Afternoon Coffee Cardigan

Get ready to snuggle up with a good book and relax in this cozy, easy-to-wear cardigan. Though there are a lot of cables in this cardigan, it goes quicker than you’d think in a bulky yarn. Pockets and a fold-over collar lends a casual feel to a staple sweater.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes: Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X)

Finished bust measurement (buttoned) 35½ (40¼, 42¾, 47½, 50½, 55¼)”

Cardigan is intended to fit with up to 5” of positive ease

Shown in Medium size

Gauge: 17 sts and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Coffee Swirls Cables patt after wet blocking using larger needle and MC

16 sts and 19 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Twisted Ribbing patt after wet blocking using smaller needle and MC

12 sts and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking using larger needle and MC

Materials

Yarn:

Bulky weight yarn Universal Yarn Deluxe Bulky Superwash (100% Superwash Wool; 106 yards [97 meters]/100 grams): 934 Cream (MC), 11 (13, 14, 16, 19, 20) balls

Medium weight yarn Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash (100% Superwash Wool; 218 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): 734 Cream (CC), 1 ball for all sizes

Needle: US size 8 (5 mm): straight and 40” circular; US size 10 (6 mm): straight

Notions: Tapestry needle; removable stitch markers; stitch holders; ten toggle buttons; US Size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook (for button loops)

Special Stitches

2×2 RC: Sl next 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn
2×2 LC: Sl next 2 sts to cn and hold in front, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn
2×1 RPC: Sl next st to cn and hold in back, k2 from left needle, p1 from cn
2×1 LPC: Sl next 2 sts to cn and hold in front, p1 from left needle, k2 from cn

Twisted Ribbing (worked over an even number of sts)

Row 1 (RS): K1, *p1, k1 tbl; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 2 (WS): K1, *p1 tbl, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.

Rep Rows 1-2 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This A line cardigan is worked from the bottom up in pieces. When decreasing, maintain stitches in patt as much as possible.

All sizes will follow main Coffee Swirls Cables chart (worked over of multiple of 16 sts + 8) for Back piece.

Medium (1X, 2X) sizes will follow main Coffee Swirls Cables chart (worked over of multiple of 16 sts + 8) for Front pieces.

Small (Large, 2X) sizes will follow Left Front and Right Front charts for appropriate pieces.

Pattern

Back

With smaller needle and MC, CO 80 (90, 96, 106, 112, 122) sts.

Work in Twisted Ribbing for 14 rows, inc’ing 4 sts evenly on last row – 84 (94, 100, 110, 116, 126) sts.

Establish Pattern

Switch to larger needle.

Row 1 (RS): K1, p1, pm, p4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1), work Row 1 of Coffee Swirls Cables patt to last 6 (3, 6, 3, 6, 3) sts, p4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1), pm, p1, k1.

Row 2 (WS): P1, k1, k4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1), work Row 2 of Coffee Swirls Cables patt to last 6 (3, 6, 3, 6, 3) sts, k4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1), k1, p1.

Cont in patt as est’d until piece meas 8 (8½ (8½, 9, 9, 9½)” from CO edge, ending with WS row.

Dec Row (RS): K1, p1, sl m, ssp, work in patt to last 4 sts, p2tog, sl m, p1, k1 – 2 sts dec’d; 82 (92, 98, 108, 114, 124) sts.

Rep Dec Row every 10 rows, 5 more times – 72 (82, 88, 98, 104, 114) sts.

Work even in patt until piece meas 26 (26, 26½, 26½, 27, 27)” from CO edge, ending with WS row.

Shape Armholes

BO 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 66 (74, 80, 88, 94, 102) sts.

BO 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 60 (68, 74, 80, 86, 92) sts.

BO 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 56 (64, 68, 74, 78, 84) sts.

Dec Row (RS): K1, ssp, work in patt to last 3 sts, p2tog, k1 – 2 sts dec’d; 54 (62, 66, 72, 76, 82) sts.

Rep Dec Row every RS row, 0 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4) more times – 54 (58, 62, 66, 70, 74) sts.

Work even in patt until Armhole meas 7½ (8, 8½, 8¾, 9, 9¼)”, ending with WS row.

Shape Right Shoulder and Neck

Place removable markers on either side of center 22 (22, 24, 24, 26, 26) sts.

Row 1 (RS): BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) sts, work in patt to m, turn, leaving rem sts unworked. Place rem sts on holder – 12 (13, 14, 15, 16, 17) sts.
Row 2 (WS): P1, k2tog, work in patt to end – 11 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16) sts.
Row 3: BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) sts, work in patt to last 3 sts, p2tog, k1 – 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8) sts.
Row 4: P1, k2tog, work in patt to end – 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) sts.
Row 5: BO rem sts.

Shape Left Shoulder and Neck

Return sts to needle.

