Elderberry Leaves Cardigan

The charming lace pattern on this lightweight cardigan is fun and challenging to knit. The body and sleeve saddles are joined with a decorative I-cord edging for a finished, tailored look. Have a special button you’ve been waiting for just the right project? This may be it!

Skill Level: Advanced

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

Shown in Small size

Finished Measurements:

Bust (buttoned): 34½ (38, 42, 45½, 49½, 53½)”

Gauge: 21 sts x 27 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Foliage Pattern after wet blocking.

22 sts x 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.

Materials

Yarn:

Fine Weight Yarn Nazli Gelin Garden 5 (100% Egyptian Giza Mercerized Cotton; 174 yards [160 meters]/50 grams): #500-66 Medium Sage, 8 (9, 11, 12, 13, 14) balls

Needles: US size 4 (3.75 mm): two 40” circular

Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch holders; stitch markers; safety pins; two 3/8” buttons (1 decorative, 1 plain)

Pattern Notes

The cardigan body is worked from the bottom up. Fronts and Back are separated at the armholes and worked up separately. Final stitches for Fronts and Back are placed on holders to be later attached to the sides of the Sleeve Saddles.

2-st I-Cord 3-Needle Bind-off (for joining Sleeves to Body): * K1, k3tog tbl (last I-Cord st tog with 1 st from each needle), slip these 2 sts back to left front needle; rep from *.

3-St I-Cord Bind-off (For binding off top of Sleeve Saddles/Neck Edge): * K2, k2tog tbl (last I-Cord st tog with 1 picked up st), slip these 3 sts back to left needle; rep from *.

3-St I-Cord: * K3, slip these 3 sts back to left needle; rep from *.

Stitch Guide

Foliage Pattern (multiple of 10 sts + 1)

Row 1 (RS): P1, *ssk, k7, yo, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 2 (WS): *K1, p1, yo, p6, ssp; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 3: P1, *ssk, k5, yo, k2, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 4: *K1, p3, yo, p4, ssp; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 5: P1, *k3, k2tog, k4, yo, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 6: *K1, p1, yo, p4, p2tog, p2; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 7: P1, *k1, k2tog, k4, yo, k2, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 8: *K1, p3, yo, p4, p2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 9: P1, *yo, k3, k2tog, k4, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 10: *K1, p4, p2tog, p2, yo, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 11: P1, *k2, yo, k1, k2tog, k4, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 12: *K1, p4, p2tog, yo, p3; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 13: P1, *yo, k7, k2tog, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 14: *K1, p2tog, p6, yo, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 15: P1, *k2, yo, k5, k2tog, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 16: *K1, p2tog, p4, yo, p3; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 17: P1, *yo, k4, ssk, k3, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 18: *K1, p2, ssp, p4, yo, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 19: P1, *k2, yo, k4, ssk, k1, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 20: *K1, ssp, p4, yo, p3; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 21: P1, *k4, ssk, k3, yo, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 22: *K1, p1, yo, p2, ssp, p4; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 23: P1, *k4, ssk, k1, yo, k2, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 24: *K1, p3, yo, ssp, p4; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rep Rows 1-24 for patt.

Pattern

Left Sleeve

CO 65 (65, 65, 75, 75, 75) sts.

Knit 4 rows.

Set-up Row (WS): P2, pm, *k1, p9, pm; rep from * to last 3 sts, k1, p2.

Row 1 (RS): K2, work Row 1 of Foliage Pattern to last 2 sts, k2.

Work even in patt as est’d through Row 24 of patt. Remove all markers.

Knit 4 rows, dec’ing 11 (9, 7, 15, 13, 11) sts evenly on last row – 54 (56, 58, 60, 62, 64) sts rem. Work 4 rows even in St st.

Shape Sleeve

Inc Row (RS): K2, m1, knit to last 2 sts, m1, k2 – 2 sts inc’d.

Working in St st, rep Inc Row every 2 rows – (1, 5, 9, 9, 9) time(s).

Rep Inc Row every 4 rows 13 (14, 12, 10, 10, 10) times – 82 (88, 94, 100, 102, 104) sts.

Work even in St st until Sleeve meas 14” from cast on edge, ending with WS row.

Saddles

BO 7 (8, 9, 10, 10, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows.

BO 8 (8, 9, 10, 10, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows.

BO 8 (9, 9, 10, 10, 11) sts at beg of next 2 rows.

BO 8 (9, 10, 10, 11, 11) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 20 sts rem.

Work even in St st until piece meas 5¼ (6¼, 7, 8, 8¾, 9¾)” from last bind-off row, ending with WS row.

Back Left Saddle

Row 1 (RS): K10, turn. Place rem Front Saddle sts on holder.

Work in St st over Back Left Saddle sts for 3¼ (3¼, 3½, 3½, 3¾, 3¾)”, ending with WS row. Place sts on holder.

Front Saddle

Place Front Saddle sts back on needle.

Work in St st until Front Saddle sts meas 11¾ (12¾, 14, 15, 16¼, 17¼)” from separation of Back and Front Saddles, ending with WS row.

Place sts on holder.

Right Sleeve

Work as for Left Sleeve to Saddle Section.

Saddles

BO 7 (8, 9, 10, 10, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows.

BO 8 (8, 9, 10, 10, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows.

BO 8 (9, 9, 10, 10, 11) sts at beg of next 2 rows.

BO 8 (9, 10, 10, 11, 11) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 20 sts rem.

Work even in St st until piece meas 5¼ (6¼, 7, 8, 8¾, 9¾)” from last bind-off row, ending with WS row.

Front Right Saddle

Row 1 (RS): K10, turn. Place rem Back Saddle sts on holder.

