Pink Lemonade Cardigan

As refreshing and classic as pink lemonade in the summertime, this cardigan is a great piece for layering. With relaxed fit, set-in sleeves and slightly gathered sleeve caps, this cardigan is an instant pick me up.

Time: One month project

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL) to fit bust 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”

4” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size S

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarnCascade Yarns 200 Superwash Merino (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams):100 Apricot Blush (6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins)

Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm) 24-26″ circular

Notions: Tapestry needle, one 1” button

Special Stitches

Stockinette (St st): Knit all RS rows and purl all WS rows.

LLI (Left Lifted Increase): With left needle lift the stitch below the stitch just worked, and knit it.
RLI (Right Lifted Increase): With right needle lift the stitch below the next stitch, and knit it.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in pieces and sewn together at the end.

Pattern

Back

CO 92 (104, 114, 124, 134, 146, 156) sts.

Ribbing Row: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.

Work Ribbing Row a total of 10 times.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Rep Rows 1-2 until piece meas 17.5 (18, 19, 19, 20, 21, 22)” from CO edge, ending with Row 2.

Underarm Shaping

Row 1 (RS): BO 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12) sts, k to end of row. (87 (98, 107, 116, 125, 136, 144) sts)

Row 2: BO 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12) sts, p to end of row. (82 (92, 100, 108, 116, 126, 132) sts)

Row 3: BO 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10) sts, k to end of row. 79 (88, 95, 102, 109, 118, 122) sts

Row 4: BO 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10) sts, p to end of row. 76 (84, 90, 96, 102, 110, 112) sts

Dec Row: K1, ssk, k until 3 sts rem, k2tog, k1. (2 sts dec’d)

Purl 1 row.

Work last 2 rows a total of 2 (5, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11) times. (72 (74, 80, 84, 88, 90, 90) sts)

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Work last 2 rows a total of 17 (16, 18, 19, 20, 19) 18 times.

Purl 1 row.

Neck Shaping

K20 (20, 22, 23, 24, 24, 24) sts, BO 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 42) sts, k20 (20, 22, 23, 24, 24, 24).

Check to make sure you have the same number of sts on each side of the neck hole.

Left Shoulder

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: K1, ssk, k to end. (1 st dec’d)

Work last 2 rows a total of 2 times. (18 (18, 20, 21, 22, 22, 22) sts)

Row 1: Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Work last 2 rows a total of 2 times.

Row 1: BO 9 (9, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11) sts, p to end. (9 (9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11) sts)

Row 2: Knit.

BO rem sts.

Right Shoulder

Reattach yarn to rem sts with WS facing.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: K until 3 sts rem, k2tog, k1. (1 st dec’d)

Work last 2 rows a total of 2 times. (18 (18, 20, 21, 22, 22, 22) sts)

Row 1: Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Work last 2 rows a total of 2 times.

Row 1: Purl.

Row 2: BO 9 (9, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11) sts, k to end. (9 (9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11) sts)

Row 3: Purl.

BO rem sts.

Right Front

CO 46 (52, 58, 62, 68, 74, 78) sts.

Ribbing Row: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.

Work Ribbing Row a total of 10 times.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Rep Rows 1-2 until piece meas 15.5 (16, 17, 17, 18, 19, 20)” from CO edge.

Note: The neck and underarm shaping are worked at the same time. Be sure to carefully read the next two sections through so that you work both of them.

Neck Decreases

Neck Decrease Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k until end of row or shoulder shaping. (1 st dec’d)

Work Neck Decrease Row every RS row 10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13) times, purling WS rows.

Work Neck Decrease Row every other RS row 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11) times, purling WS rows and knitting other RS rows. (28 (33, 37, 41, 45, 50, 54) sts)

Underarm Shaping

Begin underarm shaping when piece meas 17.5 (18, 19, 19, 20, 21, 22)” from CO edge, ending with Row 2.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: BO 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12) sts, p to end of row.

Row 3: Knit.

Row 4: BO 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10) sts, p to end of row.

Dec Row: K until 3 sts rem, k2tog, k1. (1 st dec’d)

Purl one row.

Work last 2 rows a total of 2 (5, 5, 6, 7, 10, 10) times.

After both shoulder shaping and neck shaping is complete you will have 18 (18, 20, 21, 22, 22, 22) sts

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Work last 2 rows a total of 19 (18, 20, 21, 22, 21, 21) times.

Knit 1 row.

Shoulder Shaping

Row 1 (WS): BO 9 (9, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11) sts, p to end. (9 (9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11) sts)

Row 2: Knit.

BO rem sts.

Left Front

CO 46 (52, 58, 62, 68, 74, 78) sts.

Ribbing Row: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.

Work Ribbing Row a total of 10 times.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Rep Rows 1-2 until piece meas 15.5 (16, 17, 17, 18, 19)” from CO edge.

Note: The neck and underarm shaping are worked at the same time. Be sure to carefully read the next two sections through so that you work both of them.

Neck Decreases

Neck Decrease Row (RS): Work shoulder shaping as indicated, k until 3 sts rem, k2tog, k1. (1 st dec’d)

Work Neck Decrease Row every RS row 10 (11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13) times, purling WS rows.

