Feeling Peachy Lace Cardigan

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Small (medium, large, extra-large) finished chest size 40 (43, 48 51)” without 1.5” front bands

4” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size Medium / 43”

Gauge: 17 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10cm] with larger needles in Body Pattern after a light steaming

18 sts and 22 rows = 4” [10cm] with larger needles in Border/Sleeve Pattern after a light steaming

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Berroco Pima 100 (100% Pima Cotton; 219 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): #8429 Zinnea (5 (5, 6, 7) skeins)

Needles: US size 6 (4.0mm) 24 and 36” circulars, US size 7 (4.5mm) 24 and 36” circulars

Notions: Stitch markers, holders, tapestry needle

Abbreviations

CDD (Centered Double Decrease): Sl 2 sts tog knitwise to RH needle, knit next st, pass 2 sl sts over knit st. Center st will lie on top of other 2 sts.

Special Stitches

Border/Sleeve Pattern (multiple of 12 sts +1)

Row 1 (RS): K1, *[k1-tbl, p1] 2 times, k3, [p1, k1-tbl] 2 times; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rows 2 and 4: P1, *[p1-tbl, k1] 2 times, p3, [k1, p1-tbl] 2 times; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 3: K1, *[k1-tbl, p1] 2 times, yo, CDD, yo, [p1, k1-tbl] 2 times; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rep Rows 1-4 for patt.

Body Pattern (multiple of 7 sts 2)

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 (RS): K1, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk; rep to last st, k1.

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: Purl.

Rows 12-16: Knit.

Rep Rows 1-16 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This garment uses unit construction, which means each piece is finished as much as possible (bands, seams, etc.) before moving on to the next major piece. This eliminates much of the finishing work at the end – something many knitters dislike.

Circular needles are used to accommodate large number of sts. Do not join, work in rows.

Pattern

Body

With smaller needles and using long-tail method, CO 157 (169, 193, 205) sts.

Knit 7 rows.

Change to larger needles.

Work even in Border/Sleeve Pattern for 17 rows ending with a RS row.

Knit 5 rows, dec (inc, dec, inc) 1 (1, 2, 0) sts on last row. (156 (170, 191, 205) sts)

Change to Body Pattern and work even until piece meas 15 (15, 16, 17)” from CO edge, ending with a WS row.

Divide for Fronts and Back

PM as follows for right front, right underarm, back, left underarm, and left front:

Count 31 (31, 35, 35) sts, pm, 19 (24, 29, 33) sts, pm, 56 (60, 63, 69) sts, pm, 19 (24, 29, 33) sts, pm, 31 (31, 35, 35) sts. (156 (170, 191, 205) sts)

Next Row (RS): Work across right front sts, plus 3 (4, 5, 6) sts of underarm and place on holder.

BO next 13 (16, 19, 21) sts for right underarm.

Work 62 (68, 73, 81) sts for back.

Place rem 47 (51, 59, 62) sts on second holder for left underarm and left front.

Mark center BO st of each underarm.

Back

Working on back sts only, dec 1 st each end of every RS row 3 (4, 5, 6) times (56 (60, 63, 69) sts)

Work even in established patt until back meas 8 (8.5, 9, 9)” above BO underarm sts, ending with a WS row.

Shape Back Neck and Shoulders

Mark center 16 (16, 19, 21) sts.

Next Row (RS): Work to first marker, join second ball of yarn and BO marked center sts, work to end of row.

Working on both sides of neck with separate balls of yarn, dec 1 st at each neck edge every row 3 times, AT THE SAME TIME BO at each arm edge 6 (6, 6, 7) sts twice, then 5 (7, 7, 7) sts once. Fasten off.

Left Front

Sl sts from second holder to larger needle. With RS facing, join yarn a left back edge.

Next Row (RS): BO 13 (16, 19, 21) underarm sts, work to end of row. (34 (35, 40, 41) sts)

Dec 1 st at arm edge every RS row 3 (4, 5, 6) times, AT THE SAME TIME, shape neck by dec 1 st at neck edge every RS row 5 (5, 6, 6) times, then every 4th row 6 times. (17 (19, 19, 21) sts)

Work even until armhole meas same as back above BO underarm sts, ending with a WS row.

Shape shoulder

BO at arm edge 6 (6, 6, 7) sts twice, then 5 (7, 7, 7) sts once. Fasten off.

Right Front

Sl sts from first holder to larger needle. With WS facing, join yarn at right underarm. Work as for left front, reversing shaping.

Front Bands

Using Kitchener st, sew shoulder seams.

On each side, place markers in first front neck dec, shoulder seams, and either side of center back neck sts.

With smaller needle and RS facing, beg at lower right front edge, pick up and knit 3 sts for every 4 rows along front edge to neck marker, record number of sts; neck marker to shoulder seam and record number; back neck shaping and record number.

Pick up and knit 1 st in every BO st of center back neck.

Pick up and knit 3 sts for every 4 rows along left edge as recorded for right edge.

Knit 9 rows.

BO all sts.

Sleeves

With smaller needles and using long-tail method, CO 49 (61, 61, 73) sts.

Knit 7 rows.

Change to larger needle.

Work in Border/Sleeve Pattern, inc 1 st each end every 4 (8, 4, 8) rows 12 (6, 12, 6) times. (73 (73, 85, 85) sts)

Work even until Sleeve meas 12 (12, 13, 13)” above CO edge, ending with a WS row. Mark each end st for underarm.

Work even in established patt for 1.25 (1.5, 2, 2.5)” more.

Dec 1 st each end every RS row 3 (4, 5, 6) times. (67 (65, 75, 73) sts)

BO all sts.

Finishing

Sew sleeves into armholes, matching underarm markers of sleeve to center marker of BO underarm sts.

Sew sleeve seams.

Weave in all ends. Steam lightly.

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