Work in St st over Front Right Saddle sts for 11¾ (12¾, 14, 15, 16¼, 17¼)” from separation of Back and Front Saddles, ending with WS row.

Place sts on holder.

Back Saddle

Place Front Saddle sts back on needle.

Work in St st until Front Saddle sts meas 3¼ (3¼, 3½, 3½, 3¾, 3¾)”, ending with WS row.

Join these 10 sts to the other 10 Back Saddle sts using Kitchener stitch.

Body

CO 281 (311, 341, 371, 401, 431) sts.

Row 1 (WS): P2, k3, pm, knit to last 5 sts, pm, k3, p2.

Row 2 (RS): Sl 2 pwise wyib, knit to last 2 sts, sl 2 pwise wyib.

Row 3: P2, knit to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Row 5: P2, k3, sl m, *k1, p9, pm; rep from * to last 6 sts, k1, sl m, k3, p2.

Establish Pattern

Row 1 (RS): Sl 2 pwise wyib, k3, work Row 1 of Foliage Pattern to last m, k3, sl 2 pwise wyib. Patt will be repeated 27 (30, 33, 36, 39, 42) times across row.

Row 2: P2, k3, work Row 2 of Foliage Pattern to last m, k3, p2.

Cont in patt as established until piece meas 14” from CO edge, ending with WS row.

Separate Fronts and Back

Row 1 (RS): Sl 2, k3, sl m, work in patt over Right Front sts to next m 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13) times, sl m, k2, bind off next 15 sts (removing marker), k2, p1, sl m, work in patt to over Back sts to next m 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) times, sl m, k2, bind off next 15 sts (removing marker), k2, p1, sl m, work in patt over rem Left Front sts – 88 (98, 108, 118, 128, 138) sts/8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13) reps rem each Front, 75 (85, 95, 105, 115, 125) sts/7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) reps rem for Back.

Place Back and Right Front sts on separate stitch holders.

Left Front

Next Row (WS): Work in patt to last 2 sts, k2.

Next Row (RS): K2, work in patt to end.

Cont in patt as established until piece measures 6 (6½, 7, 7½, 7¾, 8)” from bind-off, ending with WS row.

Place sts on holder.

Back

Return Back sts to needle.

Next Row (WS): K2, work in patt to last 2 sts, k2.

Next Row (RS): K2, work in patt to last 2 st, k2.

Cont in patt as established until piece measures 6 (6½, 7, 7½, 7¾, 8)” from bind-off, ending with WS row. Place sts on holder.

Right Front

Return Right Front sts to needle.

Next Row (WS): K2, work in patt to end.

Next Row (RS): Work in patt to last 2 sts, k2.

Cont in patt as established until piece measures 6 (6½, 7, 7½, 7¾, 8)” from bind-off, ending with WS row.

Place sts on holder.

Finishing

Block pieces to finished measurements.

Join Body and Sleeves

Place First 2 Right Front sts onto safety pin, place rem 86 (96, 106, 116, 126, 136) Right Front sts onto needle. Knit across Right Front sts, pm, working onto same needle, pick up and knit 33 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44) sts down side of Right Armhole, 16 sts along armhole bind off, 33 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44) up the other side of Right Armhole, pm, knit across 75 (85, 95, 105, 115, 125) Back sts, pm, pick up and knit 33 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44) sts down side of Left Armhole, 16 sts along armhole bind off, 33 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44) up the other side of Left Armhole, pm, knit across 86 (96, 106, 116, 126, 136) Left Front sts, place rem 2 sts on st holder – 395 (437, 475, 513, 551, 589) sts on needle.

Slide sts to other end of needle. Break yarn, set aside.

Sew both Sleeve seams.

Pick up and knit 86 (96, 106, 116, 126, 136) sts along Left Front Saddle, pm, 82 (88, 92, 96, 100, 104) sts along bind-off edge of Left Sleeve, 75 (85, 95, 105, 115, 125) sts along Back Saddle, pm, 82 (88, 92, 96, 100, 104) sts along bind-off edge of Right Sleeve, and 86 (96, 106, 116, 126, 136) sts along Right Front Saddle – 395 (437, 475, 513, 551, 589) sts on needle. Slide sts to other end of needle. Break yarn, set aside.

Holding both needles tog with WS facing and Sleeve needle in front, CO 2 sts to front needle, bind off and join all sts from Sleeves and Body using 2-st I-Cord 3 Needle Bind-off.

BO 2 I-Cord sts, but do not break yarn.

Knit across end of 10 held Right Front Saddle sts, pm, pick up and knit 64 (70, 76, 82, 88, 94) sts along inner Right Front Saddle, 36 (36, 38, 38, 42, 42) inner Back Saddle, 64 (70, 76, 82, 88, 94) sts along inner Left Front Saddle, pm, knit across end of 10 held Left Front Saddle sts – 184 (196, 210, 222, 238, 250) sts on needle.

Break yarn.

Slide sts to other end of needle. Place 2 held Right Front sts from safety pin to left needle.

BO all sts to m using 3-st I-Cord Bind off, work 2 rows of 3-st I-Cord without joining (button loop made & corner turned), BO all sts to next m using 3-st I-Cord Bind off, work 2 rows of 3-st I-Cord without joining (button loop made & corner turned), BO rem sts except for last picked up st – 3 I-Cord sts rem + 1 picked up st.

Place last picked up st onto needle with held 2 Left Front sts. Join the 2 sets of 3 sts using Kitchener st.

Weave in ends. Sew one (decorative) button to Right Front at corner of shoulder seam. Sew the other (plain) button to inside of Left Front at corner of shoulder seam. Overlap Left Front. Button.yarn ball

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