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Coastal Blue Cardigan

A perfect choice for year-round wear, the Coastal Blue Cardigan is a breezy garment that will go with almost anything in your wardrobe. This gorgeous knit cardigan pattern is great for layering over a sundress or skirt and top combo. Featuring a pretty open-rib pattern, the Coastal Blue Cardigan will keep you cool and covered no matter the weather.

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Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Materials:

  • Sheep(ish)™ by Vickie Howell (85 g/3 oz, 153 m/167 yds)
  • Sizes 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) and 5.5 mm (U.S. 9) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) circular knitting needle, 32" [81.5 cm long]
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle


GAUGE
18 sts and 23 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stitch pattern using larger needles.

 

 

ABBREVIATIONS
Beg = Begin(ning)
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together
M1-L (Make One-Left) = Insert left needle from front to back into the horizontal strand between the last stitch worked and the first st on the left needle. Knit this strand through the back loop
M1-R (Make One-Right) = Insert left needle from back to front into the horizontal strand between the last stitch worked and the next stitch on the left needle. Knit this strand through the front loop
P = Purl
Pat = Pattern
Rep = Repeat
Ssk = Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together.
WS = Wrong side
Yo = Yarn over needle

 

INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Body of garment is worked in one piece beginning at lower back, dividing at shoulders and ending at lower front. Sleeves are worked separately

 

Large Rib (multiple of 7 plus 5):
Row 1 (WS): P5, *k2, p5, rep from * across.
Row 2 (RS): K5, *p2, k5, rep from * across.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for Large Rib.

Opework Rib Pattern (multiple of 7 plus 5):
Row 1 (RS): K5, *yo, k2tog, k5, rep from * across.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K5, *k2tog, yo, k5, rep from * across.
Row 4: Purl.
Rep Rows 1-4 for Openwork Rib Pat.

2x2 Rib (multiple of 4 plus 2):
Row 1 (WS): P2, *k2, p2, rep from * across.
Row 2 (RS): K2, *p2, k2, rep from * across.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for 2x2 rib.

 

BODY
With larger needles, cast on 89 (96, 110, 117, 131, 138) sts.  Rep Rows 1 and 2 of Large Rib twice, then rep Row 1. Beg Openwork Rib Pat and work even until piece measures 23¼ (23½, 23¾, 24, 24¼, 24¼)" [59 (59.5, 60.5, 61, 61.5, 61.5) cm] from beg, ending with a WS row.


Shape neck
Next row (RS): Work in pat across 28 (30, 36, 39, 46, 49) sts, k2tog, k2 for right front, join new ball of yarn and cast off next 25 (28, 30, 31, 31, 32) sts for back, k2, ssk, pat to end for left front— 31 (33, 39, 42, 49, 52) sts each front.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: On right front, work in pat across 27 (29, 35, 38, 45, 48) sts, k2tog, k2; on left front, k2, ssk, pat to end--30 (32, 38, 41, 48, 51) sts rem for each front.
Next row: Purl. Mark this row as shoulder.
Work even until piece measures 7" [18 cm] above back neck cast off.
Inc row (RS): On right front, work in pat to last 2 sts, M1-L, k2; on left front, k2, M1-R, pat to end. Maintaining pat, rep inc row every 4 rows 0 (0, 2, 4, 0, 3) times, every 6 rows 11 (15, 14, 13, 16, 14) times, then every 8 rows 3 (0, 0, 0, 0, 0) times--45 (48, 55, 59, 65, 69) sts each front. Work even until front measures same as back from shoulder to beg of rib, ending with a WS row.
Next row (RS):  On right front, (k5, p2) 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 9) times, k3 (6, 6, 3, 2, 6); on left front, k3 (6, 6, 3, 2, 6), (p2, k5) 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 9) times.
Work in Large Rib for 5 rows. Cast off in pat.

SLEEVE

With pair of needles, cast on 47 (54, 54, 61, 68, 68). Work Large Rib for 2", ending with a WS Row. Change to Openwork Rib Pat, inc 1 st each end of row every 6th row 7 times working added sts into pat — 61 (68, 68, 75, 82, 82) sts. Work even until piece measures 10¾ (10¾, 10¼, 10½, 9½, 9¾)" [27.5 (27.5, 26, 26.5, 24, 25) cm], ending with a WS row. Cast off all sts.

FINISHING

Matching center st of sleeve to shoulder marker, sew sleeves to body.  Sew sleeve and side seams.

Front Band
With RS facing, using circular needle, beg at right front lower edge, pick up and k258 (262, 266, 270, 270, 274) sts up right front, around back neck and down left front. Do not join. Work in 2x2 rib for 5 rows, ending with WS row. Cast off in rib.

 

Coastal Blue Cardigan Body Chart

 

Coastal Blue Cardigan Sleeve Chart

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The pattern was nice but the model makes it look much better than my came out. Ripped it all out!

I take it back - here is a cardigan I like and could learn to love --

Knit in one piece patterns are my favorite, there are no bulky seams. I believe are not as appealing in appearance with hand knitted projects. Each to their own taste of hand made items.

I have started the Coastal Blue Cardigan, but am worried that there might be a typo for the number of stitches (138) for the 3X size. I am using size 6 circ. needles which satisfies the gauge requirement. Will this be big enough?

What is the name of this sweater on Ravelry?

What are the dress sizes for stitch amounts given?

What dress or chest sizes for stitch amounts

I started this sweater, but became confused as to when to use which needles and when. When do you change from 5.5mm to 4.5mm? for sleeves, it says 'with pair of needles'. Which pair of needles? What size? This info would be helpful, no? Very pretty sweater.

Hey there, Pegasus62! I have not knitted this cardigan myself, but I have double-checked our transcribed pattern from the original, and there are no errors. My best guess would be that the only part of the cardigan that is knitted using the larger needles is the body, and when you begin to shape the neck, you switch back to the 4.5mm. If any readers here have tried this pattern, please chime in! I hope we can find your answer, and happy knitting!

kkittelson, could you please tell me what size to do? I wear size 10 and I do not want it to be too large. Is this wool or can we get a cotton mix in worsted? I have saved this pattern and would start asap if someone can answer me. Thank you

Hello reneelouiselaw 377 3864, the sizing diagram should help you determine the finished size of the sweater. If you look at the diagram above labeled body you will see the width of the finished garment. This looks to be a loose fitting sweater with the smallest size being 39" around and the largest being 61". I hope that helps.

I started this sweater, but became confused as to when to use which needles and when. When do you change from 5.5mm to 4.5mm? for sleeves, it says 'with pair of needles'. Which pair of needles? What size? This info would be helpful, no? Very pretty sweater.

Beautiful!

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