French Lavender Cardigan

This very simple and chic to toss on with a simple outfit, whether you’re out running errands or out with friends for brunch. The cardigan knits up quickly and is super comfy with bulky yarn, and yet it creates a dramatic silhouette for your everyday life. Knit flat from the bottom up with a vertical herringbone stitch, the cardigan flares out from the waist for a fun peplum and expands from the waist up for a batwing effect for the sleeves.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Waist Size 24 (27, 31, 34, 39, 42, 46)”

1” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 27”

Gauge: 12 sts and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm] in patt after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal (80% Acrylic, 20% Wool; 124 yards [113 meters]/113 grams): 143 Lavender (6 (6, 7, 7, 8) balls)

Needles: US size 11 (8.0 mm) 24” or longer circular

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch holder, stitch markers (6 total – 2 marker A, 4 markers B), one 1” button

Abbreviations

M1: On the back side of your work, insert the RH needle into the purled head of the stitch below the next stitch, lift it up and place it onto the left-hand needle, knit.

Special Stitches

Lace Pattern

Row 1 (WS): Purl.
Row 2 (RS): K1, *k2tog, k2, m1, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: K2, *k2, m1, k3, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rep Rows 1-4 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked flat from the bottom up.

Pattern

Peplum

CO 143 (164, 185, 206, 234, 255, 276) sts.
Work Rows 1-4 of Lace Pattern until piece meas 10” for CO edge.

Waist

Sizes – (27, -, 34, 39, -, 46)” only

Next Row (WS): *K2tog; rep from * across row. (- (82, -, 103, 117, -, 138) sts)

Sizes 24 (-, 31, -, -, 42, -)” only

Next Row (WS): *K2tog; rep from * across to last 3 sts, k3tog. (71 (-, 92, -, -, 127, -) sts)

All Sizes

PM A after the first 12 (14, 17, 19, 23, 25, 28) sts, and another marker A after the next 59 (68, 75, 84, 94, 102, 110) sts.

Chest

Next Row (RS): Resume Lace Pattern with Row 2 for 9 (9, 15, 16, 23, 23, 23) sts, PM B, k2 (4, 0, 2, 0, 1, 4), m1, k1, PM A, k1, m1, k4 (4, 5, 5, 2, 3, 4),

cont in Lace Pattern Row 2 to last 5 (5, 6, 6, 3, 4, 5) sts before PM A, k4 (4, 5, 5, 2, 3, 4), m1, k1, PM B, k1, m1, k2 (4, 0, 2, 0, 1, 4), PM A, cont with Lace Pattern Row 2 to end.

Cont with patt as est, and inc every RS row until piece meas 6.5 (5, 4, 3.5, 3, 2, 1)” from Waist.

Note: As you increase and the st count in between markers A and B reaches 7 sts, you may incorporate them into the pattern and move PM B over.

Armhole Division

Place Left Front and Back onto stitch holder and cont in patt as est for Right Front.

Cont inc every RS row until you have 48 (48, 51, 51, 51, 54, 54) sts and piece meas 16.5 (17, 17, 17.5, 17.5, 18, 18)” from Waist.

BO all sts.

Repeat for Left Front.

For Back, cont inc every RS row until there are 108 (108, 114, 114, 114, 120, 120) sts on needles and piece meas 16.5 (17, 17, 17, 17.5, 17.5, 18, 18)” from Waist.

BO all sts.

Collar

CO 7 sts.

Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rep Row 1 until Collar meas 10” from CO edge.

Buttonhole Row: K1, *wyif, sl 1, wyib, sl1, psso; rep from * until 3 sts have been bound off, sl st on the RH needle to LH needle, turn work, CO 3 sts, wyif, CO 1 st, turn work, sl 1, pass the last CO st over it, work to end of row, resume est K1, P1 Rib patt.

Cont in patt until piece meas 26.5 (27, 27, 27.5, 27.5, 28, 28)”.

BO all sts.

Finishing

Using mattress stitch, seam front shoulders to back. There should be a 4” gap in the center back.

Using mattress stitch, attach ribbed collar to front and back pieces with the buttonhole on the right side

Steam block to dimensions, making sure to pin out the scalloped hem, as well as the batwing sleeves.

Attach button to the left side, 10” above the hem and 2” from the left side arm.

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