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French Riviera Cropped Summer Raglan Cardigan

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Note: pattern was updated on July 1, 2014.

The cardigan is knitted from the top down without seams and finished with I-cord edging. Although the cardigan is cropped as described in the pattern, it is easy to make a full-length cardigan simply by knitting more rows.

Sizes: S (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Chest: 34 [38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62] inches (86 [96, 106, 117, 127, 137, 147, 158] cm

Materials: Jo-Ann Sensations (affiliate link) Caribbean worsted weight yarn 465 yards (425 meters) / 170 grams, color Naturals - 1 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) balls
Contrasting yarn of the same weight for the I-cord - about 50 yds.

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

Stockinette in rows:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Repeat from row 1.

Stockinette in rounds:
All rounds knit.

Gauge for stockinette stitch: 20 sts x 28 rows = 4"x4" (10cm x 10cm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Make 1 increase - I used the increase described by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row purl as a regular stitch. See picture here


The cardigan is worked from top to bottom, back and forth without seams.

Cast on 47 (49, 53, 57, 59, 63, 67, 69) sts and purl one row (wrong side). Divide sts as follows and place markers on raglan lines:
1st (selvedge) + 1st (front) + 1 st (raglan, place a marker) + 8 (8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 12) sts (sleeve) + 1st (raglan, place a marker) + 23 (25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37) sts (back) + 1st (raglan, place a marker) + 8 (8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 12) sts (sleeve) + 1 st (raglan, place a marker) + 1st (front) +1 st (selvedge)
Work stockinette - all even rows purl (wrong side), all odd rows knit (right side) - for 32 (30, 38, 46, 48, 42, 40, 42) rows increasing by 8 sts (double increase at the raglan sts) in each odd row as follows: M1, k1 (raglan st), M1 at the raglan st.
For another 30 (38, 36, 32, 36, 48, 56, 58) rows continue to increase back and fronts at raglan lines in each odd row. For sleeves now increase in every 4th row only for 8 (10, 9, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15) times.
At the same time increase by 1 st at the beginning and the end of the row (2 sts per row) in every 6th row 9 (10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14) times and in every 4th row for 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) times.
Stitch count before division for sleeves: 297 (323, 359, 391, 419, 443, 469, 495).
Divide for sleeves
Row 63 (69, 75, 79, 85, 91, 97, 101): work the left front sts, transfer the left sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 5 (8, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20, 23) sts with single cast on for the underarm, work back sts, transfer right sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on  5 (8, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20, 23) sts with single cast on and work right front stitches.

Continue to work bodice back and forth for 40 more rows or until desired length.

Bind off.

Sleeves are worked in rounds.
Transfer sleeve sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 5 (8, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20, 23) sts over the 3 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) underarm sts. Place a marker at the beginning of the round.

Work 10 rounds or to desired length.
Bind off.


Work applied I-cord around the neck, center fronts and bottom of the cardigan.

See video instructions for knitting applied I-cord

With contrasting yarn work I-cord the same length as applied I-cord.

See video instructions for knitting I-cord

Sew on I cord along the applied I-cord.
The sleeves can be finished the same way: applied I-cord from the main color yarn and I-cord from contrasting color. Another option: applied I-cord from the contrasting yarn.



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There are 10 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Carolyn
September 15, 2018

When I'm told to do several things on different rows at the same time, I dont know how to keep up.
Poster: Jessica-Jean
April 20, 2015

If you are able to manage all the necessary stitches on straight needles, do it.
If you aren't, then maybe you need to search for a SEAMED raglan cardigan, which is designed to be worked on fewer stitches at a time.
Poster: June Flint
March 24, 2015

Love the cardigan, but why only with a circular needle. I can't get on with them so use ordinary needles. Any chance of this pattern for 2 needles instead.
Poster: Dolly
September 18, 2014

Love the design and the craftmanship! Thank you so much for sharing.
Poster: raymonde
July 13, 2014

jaime bien se patron merci beaucoup
Poster: Eleftheria
March 6, 2014

I just love the ABC. I'm looking forward for more patterns.
Poster: NanGreen
March 5, 2014

Thank you for this wonderful pattern.
Poster: Shirley
July 29, 2013

Lovely, and a perfect accent top! Simple lines, and the I-cord trims are a nice touch! I want to make mine in a longer version, with three-quarter length sleeves.
Poster: Sylvia
July 6, 2013

Very lovely. Thank you for sharing
Poster: Caroline anderson
April 7, 2016

I was just wondering if you need to put the Icord on this it's cute but not a fan of Icord thank you.

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