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Men's V-Neck Cable Cardigan

Mens V-Neck Cable Cardigan

It can be tough gathering ideas for knitted gifts for men, so we've made it a little bit easier on you. Keep him fashionable yet comfortable in this Men's V-Neck Cable Cardigan. This cable knit cardigan pattern is great for date night or a casual day in the office. Knit this sweater in the suggested grape or switch up the colors to better fit with his wardrobe year-round. Whichever you choose, he's sure to appreciate the subtle yet beautiful designs throughout. With the help of this free knit pattern, he may just find his new favorite cardigan.

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Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

Gauge16 stitches, 22 rows, 4 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • RED HEART® Soft®: 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) balls 3729 Grape (Art. E728 available in solid color 141g (5 oz), 234m (256 yd), print 113g (4 oz), 187m (204 yd), and heather 113g (4 oz), 194m (212 yd) balls)
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5mm [US 8]
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • Five ¾” (19 mm) buttons
     

GAUGE: 16 sts = 4” (10 cm); 22 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette st (knit on right side, purl on wrong side). 12 sts = 2½” (6.5 cm) in charted patterns. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge given.


Directions are for size Small. Changes for sizes Medium, Large, 1X and 2X are in parentheses.
To Fit Chest: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)” (86 (96, 107, 117, 127) cm)
Finished Chest (buttoned): 38 (42, 46, 50, 54)” (97 (107, 117, 127, 137) cm)
Finished Length: 24 (24½, 26, 28, 28½)” (61 (62, 66, 71, 72) cm

Abbreviations:
K = knit; mm = millimeters;
P = Purl;
st(s) = stitch(es);
St st = Stockinette stitch;
[ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified;
* or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated


Special Technique:
3-Needle Bind-Off = Hold needles of stitches to be seamed parallel and with right sides together, with 3rd needle knit together first stitch from each needle, *knit together next stitch from each needle, pass first stitch over 2nd stitch and off right needle; repeat from * until all stitches have been knit from the 2 parallel needles and only one stitch remains on the right needle. Fasten off.



PATTERN STITCHES
1x1 Rib (over even number of sts)
Row 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat Row 1 for 1x1 Rib.

1x1 Rib (over odd number of sts)
Row 1: K1, *p1, k1; repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat Row 1 for 1x1 Rib.

Note: It is helpful to place stitch markers on each side of sections where the charts are worked.


BACK
Cast on 85 (93, 101, 107, 115) sts. Work in 1x1 Rib until piece measures 2” (5 cm).
Row 1 (Right Side): P2 (3, 4, 7, 8), begin working *Chart A, p11 (13, 15, 15 17); repeat
from * once more, Chart B, p11 (13, 15, 15, 17), Chart B, p2 (3, 4, 7, 8).
Row 2 (Wrong Side): K2 (3, 4, 7, 8), begin working *Chart B, k11 (13, 15, 15 17); repeat from * once more, Chart A, k11 (13, 15, 15, 17), Chart A, k2 (3, 4, 7, 8).
Continue working in established pattern until piece measures 15 (15, 16, 17, 17)” (38 (38, 41, 43, 43) cm), ending with a Wrong Side row.

Shape Armholes
Bind off 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) sts at the beginning of row, on next 2 rows—77 (83, 89, 93, 99) sts. Then decrease 1 st each side every Right Side row 3 (4, 5, 6, 7) times—71 (75, 79, 81, 85) sts. Continue in established pattern until piece measures 24 (24½, 26, 28, 28½)” (61 (62, 66, 71, 72) cm), ending with a Wrong Side row.

Shape Neck and Shoulders
Next Row: Work across 21 (21, 22, 22, 23) sts in pattern, bind off next 29 (33, 35, 37, 39) sts, work across remaining sts in pattern. Place shoulder sts on holders.


LEFT FRONT
Cast on 42 (46, 50, 54, 58) sts. Work in 1x1 Rib until piece measures 2” (5 cm).
Row 1 (Right Side): P3 (4, 4, 5, 7), begin working Chart A, p11 (13, 15, 15 17), Chart A, p4 (5, 7, 10, 10).
Row 2 (Wrong Side): K4 (5, 7, 10, 10), Chart A, k11 (13, 15, 15 17), Chart A, k3 (4, 4, 5, 7).
Continue in established pattern working armhole shaping as for Back until piece measures 16 (16, 17, 18, 18)” (41 (41, 43, 46, 46) cm)

Begin Neck Shaping
Decrease 1 st at neck edge every Right Side row 7 (11, 11, 11, 12) times. Then every other Right Side row 7 (5, 6, 8, 8) times–21 (21, 22, 22, 23) sts.
Continue in established pattern until piece measures 24 (24½, 26, 28, 28½)” (61 (62, 66, 71, 72) cm). Place sts on a holder.


RIGHT FRONT
Work same as Left Front reversing all shaping and using Chart B instead of Chart A


SLEEVES (Make 2)
Use Chart A for Left Sleeve and Chart B for Right Sleeve
Cast on 40 (42, 46, 50, 54) sts. Work in 1x1 Rib until piece measures 2” (5 cm).
Row 1 (Right Side): P2 (2, 4, 5, 6), Chart, p12 (14, 14, 16, 18), Chart, p2 (2, 4, 5, 6).
Row 2 (Wrong Side): K2 (2, 4, 5, 6), Chart, k12 (14, 14, 16, 18), Chart, k2 (2, 4, 5, 6).
Continue in established pattern and at the same time increase 1 st each edge every 4th row 11 (12, 11, 14, 13) times, then every 6th row 5 (5, 6, 5, 6) times–72 (76, 80, 88, 92) sts.
Continue in pattern until piece measures 18 (18½, 19½, 20, 20½)” (46 (47, 50, 51, 52) cm), ending with a Wrong Side row.

Cap Shaping
Bind off 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows—64 (66, 68, 74, 76) sts. Then decrease 1 st each side every Right Side row 3 (4, 5, 6, 7) times, then decrease 1 st each side every row 7 (7, 5, 8, 6) times, then every Right Side row 10 (10, 11, 10, 11) times—24 (24, 26, 26, 28) sts. Then Bind off 3 sts at beginning of next 4 rows. Bind off remaining 12 (12, 14, 14, 16) sts.

FINISHING
Use 3 Needle Bind Off for shoulder seams. Sew in sleeves. Sew side and sleeve seams.


NECKBAND
With Right Side facing, starting at lower Right Front, pick up 72 (74, 76, 82, 82) sts to first neck decrease, pick up 41 (41, 44, 49, 50) sts along neck edge, pick up 30 (34, 36, 38, 40) sts along back neck, pick up 41 (41, 44, 49, 50) sts along neck edge, pick up 72 (74, 76, 82, 82) sts down Left Front – 256 (264, 276, 300, 304) sts.
Rows 1-2: Work in K1, P1 rib.
Row 3 (buttonhole row): Work 3 (2, 3, 4, 4) sts in rib pattern, *Bind off 2 sts, work 14 (15, 15, 16, 16) sts in rib pattern, repeat from * 3 more times, bind off 2 sts, continue working in rib pattern over rest of stitches.
Next Row: Work in rib pattern casting on stitches for bound off sts.
Continue in rib pattern until ribbing (neckband) measures 1” (3 cm). Bind off.

FINISHING
Sew buttons to buttonband opposite buttonholes. With yarn needle, weave in all ends. Block lightly to shape.







                                  
 

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