Row 1 (RS): BO center 22 (22, 24, 24, 26, 26) sts, work in patt to end.
Row 2 (WS): BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) sts, work in patt to last 3 sts, ssk, p1 – 11 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16) sts.
Row 3: K1, ssp, work in patt to end – 10 (11, 12, 13, 14, 15) sts.
Row 4: BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) sts, work in patt to last 3 sts, ssk, p1 – 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) sts.
Row 5: Work in patt to end.
Row 6: BO rem sts.

Pocket Linings (make 2)

With CC and smaller needle, CO 25 sts.

Work in St st for 6”, dec’ing 3 sts evenly on last row – 22 sts.

Place sts on holder.

Left Front

With smaller needle and MC, CO 38 (42, 46, 50, 54, 58) sts.

Work in Twisted Ribbing for 14 rows, inc’ing 3 (4, 3, 4, 3, 4) sts evenly on last row – 41 (46, 49, 54, 57, 62) sts.

Establish Pattern

Switch to larger needle.

Row 1 (RS): K1, p1, pm, p4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1), work Row 1 of Coffee Swirls Cables patt (see pattern notes) to last 3 sts, p2, k1.

Row 2 (WS): P1, k2, work Row 2 of Coffee Swirls Cables patt to last 6 (3, 6, 3, 6, 3) sts, k to m, k1, p1.

Cont in patt as est’d until piece meas 8 (8½ (8½, 9, 9, 9½)” from CO edge, ending with WS row.

Dec Row (RS): K1, p1, sl m, ssp, work in patt to last end – 1 st dec’d; 40 (45, 48, 53, 56, 61) sts.

Rep Dec Row every 10 rows, 5 more times – 35 (40, 43, 48, 51, 56) sts.

At the same time, when piece meas 9” from CO edge, make pocket opening.

Pocket Opening Row (RS): Work in patt to last 31 (34, 35, 38, 39, 42) sts, place next 22 sts on holder for Pocket Edging, work in patt over Pocket Lining sts, work in patt to end.

Work even in patt until piece meas 25 (25, 25½, 25½, 26, 26)” from CO edge, ending with WS row.

Shape Neck

Row 1 (RS): Work in patt to last 3 sts, p2tog, k1 – 1 st dec’d; 34 (39, 42, 47, 50, 55) sts.
Row 2 (WS): Work even.
Row 3: Rep Dec Row – 1 st dec’d; 33 (38, 41, 46, 49, 54) sts.

Work 3 rows even.

Rep these 6 rows, 5 more times, then rep Neck Dec Row every other RS row, 1 (1, 2, 2, 3, 3) times – 13 (13, 14, 14, 15, 15) sts dec’d at Neck; 22 (27, 29, 34, 36, 41) sts.

Work even in patt until piece meas 26 (26, 26½, 26½, 27, 27)” from CO edge, ending with RS row.

Shape Armholes

Cont to dec Neck as described in previous section.

BO 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) sts at beg of next RS row – 19 (23, 25, 29, 31, 35) sts.
BO 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) sts at beg of next RS row – 16 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30) sts.
BO 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next RS row – 14 (18, 19, 22, 23, 26) sts.

Dec Row (RS): K1, ssp, work in patt to end – 1 st dec’d at Armhole edge; 13 (15, 18, 21, 22, 25) sts.

Rep Dec row every RS row, 0 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4) more times – 13 (15, 16, 18, 19, 21) sts rem for Shoulder after all Neck and Armhole decs are complete.

Work even until piece meas 7½ (8, 8 ½, 8¾, 9, 9¼)”, ending with WS row.

Shape Shoulder

BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) sts at beg of next 2 RS rows – 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) sts.

BO rem sts at beg of next RS row.

Right Front

With smaller needle and MC, CO 38 (42, 46, 50, 54, 58) sts.

Work in Twisted Ribbing for 14 rows, inc’ing 3 (4, 3, 4, 3, 4) sts evenly on last row – 41 (46, 49, 54, 57, 62) sts.

Establish Pattern

Switch to larger needle.

Row 1 (RS): K1, p2, work Row 1 of Coffee Swirls Cables patt (see pattern notes) to last 6 (3, 6, 3, 6, 3) sts, p4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1), pm, p1, k1.
Row 2 (WS): P1, k1, k4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1), work Row 2 of Coffee Swirls Cables to last 3 sts, k2, p1.

Cont in patt as est’d until piece meas 8 (8½ (8½, 9, 9, 9½)” from CO edge, ending with WS row.

Dec Row (RS): Work in patt to last 4 sts, p2tog, sl m, p1, k1 – 1 st dec’d; 40 (45, 48, 53, 56, 61) sts.

Rep Dec Row every 10 rows, 5 more times – 35 (40, 43, 48, 51, 56) sts.

At the same time, when piece meas 9” from CO edge, make pocket opening.

