Poplar Cardi

As cozy as a giant hug, this oversized cardigan with balloon sleeves is constructed so there is only one seam! Worked from cuff to center back in two pieces, this project is a breeze to knit and perfect for throwing on when the temperature drops.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Bust Size 38 (42, 48, 52, 58)” to fit bust 30 (34, 38, 42, 46)”

4-8” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 48”

Gauge: 8 sts and 12 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Seed st

Materials

Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky (50% Wool, 50% Acrylic; 60 yards [55 meters]/100 grams): 923 Mustard Yellow (11 (12, 12, 14, 15) balls).

Needles: US Size 17 (12 mm) 32” circular needles or longer

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch holder or scrap yarn

Special Stitches

1×1 Rib

All Rnds: *K1, p1; rep from * around.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round from cuff to underarm, then flat from the underarm to the center front and center back. The panels are seamed at the center back, then stitches are picked up along the hem and neckline.

Pattern

Right Sleeve

CO 14 (15, 16, 17, 18) sts, join to work in the rnd, taking care not to twist sts.

Work in 1×1 Rib for 6 rnds.

Next Rnd: *K1, M1; rep from * to the end of the rnd. (28 (30, 32, 34, 36) sts)

Next Rnd: Kfb, *p1, k1; rep from * to the end of the rnd. (29 (31, 33, 35, 37) sts)

Cont working even in Seed st for 48 (49, 50, 51, 51) rows.

Right Front and Back

You will now work the front and back of the cardigan at the same time.

Making sure that the final st worked was P, CO 25 (26, 26, 27, 27) sts using the backwards loop technique. Turn, beg with P, work in Seed st across sts and around sleeve, then pick up and knit 25 (26, 26, 27, 27) sts along the backward loops. Turn, beg with K, work in Seed st across all sts. (79 (83, 85, 89, 91) sts)

Cont working even in Seed st for 25 (26, 29, 31, 31) rows.

Right Back

You will now work the Back of the cardigan only.

Work in Seed st over 40 (42, 43, 45, 46) sts, leaving the rem sts on a stitch holder or scrap yarn. Turn work and cont working even in Seed st for 6 (7, 7, 8, 9) rows.

BO sts.

Left Sleeve

CO 14 (15, 16, 17, 18) sts, join to work in the rnd, taking care not to twist sts.

Work in 1×1 Rib for 6 rnds.

Next Rnd: *K1, M1; rep from * to the end of the rnd. (28 (30, 32, 34, 36) sts)

Next Rnd: Kfb, *p1, k1; rep from * to the end of the rnd. (29 (31, 33, 35, 37) sts)

Cont working even in Seed st for 48 (49, 50, 51, 51) rows.

Left Front and Back

You will now work the front and back of the cardigan at the same time.

Making sure that the final st worked was P, CO 25 (26, 26, 27, 27) sts using the backwards loop technique. Turn, beg with P, work in Seed st across sts and around sleeve, then pick up and knit 25 (26, 26, 27, 27) sts along the backward loops. Turn, beg with K, work in Seed st across all sts. (79 (83, 85, 89, 91) sts)

Cont working even in Seed st for 25 (26, 29, 31, 31) rows.

Left Back

You will now work the Back of the cardigan only.

Work in Seed st for 40 (42, 43, 45, 46) sts, leaving the rem sts on a stitch holder or scrap yarn. Turn work and cont working in Seed st for 6 (7, 7, 8, 9) rows.

BO sts.

Finishing

Lay left and right garment panel at the BO edges and seam along center Back.

Pick up and knit 62 (70, 78, 86, 94) sts along hemline.

Work 1×1 Rib for 6 rows.

BO sts.

Pick up and knit 5 sts along center Front hem edge of right garment piece, transfer 39 (41, 42, 44, 45) held sts from Right Front panel to needle, pick up and knit 13 (14, 15, 16, 17) sts along Back neckline, transfer 39 (41, 42, 44, 45) held sts from Left Front panel to needle, pick up and knit 5 sts down center Front hem edge of left garment piece.

Work 1×1 Rib for 6 rows.

BO sts.

Weave in all ends.

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