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No-Button Knitted Cardigan

This blush pink free ladies' knitting pattern is great for a casual layer over your outfit.

No-Button Knitted Cardigan
No-Button Knitted Cardigan
This image courtesy of redheart.com

The No-Button Knitted Cardigan simply screams "cozy." The Hygge yarn from Red Heart creates a soft halo around the work, giving it a casual and comforting feel that's appropriate at home or at work. Because there are no buttons to fuss with, making up this cardigan is a much simpler and relaxing process, and it's easy to shrug on or off depending on how much warmth you need. Additionally, the simple stockinette design of this pattern makes it mindless enough to work up while watching your favorite TV show or listening to an audiobook.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge15 sts = 4" (10 cm); 16½ rows = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Hygge™ yarn: 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10) balls 8724 Powder
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 6.5 mm [US 10½]
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needle: 6.5 mm [US 10½], 29" (73.6 cm) long
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle

Cardigan

Sizes

Directions are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X and 3X are in parentheses.

Finished Bust/Chest Measurement: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56)" [91.5 (101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142) cm]
Length: 24 (24½, 25½, 26, 27, 27½)" [61 (62, 65, 66, 68.5, 70) cm]

Notes

  1. Cardigan is worked in 5 pieces (back, 2 fronts, 2 sleeves) and then seamed together. Front/Neck band is picked up and knitted after assembly.

  2. Shaping for Front neck and armholes are worked at same time.

  3. When increasing on right side rows: K1, M1L, knit to last stitch, M1R, k1.

  4. When decreasing, work as follows on right side rows: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: and as follows as wrong side rows: P1, p2tog, purl to last 3 sts, p2tog tbl, p1.

Special Abbreviations

  1. p2tog tbl: (1 st decrease) Purl 2 sts together through the back loops.

  2. M1R: (1 st increase) Bring the tip of the left-hand knitting needle under the strand between stitches from back to front. Knit this loop.

  3. M1L: (1 st increase) Bring the tip of the left-hand knitting needle under the strand between stitches from front to back. Knit through the back of the loop.

  4. ssk: (1 st decrease) Slip next two stitches knitwise to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop.

Cardigan

  1. BACK

    Cast on 67 (73, 81, 89, 97, 105) sts.

    Row 1 (Right Side): *K1, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.
    Row 2: *P1, k1; repeat from * to last st, p1.Repeat last 2 rows until piece measures 2½ (2½, 3, 3, 3½, 3½)" [6.5 (6.5, 7.5, 7.5, 9, 9) cm] from beginning, ending after a wrong side row.

    Change to St st and work until piece measures 16 (16½, 17, 17, 18, 18)" [40.5 (42, 43, 43, 45.5, 45.5) cm] from beginning, ending after a wrong side row.

    Shape Armholes

    Bind off 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 9) sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows – 57 (61, 69, 73, 81, 87) sts remain on last row worked.

    Decrease Row (Right Side): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 2 sts decreased – 55 (59, 67, 71, 79, 85) sts

    .Decrease 1 st along each side edge every row for 3 (3, 5, 6, 7, 8) more times – 49 (53, 57, 61, 65, 69) sts remain on last row worked.

    Work in St st until Armholes measure 8 (8, 8½, 9, 9, 9½)" [20.5 (20.5, 21.5, 23, 23, 24) cm], ending after a wrong side row.

    Shape Back Neck and Shoulders

    Mark center 21 (23, 25, 27, 29, 31) sts for neck.

    Next Row (Right Side): Bind off 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6) sts, work to marked center sts, join second ball of yarn, bind off center 21 (23, 25, 27, 29, 31) sts for back neck, knit to end of row.
    Next Row: Working both sides at the same time with separate balls of yarn, bind off 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6) sts, purl to end of left shoulder, purl across sts of right shoulder – 9 (10, 11, 11, 12, 13) sts remain on each shoulder.
    Next Row: Bind off 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6) sts, work to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 for right shoulder; k1, ssk, knit to end of row for left shoulder. Next Row: Bind off 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6) sts at beginning of row, purl across left shoulder sts, purl across right shoulder sts.

    Bind off remaining 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6) sts at beginning of next 2 rows.

  2. LEFT FRONT

    Cast on 32 (34, 38, 42, 46, 48) sts.

    Row 1 (Right Side): *K1, p1; repeat from * across.Repeat last row until piece measures 2½ (2½, 3, 3, 3½, 3½)" [6.5 (6.5, 7.5, 7.5, 9, 9) cm] from beginning, ending after a wrong side row.

