to add a pop of bold color to your outfit.

Updated March 19, 2019
Chevron Knitted Cardigan Pattern
Chevron Knitted Cardigan Pattern
This image courtesy of yarnspirations.com

The Chevron Knitted Cardigan Pattern is perfect for someone looking for a neutral layering piece with a pop of color. Its rainbow design has a retro flair to it, but the cropped sleeves and button-down construction still look elegant and adult. You can make this knit cardigan sweater one of two ways, utilizing the colors given in the Caron x Pantone yarn pack differently, so it's worth knitting this cardigan twice. You can give the other one to your best friend, your daughter, or your sibling!

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 7 or 4.5 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

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

Gauge20 sts and 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking stitch.

Materials List

  • Caron® x Pantone™Bamboo™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 180 yds/165 m)



    Version 1:

    Main Color (MC): Ghost Gray (03037) - 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 5) braids

    Contrast A: Indigo (03038) - 1 (1, 2, 2, 3, 4) braid(s)

    Contrast: Tropical Fruit (03045) - 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) braid(s)



    Version 2:

    Main Color (MC): Indigo (03038) - 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 5) braids

    Contrast A: Ghost Gray (03037) - 1 (1, 2, 2, 3, 4) braid(s)

    Contrast: Tropical Fruit (03045) - 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) braid(s)
  • Sizes U.S. 6 (4 mm) and U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles.
  • Sizes U.S. 6 (4 mm) and U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) circular knitting needles 29" [73.5 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Stitch markers.
  • 6 buttons.

Instructions

Notes

  1. Sizes:

    To fit bust measurement
    XS/S
    : 28-34" [71-86.5 cm]
    M: 36-38" [91.5-96.5 cm]
    L: 40-42" [101.5-106.5 cm]
    XL: 44-46" [112-117 cm]
    2/3XL: 48-54" [122-137 cm]
    4/5XL: 56-62" [142-157.5 cm]

    Finished bust
    XS/S: 36½" [92.5 cm]
    M: 42½" [108 cm]
    L: 44¾" [113.5 cm]
    XL: 50¾" [129 cm]2/3XL 55½" [141 cm]
    4/5XL: 64" [162.5 cm]

  2. Before working with Caron® x Pantone™ Bamboo™ multi-shade yarn braid, separate each color link and wind into 5 separate balls.

  3. Due to finite amount of yarn in each shade, pattern gauge must be matched to ensure successful results.

  4. Cardigan is worked in one piece to armholes.

  5. When working from charts, carry colors not in use loosely across WS of row, but never over more than 3 sts. When it must pass over more than 5 sts, weave it over and under color in use. The colors are never twisted around one another.


    See colorwork charts.

    See body diagram.

    See sleeve diagram.

  6. The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Body

With smaller circular needle and A, cast on 182 (210-222-250-278-318) sts. Do not join.

Working back and forth across needle in rows, proceed as follows

1st row: (RS). *K2. P2. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.
2nd row: *P2. K2. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P2.

Rep last 2 rows of (K2. P2) ribbing for 3" [7.5 cm], ending on a 2nd row.

Next row: (RS). Knit, inc 0 (2-2-4-0-2) sts evenly across. 182 (212-224-254-278-320) sts.

Change to larger circular needle.

Beg on a purl row, work even in stocking st until work from beg measures 4" [10 cm], ending on a purl row.

Work colorwork chart in stocking st to end of chart, reading RS rows from right to left and WS rows from left to right, noting 6-st rep will be worked 30 (35-37-42-46-53) times. Break A, B, C, D, E, F.

With MC, cont even in stocking st until piece from beg measures 12" [30.5 cm], ending on a purl row.

  1. Divide for Right Front:

    K46 (54-56-64-70-82). Turn. Leave rem sts on spare needle.

  2. Shape armhole and neck:

    1st row: (WS). Cast off 4 (6-6-6-10-14) sts. Purl to end of row. 42(48-50-58-60-68) sts.

    Sizes XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:

    Next row: (RS). Knit.
    Next row: Cast off (6-10-14) sts. Purl to end of row. (52-50-54) sts.

    All sizes:

    Next row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.
    Next row: Purl.Rep last 2 rows 4 (5-6-6-8-10) times more. 32 (36-36-38-32-32) sts.

    Cont in stocking st, dec 1 st at neck edge only on next and every following alt row to 18 (22-24-24-24-24) sts.

