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You'll love the rich colors and calming shades of this knit cardigan pattern. Sit back and unwind with the Sea Waves Cardigan. Add a little sparkle and shimmer to your outfits--this cardigan glistens like the ocean. Wave goodbye to stress as you get absorbed in this intricate knitting pattern. If you're looking for a gorgeous knit that you'll feel especially proud of, this is the pattern for you. After working through this cabled cardi, you'll want to wear it all the time.

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Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, 10.5 or 6.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Materials:

  • RED HEART® Boutique Midnight®: 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) balls 1940 Vista
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5 mm [US 8] straight needles
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 6.5 mm [US 10.5] straight needles
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5 mm [US 8] 16” (40 cm) long circular needle
  • Cable needle
  • Three 1” (25 mm) buttons
  • Yarn needle

 

 

 

GAUGE: 20 sts = 4” (10 cm); 22 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Cable pattern with larger needles.

 

 


Measurements:

  • Directions are for size X-Small. Changes for sizes Small, Medium, Large, and 1X are in parentheses.
  • To Fit Busts: 28-32 (32-36, 36-39, 39-42, 42- 45)” (71-81.5, 81.5-91.5, 91.5-99, 99-106.5, 106.5-114.5) cm
  • Finished Bust: 34 (38, 41, 44, 47)” [86.5 (96.5, 104, 112, 119.5) cm]
  • Finished Length: 28¼ (29¼, 29¾, 30¾, 31¼)” [72 (74.5, 75.5, 78, 79.5) cm], measured from back neck to lower tip (including lower ribbing)

 

 


Abbreviations:

  • 2/2 LC (2 over 2 Left Cross) = Slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, k2, then k2 from cable needle.
  • 3/3 LC (3 over 3 Left Cross) = Slip next 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, k3, then k3 from cable needle.
  • 5/5 LC (5 over 5 left cross) = Slip next 5 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, k5, then k5 from cable needle.
  • LT (Left Twist) = Knit into the back of the second stitch on the left needle leaving the stitch on the needle, knit the first stitch on the left needle, slipping both stitches off the needle.
  • kfb (Knit into front and back) = Knit next st but do not remove from needle, knit into back loop of same st and remove from needle.
  • pfb (Purl into front and back) = Purl next st but do not remove from needle, purl into back loop of same st and remove from needle.
  • sk2p = Slip next stitch as if to knit to right needle, k2tog, lift slipped st over the k2tog st and off needle.
  • ssk = Slip next 2 stitches, one at a time as if to knit, to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop.
  • k = knit
  • k2tog = knit next 2 sts together
  • p = purl
  • p2tog = purl next 2 sts together
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified
  • * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

 

 


Instructions:


Pattern Stitch
1x1 Rib (over even number of sts)
Row 1 (right side): *K1, p1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts to end of row.
Repeat Row 2 for 1x1 Rib.

 

BACK
With larger needles, cast on 14 (22, 30, 38, 46) sts.
Row 1 (right side): P6, *k2, p6; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: K6, *p2, k6; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 3: Cast on 4 sts, p2, k2, p6, *k2, p6; repeat from * to end of row—18 (26, 34, 42, 50) sts.
Row 4: Cast on 4 sts, k2, *p2, k6; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p2, k2—22 (30, 38, 46, 54) sts.
Row 5: Cast on 4 sts, *p6, LT; repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2—26 (34, 42, 50, 58) sts.
Row 6: Cast on 4 sts, k6, *p2, k6; repeat from * to end of row—30 (38, 46, 54, 62) sts.
Rows 7–22: Repeat Rows 3–6 four times—94 (102, 110, 118, 126) sts.
Rows 23 and 24: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
Row 25: P6, *LT, p6; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 26: K6, *p2, k6; repeat from * to end of row.
Rows 27 and 28: Repeat Rows 1 and 2. Repeat Rows 25–28 until piece measures 11” (28 cm) from beg, measured along a straight side edge.

 

Shape Sides
Row 1 (decrease row – right side): P1, p2tog, p3, place marker, k2, *p6, k2; repeat from * to last 6 sts, place marker, p3, p2tog through back loops, p1—92 (100, 108, 116, 124) sts.
Row 2: Knit to marker, slip marker, p2, *k6, p2; repeat from * to marker, slip marker, knit to end of row.
Row 3: Purl to marker, slip marker, k2, *p6, k2; repeat from * to marker, slip marker, purl to end of row.
Rows 4 and 5: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2.
Row 7 (decrease row): P1, p2tog, purl to marker, slip marker, k2, *p6, k2; repeat from * to marker, purl to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1—90 (98, 106, 114, 122) sts. Repeat Rows 2–7 twice more and remove markers when working last row—86 (94, 102, 110, 118) sts.