Work Neck Decrease Row every other RS row 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11) times, purling WS rows and knitting other RS rows. (28 (33, 37, 41, 45, 50, 54) sts)

Underarm Shaping

Begin underarm shaping when piece meas 17.5 (18, 19, 19, 20, 21, 22)” from CO edge, ending with Row 1.

Row 1 (RS): BO 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12) sts, k to end of row.

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: BO 3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10) sts, k to end of row.

Row 4: Purl

Dec Row: K1, ssk, k to end. (1 st dec’d)

Purl 1 row.

Work last 2 rows a total of 2 (5, 5, 6, 7, 10, 10) times.

After both shoulder shaping and neck shaping is complete you will have 18 (18, 20, 21, 22, 22, 22) sts

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Work last 2 rows a total of 19 (18, 20, 21, 22, 21) times.

Shoulder Shaping

Row 1 (RS): BO 9 (9, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11) sts, k to end. (9 (9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11) sts)

Row 2: Knit.

BO rem sts.

Sleeves (Make 2)

CO 42 (44, 46, 48, 52, 56, 58) sts.

Ribbing Row: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.

Work Ribbing Row a total of 10 times.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Work 6 more rows in St st.

Sleeve Increases

Cont in St st, replacing every 6th (6th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 4th, 4th) row with an Increase Row 10 (11, 10, 7, 4, 19, 16) times.

Cont in St st, replacing every 4th (4th, 4th, 4th, 4th, 2nd, 2nd) row with an Increase Row 3 (2, 4, 9, 14, 2, 8) times.

Increase Row (RS): K1, RLI, k until 1 st rem, LLI, k1. (2 sts inc’d)

(68 (70, 74, 80, 88, 98, 106) sts rem)

Work 19 rows in St st, ending with a WS row.

Sleeve Cap Bind Off

Row 1 (RS): BO 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12) sts, k to end. (63 (64, 67, 72, 79, 88, 94) sts)

Row 2: BO 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12) sts, p to end. (58 (58, 60, 64, 70, 78, 82) sts)

Row 3: BO 3 (3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10) sts, k to end. (55 (55, 56, 59, 63, 70, 72) sts)

Row 4:  BO 3 (3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10) sts, p to end. (52 (52, 52, 54, 56, 62, 62) sts)

Sleeve Cap Decreases

Knit 1 row.

Cont in St st, replacing every 6th row with a Dec Row 0 (0, 0, 1, 4, 8, 12) times.

Cont in St st, replacing every 4th row with a Dec Row 3 (10, 12, 12, 9, 5, 0) times.

Cont in St st, replacing every 2nd row with a Dec Row 11 (3, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0) times.

Dec Row: K1, ssk, k until 3 sts rem, k2tog, k1. (2 sts dec’d)

(24 (26, 26, 28, 30, 36, 38) sts rem)

BO all sts.

Pockets (Make 2)

CO 22 (22, 22, 24, 24, 24, 26) sts

Ribbing Row: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.

Work Ribbing Row a total of 10 times.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Rep Rows 1-2, 15 (15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17) times.

BO all sts.

Finishing

Using mattress stitch, sew shoulder and side seams.

Button Band

Starting at the bottom of the right front, PU 8 sts along the bottom ribbing, PU 74 (78, 82, 82, 88, 92, 98) more sts between the ribbing and where the neck shaping begins, PU 46 (46, 48, 52, 52, 56, 56) sts between where the neck shaping begins and the shoulder seam, PU 37 (39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 47) sts along the back neck, PU 46 (46, 48, 52, 52, 56, 56) sts between the shoulder seam and where the neck shaping ends, PU 74 (78, 82, 82, 88, 92, 98) sts between where the neck shaping ends and the ribbing begins, PU 8 sts along the bottom ribbing. (293 (303, 317, 327, 341, 359, 371) sts)

Ribbing Row: *K1, p1; rep from * until 1 st rem, k1.

Work Ribbing Row a total of 5 times.

Buttonhole Row 1: (K1, p1) 39 (41, 43, 43, 46, 48, 51) times for a total of 78 (82, 86, 86, 92, 96, 102) sts worked, BO 3 sts, k2tog, (p1, k1) until end of row.

Buttonhole Row 2: (K1, p1) until 1 st before buttonhole, k1, CO 4 sts, (k1, p1) until last st, k1. (293, (303, 317, 327, 341, 359, 371) sts)

Rep Ribbing Row 5 more times.

BO in patt.

Position Pockets so they are 2” above the top of the ribbing and 2” in from the edge of the button band (shown in the diagram below). Sew in place.

Sew seams of sleeves.

Beg at the underarm, sew the sleeve in place until you are 1” from the centre of Sleeve Cap.  Leave the yarn tail and sew the other side of the sleeve, also stopping 1” from the top of the centre of the Sleeve Cap (the seam location is indicated in red on the diagram below). The remaining space to be sewn should be slightly longer on the Sleeve Cap than in the armhole, this is what creates the sleeve gathers.

Sew the remaining distance, easing the pieces together.

Repeat on other side.Weave in ends and sew button opposite buttonhole.

Block.

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Comments
  • Karin S.

    Thank-you for the great pattern, hope I sac do it on my own!

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