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Flicka Cardigan

Flicka is an open-front, top-down raglan cardigan with an all-over pattern. It features loose, flowing poet sleeves and a big shawl collar. Designed to have an oversized fit, this classic piece is the chic, grandpa sweater you’ve been searching for.

Time: One month project

Skill level: Intermediate

Size: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9); with an intended 6-8” of positive ease for each size

Chest circumference (*includes collar): 36.25 (40, 44, 48, 52.25) (56, 60, 63.75, 67.75)”

Armhole depth: 6.5 (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5) (9, 9.5, 10.25, 10.75)”

Sleeve circumference: 10.25 (11.5, 12.5, 13.75, 14.75) (16, 17.75, 19.5, 21.25)”

Sleeve length: 17.5”

Underarm to hem length: 13”

Yarn: Coast to Coast Yarn Co. Classic DK, (100% superwash merino, 231 yards [212 meters]/100 grams)

Undyed lace-weight silk mohair yarn (72% kid mohair, 28% silk, 459 yards [420 meters]/50 grams): 1406 (1587, 1768, 1965, 2164) (2365, 2602, 2857, 3105) yards each yarn

Needles:  One set of US size 8 (5.0 mm) double-pointed needles; US size 8 (5.0 mm) needles in DPN, and with cables 24”, 32”, 12” or size needed to comfortably fit stitches for each section.

Notions: four stitch markers, waste yarn, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: 28 stitches and 30 rows = 4” (10 cm)

Special Stitches

  1. Left Lifted Increase (LLI): Make a new stitch by inserting your left-hand needle from back to front into the left-side leg of the previous stitch below and knitting through the back loop
  2. Right Lifted Increase (RLI): Make a new stitch by inserting your right-hand needle from back to front into the right-side leg of the next stitch below, drawing it up onto the left-hand needle, and knitting through the front loop

Pattern

With longer circular needle and your preferred cast-on method, cast on 84 (84, 88, 92, 92) (96, 104, 104, 108) stitches as follows: 4 (4, 4, 8, 8) (8, 12, 12, 12) sts, PM, 24 (20, 20, 16, 12) (12, 12, 12, 12) sts, PM, 28 (36, 40, 44, 52) (56, 56, 56, 60) sts, PM, 24 (20, 20, 16, 12) (12, 12, 12, 12) sts, PM, 4 (4, 4, 8, 8) (8, 12, 12, 12) sts.

Sizes 1-3 only: Row 1 (RS): Kfb, p2, k1, LLI, slip marker, RLI, [*p2, k2, repeat from * to marker, LLI, slip marker, RLI] three times, k1, p2, kfb.

Sizes 4-9 only: Row 1 (RS): Kfb, p2, [k2, p2] to one stitch before marker, k1, LLI, slip marker, RLI, [*p2, k2, repeat from * to marker, LLI, slip marker, RLI] three times, k1, p2, [k2, p2] until one stitch remains, kfb.

94 (94, 98, 102, 102) (106, 114, 114, 118) sts.

All Sizes:

Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.

Row 3: [K to marker, LLI, slip marker, RLI] four times, k to end of row. 102 (102, 106, 110, 110) (114, 122, 122, 126) sts.

Row 5: Kfb, p1, [k2, p2] to one stitch before marker, k1, LLI, slip marker, RLI, [*p2, k2*, repeat from * to * to marker, LLI, slip marker, RLI] three times, k1, repeat from * to * until two stitches remain, p1, kfb. 112 (112, 116, 120, 120) (124, 132, 132, 136) sts.

Row 7: Rep Row 3. 120 (120, 124, 128, 128) (132, 140, 140, 144) sts.

Row 9: Kfb, [k2, p2] to one stitch before marker, k1, LLI, slip marker, RLI, *p2, k2*; repeat from * to * to marker, LLI, slip marker, RLI, k1, [repeat from * to * to marker, LLI, slip marker, RLI] twice, k1, repeat from * to * until one stitch remains, kfb. 130 (130, 134, 138, 138) (142, 150, 150, 154) sts.

Row 11: Rep Row 3. 138 (138, 142, 146, 146) (150, 158, 158, 162) sts.

Row 13: Kfb, k1, p2, [k2, p2] to one stitch before marker, k1, LLI, slip marker, RLI, [*p2, k2*; repeat from * to * to marker, LLI, slip marker, RLI] twice, k1, p2, [k2, p2] until two stitches remain, k1, kfb. 148 (148, 152, 156, 156) (160, 168, 168, 172) sts.

Row 15: Rep Row 3. 156 (156, 160, 164, 164) (168, 176, 176, 180) sts.

