January 24, 2010

Valentine's Hearts Cardigan




I created this cardigan for my niece who lives in France, so unfortunately I could not show it modeled on a real child.
This cardigan is worked from the bottom up. It begins with the ruffle, which is from the heart-motif cardigan by Zoe Mellor, which comes from an amazing book called Adorable Knits for Tots.  Then you will switch over to plain stockinette stitch. Once you get to the armpits, you stop and knit the sleeves from the bottom up on dpn's. The method for attaching the sleeves to the cardigan and the decreasing formula are taken straight from the wisdom of guru Elizabeth Zimmerman's book Knitting Around.  If you aren't familiar with this way of attaching sleeves, there is a link that should be helpful in the sleeve section. Once the sleeves are attached, you will work the entire piece in a fair isle pattern and finish off with a collar in seed stitch. So here is my almost entirely seamless no nonsense fair isle cardigan. Enjoy.

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Valentine's Hearts Cardigan

Gauge:
20 sts =5 inches and 23 rows=4 inches
Please read this note about gauge.

Materials:
size 5 circular or straight knitting needle(s)
size 5 dpn's
yarn darner
stitch markers
MC 1.5 skeins Cascade 220 Superwash (red)
CC 0.5 skeins Elann superwash worsted (cream)

Abbreviations:
pm-place marker
skpo-slip, knit, passed slipped stitch over
psso-pass slipped stitch over
yo-yarn over

Size and Measurements:
1-2 years old, Chest 24”, Total length 12”, Sleeve length (from armpit) 9”.

Body:
with CC co 240 sts
Row 1: P.
Row 2: [P3, skpo, k3, k2tog] to end.
Row 3: K all k sts and p all p sts.
Row 4: [P3, skpo, k1, k2tog] to end.
Row 5: As 3rd row
Row 6: [P3, sl 1, k2tog, psso] to end
Row 7: K3, p1 to end

Switch to MC
Buttonhole row: K1, p1, yo, p2tog, k1, (pm), k to last 5 sts, (pm), k1, p1, k1, p1, k1.
Row 9: P1, k1, p1, k1, p1, p to last five sts. P1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Row 10: K1, p1, k1, p1, k to last four sts, p1, k1, p1, k1.
Repeat rows 9 and 10 placing a buttonhole row every 8th row, until piece measures 7” or to desired length to the armpit.
Last row: (armhole bind-off) K 20, bo sts 4, K 44, bo 4 sts, 24

Sleeves: (Make 2)
For a visual tutorial on how to attach sleeves, see this website
with CC and dpn's co 60 sts
join yarn being careful not to twist
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: [P3, skpo, k3, k2tog] to end.
Round 3: K all k sts and p all p sts.
Round 4: [P3, skpo, k1, k2tog] to end.
Round 5: As 3rd row
Round 6: [P3, sl 1, k2tog, psso] to end
Round 7: P3, k1, to end

Switch to MC
K around for four rounds
Kfb at the beginning and end of every fourth and sixth rounds respectively until you have increased five times.
Work sleeve to desired lower armpit length
Last round: K to last two sts, b.o. two sts and next two sts of beginning of next round.

Joining sleeves to body
Note: Make sure to continue working seed st for first and last five sts of body and buttonholes every eighth row throughout

Work 5 sts seed sts, K to first armhole bo, begin knitting live sts on first sleeve to body, k to next armhole bind off, add second sleeve and k to marker, 5 rows seed st.

Yoke
Work 2 rows of MC even
work fair isle pattern incorporating decreases as follows:

Decreases
Row 4, Dec 1: K2, K2 tog to end
Row 10, Dec 2: K1, K2 tog to end


Fair Isle Pattern:
Note: For fair isle pattern, knit all knitted stitches and purl all purled stitches in the colors indicated below.

For two rows, cc, cc, mc, mc (repeat around)
(six stitch repeat):

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mc
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5
mc
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cc
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mc
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mc
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cc
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For the last two rows, cc, cc, mc, mc (repeat around)

Work four or five more rows of stockinette stitch in mc

Dec 3: K2, K2 tog to end

Collar:
Row 1: With CC only, continue seed st on to marker, K to next marker, work seed stitch to end
Rows 2-5: Work seed stitch to end incorporating one last buttonhole on third round
b.o. All stitches in seed st pattern.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Precious!! Thanks for sharing.

Lucy said...

I am currently working on this cute sweater and need to double check something in the pattern. In your pictures, the body is stockenitte, however, per row 9 of the body says to knit across - which would make it garter. Am I confused? Or does the odd rows need to be purled? Help! :)
Thanks for sharing this great pattern! I can't wait to finish!

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Shelley said...

is the gauge really 20 sts over 5 inches? I don't think I've seen gauge over 5". Thanks

Tricia said...

Yep, really.