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Cocoa Free Wrap Style Cardigan Knitting Pattern

This simple knitting pattern is stunning and has minimal shaping!

Updated September 24, 2018
Cocoa Free Style Cardigan Wrap Pattern
Cocoa Free Style Cardigan Wrap Pattern

"Cocoa is a great pattern to get started in Knitting, a real beginners design by Azize Sterling. We are sure you will love it. It is knitted in Artesano DK Handpainted alpaca and wool blend."

Beginner

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 7 or 4.5 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge20 stitches, 26 rows, 4 inches.

Materials List

  • 10, 10, 12 hanks of handpainted dk colour waterlily from Artesano Yarns
  • 1 pair Brittany 4.00mm needles
  • 1 pair Brittany 4.50mm needles
  • 1 circular needle, size 4.50mm (length – 40cms)

Instructions

Sizing: Overall size of rectangle –
Width : 24(28, 32)”, 61(71, 81)cms.
Length : 48(51, 54)”, 122(129, 137) cms
Length from shoulder: 17(20, 23)” 43(51, 58)cms
Sleeve length: 18” (46)cms

Special Instructions
This garment is worked sideways from centre left front to centre right front.

Pattern

Front
Using 4.00mm needles, cast on 120(140, 160)sts Work in garter stitch (every row knit) for 1 ½” (4cms)
Change to 4.50mm needles and proceed as follows:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: k22 (top border), purl to last 11sts (bottom border), knit to end.
Repeat last 2 rows until work measures 16(17, 18)” 40(43, 46)cms ending on right side row.

Armhole
1st row: k22, p9(18, 23)sts, cast off 40(40, 45)sts, p38(49, 59)sts, knit to end.
2nd row: knit, casting on 40(40, 45) over armhole shaping making sure that casting off and casting on are worked loosely.

Back
Continue as set for a further 16(17, 18)” 40(43, 46)cms, ending on right side row.
Repeat armhole as before.

Right front
Complete to match left front finishing with garter stitch border.

Sleeves 
Using 4.50mm circular needle, and starting at bottom of armhole, pick up 80(80, 90)sts evenly round armhole. Place marker at bottom of armhole to show beginning of round. Work in rounds.
Check your tension as work could be tighter when knitting in rounds.
Knit 4 rounds.
Next row: k1, k2tog, knit to last 3sts before marker, k2tog, k1.
Repeat last row every 1” (2cms), 15(15, 10) times. 50(50, 70)sts
Then after every ½” (1.5cms), 5(5, 15) times.
40(40, 40)sts.
When work measures 18” (46cms), ending at marker, turn.
Work in normal rows (no longer in rounds) and garter stitch for 1 ½” (4cms). Cast off.
Sew in ends and tighten any loose stitches round armhole.

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The main body of this wrap-style cardigan is created by repeating two rows over and over until you have achieved the size that you want. A very colorful yarn is used in the stock photo and may be a little too much for my taste because it will overpower my outfits. The pattern looks very easy to work though.

This is described as a beginner pattern but I think the sleeves make it a little more advanced than that. However, for a beginner, I think it would be cute as a vest without the sleeves too. You could just pick up some stitches around the armholes and knit/purl a small cuff.

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