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Waterfall Cardigan Knitting Pattern

By: Pat Menchini for artesanoyarns.co.uk

Waterfall Cardigan Knitting Pattern
Waterfall Cardigan Knitting Pattern
This image courtesy of artesanoyarns.co.uk

This wardrobe staple is just the pinnacle of beauty. The Waterfall Cardigan Knitting Pattern is knit on straight needles with a pale blue alpaca and wool blend yarn that reminds us of clear, rushing waterfalls. Sweater patterns like this one come along once in a blue moon; the lacy detailing among stockinette stitch panels is unique and gorgeous, and the cascading front of this cardigan knitting pattern is flattering to just about any body type. While this cardigan is great for winter, it's a light enough layer will carry you through to spring, too.

When casting off over a double yf on Back and Fronts, you should work this st very loosely in order not to make a tight edge.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

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

Gauge16 sts and 20 rows to 10 x10cm in patt using 5mm needles.

Finished SizeTo fit bust: 81 (86, 91, 97, 102, 107, 112, 117, 122, 127) cm, 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50) in

Materials List

  • Artesano Aran yarn: C279 Bluefin - 7 (7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10) x 100 g balls
  • Darning needle for sewing up

Instructions

Back

With 5mm needles, cast on 67 (71, 75, 79, 83, 87, 91, 95, 99, 103) sts.

Work in patt as folls:
Row 1 (RS): K2, *(yf) twice, sk2po, (yf) twice, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: P1, (k1, p3 working once only in double yf’s, dropping off extra loops) to last 2 sts, k1, p1.
Rows 3-8: Rep Rows 1 & 2 three times.
Rows 9-14: Beg with a k row work 6 rows in st st. These 14 rows form patt.
Rep these 14 rows 5 times more.

NB: Work may be lengthened or shortened at this point on Back and Fronts by reducing or adding on 14 rows.

Shape Shoulders

NB: Double yf’s are counted as one st only.
Cast off 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) sts at beg of next 6 rows, then 7 (6, 7, 6, 8, 9, 8, 10, 8, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Cast off rem 23 (23, 25, 25, 25, 27, 27, 27, 29, 29) sts.

Right Front

With 5mm needles, cast on 85 (87, 89, 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 101, 103) sts.

Work in patt with g-st border as folls:
Row 1 (RS): K4 (2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 4, 2), *(yf) twice, sk2po, (yf) twice, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: P1, (k1, p3 working once only into double yf’s) to last 4 (2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 4, 2) sts, k to end.
Rows 3-8: Rep Rows 1 & 2 three times.
Row 9: Knit.
Row 10: P to last 4 (2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 4 , 2, 4, 2) sts, k to end.
Rows 11-14: Rep Rows 9 & 10 twice.
These 14 rows form patt.
Rep these 14 rows 5 times more, then Row 1 again, thus ending at side edge.

**Shape Shoulder
Cast off 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) sts at beg of next row and 2 foll alt rows.
Work 1 row.
Cast off 7 (6, 7, 6, 8, 9, 8, 10, 8, 10) sts at beg of next row. (On Left Front only, now work 1 row straight.)
Cast off rem 63 (63, 64, 64, 64, 65, 65, 65, 66, 66) sts sts very loosely.**

Left Front

Cast on as for Right Front.

Work in patt with g-st border as folls:
Row 1 (RS): K2, *(yf) twice, sk2po, (yf) twice, k1; rep from * to last 3 (1, 3, 1, 3, 1, 3, 1, 3, 1) sts, k to end.
Row 2: K3 (1, 3, 1, 3, 1, 3, 1, 3, 1), (p3 working once only into double yf’s, k1) to last st, p1.
Rows 3-8: Rep Rows 1 & 2 three times.
Row 9: Knit.
Row 10: K4 (2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 4, 2), p to end.
Rows 11-14: Rep Rows 9 & 10 twice.
These 14 rows form patt.
Rep these 14 rows 5 times more.

Work as Right Front from ** to **.

Sleeves

With 5mm needles, cast on 47 (51, 51, 51, 55, 55, 55, 59, 59, 59) sts.

Work in patt as on back for 6cm, ending after a WS row.
Next row: Knit, inc 4 (4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8) sts evenly across. 51 (55, 55, 57, 61, 61, 61, 67, 67, 67) sts.
Change to st st and purl 1 row.

Cont in st st shaping Sleeve by inc 1 st at each end of next row, then on every foll 10th (12th, 10th, 10th, 12th, 10th, 7th, 12th, 10th, 7th) row until there are 61 (63, 65, 67, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79) sts.
Work a few rows straight until Sleeve measures 29cm from beg.
Cast off loosely.

To Finish

With WS facing block out pieces by pinning out round edges. Press lightly using a warm iron over a damp cloth, or with a steam iron on a low setting. Join shoulder shapings. Stitch cast- off edges of Sleeves to corresponding sections of side edges of Back and Fronts. Join side and Sleeve seams. Press seams. See diagram.

Abbreviations

sk2po
slip 1 stitch, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over
yf
yarn forward

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This pattern is a nice addition to an outfit. Working in an office I am always looking for that extra layer. The temperatures in an office always vary so this pattern is perfect. You can take a solid color outfit and add that beautiful extra layer. The pattern looks simple to follow and show work up quickly. Thank you for the pattern.

I understand that the design gets its name from the type of yarn used to knit it. I am liking the fact that it almost looks like a shawl. No matter what color you select to knit this, the project will be a great addition you any wardrobe.

Waterfall cardigan is just what I plan to make in this cold winter season. In fact I want at least two in cotton blend worsted weight yarn.

The soft blue color of this cardigan is quite stunning. Plus, I love the delicate draping. Five stars!

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