Pocket Opening Row (RS): Work in patt over 9 (12, 13, 16, 17, 20) sts, place next 22 sts on holder for Pocket Edging, work in patt over Pocket Lining sts, work in patt to end.

Work even in patt until piece meas 25 (25, 25½, 25½, 26, 26)” from CO edge, ending with WS row.

Shape Neck

Row 1 (RS): K1, ssp, work in patt to end – 1 st dec’d; 34 (39, 42, 47, 50, 55) sts.
Row 2 (WS): Work even.
Row 3: Rep Dec row – 1 st dec’d; 33 (38, 41, 46, 49, 54) sts.

Work 3 rows even.

Rep these 6 rows, 5 more times, then rep Neck Dec row every other RS row, 1 (1, 2, 2, 3, 3) times – 13 (13, 14, 14, 15, 15) sts dec’d at Neck; 22 (27, 29, 34, 36, 41) sts.

Work even in patt until piece meas 26 (26, 26½, 26½, 27, 27)” from CO edge, ending with RS row.

Shape Armholes

Cont to dec Neck as described in previous section.

BO 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) sts at beg of next WS row – 19 (23, 25, 29, 31, 35) sts.
BO 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) sts at beg of next WS row – 16 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30) sts.
BO 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next WS row – 14 (18, 19, 22, 23, 26) sts.

Dec Row (RS): Work in patt to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1 – 1 st dec’d at Armhole edge; 13 (15, 18, 21, 22, 25) sts.

Rep Dec Row every RS row, 0 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4) more times – 13 (15, 16, 18, 19, 21) sts rem for Shoulder after all Neck and Armhole decs are complete.

Work even until piece meas 7½ (8, 8½, 8¾, 9, 9¼)”, ending with WS row.

Shape Shoulder

BO 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) sts at beg of next 2 WS rows – 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) sts.

BO rem sts at beg of next WS row.

Sleeve (make 2)

With MC and smaller needle, CO 30 (32, 32, 34, 34, 36) sts.

Work in Twisted Ribbing for 14 rows.

Switch to larger needle.

Work 2 rows in St st.

Inc Row (RS): K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1 – 2 sts inc’d; 32 (34, 34, 36, 36, 38) sts.

Rep Inc Row every 10 (8, 8, 6, 6, 4) rows, 1 (1, 6, 1, 9, 2) more time(s), then rep Inc Row every 12 (10, 0, 8, 0, 6) rows, 3 (4, 0, 6, 0, 8) times – 40 (44, 46, 50, 54, 58) sts.

Work even in St st until Sleeve meas 18 (18, 18, 18½, 18½, 18½)”, ending with WS row.

Shape Cap

BO 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 34 (36, 38, 40, 44, 46) sts.

Dec Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 – 2 sts dec’d; 32 (34, 36, 38, 42, 44) sts.

Rep Dec Row every other RS row, 4 (4, 4, 4, 3, 3) more times, then rep Dec Row every RS row, 3 (4, 5, 6, 9, 10) times – 18 sts.

BO 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows – 14 sts.
BO 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows – 8 sts.
BO rem 8 sts.

Front Band

With MC and smaller needle, CO 307 (311, 321, 327, 335, 339) sts.

Row 1 (RS): K1, *p1 tbl, k1 tbl; rep from * to last 2 sts, p1 tbl, k1.
Row 2 (WS): P1, *k1 tbl, p1 tbl; rep from * to last 2 sts, k1 tbl, p1.

Rep Rows 1-2, 6 more times.

BO 100 (100, 102, 102, 104, 104) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 107 (111, 117, 123, 127, 131) sts. BO 4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5) sts at beg of next 4 (18, 16, 8, 6, 2) rows – 91 (21, 37, 83, 97, 121) sts.

BO 5 (0, 7, 6, 6, 6) sts at beg of next 14 (0, 2, 10, 12, 16) rows – 21 (21, 23, 23, 25, 25) sts.

BO rem sts.

Finishing

Block pieces to finished measurements. Sew Pocket Linings to inside of fronts. Sew Sleeve caps into armholes. Sew Sleeve and side seams. Pin BO edge of Front Band to front opening of assembled cardigan. Straight edges of Front Band will fall along straight sides of fronts, while shaped portion of Front Band will align with front neck shaping and back neck. Sew Front Band to cardigan using mattress stitch. Steam seams.

Pocket Edging

Place 22 held Front sts onto smaller needle.

With MC and smaller needle, work in Twisted Ribbing for 4 rows.

BO all sts.

Button Loops

Insert crochet hook into knit st at the right-hand side of front band, even with the beginning of neck shaping and pull up a loop. Ch 5, insert hook back into same st from front band, fasten off. Weave in ends on WS of work. Make 9 more Button Loops evenly spaced along right side of Front band, approximately every 10 sts. Sew buttons to Left Front opposite Button Loops. Weave in ends. yarn ball

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