Cherry Striped Cardi

This cute cropped cardi features a thick-and-thin stripe pattern and raglan yoke shaping. It’s a cinch to work top down in one piece.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 32 (361/4, 401/2, 441/2, 48, 521/4, 561/2, 601/2)” bust circumference, buttoned, and 15 1/2 (16 1/4, 17 1/2, 17 3/4, 18, 19, 19 1/2)” in length, not including neck ribbing

Gauge: 19 sts and 27 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needles

Materials

Yarn: Plymouth Select DK Merino Superwash (100% superwash fine merino wool; 130 yards [119 meters]/50 grams): #1110 Mystic Purple Blue (A, (4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) balls) #1104 Firecracker (B, (3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) balls)
Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm), US size 7 (4.5 mm) (40″) and 16″ circular and double-pointed.
Notions: Removable markers, stitch holders or spare circular needle, tapestry needle, six 3/4″ buttons

Special Stitches

1 x 1 Rib: (worked flat, odd number of sts)
Row 1: K1, * p1, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 2: K1, * p1, k1; rep from * to end.
Rep Rows 1 and 1 for patt.

1 x 1 Rib: (worked in the rnd, even number of sts)
Every rnd: * K1, p1; rep from * to end.

Stockinette Stitch: Knit on RS, Purl on WS.

Stripe Sequence
* [Work 4 rows using A, then 12 rows using B] twice, then [work 12 rows using A, then 4 rows using B] twice; rep from * for stripe sequence.

Pattern Notes

This cardigan is worked back and forth from the top down with raglan shaping. Sleeves are worked in the round from the top down.

Pattern

Yoke

With A and smaller needles, CO 121 sts. Work in flat 1 x 1 Rib for 4 (4, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) rows beg RS.
Next row (buttonhole row, RS): Work as established to last 8 sts, p2tog, work to end. As you work rem of cardi, work a buttonhole every 20 (22, 22, 24, 24, 24, 26, 26) rows 5 more times, excluding all short rows and counting only complete rows.
Work 4 (4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) more rows in established 1 x 1 Rib.
Shape Neck: Change to larger, longer cir. Cont working flat.
Row 1 (WS): With A, work 13 sts in established 1 x 1 Rib, with B, p11 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14), pm, p2, pm, p14 (14, 12, 12, 11, 11, 10, 10), pm, p2, pm, p18 (18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 21), p2tog, p17 (17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20), pm, p2, pm, p14 (14, 12, 12, 11, 11, 10, 10), pm, p2, pm, p2 (2, 3, 1, 2, 2, 1, 1), turn. (120 sts, 24 (24, 25, 25, 26, 26, 27, 27) sts for each Front, 14 (14, 12, 12, 10, 10, 8, 8) sts for each Sleeve, 36 (36, 38, 38, 40, 40, 42, 42) sts for Back)
Row 2: Knit to last marker, k2 (2, 3, 1, 2, 2, 1, 1), turn.

Next 2 rows, for 6 largest sizes only:
Row 1 (WS): * Purl to marker, M1 pwise, sl m, p2, sl m, M1 pwise; rep from * 3 more times, purl rem color B sts, p1 more. (x (x, 128, 128, 128, 128, 128, 128) sts, x (x, 26, 26, 27, 27, 28, 28) sts for each Front, x (x, 14, 14, 12, 12, 10, 10) sts for each Sleeve, x (x, 40, 40, 42, 42, 44, 44) sts for Back)
Row 2: * Knit to marker, M1, sl m, p2, sl m, M1; rep from * 3 more times, knit rem color B sts, k1 more. (x (x, 136, 136, 136, 136, 136, 136) sts, x (x, 27, 27, 28, 28, 29, 29) sts for each Front, x (x, 16, 16, 14, 14, 12, 12) sts for each Sleeve, x (x, 42, 42, 44, 44, 46, 46) sts for Back)
Rep the last 2 rows x (x, 2, 3, 5, 9, 9, 12) more times. (x (x, 168, 184, 216, 280, 280, 328) sts, x (x, 31, 33, 38, 46, 47, 53) sts for each Front, x (x, 24, 28, 34, 50, 48, 60) sts for each Sleeve, x (x, 50, 54, 64, 80, 82, 94) sts for Back)

