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Walk in the Park Cardi

This Walk in the Park Cardi is perfect for throwing on over a tank top or light tee in the spring or summertime as the weather beings to cool from the sunset. For a cardigan, this pattern is unbelievably easy. The bright coral color against the calm blue is reminiscent of a reef beneath a clear ocean, giving it a distinctly summery vibe. If you've never knit a sweater or cardigan before and you're looking to tackle your first one, this is the knit cardigan to begin with.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size3 or 3.25 mm, 5 or 3.75 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Caron® Simply Soft® Light™ (3 oz/85g; 330 yds/301 m)
    • Main Color (MC): Carpi (0007)
      • XS/S - 2 balls
      • M - 3 balls
      • L - 4 balls
      • XL - 5 balls
      • 2/3 XL - 6 balls
      • 4/5 XL - 7 balls
    • Contrast A: Coral (0018)
      • XS/S - 1 ball
      • M - 1 ball
      • L - 2 balls
      • XL - 2 balls
      • 2/3 XL - 3 balls
      • 4/5 XL - 3 balls
  • Sizes U.S. 3 (3.25 mm) and U.S. 5 (3.75 mm) knitting needles
  • Sizes U.S. 3 (3.25 mm) and U.S. 5 (3.75 mm) circular knitting needles 29" [73.5 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 1 stitch holder
  • 2 stitch markers
  • 6 buttons

 

Sizes

 

To fit bust measurement

Extra-Small/Small: 28-34" [71-86.5 cm]

Medium: 36-38" [91.5-96.5 cm]

Large: 40-42" [101.5-106.5 cm]

Extra-Large: 44-46" [112-117 cm]

2/3 Extra-Large: 48-54" [122-137 cm]

4/5 Extra-Large: 56-62" [142-157.5 cm]

 

Finished bust

Extra-Small/Small: 36" [91.5 cm]

Medium: 42" [106.5 cm]

Large: 44" [112 cm]

Extra-Large: 50" [127 cm]

2/3 Extra-Large: 56" [142 cm]

4/5 Extra-Large: 64" [162.5 cm]

 

Abbreviations:

Alt = Alternate(ing)

Beg = Beginning

Cont = Continue(ity)

Dec = Decrease(ing)

Inc = Increase(ing)

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

M1 = Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop.

P = Purl

Pat = Pattern

PM = Place marker

Rem = Remain(ing)

Rep = Repeat

RS = Right side

Ssk = Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through the back loops together.

SM = Slip marker

St(s) = Stitch(es)

WS = Wrong side

 

Gauge: 22 sts and 28 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st with larger needles.

 

Instructions

The instructions are written for the smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size(s) the instructions will be written thus ( ). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

 

Notes

  1. Cardigan is worked in one piece to armholes.
  2. When working from charts, carry colors not in use loosely across WS of row, but never over more than 3 sts. When it must pass over more than 5 sts, weave it over and under color in use. The colors are never twisted around one another.

 

Body

With smaller circular needle and A, cast on 194 (222-242-262-302-346) sts. Do not join.

Working back and forth across needle in rows, proceed as follows:

1st row: (RS). *K2. P2. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.

2nd row: *P2. K2. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P2.

Rep last 2 rows of (K2. P2) ribbing until work from beg measures 3" [7.5 cm], ending on a 2nd row.

Next row: (RS). Knit, inc 3 (5-0-10-0-1) st(s) evenly across. 197 (227-242-272-302-347) sts.

Change to larger circular needle.

Beg on a purl row, work even in stocking st until work from beg measures 5" [12.5 cm], ending on a purl row.

 

Work Chart I in stocking st to end of chart, reading RS rows from right to left and WS rows from left to right, noting 15-st rep will be worked 13 (15-16-18-20-23) times. Break A.

See Chart I.

Next row: With MC, knit, inc 3 (1-2-4-2-1) st(s) evenly across. 200 (228-244-276-304-348) sts. Beg on a purl row, work 5 rows even in stocking st.

 

Shape sides:

1st row: (RS). K50 (57-61-69-76-87). PM. K100 (114-122-138-152-174). PM. Knit to end of row.

2nd row: Purl.

3rd row: *Knit to 2 sts before marker. ssk. SM. K2tog. Rep from * once more. Knit to end of row.

Rep last 2 rows 3 times more. 184 (212-228-260-288-332) sts.

Work 10 rows even.

Next row: *Knit to 1 st before marker. M1. K1. SM. K1. M1. Rep from * once more. Knit to end of row.

Next row: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows 3 times more. 200 (228-244-276-304-348) sts.

 

Cont even in stocking st until piece from beg measures 12" [30.5 cm], ending on a purl row.

Right Front: Knit to first marker. Turn. Leave rem sts on spare needle.

 

Shape armhole and neck:

1st row: (WS). Cast off 4 (5-7-7-10-11) sts. Purl to end of row. 46 (52-54-62-66-76) sts.

2nd row: K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

3rd row: Purl.

4th row: Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

5th row: Purl.

Rep 2nd to 5th rows 2 (3-4-7-8-7) times more. 37 (40-39-38-39-52) sts.

 

Sizes M, L, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:

1st row: K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

Work 3 rows even.

 

All sizes:

Cont in stocking st, dec 1 st at neck edge only on next and every following 4th row to 24 (26-26-28-28-38) sts.

