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Im a huge fan of light sweaters; they are easy to carry with you, and exactly what you need in a chilly emergency. You dont have to wear a sweater without style though, as this wonderful knit cardigan pattern proves. A bit of lace edging on the cuffs spruces up this simple knit sweater pattern, making it a versatile sweater than can be worn anywhere. A great sweater deserves a great name, but were not sure what to name this pattern! Leave a comment on this page to let us know what youd call this cute cardigan.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm

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

Materials:

  • Red Heart Classic: 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) skeins 412 Silver.
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 4.5mm [US 7] and 5.5mm [US 9]
  • Susan Bates® Circular Needle: 4.5mm [US 7] – 24” [61 cm]
  • Yarn needle
  • 6 (6, 7, 7, 7) 7⁄8”  [2 ¼ cm] buttons
  • sewing needle and thread to match yarn


GAUGE:

16 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 24rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st with larger needles.

CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles toobtain the gauge.

Special Abbreviations
M1 (make one stitch) = Lift running thread before next stitch onto left needle and knit into the back loop.


P2SSO = Pass the 2 slipped sts over.


SSK (slip, slip, knit) = slip next 2 sts knitwise, one at a time, to right needle, insert tip of left needle into these 2 sts from the front and knit together.

 

SSP (slip, slip, purl) = slip next 2 sts knitwise, one at a time, to right needle, insert tip of left needle into these 2 sts on right needle and slip them back to left needle keeping them twisted; purl these same two sts together through the back loops.

 

Lace Chart

Cardigan Body Dimensions

Sleeve Dimensions

 

INSTRUCTIONS

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


To fit bust: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)” [86.4 (96.5, 106.7, 116.8, 127) cm].


Finished bust measurements: 35 (39, 43, 47, 51)” [89 (99, 109, 119.4, 129.5) cm] – buttoned.

Note: Cardigan is designed to have a close fit.


BACK
With smaller needles, cast on 70 (78, 86, 94, 102) sts. Work in Garter st (Knit every row) for 1¼” [3.18 cm] noting that first row is wrong side and ending with a wrong side row. Change to larger needles and work in St st, begin knit row, until 15” [38 cm] from beginning, end purl row.


Shape Armholes
Bind off 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) sts at beginning of next 2 rows – 62 (70, 76, 84, 90) sts. Bind off 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) sts at beginning of next 2 rows – 58 (66, 70, 78, 84) sts.

Next Row: K3, SSK, knit to last 5 sts, K2tog, K3 – 56 (64, 68, 76, 82) sts.
Next Row: [P3, P2tog, purl to last 5 sts; SSP, P3] 0 (1, 1, 1, 1) time – 56 (62, 66, 74, 80) sts.
Repeat last 2 rows 0 (0, 1, 3, 5) times – 56
(58, 62, 62, 60) sts. Purl 1 row 1 (0, 0, 0, 0)
time.

All Sizes-Next Row (Right Side): K3, SSK, knit to last 5 sts; K2tog, K3 – 54 (56, 60, 60, 58) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Repeat last 2 rows 3 (3, 4, 3, 1) times – 48 (50, 52, 54, 56) sts.

Work even in St st until 20½ (21, 21½, 22, 22)” [52 (53, 54.6, 55.9, 55.9) cm] from beginning, end purl row.

Shape Neck
K12 (13, 14, 15, 16) sts, join second skein of yarn and bind off center 24 sts; knit to end.
Working both sides at the same time with separate skeins of yarn, decrease 1 st at neck edge on next row – 11 (12, 13, 14, 15) sts each side. Work even in St st until 21 (21½,
22, 22½, 22½)” [53 (54.6, 55.9, 57, 57) cm] from beginning, end purl row.

Shape Shoulders
Bind off 4 (4, 4, 5, 5) sts at beginning of next 2 right side rows – 3 (4, 5, 4, 5) sts each side. Bind off.

