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Kids' Harvest Cardigan

Celebrate the season's offerings on the table and off this Thanksgiving with the Kids' Harvest Cardigan. This darling children's knit cardigan pattern is the perfect way to dress them for the annual neighborhood football game before the big feast. This festive cardigan is a fun exercise in colorwork and charted knitting instructions. Great for family photo opportunities, the Kids' Harvest Cardigan is a Thanksgiving garment you'll love being able to say you made. Instructions are included for a matching hat, as well.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm, 7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Materials:

  • Patons Canadiana (100 g/3.5 oz; 205 yd / 187 m) or Patons Décor (100 g/3.5 oz; 208 yd / 190 m)
    Sizes: 2 years, 4 years, 6 years
    Main color (MC) (Teal) - 1, 1, 1 ball
    Contrast A (Red) - 1, 1, 2, balls
    Contrast B (Green) - 1, 1, 1, ball
    Contrast C (Orange) - 1, 1, 1 ball
    Contrast D (Yellow) - 1, 1, 2 balls
    Contrast E (Purple) - 1, 1, 2 balls
  • Sizes 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) and 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) knitting needles
  • Size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) circular knitting needle 26 ins [70 cm] long or size needed to obtain tension.
  • 1 st holder
  • 5 buttons

 

 

MEASUREMENTS

Chest Measurement:
2 yrs 22 ins [56 cm ]
4 yrs 24 ins [61 cm ]
6 yrs 26 ins [66 cm ]

Finished Chest:
2 yrs 28 ins [71 cm ]
4 yrs 31 ins [78 cm ]
6 yrs 33 ins [84 cm ]

 

 

GAUGE
20 sts and 26 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.

 

 

ABBREVIATIONS
Beg = beginning
cont = continue(ity)
K = knit
MB = [(K1. yfwd) twice. K1] all in next stitch. 5 sts. Turn. P5. Turn. ssk. K1. K2tog. Turn. P3. Turn. Sl1. K2tog. psso. 1 stitch remains. Bobble complete.
P = purl
pat = pattern
rep = repeat
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
Work 2tog = Work next 2 stitches together
WS = wrong side

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS


Charts I and II

Back, Front, and Sleeve Charts


The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

Note: When working from charts, wind small balls of the colors to be used, one for each separate area of color in the design. Start new colors at appropriate points. To change colors, twist the two colors around each other where they meet, on WS, to avoid a hole.


STRIPE PAT

With E, work 4 rows stocking st.
With MC, work 2 rows stocking st.
With D, work 2 rows stocking st.
With A, work 2 rows stocking st.
With C, work 4 rows stocking st.
With E, work 2 rows stocking st.
With B, work 2 rows stocking st.
With D, work 2 rows stocking st.
With A, work 4 rows stocking st.
With MC, work 2 rows stocking st.
With C, work 2 rows stocking st.
With E, work 2 rows stocking st.
With D, work 4 rows stocking st.
These 34 rows form Stripe Pat.



CARDIGAN


BACK

With A and smaller needles cast on 71 (77-83) sts.
1st row: (RS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
This row forms seed st pat.
Cont in seed st pat until work from beg measures 1½ ins [3 cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
Change to larger needles and proceed in stripe pat until work from beg measures 14½ (16-17) ins [37 (40.5-43) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
Shoulder shaping: Cast off 11 (12-13) sts beg next 2 rows, then 12 (13-14) sts beg following 2 rows. Leave rem 25 (27-29) sts on a st holder.


LEFT FRONT

**With A and smaller needles cast on 35 (38-41) sts and work 1½ ins [3 cm] in seed st pat as given for Back ending with RS facing for next row.**
Change to E, larger needles and proceed in stocking st until work from beg measures 4½ (5½-6) ins [11.5 (14-15) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
Place Chart I: Next row: With E, K4 (6-8). Work 1st row of Chart I across next 28 sts reading row from right to left. With E, knit to end of row.
Next row: With E, P3 (4-5). Work 2nd row of Chart I across next 28 sts reading row from left to right.
With E, purl to end of row.
Chart I is now in position.
Cont working Chart I until work from beg measures 9 (10-10½) ins [23 (25.5-26.5) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
Neck shaping: Next row: Keeping cont of Chart V, knit to last 2 sts. Work 2tog (neck edge).
Keeping cont of Chart I, work 1 row even.
Keeping cont of Chart I, and cont with E when Chart I is complete, dec 1 st at neck edge on next and following alt rows until there are 24 (27-29) sts, then every 4th row until there are 23 (25-27) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures same length as Back to beg of shoulder shaping ending with RS facing for next row.
Shoulder shaping: Cast off 11 (12-13) sts beg next row. Work 1 row even. Cast off rem 12 (13- 14) sts.


