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Top-Down Raglan Summer Lace Cardigan

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Sizes: S [M, L, XL, 2X, 3X]
Chest: 32 [36, 40, 44, 48, 52] inches (82 [92, 102, 112, 122, 132] cm)

Materials: Rowan Creative Linen DK weight yarn (50% Cotton, 50% Linen) 219 yards (200 meters) / 100 gr, color 621 Natural - 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins (shop for this yarn here!) (shop for this yarn here!)

Needles: circular US 6 (4.0 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge: 16 sts x 21 rows = 4" x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm)

Lace Pattern in rows:
multiple of 4
Row 1: k2, yo, ssk
Row 2: purl
Row 3: k2, k2tog, yo
Row 4: purl
Repeat from row 1.

Lace Pattern in rounds for sleeves:
Round 1: k2, yo, ssk
Round 2: knit
Round 3: k2, k2tog, yo
Round 4: knit
Repeat from round 1.

Directions.
The cardigan is worked from top to bottom, back and forth without seams. The sleeves are worked in rounds without seams.

Provisional cast on 50 [50, 54, 54, 54, 58] sts. Purl one row with main yarn (wrong side).
Divide stitches as follows: 1 selvedge st, 1 st (left front), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 10 sts (left sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 22 [22, 26, 26, 26, 30] sts (back), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 10 sts (right sleeve), 1 st (raglan line, place marker), 1 st (right front), 1 edge st.
Raglan sts should be knit in odd rows and purled in even rows.
Work lace pattern for 20 (18, 28, 34, 32, 32) rows increasing for 8 sts in each odd row (double increase at the raglan sts as follows: *yo, k1, yo *).
For another 24 (32, 24, 24, 32, 34) rows continue to increase back and fronts at raglan lines in each odd row. For sleeves now increase in every 4th row only for 6 (8, 6, 6, 8, 9) times.

At the same time to shape a V-neck increase by 1 st at the beginning and the end of the row (2 sts per row) in every 6th row 0 (3, 0, 3, 8, 5) times and in every 4th row (11 (8, 13, 10, 4, 9) times.

Row 1 (right side):
front: sl 1, yo, k1
raglan: yo, k1, yo
sleeve: *k2, yo, ssk -repeat from * 2 times, k2
raglan: yo, k1, yo
back: *k2, yo, ssk - repeat from * 5 times, k2
raglan: yo, k1, yo
sleeve: *k2, yo, ssk -repeat from * 2 times, k2
raglan: yo, k1, yo
front: k1, yo, k1 

Row 2 and all even rows purl.

Row 3:
front: sl1, yo, k3
raglan: yo, k1, yo
sleeve: k1, *k2, k2tog, yo - repeat from * 2 times, k3
raglan: yo, k1, yo
back: k1, *k2, k2tog, yo - repeat from * 5 times, k3
raglan: yo, k1, yo
sleeve: k1, *k2, k2tog, yo - repeat from * 2 times, k3
raglan: yo, k1, yo
front: k3, yo, k1 

Row 5:
front: sl1, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1
raglan: yo, k1, yo
sleeve: k2, *k2, yo, ssk -repeat from * 2 times, k4
raglan: yo, k1, yo
back: k2, *k2, yo, ssk - repeat from * 5 times, k4
raglan: yo, k1, yo
sleeve: k2, *k2, yo, ssk -repeat from * 2 times, k4
raglan: yo, k1, yo
front: k1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, k1

Row 7:
front: sl1, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k2
raglan: yo, k1, yo
sleeve: k1, k2tog, yo, *k2, k2tog, yo - repeat from * 3 times, k1
raglan: yo, k1, yo
back: k1, k2tog, yo, *k2, k2tog, yo - repeat from * 6 times, k1
raglan: yo, k1, yo
sleeve: k1, k2tog, yo, *k2, k2tog, yo - repeat from * 3 times, k1
raglan: yo, k1, yo
front: k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k1

When you have an extra 4-5 knit sts (stitches, which are not yetworked as a next pattern repeat) near the raglan line and front edges, start a new repeat of the pattern.

Stitch count before division for sleeves: 224 (240, 264, 288, 302, 316) sts.

Divide for sleeves

Row 45 (51, 53, 59, 65, 67):  Work left front sts, transfer left sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 6 (8, 10, 12, 15, 17) sts with single cast on, work back sts, transfer right sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 6 (8, 10, 12, 15, 17) sts with single cast on and work right front stitches.
Next row and all even rows purl.
Work the bodice as established to desired length. Work 8-12 rows in 1x1 ribbing. Cast off.

Sleeve:
Sleeves are worked in rounds.
Transfer sleeve sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 6 (8, 10, 12, 15, 17) sts over the 5 underarm sts.
Round 1: continue to work lace pattern, knit picked-up sts.
Round 2 and all even rounds knit.
Rounds 3, 5, 7 and 9 like round 1.
To shape the sleeve decrease the picked-up sts. To shape the sleeve work k3tog at the center of the picked up sts in every 4th round. Work sleeve to desired length.
Work 8 rounds of 1x1 ribbing. Cast off.

Button Band:
Unravel the provisional cast on and transfer the sts to circular needles.
Holding the working piece with the right side to you, pick up sts along the right front edge on the second pair of circular needles. Knit the next 50 [50, 54, 54, 54, 58] sts. Pick up sts along the left front edge.
Work 3 rows in 1:1 ribbing.
Row 4 (the edge of the right front): work 8 sts, k2 tog, yo, *work 10 sts, k2 tog, yo - rep from * 5 times for buttonholes.
Rows 5-8: work 1x1 ribbing.
Bind off.

Sew 6 buttons to the left button band.

Enjoy!

Pattern was updated on July 1, 2014



Comments

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Poster: Elaine Phillips
April 16, 2013

Ssk - slip, slip, knit, this is the left-leaning decrease.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
June 11, 2013

They are sweater measurements
Poster: Elaine Phillips
July 31, 2013

If the row is not mentioned, then you are not supposed to make a decrease, just knit.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
July 31, 2013

Yes, you can knit the sleeves to any desired length.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
August 1, 2013

Yes, this is for all sizes.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
August 19, 2013

Repeat 2 times, means total of 2 times.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
August 19, 2013

The lace pattern repeat is 4 sts. You are casting on 10 sts for each sleeve. That means that you have to work 2 pattern repeats (4+4=8) and 2 more sts. Total is 10.

The purpose of the graph is to show how to handle the increases at the raglan lines, how to incorporate these stitches into a lace pattern. Since the increases are the same for all raglan lines, this graph can be used for sleeves as well as for back and fronts.

Sleeves are worked in rounds without seams, that is why the even rows are knit. See pattern notes at the beginning of the pattern.

There are 2 repeats of the pattern in the rows 1, 3 and 5, please check the pattern.

For the rows beyond row 7, please see the chart.
Poster: Helen MInick
August 25, 2013

The chart isn't big enough to see or read. I don't understand where to increase on the fronts.
Poster: Helen Minick
August 26, 2013

Is the chart for the back only or where?
I don't understand.
Poster: Jessica-Jean
September 10, 2013

If you look through the previous twenty-odd comments, your questions will be answered.
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