Irresistibly Darling Cardigan
This sassy cardigan with bright colors and an easy stitch pattern will rock her little world.
Child's 6–12 (12–18) months Instructions are given for smaller size, with larger size in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to both sizes.
Chest: 20 (24) inches (buttoned) Length: 12 (13) inches
Slipped St (multiple of 4 sts + 1) Note: Carry MC along edge; cut colors A–G at end of every 8th row. Rows 1 (RS) and 2: With MC, knit. Row 3: With A, sl 1 wyib, *k3, sl 1 wyib; rep from * across. Row 4: Sl 1 wyif, *k3, sl 1 wyif; rep from * across. Rows 5–8: Rep Rows 1–4. Rows 9–16: Rep Rows 1–8, using B instead of A. Rows 17–24: Rep Rows 1–8, using C instead of A. Rows 25–32: Rep Rows 1–8, using D instead of A. Rows 33–40: Rep Rows 1–8, using E instead of A. Rows 41–48: Rep Rows 1–8, using F instead of A.
• Premier Yarns Ever Soft (worsted weight; 100% acrylic; 158 yds/ 85g per skein): 2 skeins offwhite #0035 (MC); 1 skein each ocean #0015 (A), powder blue #0017 (B), Celtic #0024 (C), sunflower #0002 (D), persimmon #0004 (E), cardinal #0006 (F) and rosey #0012 (G)
• Size 7 (4.5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch holders
• 5 (5/8-inch) buttons 17 sts and 34 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Slipped St pat. To save time, take time to check gauge.
Rows 49–56: Rep Rows 1–8, using G instead of A.
Rep Rows 1–56 for pat.
Slip all stitches purlwise with yarn on wrong side of fabric.
Body is worked from the bottom up in one piece to the underarms, then split into back and fronts. Sleeves are worked separately. Using cable cast-on (see page 124) and MC, cast on 81 (97) sts. Knit 7 rows. Begin Slipped St pat and work even until body measures 7 (81/2) inches, ending with Row 4 or 8 of pat.
With MC, knit 1 row.
Divide for Front & Back Yokes
With MC, k17 (21) for front, bind off 5 (7); k37 (41) for back; bind off 5 (7), knit to end for front.
Cut yarn. Place sts for both fronts on holders.
Working on back sts only, join yarn and work even, maintaining color sequence, until armhole measures approx 4 (41/2) inches, ending with 2 rows MC. Place sts on holder.
Place right front sts on needle, join yarn and work as for back until front measures approx 2 inches less than back, ending with 2 color (A–G) rows. Cut yarn.
Next row (RS): Place first 11 (13) sts on holder; join MC, k6 (8).
Work even on rem sts until front measures same as back; ending with 2 rows of MC. Place sts on holder; cut yarn.
Place left front sts on needle; join yarn and work as for right front to neck shaping, ending with 2 color rows.
Next row (RS): With MC, k6 (8), place rem 11 (13) sts on holder.
Complete as for right front.
With MC, cast on 29 (33) sts.
Knit 6 rows. Next row: Knit, inc 4 sts evenly— 33 (37) sts.
Beg Slipped St pat and work even until sleeve measures 6½ (7½) inches, ending with Row 1.
Bind off kwise.
Using MC and 3-needle bind-off (see page 128), join front and back shoulders, leaving 25 sts on holder for back neck.
With RS facing, beg at right front neck edge, place 11 (13) neck sts on needle, then knit across these sts with MC; pick up and knit 4 (6) sts along right front neck edge; place 25 back neck sts on needle and knit across; pick up and knit 4 (6) sts along left front neck edge, place 11 (13) front neck sts on needle and knit across—55 (63) sts. Knit 4 rows. Bind off kwise.
Left Front Band
Beg at neck edge with RS facing and MC, pick up and knit 38 (45) sts along left neckband and front edge. Knit 7 rows. Bind off kwise.
Right Front Band
Beg at lower edge with RS facing and MC, pick up and knit 38 (45) sts along left front and neckband edge.
Knit 3 rows. Buttonhole row (RS): K3, k2tog, yo, [k5, k2tog, yo] 4 (5) times, knit to end. Knit 3 rows. Bind off kwise. Sew buttons opposite buttonholes. Sew sleeve into armhole, matching sleeve and armhole corners. Sew sleeve seam to cuff.