Row 17: Kfb, p2, [k2, p2] to one stitch before marker, k1, LLI, slip marker, RLI, [*p2, k2*; repeat from * to * to marker, LLI, slip marker, RLI] three times, k1, p2, [k2, p2] until one stitch remains, kfb. 166 (166, 170, 174, 174) (178, 186, 186, 190) sts.

Row 19: Rep Row 3. 174 (174, 178, 182, 182) (186, 194, 194, 198) sts.

Repeat Rows 5-20 until you have 300 (318, 322, 326, 308) (366, 338, 356, 360) total stitches divided as follows: 40 (43, 43, 47, 44) (53, 51, 54, 54) for each front panel, 72 (72, 72, 68, 60) (72, 64, 68, 68) for each sleeve, and 76 (88, 92, 96, 100) (116, 108, 112, 116) for the back. You should end on an even row.

Sizes 1 & 2 proceed to Separate sleeve. All other sizes work double increases as follows:

Double Increase Row 1 (RS): Kfb, continue in pattern to marker, LLI, slip marker, RLI, kfb, continue in pattern to one stitch before marker, kfb, LLI, slip marker, RLI, kfb, continue in pattern to one stitch before marker, kfb, LLI, slip marker, RLI, kfb, continue in pattern to one stitch before marker, kfb, LLI, slip marker, RLI, continue in pattern until one stitch remains, kfb. – (-, 338, 342, 324) (382, 354, 372, 376) sts.

Continue to work all WS rows as purl.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 until you have – (-, 354, 390, 436) (430, 498, 516, 552) total stitches divided as follows: – (-, 47, 55, 60) (61, 71, 74, 78) for each front panel, – (-, 80, 84, 92) (88, 104, 108, 116) for each sleeve, and -, (-, 100, 112, 132) (132, 148, 152, 164) for the back. You will have worked 48 (52, 56, 60, 64) (68, 72, 76, 80) rows at this point.

Separate sleeves

Work to first marker in pattern as established. Remove marker and place 72 (72, 80, 84, 92) (88, 104, 108, 116) stitches onto waste yarn, removing second marker after doing so. Replace first marker, cast on 0 (4, 8, 8, 8) (20, 16, 24, 28) stitches, replace second marker, and work in pattern as established to third marker. Remove marker and place 72 (72, 80, 84, 92) (88, 104, 108, 116) stitches onto waste yarn, removing second marker after doing so. Replace first marker, cast on 0 (4, 8, 8, 8) (20,16, 24, 28) stitches, replace second marker, work in pattern as established to end of row. 156 (182, 210, 238, 268) (294, 322, 348, 376) stitches remain on the needles for the body.

Purl one row.

Now continue working body of sweater as follows:

Row 1 (RS): Work in pattern as established to first marker, slip marker, knit to second marker, slip marker, work in pattern as established to third marker, slip marker, knit to fourth marker, work in pattern to end of row.

Row 2 (WS): Purl.

Continue working Rows 1 and 2 for 11” or until sweater is 2” shorter than desired length, taking into account garment growth from blocking. Work 2” k1, p1 ribbing.

Bind off using your preferred stretchy bind-off method.

Work collar

With right side facing out and starting at bottom right edge of front of cardigan, pick up and knit collar stitches as follows: 3 stitches for every 4 rows along front edge to right shoulder seam, 24 (20, 20, 16, 12) (12, 12, 12, 12) stitches across top of right shoulder, 28 (36, 40, 44, 52) (56, 56, 56, 60) stitches across back, 24 (20, 20, 16, 12) (12, 12, 12, 12) stitches across top of left shoulder, 3 stitches for every 4 rows along left edge to hem.

Work k1, p1 ribbing for 7”.

Bind off using your preferred stretchy bind-off method.

Work sleeves

Move 72 (72, 80, 84, 92) (88, 104, 108, 116) stitches for right sleeve from waste yarn to short circular or double-pointed needles. Pick up and knit 0 (8, 8, 12, 12) (24, 20, 28, 32) stitches along bottom edge of armhole. Join for working in the round. 72 (80, 88, 96, 104) (112, 124, 136, 148) stitches.

Continue working in pattern as established until your sleeve is 15.5” long or 2” shorter than desired. Decrease as follows according to your size:

Sizes 1-3 only:

Round 1: *k2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (54, 60, 66 stitches)

Size 4 only:

Round 1: *k1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (64 stitches)

Size 5 only:

Round 1: *k1, k2tog, repeat from * until two stitches remain, k2. (70 stitches)

Size 6 only:

Round 1: k2tog, k2tog, *k1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (74 stitches)

Sizes 7-9 only:

Round 1: k2tog to end of round. (62, 68, 74 stitches)

Then work 2“ (5 cm) of k1, p1 ribbing.

Bind off using your preferred stretchy bind-off method.

Repeat same for left sleeve.

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