Open Cloud Cardigan

The Open Cloud Cardigan is that special, lightweight cardigan you always reach for when you need just a little something extra. The top is knit in easy stockinette and the lower half switches to an easy rib pattern to add interest and texture.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust size: 32 [36, 38, 42, 46,50,52]”, meant to be worn open, pattern offers about 2” of positive ease, but is meant to be fitted in the upper arms

Gauge: 20 sts/32 rows = 4 [10 cm] in Stockinette Stitch

Materials

Yarn: Anzula Cloud (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylons; 575 yards [525 meters]/100 grams): Fiona (2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins)
Needles: US Size 7 (4.4 mm) 32” circular and a set of 4 DPNs
Notions: Stitch markers, yarn needle, waste yarn, tape measure

Abbreviations

Kf/b: Knit into the front and the back of 1 stitch
Pf/b: Purl into the front and the back of 1 stitch

3×1 Rib: Straight
Row 1 (RS): K3, p1.
Row 2 (WS): P3, k1.
Repeat these two rows for pattern.

3X1 Rib: Round
Row 1: K3, p1.
Repeat Row 1 for pattern.

Pattern

Cast on 34 (36, 38, 42, 44, 46, 52) sts.
Row 1 (RS): K1, pm, k2, pm, knit 28 (30, 32, 36, 38, 40, 46) sts, pm, k2, pm, k1.
Row 2 (WS): Pf/b, sm, p2, sm, pf/b, purl to first stitch before m, pf/b, sm, p2, sm, pf/b (4 sts increased).  (32(34,36,40,42,44,50) sts)
Row 3: K1, kf/b, sm, k2, sm, Kf/b, knit to 1 st before m, kf/b, sm, k2, sm, kf/b. (4 sts increased)
Row 4: Purl to 1 st before m, pf/b, sm, p2. sm, pf/b, purl to first stitch before m, pf/b, sm, p2, sm, Pf/b, purl to end.
Row 5 (RS): Kf/b, knit to 1 st before m, kf/b, sm, k2, sm, kf/b, knit to 1 st before m, kf/b, sm, k2, sm, kf/b, knit to last st, kf/b. (6 sts increased)
Repeat rows 4 and 5 until sleeve seam measures 3.5 (4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5)”/ 9.0 [10.0, 11.5, 12.5, 14.0, 15.0, 16.5] cm, ending with a WS row. (31 (37,43,49,54,60,66) front sts, 74 (84, 90, 106, 112, 122, 136) back sts, 2 sts for each seam, 136 (158, 176,  204,  220,  242, 276) sts)

Sleeves

Move markers so that there are 6 sts between them.
RS: K29(35, 41, 47,5 2, 58, 64) sts, pm, kf/b, k4, kf/b, pm, k70 (80, 86, 102, 108, 1118, 132) sts, pm, kf/b, k4, kf/b, pm, k29 (35, 41, 47, 52, 58, 64) sts.
WS: *P to m, sm, Pf/b, p to 1 st before m, Pf/b, sm, repeat from * once, purl to end of the row
Repeat last two rows one time.
RS: *Knit to 1 st before m, Kf/b, sm, Kf/b, knit to 1 st before m, Kf/b, sm, Kf/b; rep from * once. (8 sts increased)
WS: Purl across row.
Repeat last two rows until yoke measures 6.5 [7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5]”/ 16.5 [18.0, 19.0, 20.5, 21.5, 23.0, 24.0] cm.

Separate Sleeves

RS: Knit 53 (61, 68, 76, 83, 91, 98) sts, remove m, slip 56 (60, 62, 66, 70, 73,76) sleeve sts to scrap yarn, CO 4 (4, 2, 2, 6, 11, 12) sts, knit across back 114 (128, 132, 156, 166, 178, 194) sts, remove m, slip 56 (60, 62, 66, 70, 73, 76) sleeve sts to scrap yarn, CO 4 (4, 2, 2, 6, 11, 12) sts,  knit 53 (61, 68, 76, 83, 91, 98) sts.  (228 (258, 272, 312, 344, 382, 414) body sts)

Body

Work even in St st until underarm measures 4”/10.0 cm, ending with a RS row.
(WS): Purl across row, increasing 0 (2, 0, 0, 0, 2, 2) sts evenly across row.
(RS): Purl 1 Row.
Work in K3, p1 rib until piece measures 18”/ 45.5 cm from underarm, or until desired length. Bind off in pattern.

Sleeves (Make 2)

Divide 56 (60, 62, 66, 70, 73, 76) sleeve sts evenly over 3 dpns. Pick up and knit 2 (2, 1, 1, 3, 5, 6) sts along CO sts at underarm, pm, pick up and knit 2 (2, 1, 1, 3, 6, 6) sts along CO sts at underarm. Join for working in the rnd. (60 (64, 64, 68, 76, 84, 88) sleeve sts)
Knit 10 Rnds.

Decrease Round: K1, k2tog, knit to 3 sts before m, ssk, k1. (2 sts dec)
Repeat dec rnd every 5 rnds times 11 (13, 11, 13, 17, 19, 19) times. (36 (36, 40, 40, 40, 40, 44, 48) sleeve sts)
Knit until arm measures 12”/ 30.5 cm from underarm (or 5”/12.5 cm less than desired length).
Work in 3X1 rib for 5”/ 12.5 cm. Bind off in rib pattern.

Collar

Starting at right front bottom edge, pick up 2 sts for every 3 rows of the right front edge. The pick up 1 sts for every stitch across the top of the right sleeve, across the back, then across the top of the left sleeve. Finish by picking up 2 sts over every 3 rows along the left front edge. Count your stitches to insure that you have a multiple of 4, decreasing or increasing stitches if necessary.  Work collar in 3×1 rib for 2”/ 5.0 cm, or to desired length.
Bind off loosely in pattern.

Finishing

Weave in ends. Block to measurements. yarn ball

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