    Cont even until armhole measures 7½ (8-8-8½-9-10)" [19 (20.5-20.5-22.5-23-25.5) cm], ending on a knit row.

  3. Shape shoulder:

    Cast off 9 (11-12-12-12-12) sts at beg of next and following alt row.

  4. Back:

    With RS facing and larger circular needle, join MC to next unworked st.

  5. Shape armholes:

    Cast off 4 (6-6-6-10-14) sts. K86 (98-106-120-128-142). Turn. Leave rem sts on spare needle.

    Next row: Cast off 4 (6-6-6-10-14) sts. Purl to end of row. 82 (92-100-114-118-128) sts.

    Sizes XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:

    Next row: (RS). Cast off (6-10-14) sts. Knit to end of row.
    Next row: Cast off (6-10-14) sts. Purl to end of row. (102-98-100) sts.

    All sizes:

    Next row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.
    Next row: Purl.

    Rep last 2 rows 4 (5-6-6-3-3) times more. 72 (80-86-88-90-92) sts. Cont even until armholes measure same length as Right Front before shoulder shaping, ending on a purl row.

  6. Shape shoulders:

    Cast off 9 (11-12-12-12-12) sts beg next 4 rows. Cast off rem 36 (36-38-40-42-44) sts.

  7. Left Front:

    With RS facing and larger circular needle, join MC to next unworked st.

  8. Shape armhole and neck:

    Cast off 4 (6-6-6-10-14) sts. Knit to end of row. 42 (48-50-58-60-68) sts.

    Sizes XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:

    Next row: (WS). Purl
    Next row: Cast off (6-10-14) sts. Purl to end of row. (52-50-54) sts.

    All sizes:

    1st row: (WS). Purl.
    2nd row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.
    3rd row: Purl.

    Rep last 2 rows 4 (5-6-6-8-10) times more. 32 (36-36-38-32-32) sts.

    Cont in stocking st, dec 1 st at neck edge only on next and every following alt row to 18 (22-24-24-24-24) sts.

    Cont even until armhole measures same length as Right Front before shoulder shaping, ending on a purl row.

  9. Shape shoulder:

    Cast off 9 (11-12-12-12-12) sts at beg of next and following alt row.

Sleeves

With smaller needles and A, cast on 50 (50-54-54-62-66) sts.

Work 2" [5 cm] in (K2. P2) ribbing as given for Body, ending on a RS row.

Next row: (WS). Purl, inc 0 (0-2-2-0-2) sts evenly across. 50 (50-56-56-62-68) sts.

Change to larger needles.

Work Chart in stocking st to end of chart, noting 6-st rep will be worked 8 (8-9-9-10-11) times. Break A, B, C, D, E and F.

With MC, cont in stocking st, inc 1 st at each end of next and every 6th (4th-4th-4th-2nd-2nd) row 8 (11-10-11-7-7) times total. 66 (72-76-78-76-82) sts.

Sizes 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:

Inc 1 st at each end of every following 4th row 7 times more. 90 (96) sts.

All sizes:

66 (72-76-78-90-96) sts.Cont even in stocking st until work from beg measures 12½" [32 cm], ending on a purl row.

  1. Shape top:

    Cast off 4 (6-6-6-10-14) sts beg next 2 rows. 58 (60-64-66-70-68) sts.

    1st row: (RS). K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.
    2nd row: Purl.

    Rep last 2 rows to 26 (26-28-28-30-30) sts.Cast off

Finishing

Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry. Sew shoulder seams.

  1. Button and Buttonhole Band:

    With A and smaller needles, cast on 7 sts.

    1st row: (RS). K2. (P1. K1) twice. K1.
    2nd row: K1. (P1. K1) 3 times.

    Rep last 2 rows until Band, when slightly stretched, measures length to fit up Left Front, sewing in place as you knit, and changing colors to correspond to color change in Cardigan and matching Chart. Place markers on band for 6 buttons, having bottom button ½" [1.5 cm] above cast on edge, top button ½" [1.5 cm] below first front dec and rem 4 buttons spaced evenly between. Cont in ribbing to fit up neck edge, across back neck edge and down opposite neck edge to first button marker.

  2. Make buttonholes as follows:

    1st row: (RS). Rib 3 sts. Cast off 2 sts. Rib 2 sts.
    2nd row: Rib, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts.

    Cont in ribbing to end of Right Front, being sure to change colors to correspond to color changes in Cardigan and matching Chart. Cast off in ribbing.

    Sew Sleeve seams. Sew in Sleeves. Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.

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