RIGHT FRONT

Work from ** to ** as given for Left Front.
Change to D, larger needles and proceed in stocking st until work from beg measures 4½ (5½-6) ins [11.5 (14-15) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
Place Chart II: Next row: With D, K3 (4-5). Work 1st row of Chart II across next 28 sts reading row from right to left. With D, knit to end of row.
Next row: With D, P4 (6-8). Work 2nd row of Chart II across next 28 sts reading row from left to right. With D, purl to end of row.
Chart II is now in position.
Cont working Chart II until work from beg measures 9 (10-10½) ins [23 (25.5-26.5) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
Neck shaping: Next row: Keeping cont of Chart II, work 2tog (neck edge). Knit to end of row.
Keeping cont of Chart II, work 1 row even.
Keeping cont of Chart II, and cont with D when Chart II is complete, dec 1 st at neck edge on next and following alt rows until there are 24 (27-29) sts, then every 4th row until there are 23 (25-27) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures same length as Back to beg of shoulder shaping ending with WS facing for next row.
Shoulder shaping: Cast off 11 (12-13) sts beg next row. Work 1 row even. Cast off rem 12 (13- 14) sts.


SLEEVES

With A and smaller needles cast on 35 (37-39) sts and work 1½ ins [3 cm] in seed st pat as given for Back ending with RS facing for next row and inc 4 sts evenly across last row. 39 (41-43) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in stripe pat inc 1 st each end of needle on 5th and following 4th rows until there are 55 (61-65) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures 7½ (9-10½) ins [19 (23- 26.5) cm] ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off.


FINISHING

Button and Buttonhole Band
Sew shoulder seams. With RS of work facing, A and circular needle, pick up and knit 44 (48-52) sts up Right Front edge to first neck dec and 25 (27-29) sts up neck edge. K25 (27-29) from Back st holder, dec 2 sts evenly across. Pick up and knit 25 (27-29) sts down Left Front neck edge to first neck dec and 44 (48-52) sts to lower edge. 161 (175-189) sts. Do not join.
Working back and forth across needle in rows, proceed as follows:
Work 3 rows in seed st pat as given for Back.
Girl’s Version: 4th row: (RS). Pat across 2 sts. *Cast off 2 sts. Pat across 8 (9-10) sts (including st on needle after cast off). Rep from * 3 times more. Cast off 2 sts. Pat to end of row.
Boy’s Version: 4th row: (RS). Pat to last 44 (48-52) sts. *Cast off 2 sts. Pat across 8 (9-10) sts (including st on needle after cast off). Rep from * 3 times more. Cast off 2 sts. Pat to end of row.
Both Versions: 5th row: Work in pat, casting on 2 sts over cast off sts.
Work a further 2 rows in pat.
8th row: With MC, knit. Cast off knitways (WS).
Place markers on Front and Back side edges 5½ (6-6½) ins [14 (15- 16.5) cm] down from shoulder seams. Sew in sleeves between markers. Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew buttons in position.


CAP

With smaller needles cast on 85 sts.
Work 8 rows in seed st pat as given for Back of Cardigan, inc 4 sts evenly across last row. 89 sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in stripe pat for 22 rows.
Shape top: Keeping cont of stripe pat, proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). *K9. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd and alt rows: Purl.
3rd row: *K8. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1.
5th row: *K7. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1.
7th row: *K6. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1.
9th row: *K5. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1.
11th row: *K4. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1.
13th row: *K3. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1.
15th row: *K2. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1.
17th row: *K1. K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1.
19th row: *K2tog. Rep from * to last st. K1. 9 sts.
Break yarn leaving a long end.
Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely. Sew center back seam.

 

 

 

 

 

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