    Change to St st and work until piece measures 14½ (15, 15½, 15½, 16½, 16½)" [37 (38, 39.5, 39.5, 42, 42) cm] from beginning, ending after a wrong side row. Place a marker at end of this row to indicate start of neck shaping.

    Shape Front Neck and Armhole
    Note
    : Read ahead as multiple shaping happens at the same time.

    Sizes Small and Medium ONLY

    Next Row (Right Side): Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 1 st decreased for neck.
    Next Row: Purl across.Knit 1 row, purl 1 row.

    Repeat last 4 rows 9 (9, x, x, x, x) more times. AT SAME TIME, when piece measures same length as Back to armhole, bind off 5 (6, x, x, x, x) sts at beginning of next right side row for armhole.

    Decrease 1 st at armhole edge every row 4 (4, x, x, x, x) more times.

    Sizes Large, 1X, 2X and 3X ONLY

    Next Row
    : Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 1 st decreased for neck.
    Next Row: Purl across.
    Next Row: Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 1 st decreased for neck.
    Next Row: Purl across.Knit 1 row, purl 1 row.

    Repeat last 6 rows x (x, 5, 5, 6, 5) more times, then work decrease row x (x, x, 1, x, 1) more time. AT SAME TIME, when piece measures same length as Back to armhole, bind off x (x, 6, 7, 8, 9) sts at beginning of next right side row for armhole.

    ecrease 1 st at armhole edge every row x (x, 5, 6, 7, 8) more times.

    ALL SIZES

    Continuing to decrease at neck edge as established, work until piece measures same length as Back to shoulder, ending after a wrong side row – 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18) sts remain on last row worked.

    Shape Shoulder

    Next Row (Right Side): Bind off 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6) sts, knit to end.
    Next Row: Purl across.
    Next Row: Bind off 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6) sts, knit to end.
    Next Row: Purl across.Bind off remaining 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6) sts.

  3. RIGHT FRONT

    Cast on 32 (34, 38, 42, 46, 48) sts.

    Row 1 (right side): *P1, k1; repeat from * across.

    Repeat last row, until piece measures 2½ (2½, 3, 3, 3½, 3½)" [6.5 (6.5, 7.5, 7.5, 9, 9) cm] from beginning, ending after a wrong side row.

    Change to St st and work until piece measures 14½ (15, 15½, 15½, 16½, 16½)" [37 (38, 39.5, 39.5, 42, 42) cm] from beginning, ending after a wrong side row. Place a marker at the beginning of this row to indicate start of neck shaping.

    Shape Front Neck and Armhole
    Note: Read ahead as multiple shaping happens at the same time.

    Sizes Small and Medium ONLY

    Next Row (Right Side): K1, ssk, knit to end – 1 st decreased for neck.
    Next Row: Purl across.Knit 1 row, purl 1 row.

    Repeat last 4 rows 9 (9, x, x, x, x) more times. AT SAME TIME, when piece measures same length as Back to armhole, bind off 5 (6, x, x, x, x) sts at beginning of next wrong side row for armhole.

    Decrease 1 st at armhole edge every row 4 (4, x, x, x, x) more times.

    SIZES Large, 1X, 2X and 3X ONLY

    Next Row (Right Side): K1, ssk, knit to end – 1 st decreased for neck.
    Next row (wrong side): Purl across.Next row (right side): K1, ssk, knit to end – 1 st decreased for neck.
    Next row (wrong side): Purl across.Knit 1 row, purl 1 row.

    Repeat last 6 rows x (x, 5, 5, 6, 5) more times, then work decrease row x (x, x, 1, x, 1) more time. AT SAME TIME, when piece measures same length as Back to armhole, bind off x (x, 6, 7, 8, 9) sts at beginning of next wrong side row for armhole.

    Decrease 1 st at armhole edge every row x (x, 5, 6, 7, 8) more times.

    ALL SIZES

    Continuing to decrease at neck edge as established, work until piece measures same length as Back to shoulder, ending after a right side row – 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18) sts remain on last row worked.

    Shape Shoulder

    Next Row (Wrong Side): Bind off 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6) sts, purl to end.
    Next Row: Knit across.
    Next Row: Bind off 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6) sts, purl to end.
    Next Row: Knit across.Bind off remaining 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6) sts.

    Bracelet Length Sleeves

    Cast on 31 (33, 33, 35, 35, 37) sts.