 

LEFT FRONT
With smaller needles, cast on 33 (37, 41, 45, 49) sts. Work in Garter st for 1¼” [3.18 cm] noting that first row is wrong side and ending with a wrong side row. Change to larger needles and work St st, begin knit row, until 15” [38 cm] from beginning, end purl row.

Shape Armhole
Bind off 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) sts at beginning of next row – 29 (33, 36, 40, 43) sts. Purl 1 row. Bind off 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) sts at beginning of next row – 27 (31, 33, 37, 40) sts.
Next Row: Purl to last 5 sts; SSP, P3 – 26 (30, 32, 36, 39) sts.
Next Row: [K3, SSK, Knit across] 0 (1, 1, 1, 1) time – 26 (29, 31, 35, 38) sts.
Repeat last 2 rows 0 (1, 1, 3, 5) times – 26 (27, 29, 29, 28) sts. Knit 1 (0, 0, 0, 0) row.
All Sizes-Next Row: Purl to last 5 sts; SSP, P3 – 25 (26, 28, 28, 27) sts.
Next Row: Knit.
Repeat last 2 rows 3 (3, 4, 3, 1) times – 22 (23, 24, 25, 26) sts.
Work even in St st until 17½ (18, 18½, 19, 19)” [44.5 (45.7, 47, 48.3, 48.3) cm] from beginning, end knit row.

Shape Neck
Bind off 4 sts, Purl across – 18 (19, 20, 21, 22) sts. Knit 1 row. Bind off 3 sts at beginning of next row – 15 (16, 17, 18, 19) sts. Knit 1 row.
Bind off 2 sts at beginning of next row – 13 (14, 15, 16, 17) sts.
Next Row: Knit to last 5 sts; K2tog, K3 – 12 (13, 14, 15, 16) sts.
Next Row: P3, P2tog, Purl across – 11 (12, 13, 14, 15) sts.
Work even in St st until Left Front measures same as Back to shoulders, end purl row.

Shape Shoulder
Bind off 4 (4, 4, 5, 5) sts at beginning of next 2 right side rows – 3 (4, 5, 4, 5). Bind off.

 

RIGHT FRONT
Work same as for Left Front, reversing all
shapings.

 

SLEEVE (Make 2)
With smaller needles, cast on 43 sts. Work in Garter st for 1¼” [3.18 cm] noting that first row is wrong side and ending with a wrong side row. Change to larger needles and work Rows 1-30 of Lace Pattern from chart, then work in St st, begin knit row, for 10 (4, 6, 6, 4) rows.

Increase Row (Right Side): K3, M1, Knit to last 3 sts; M1, K3 – 45 sts. Continue in St st, shaping sides by working Increase Row every 10 (8, 6, 6, 4) rows untilthere are 49 (53, 53, 57, 47) sts, then every 0 (0, 8, 0, 6) rows until there are 49 (53, 55, 57, 59) sts. Work even in St st until Sleeve measures 12½ (12¾, 13, 13½, 13¾)” [31.8 (32.48, 33, 34.3 35) cm] from beginning, end purl row.


Shape Cap
Bind off 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) sts at beginning of next 2 rows – 41 (45, 45, 47, 47) sts.

Decrease Row: K3, SSK, knit to last 5 sts; K2tog, K3 – 39 (43, 43, 45, 45) sts. Work 3 (3, 3, 5, 7) rows even.
Repeat Decrease Row – 37 (41, 41, 43, 43) sts.
Repeat last 8 rows 0 (0, 0, 0, 1) time – 37 (41, 41, 43, 41) sts.
Purl 1 row. Repeat Decrease Row – 35 (39, 39, 41, 39) sts.
Repeat last 2 rows 8 (9, 11, 11, 9) times – 19 (21, 17, 19, 21) sts.
Next Row: [P3, P2tog, Purl to last 5 sts; SSP, P3] 1 (1, 0, 1, 1) time – 17 (19, 17, 17, 19) sts.
Next Row: [K3, SSK, knit to last 5 sts; K2tog, K3] 0 (1, 0, 0, 1) time – 17 sts.
Bind off 2 sts at beginning of next 4 rows – 9 sts. Bind off.