 

Note: When instructed to work in pattern “as established”, knit the knit sts and p the purl sts as they appear and continue to work LT every 6th row, lined up as in previous rows. Work even in  pattern as established until piece measures about 16” (41 cm), measured along a straight side edge; end with a wrong side row.

 


Shape Raglan Armholes
Next 2 Rows: Bind off 6 (6, 8, 8, 10) sts, work in pattern as established to end of row—74 (82, 86, 94, 98) sts.
Next Row (decrease row – right side): K2, ssk, work in pattern as established to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2—72 (80, 84, 92, 96) sts.
Next Row: Work in pattern as established to end of row. Repeat last 2 rows 19 (22, 23, 26, 27) times—34 (36, 38, 40, 42) sts remain. Bind off.

 

Bottom Rib Pattern
With right side facing and smaller needles, pick up and k140 (144, 148, 152, 156) sts across lower edge of Back. Work in 1x1 Rib for 5 rows. Bind off in rib pattern.

 

LEFT FRONT
With smaller needles, cast on 50 (54, 58, 62, 66) sts. Work in 1x1 Rib for 6 rows.
Increase Row (wrong side): *[K1, p1] 2 times, kfb, p1, [k1, p1] 2 (2, 2, 3, 2) times, kfb, p1; repeat from * 3 more times, [k1, p1, k1, p1, kfb, p1] 0 (0, 1, 0, 1) time(s), **k1, p1; repeat from ** to end of row—58 (62, 67, 70, 75) sts.

 

Begin Cable Pattern
Change to larger needles.
Row 1 (RS): P3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [k4, p2, k4, p4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, k4, p2, k4, p3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Row 2 and all wrong side rows if not otherwise stated: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts as they appear.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
Row 5: P3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [2/2 LC, p2, 2/2 LC, p4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, 2/2 LC, p2, 2/2 LC, p3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Row 7: Repeat Row 1.
Row 9: Repeat Row 5.
Row 11: Repeat Row 1.
Row 12: K3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [p10, k4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, p10, k3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Row 13: P3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [5/5 LC, p4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, 5/5 LC, p3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Row 14: K3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [p4, k2, p4, k4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, p4, k2, p4, k3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Rows 15-38: Repeat Rows 3-14 twice.
Row 39-47: Repeat Rows 3-11.
Row 48 (decrease row): K3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [p3, p2tog twice, p3, k4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, p3, p2tog twice, p3, k3 (5, 6, 6, 7)—50 (54, 59, 62, 67) sts.
Row 49: P3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [4/4 LC, p4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, 4/4 LC, p3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Row 50: K3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [p3, k2, p3, k4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, p3, k2, p3, k3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Row 51: P3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [k3, p2, k3, p4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, k3, p2, k3, p3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Row 52 (decrease row): K3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [p2, p2tog twice, p2, k4 (4, 5, 6, 7)], p2, p2tog twice, p2, k3 (5, 6, 6, 7)—42 (46, 51, 54, 59) sts.
Row 53: P3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [3/3 LC, p4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, 3/3 LC, p3 (5, 6, 6, 7). Row 54: K3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [p2, k2, p2, k4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, p2, k2, p2, k3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Row 55: P3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [k2, p2, k2, p4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, k2, p2, k2, p3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Row 56 (decrease row): K3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [p1, p2tog twice, p1, k4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, p1, p2tog twice, p1, k3 (5, 6, 6, 7)—34 (38, 43, 46, 51) sts.
Row 57: P3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [2/2 LC, p4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, 2/2 LC, p3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Row 58: K3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [p4, k4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, p4, k3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Row 59: P3 (5, 6, 6, 7), [k4, p4 (4, 5, 6, 7)] 3 times, k4, p3 (5, 6, 6, 7).
Row 60: Repeat Row 58. Repeat last 4 rows until piece measures same as straight side edge of back to raglan armhole shaping; end with a wrong side row.

 

Shape Raglan Armhole
Note: When instructed to work in pattern “as established”, knit the knit sts and p the purl sts as they appear and work 2/2 LC every 4th row, lined up as in previous rows.
Row 1 (right side): Bind off 6 (6, 8, 8, 10) sts, work in pattern as established to end of row—28 (32, 35, 38, 41) sts.
Row 2: Knit the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Row 3: K2, sk2p, work in pattern as established to end of row—26 (30, 33, 36, 39) sts. Repeat last 2 rows 11 (13, 15, 16, 18) times—4 (4, 3, 4, 3) sts.
Next Row: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts.

 

Sizes X-Small (Small, Large) Only
Next Row (right side): K1, sk2p—2 sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Ssk—1 st.
Fasten off.

 

Sizes Medium (1X) Only
Next Row: Sk2p—1 st.
Fasten off.