Cont even until armhole measures 7 1/2 (8-8-8 1/2-9-10)" [19 (20.5-20.5-22.5-23-25.5) cm], ending on a knit row.

 

Shape shoulder:

Cast off 12 (13-13-14-14-19) sts at beg of next and following alt row.

 

Back

With RS facing, join MC to next unworked st. Cast off 4 (5-7-7-10-11) sts. K96 (109-115-131-142-163). Turn. Leave rem sts on spare needle.

Next row: Cast off 4 (5-7-7-10-11) sts. Purl to end of row. 92 (104-108-124-132-152) sts.

 

Shape armholes:

1st row: K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

2nd row: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows 5 (8-10-15-18-16) times more. 80 (86-86-92-94-118) sts.

Cont even in stocking st until armholes measure same length as Right Front, ending on a purl row.

 

Shape shoulders:

Cast off 12 (13-13-14-14-19) sts beg next 4 rows. Leave rem 32 (34-34-36-38-42) sts on a st holder.

 

Left Front:

With RS facing, join MC to next unworked st. Cast off 4 (5-7-7-10-11) sts. Knit to end of row. 46 (52-54-62-66-76) sts.

Purl 1 row.

1st row: K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

2nd row: Purl.

3rd row: K1. ssk. Knit to end of row.

4th row: Purl.

Rep 1st to 4th rows 2 (3-4-7-8-7) times more. 37 (40-39-38-39-52) sts.

 

Sizes M, L, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:

1st row: K1. ssk. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.

Work 3 rows even.

 

All sizes:

Cont in stocking st, dec 1 st at neck edge only on next and every following 4th row to 24 (26-26-28-28-38) sts.

Cont even until armhole measures same length as Right Front, ending on a purl row.

 

Shape shoulder:

Cast off 12 (13-13-14-14-19) sts at beg of next and following alt row.

 

SLEEVES

With smaller needles and A, cast on 62 (62-66-66-74-74) sts.

1st row: (RS). *K2. P2. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.

2nd row: *P2. K2. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P2.

Rep last 2 rows (K2. P2) ribbing until work from beg measures 2" [5 cm], ending on a 2nd row.

Next row: (RS). Knit, inc 0 (0-2-2-3-3) sts evenly across. 62 (62-68-68-77-77) sts.

Change to pair of larger needles.

 

Work Chart II in stocking st to end of chart, reading RS rows from right to left and WS rows from left to right, noting 15-st rep will be worked 4 (4-4-4-5-5) times. Break A.

With MC, proceed in stocking st, inc 1 st at each end of next and every 6th (6th-6th-4th-4th-4th) row to 72 (78-82-90-97-103) sts.

Cont even in stocking st until work from beg measures 7" [18 cm], ending on a purl row.

 

Shape top:

Cast off 2 (3-3-4-5-5) sts beg next 2 rows. 68 (72-76-82-87-93) sts.

1st row: (RS). K1. K2tog. Knit to last 3 sts. ssk. K1.

2nd row: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows to 18 (20-24-26-27-29) sts.

Cast off.

 

FINISHING

Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.

Sew shoulder seams.

 

Button and Buttonhole Band:

With A and smaller needles, cast on 7 sts.

1st row: (RS). K2. (P1. K1) twice. K1.

2nd row: K1. (P1. K1) 3 times.

Rep last 2 rows until Band, when slightly stretched, measures length to fit up Left Front, sewing in place as you knit, and changing to MC to correspond to color change in Cardigan. Place markers on band for 6 buttons, having bottom button 1/2" [1 cm] above cast on edge, top button 1/2" [1 cm] below first front dec and rem 4 buttons spaced evenly between.

Cont in ribbing to fit up neck edge, across back neck edge and down opposite neck edge to first button marker.

 

Make buttonholes as follows:

1st row: (RS). Rib 3 sts. Cast off 2 sts. Rib 2 sts.

2nd row: Rib, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts.

Cont in ribbing to end of Right Front, being sure to change to A to correspond to color change in Cardigan. Cast off in ribbing.

Sew sleeve seams. Sew in Sleeves. Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.

Walk in the Park Cardi Chart 1

Walk in the Park Cardi Chart 2

Walk in the Park Cardi Sleeve Diagram

Walk in the Park Cardi Body Diagram

 

For more simple cardigan patterns like this one, take a look at our page Knit a Sweater Cardigan Style: 11 Easy Knitting Patterns!

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I read the instructions but I have a lot of questions. It keeps saying to leave stitches on needles but what do you do with them? It has instructions for a band and I find those instructions confusing as well. Too bad because it really is a nice cardigan.

I have the body and sleeves of this sweater completed (sort of). I can't figure out what you do with the stitiches remaining on the stitch holder when shaping the shoulders. The instructions state "leave remaining stitches on stitch holder", but I don't see where it tells you to do something with them after that. Please help

What a cute sweater. I have been saving a lot of tank tops from all free knitting. This sweater would be very cute with a matching tank. I will be checking my gauge after reading one of the comments. Seems like an easy pattern for beginning knitters

I am not happy with this pattern. I had the correct gauge and bought Caron's Simply Soft Light yarn. I made the XS/S size. It was HUGE!!! I frogged it.

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