Next 2 rows, for 7 smallest sizes only:
Row 1 (WS): Purl all color B sts, p1 more.
Row 2: * Knit to marker, M1, sl m, p2, sl m, M1; rep from * 3 more times, knit rem color B sts, k1 more. (128 (128, 176, 192, 224, 288, 288, x) sts, 25 (25, 32, 34, 39, 47, 48, x) sts for each Front, 16 (16, 26, 30, 36, 52, 50, x) sts for each Sleeve, 38 (38, 52, 56, 66, 82, 84, 94) sts for Back)
Rep the last 2 rows 8 (8, 5, 6, 4, 0, 2, x) more times. (192 (192, 216, 240, 256, 288, 304, 328) sts, 33 (33, 37, 40, 43, 47, 50, x) sts for each Front, 32 (32, 36, 42, 44, 52, 54, x) sts for each Sleeve, 54 (54, 62, 68, 74, 82, 88, x) sts for Back)

Next 2 rows, for all sizes:
Row 1 (WS): Purl to last 13 sts, with A work last 13 sts in established 1 x 1 Rib.
Row 2: With A work 13 sts in established 1 x 1 Rib, with B * knit to marker, M1, sl m, p2, sl m, M1; rep from * 3 more times, knit to last 13 sts, with A work last 13 sts in established 1 x 1 Rib. (200 (200, 224, 248, 264, 296, 312, 336) sts, 34 (34, 38, 41, 44, 48, 51, 54) sts for each Front, 34 (34, 38, 44, 46, 54, 56, 62) sts for each Sleeve, 56 (56, 64, 70, 76, 84, 90, 96) sts for Back)
Beg working in St st following Stripe Sequence, keeping first and last 13 sts in color A and 1 x 1 Rib. Inc as before every RS row 8 (13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20) more times, being sure to place buttonholes as indicated before. (264 (304, 336, 368, 392, 432, 456, 496) sts, 42 (47, 52, 56, 60, 65, 69, 74) sts for each Front, 50 (60, 66, 74, 78, 88, 92, 102) sts for each Sleeve, 72 (82, 92, 100, 108, 118, 126, 136) sts for Back. Work 5 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) rows evenly after final inc row) 

Body

Divide for Body and sleeves as follows, removing all markers as you go:
Next row (RS): Work 43 (48, 53, 57, 61, 66, 70, 75) sts as established, place next 52 (62, 68, 76, 80, 90, 94, 104) sts on holder or spare cir, CO 6 (6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 10, 10) sts for underarm, work 74 (84, 94, 102, 110, 120, 128, 138) sts as established, place next 52 (62, 68, 76, 80, 90, 94, 104) sts on holder or spare cir, CO 6 (6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 10, 10) sts for underarm, work as established to end. (172 (192, 212, 232, 248, 268, 288, 308) sts)
Work as established until piece measures 61/2″ from underarm, ending after a RS row.
Next row (WS): Work 86 (96, 106, 116, 124, 134, 144, 154) sts as established, M1 pwise, work as established to end. (173 (193, 213, 233, 249, 269, 289, 309) sts) With A only, work across all sts in 1 x 1 Rib for 21/2″, being sure to place buttonholes as established. BO all sts loosely.

Sleeves

With larger, shorter cir and color consistent with Stripe Sequence, work sleeves in the end as follows:
Rnd 1 (RS): Beg at center of underarm, pick up and knit 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) sts from CO edge, pick up and knit 1 st from gap between CO and Sleeve sts, pm, pick up and knit 1 st just before Sleeve sts, knit across all Sleeve sts, pick up and knit 1 st just after Sleeve sts, pm, pick up and knit 1 st from gap between Sleeve sts and CO, pick up and knit 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) sts from rem CO edge, pm to mark beg of rnd. (62 (72, 78, 88, 92, 102, 108, 118) sts)
Rnds 2 and 3 (dec rnds): Knit to marker, slm, k2tog, knit to 2 sts before next marker, ssk, slm, knit to beg of rnd marker. (58 (68, 74, 84, 88, 98, 104, 114) sts)
Work 3 rnds evenly. Cont in St st and stripe sequence, work a dec rnd as above on next rnd, then every 8 (6, 4, 4, 4, 2, 2, 2) rnds 4 (7, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 21) more times, changing to DPNs when work feels to tight on cir. (52 (56, 58, 62, 64, 68, 70, 74) sts)
Work evenly until Sleeve measures 8 (8, 8, 81/4, 81/4, 81/4, 81/2, 81/2)”. With A, work in 1 x 1 Rib for 11/2″, then bind off all sts loosely. Work other sleeve the same.

Finishing

Block piece to schematic.
Sew buttons opposite buttonholes.
Weave in ends. yarn ball

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