FINISHING
Sew shoulder seams. Place center of sleeve tops at shoulder seams; sew sleeves in place. Sew side and sleeve seams.

Neckband
With right side facing and circular needle, pick up and K83 sts around neckline. Work in Garter st for 1” [2 ½ cm]. Bind off loosely.


Button Band
With right side facing and circular needle, pick up and knit 80 (82, 84, 86, 86) sts along Left Front. Knit 8 rows. Bind off. Place markers for 6 (6, 7, 7, 7) button holes evenly spaced along Right Front, the first ¼” [6.35 mm] below beginning of front neck shaping and the last 4” [10 cm] above lower edge.


Buttonhole Band
With right side facing and circular needle, pick up and K80 (82, 84, 86, 86) sts along Right Front. Knit 3 rows. Next Row: [Knit to marker, bind off 2 sts] 6 (6, 7, 7, 7) times, knit to end.
Next Row: [Knit to marker, cast on 2 sts] 6 (6, 7, 7, 7) times, knit to end.
Knit 3 more rows. Bind off. Sew buttons on Button Band to correspond to buttonholes.
Weave in all ends.

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Beautiful sweater with just enough lace knitting to make it special. For myself, I would knit the sleeves to wrist length just because I prefer it. This could be a very special dress up sweater in bright red or black, perfect for evenings out or the holidays.

I would call the cardigan Diamonds are a girls best friend as I think it would be a favourite that would never become dated. Precious.

I would call this cardigan 'Diamonds are a girls best friend' as it will never date and will continue to be precious.

Light and Lacy Cardigan

soft shadows and lace

Am giving 5 stars to the sweater pattern and 1 star to the fact that printing it out used up 6 pages. (Pages 5 & 6 were totally unnecessary and were immediately thrown out.)

I would call this sweater "A Touch of Class"

"Smokin' cool cardi" It's hot, yet it's cool. And so will anyone wearing it, look.

SWEETHEART CARDIGAN BE NICE TO BE THAT YOUNG, AGAIN....

Diamond Cardi

Touch of lace lol u r not fooling anyone

Who are you guys kidding. I printed this out from Red Hearts site last week. The name of this pattern is Touch of Lace.

Diamonds Are Forever

Mid-Summer Night's Dream Cardigan or just Mid-Summer Night Cardigan

I would call it "End of Summer" or "Fall Joy"

Summer Diamonds Sweater

I'd call it the "Grace Kelly Cardigan." It's got tons of style, and the 3/4 sleeves with diamond embellishment are a throwback to the 50s. Really lovely!!!

Breezy Summer Cardigan

My "Go To" Sweater

This is so beautiful and light- I would call it " Summer Breeze". So light to wear and a breeze to knit

Just downloaded the pattern but it didn't include the chart for the lace portion on the sleeves. How can I get that? Looks like the kind of sweater I would wear and wear. Would look great with a skirt or jeans. I would call it Classy Summer.

The daughter of my heart is a teacher and told me she is always pushing her sleeves up in the classroom. With this sweater it's built in. My name choice is "Take a (sleeve) hike"

I would name this "The Classy Cardi."

Fit For A Princess Sweater, and I'll be making one for myself. Not that I'm a princess or anything! ;-)

Absolutely beautiful design. Love the sleeve detail! I would call this "Swing". It has such a breezy, swingy feel. Norma Byrd

'Diamonds on the Cuff'

I would call it "Light as a Feather" sweater.

Touch of Lace Cardigan. I like this pattern and will add it to my long list of to dos.

I would call it "Charmed" or "Charming" and I'm definitely making one or two.

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