    Row 1 (Right Side): *K1, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.
    Row 2: *P1, k1; repeat from * to last st, p1.

    Repeat last 2 rows until piece measures 2½ (2½, 3, 3, 3½, 3½)" [6.5 (6.5, 7.5, 7.5, 9, 9) cm] from beginning, ending after a wrong side row and increasing 1 st in center of final rib row – 32 (34, 34, 36, 36, 38) sts.

    Knit 1 row, purl 1 row.

    Continuing in St st, increase 1 st at each end every 4 rows 14 (14, 13, 12, 12, 11) times, then every 2 rows x (x, 2, 4, 4, 6) times – 60 (60, 64, 68, 68, 72) sts on last row worked.

    Work until sleeve measures 17 (17, 17½, 17½, 18, 18)" [43 (43, 44.5, 44.5, 45.5, 45.5) cm] from beginning, ending after a wrong side row.

    Shape Cap

    Bind off 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 9) sts at the beginning of next 2 rows – 50 (48, 52, 54, 52, 54) sts remain on last row worked.

    Decrease 1 st each end every right side row 4 (4, 6, 7, 8, 9) times – 42 (40, 40, 40, 36, 36) sts remain on last row worked.

    Decrease 1 st each end every row 6 (4, 4, 3, 1, 5) times – 30 (32, 32, 34, 34, 26) sts remain on last row worked.

    Bind off 2 sts at beginning of next 4 (6, 4, 4, 4, 2) rows – 22 (20, 24, 26, 26, 22) sts remain on last row worked.

    Bind off remaining sts.

    FULL LENGTH SLEEVES

    Cast on 29 (31, 31, 33, 33, 35) sts.

    Row 1 (Right Side): *K1, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.
    Row 2: *P1, k1; repeat from * to last st, p1.

    Repeat last 2 rows until piece measures 2½ (2½, 3, 3, 3½, 3½)" [6.5 (6.5, 7.5, 7.5, 9, 9) cm] from beginning, ending after a wrong side row and increasing 1 st in center of final rib row – 30 (32, 32, 34, 34, 36) sts.

    Knit 1 row, purl 1 row.

    Continuing in St st, increase 1 st at each end every 6 rows 2 (4, x, x, x, x) times, each end every 4 rows 13 (10, 16, 16, 15, 14) times, and then every 2 rows x (x, x, 2, 2, 4) times – 60 (60, 64, 68, 68, 72) sts on last row worked.

    Work until sleeve measures 19 (19, 19½, 19½, 20, 20)" [48 (48, 49.5, 49.5, 51, 51) cm] from beginning, ending after a wrong side row.

    Shape Cap

    Bind off 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 9) sts at the beginning of next 2 rows – 50 (48, 52, 54, 52, 54) sts remain on last row worked.

    Decrease 1 st each end every right side row 4 (4, 6, 7, 8, 9) times – 42 (40, 40, 40, 36, 36) sts remain on last row worked.

    Decrease 1 st each end every row 6 (4, 4, 3, 1, 5) times – 30 (32, 32, 34, 34, 26) sts remain on last row worked.

    Bind off 2 sts at the beginning of the next 4 (6, 4, 4, 4, 2) rows – 22 (20, 24, 26, 26, 22) sts remain on last row worked.

    Bind off remaining sts.

  4. FINISHING

    Sew shoulder seams. Set in sleeves. Sew side and underarm seams.

    Front and Neck Band

    With right side facing and using circular needle, join yarn at lower right front edge, pick up and knit 45 (47, 49, 49, 53, 53) sts along right front edge to first marker, 39 (39, 41, 43, 43, 45) sts from marker to right shoulder, 25 (27, 29, 31, 33, 35) across back neck, 39 (39, 41, 43, 43, 45) from left shoulder to second marker and 45 (47, 49, 49, 53, 53) to bottom of left front edge – 193 (199, 209, 215, 225, 231) sts.

    Row 1 (Wrong Side): *P1, k1; repeat from * to last st, p1.
    Row 2: *K1, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.

    Repeat last 2 rows twice and then repeat Row 1 once more.

    Bind off in ribbing.

    Weave in ends.

Abbreviations

k
knit
k2tog
knit 2 sts together
p
purl
p2tog
purl 2 sts together
St st
Stockinette stitch
st(s)
stitch(es)
tbl
through the back loop
tog
together
[ ]
work directions in brackets the number of times specified
* or **
repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.
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