Lavender Tea Cardigan

The chevron stitch pattern on the body of this cardigan is knit in a lovely shade of lavender. Knit sleeves in zig zag stripes are achieved just by color changing and not intarsia which makes for a quicker knit. Finished off with a row of buttons, this cardigan is a keeper for sure.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size about 30½ (34½, 37¼, 41¼, 44, 48, 50½, 54½)”

Shown in size 34½”.

Gauge: 24 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after blocking

Materials

Yarn: Baah! La Jolla (100% Merino Wool; 400 yards [366 meter]/100g): Lavender (MC), 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins; Grape Jelly (CC for sleeves), 1 skein

Needles: US size 5 (3.75 mm): circular

Notions: Tapestry Needle; 9 (10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13) 5/8” [1.6 cm] buttons; stitch holder or waste yarn.

Special Stitches

Kyok: (K1, yo, k1) all in same stitch

Center Double Decrease (cdd): Sl 2 sts together as if to knit, k1, pass the slipped sts over.

Chevron Stitch Pattern (for Back)

Row 1 (RS): K1, k2tog, *k3, kyok, k3, cdd; rep from * to last 10 sts, k3, kyok, k3, ssk, k1.

Row 2 (WS): Purl.

Row 3: As Row 1.

Row 4: As Row 2.

Row 5: As Row 1.

Row 6: Knit.

Row 7: As Row 1.

Row 8: As Row 6.

Rep Rows 1-8 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This sweater is worked from the bottom up with raglan shaping for the body and sleeves in pieces. It is seamed together (no intarsia just happy stripes on the sleeves!) and a button band is added to the front. Work all waist and raglan decreases and increases 1 st from edge to allow for seaming.

Pattern

Back

CO 93 (103, 113, 123, 133, 143, 153, 163) sts.

Knit 4 rows.

Work in Chevron Stitch Pattern until Back meas 3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5)” from CO edge.

Dec Row: Cont in patt as established, dec 1 st each side of next RS Row – 2 sts dec’d; 91 (101, 111, 121, 131, 141, 151, 161) sts.

Rep Dec Row every 12th row twice more – 87 (97, 107, 117, 127, 137, 147, 157) sts. Work even in patt for 1” more.

Inc Row: Inc 1 st each side of next RS Row – 2 sts inc’d; 89 (99, 109, 119, 129, 139, 149, 159) sts.

Rep Inc Row every 12th Row twice more – 93 (103, 113, 123, 133, 143, 153, 163) sts. Cont even in patt until Back meas 16 (17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 19)”.

Raglan Shaping

Cont in patt as established, BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) sts at the beg of the next 2 rows – 85 (93, 103, 111, 121, 129, 139, 149) sts.

Dec Row: Dec 1 st each side of next row – 83 (91, 101, 109, 119, 127, 137, 147) sts.

Rep Dec row every other row 18 (22, 26, 29, 33, 37, 41, 46) more times – 47 (47, 49, 51, 53, 53, 55, 55) sts.

Place sts on waste yarn.

Right Front

CO 46 (53, 56, 63, 66, 73, 76, 83) sts.

Knit 4 rows.

Note: If your Front CO number ends with a 3, use the same Chevron Stitch Pattern as the Back. If your Front CO number ends with a 6, use the pattern below:

Row 1 (RS): K1, k2tog, *k3, kyok, k3, cdd; rep from * to last 3 sts, k1, kfb, k1.

Row 2 (WS): Purl.

Row 3: As Row 1.

Row 4: As Row 2.

Row 5: As Row 1.

Row 6: Knit.

Row 7: As Row 1.

Row 8: As Row 6.

Rep Rows 1-8 for patt.

Cont working in Chevron Stitch Pattern until Right Front meas 3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5)” from CO edge.

Dec Row: Cont in patt as established, dec 1 st at the end of next RS Row – 45 (52, 55, 62, 65, 72, 75, 82) sts.

Rep Dec Row every 12th row twice more – 43 (50, 53, 60, 63, 70, 73, 80) sts.

Work in patt for 1” more.

Inc Row: Inc 1 st at the end of next RS Row – 44 (51, 54, 61, 64, 71, 74, 81) sts.

Rep Inc Row every 12th Row twice more – 46 (53, 56, 63, 66, 73, 76, 83) sts.

Cont in patt until Right Front meas same as Back in length.

Raglan Shaping

Cont in patt as established, BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) sts at the beg of the next WS row – 42 (48, 51, 57, 60, 66, 69, 76) sts.

