Top-Down Raglan Summer Lace Cardigan

Top-Down Raglan Summer Lace Cardigan
Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Sizes: S [M, L, XL, 2X, 3X]

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest: 36 [40, 44, 48, 52, 56] inches (90 [100, 110, 120, 130, 140] 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
stitch markers

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) in lace pattern

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Provisional cast on
-Increasing, decreasing
-Working in the round on circular needles
-Working from charts
-Lace

Abbreviations:
k – knit
p - purl
k2tog - knit 2 together (right-slanting decrease)
ssk – slip, slip, knit (slip both sts knitwise one by one, then knit them together, left-slanting decrease)
co - cast on
yo - yarn over
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
pu&k - pick up and knit
dpn – double-pointed needles
M1 (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 knit (purl) it as a regular stitch.
pm – place marker
sm – slip marker


Pattern notes

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.

Selvedge Stitches
The 1st and the last stitches of the pattern are selvedge stitches.
selvedge stitches are used to make the edges of the work even and smooth.
In this pattern I slip the first stitch as if to knit and purl the last stitch.

Raglan increase is worked as follows: work to marker, yo, sm, k1 (raglan st), yo. Please note, that raglan sts are marked in orange in Back and Left and Front charts.


Cardigan

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.

Set-up row (WS): k1, p1 (right front), p1 (raglan st), pm, p10 (right sleeve), p1 (raglan st), pm, p22 [22, 26, 26, 26, 30] sts (back), p1, (raglan st), pm, p10 (left sleeve), p1 (raglan st), pm, p1 (left front), p1.

Work neckline and raglan increases a well as lace pattern from the charts.

Next row (RS): work row 1 of Left Front chart to marker, yo, sm, k1 (raglan st), work row 1 of Sleeve chart to marker, yo, sm, work row 1 of Back chart, working 4-st pattern repeat 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4) more times, work to marker, yo, sm, k1, work row 1 of Sleeve chart to marker, yo, sm, work row 1 of Right Front chart to end.

Row 2 and all even rows (WS): sl1, purl to end.

Continue to follow the Back Chart for 44 (50, 52, 58, 64, 66) rows. Follow the Sleeve Chart for 32 (34, 40, 46, 48, 50) rows, then continue as established, without increases. Follow the Left Front Chart and Right Front Chart for 44 (50, 52, 58, 64, 66) rows for raglan increases.

AT THE SAME TIME, to shape the V-neck, work the increases at the beginning and the end of the row in every 4th row 11 (11, 13, 13, 12, 14) times.

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


Divide for sleeves

Row 45 (51, 53, 59, 65, 67) (RS): 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 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 10, 2018

Left Front CHart

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Sleeve Chart

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Back Chart

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Right Front Chart

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