 

RIGHT FRONT
Work same as Left Front to raglan armhole shaping; end with a right side row.

 

Shape Raglan Armhole
Row 1 (wrong side): Bind off 6 (6, 8, 8, 10) sts, work in pattern as established to end of row—28 (32, 35, 38, 41) sts.
Row 2: Work in pattern as established to last 5 sts, k3tog, k2—26 (30, 33, 36, 39) sts.
Row 3: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts. Repeat last 2 rows 11 (13, 15, 16, 18) times—4 (4, 3, 4, 3) sts.

 

Sizes X-Small (Small, Large) Only
Next Row (right side): K3tog, k1—2 sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: K2tog—1 st.
Fasten off.


Sizes Medium (1X) Only
Next Row: K3tog—1 st.
Fasten off.

 

SLEEVES (make 2)
With smaller needles, cast on 38 (38, 42, 42, 46) sts. Work in 1x1 Rib until piece measures about 2” (5 cm) from beginning; end with a right side row.
Increase Row (wrong side): *[K1, p1] 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) times, kfb, p1, [k1, p1] 3 (3, 4, 4, 4) times, kfb, p1; repeat from * once more, **k1, p1; repeat from ** to end of row—42 (42, 46, 46, 50) sts.

 

Begin Twist Pattern
Change to larger needles.
Row 1 (right side): P4 (4, 6, 6, 8), k2, [p6, k2] 4 times, p4 (4, 6, 6, 8).
Row 2: K4 (4, 6, 6, 8), p2, [k6, p2] 4 times, k4 (4, 6, 6, 8).
Row 3: P4 (4, 6, 6, 8), LT, [p6, LT] 4 times, p4 (4, 6, 6, 8).
Row 4: Repeat Row 2. Repeat Rows 1–4 until piece measures about 4¼” (11 cm) from beginning; end with a Row 4.

 

Shape Sleeves
Set-Up Row (increase row – right side): P1, pfb, p2 (2, 4, 4, 6), place marker, k2, [p6, k2] 4 times, place marker, p2 (2, 4, 4, 6), pfb, p1—44 (44, 48, 48, 52) sts.
Next 3 Rows: Work even in pattern as established.
Increase Row (right side): P1, pfb, purl to marker, slip marker, work in pattern as established to next marker, slip marker, purl to last 2 sts, pfb, p1—46 (46, 50, 50, 54) sts. Repeat last 4 rows 1 (1, 2, 2, 3) more time(s)—48 (48, 54, 54, 60) sts.
Note: As you work the following increases, if at any time there are 12 purl stitches before the first marker and 4 purl stitches following the 2nd marker, move the markers outwards so that there are only 4 purl stitches before the first marker and 4 purl stitches following the 2nd marker. This allows you to work more of the body of the sleeve in the twist pattern between markers.
Next 5 Rows: Work even in pattern as established. Repeat Increase Row—50 (50, 56, 56, 62) sts.
Next 3 Rows: Work even in pattern as established.
Repeat Increase Row—52 (52, 58, 58, 64) sts. Repeat last 10 rows 6 more times—76 (76, 82, 82, 88) sts. Work even in pattern as established until piece measures about 17” (43 cm) from beginning; end with a wrong side row.

 

Shape Raglan Cap
Rows 1 and 2: Bind off 6 (6, 8, 8, 10) sts, work in pattern as established to end of row—64 (64, 66, 66, 68) sts.
Row 3 (decrease row – right side): K2, ssk, work in pattern as established to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2—62 (62, 64, 64, 66) sts.
Row 4: Work in pattern as established to end of row.
Row 5: Repeat Decrease Row—60 (60, 62, 62, 64) sts.
Rows 6–8: Work even in pattern as established to end of row. Repeat last 6 rows 5 more times—40 (40, 42, 42, 44) sts rem. Work even in pattern as established until armhole measures same as back armholes.
Bind off.

 

FINISHING

Assembly
Sew in sleeves. Sew sleeve and side seams.

Neck and Front Bands
With right side facing and circular needle, beginning at lower right front edge, pick up and k94 (96, 98, 100, 102) sts along front edge, 26 (28, 30, 32, 34) sts across top of sleeve, 28 (30, 32, 34, 36) sts across back neck edge, 26 (28, 30, 32, 34) sts across top of next sleeve, and 94 (96, 98, 100, 102) along left front edge—268 (278, 288, 298, 308) sts. Work in 1x1 Rib for 3 rows.

Buttonhole Row (right side): [K1, p1] twice, yo, k2tog, [k1, p1] 9 times, k1, yo, k2tog, [p1, k1] 9 times, p1, yo, k2tog, *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of row. Work in 1x1 Rib for 3 rows. Bind off loosely. Sew buttons to front band, opposite buttonholes. Weave in yarn.

 

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