Dec Row: Dec 1 st at the end of next RS row – 41 (47, 50, 56, 59, 65, 68, 75) sts.

Rep Dec Row every other row 18 (22, 26, 29, 33, 37, 41, 46) more times – 23 (25, 24, 27, 26, 28, 27, 29) sts.

Place sts on stitch holder or waste yarn.

Left Front

CO 46 (53, 56, 63, 66, 73, 76, 83) sts.

Knit 4 rows.

Note: If your Front CO number ends with a 3, use the same Chevron Stitch Pattern as the Back. If your front co number ends with a 6, use the pattern below:

Row 1 (RS): K3, kfb, k3, cdd, *k3, kyok, k3, cdd; rep from * to last 8 sts, k3, kfb, k4.

Row 2 (WS): Purl.

Row 3: As Row 1.

Row 4: As Row 2.

Row 5: As Row 1.

Row 6: Knit.

Row 7: As Row 1.

Row 8: As Row 6.

Rep Rows 1-8 for patt.

Cont working in Chevron Stitch Pattern until Left Front meas 3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5)” from CO edge.

Dec Row: Cont in patt as established, dec 1 st at the beg of next RS Row – 45 (52, 55, 62, 65, 72, 75, 82) sts.

Rep Dec Row every 12th row twice more – 43 (50, 53, 60, 63, 70, 73, 80) sts.

Work in patt for 1” more.

Inc Row: Inc 1 st beg of next RS Row – 44 (51, 54, 61, 64, 71, 74, 81) sts.

Rep Inc Row every 12th Row twice more – 46 (53, 56, 63, 66, 73, 76, 83) sts.

Cont in patt until Left Front meas same as Back in length.

Raglan Shaping

Cont in patt as established, BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) sts at the beg of the next RS row – 42 (48, 51, 57, 60, 66, 69, 76) sts.

Dec Row: Dec 1 st at beg of next RS row – 41 (47, 50, 56, 59, 65, 68, 75) sts.

Rep Dec Row every other row 18 (22, 26, 29, 33, 37, 41, 46) more times – 23 (25, 24, 27, 26, 28, 27, 29) sts.

Place sts on stitch holder or waste yarn.

Striped Sleeves

With MC, CO 43 (46, 46, 53, 53, 56, 56, 63) sts.

Knit 4 rows.

Note: If your Front CO number ends with a 3, use the same Chevron Stitch Pattern as the Back. If your Front CO number ends with a 6, use the Right Front pattern for the Right Sleeve, and the Left Front pattern for the Left Sleeve. ALL Sleeves Rows 1-4 are worked in the CC, and Rows 5-8 (the garter ridge rows) are worked in the MC.

Work in patt as established for 1”.

Inc Row: Inc 1 st at each end of next RS row – 45 (48, 48, 55, 55, 58, 58, 65) sts.

Rep Inc Row every 8th row 12 (11, 10, 11, 7, 5, 1, 2) times and then every 4th row 0 (2, 6, 4, 12, 18, 26, 24) times – 69 (74, 80, 85, 93, 104, 112, 117) sts.

Cont in patt until Sleeve meas 17 (17, 18, 18, 18, 19, 19, 19)” or to desired length to underarm.

Raglan Shaping

Cont in patt as established, BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) sts at the beg of the next 2 rows – 61 (64, 70, 73, 81, 90, 98, 103) sts.

Dec Row: Dec 1 st each end of next row – 59 (62, 68, 71, 79, 88, 96, 101) sts.

Rep Dec Row every other row 18 (22, 26, 29, 33, 37, 41, 46) times – 23 (18, 16, 13, 13, 14, 14, 9) sts.

Place sts on waste yarn.

Finishing

Block pieces to measurements, being careful with stitches on waste yarn. Sew raglan seams. Sew side and sleeve seams.

Neck Edging

Place all neck sts back on needles. Starting with a WS Row, knit 5 Rows.

BO all sts.

Buttonband

With RS facing, beg at lower edge, pick up and knit 114 (126, 138, 150, 150, 162, 162, 162) sts along the Right Front edge.

Knit 5 rows.

BO all sts.

Buttonhole Band

With RS facing, beg at lower edge, pick up and knit 114 (126, 138, 150, 150, 162, 162, 162) sts along the Left Front edge.

Knit 1 row.

Buttonhole Row (RS): K4, *BO 2, k10; rep from * to last 6 sts, BO 2, k4.

Next Row (WS): K4, CO 2, *k10, CO 2; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.

Knit 2 more rows.

BO all sts.

Weave in all remaining ends and block neck and button band. Sew buttons to button band opposite buttonholes.

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