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Rory Cardigan

A simple texture gives this cardigan a fun twist, while a cropped length gives it a modern edge. Rory is destined to become the wardrobe staple you will reach for again and again.

Time: 25 Hours.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 35.75 (38.75, 41.5, 44.25, 47, 50, 52.75, 55.5, 58.5, 61.25, 64, 67)” including buttonband to fit bust 27.75 (30.75, 33.5, 36.25, 41, 44, 46.75, 49.5, 52.2, 55.25, 58, 61)”

8” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 44.25”

Gauge: 17 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Nubby Stitch after blocking.

16 sts and 24 rows = 4” in 1X1 Rib after blocking.

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Blue Sky Fibers Extra (55% alpaca, 45% wool; 218 yards [199 meters]/150 grams): 3524 Canyon (4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins)

 

Needles: US size 9 (5.5 mm) circular needle, 24” or longer enough to accommodate body stitches, 16” circular, and DPN’s. Spare needle in same size for knitting the 3-Needle BO.

Notions: Markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, cable needle, tapestry needle, five 1” buttons

Special Stitches

Knit Front and Back (Kfb): Knit into the front and back of next stitch. (1 st increased)

Left Twist (LT): Worked on RS rows. Skip the first stitch on left-hand needle and knit the second stitch through the back loop, then knit the first stitch through the front loop. Slip both stitches off needle together.

Right Twist (RT): Worked on WS rows. Skip the first stitch on left-hand needle and purl into the second stitch, then purl into the first stitch. Slip both stitches off needle together.

3-Needle Bind-Off: Hold right sides of pieces facing each other together, with one needle in front of the other. Knit the first stitch from each needle together. Knit the next st from both needles together. Pull the second stitch on right-hand needle over the first and off needle. Repeat to last stich, as in a Traditional BO. Break yarn and pull through last stitch.

One-Row Buttonhole:

Step 1: With yarn in front, slip 1 stitch. Bring yarn to back of work.

Step 2: Slip the nest stich. Bind off 1 stitch by brining the second stitch on right-hand needle over the first stitch and off needle.

Step 3: Repeat step 2, two more times.

Step 4: Slip first stitch on right-hand needle back to left-hand needle.

Step 5: Turn work to WS. Insert right-hand needle in-between the first 2 stitches on left-hand needle. Wrap yarn around needle, pull through a loop, and place on left-hand needle, as in a cable cast on.  Repeat step 3, three more times, bringing yarn to the front before placing the last st on needle.

Step 6: Turn work back to RS. Yarn will be in back. Slip the first stitch on left-hand needle to right-hand needle. Bind this stitch off by lifting the second stitch on right-hand needle over the first stitch and off needle. Slip stitch back to left hand needle. The last stitch slipped back to left hand needle will be worked normally when knitting resumes.

An online tutorial for the one-row buttonhole can be found here.

Nubby Stitch Pattern (worked flat; multiple of 3 sts + 2)

Row 1 (RS): LT, *p1, LT; rep from * to end of row.

Row 2: RT, *k1, RT; rep from * to end of row.

Row 3: Knit.

Row 4: Purl.

Rep Rows 1-4 for pattern.

Pattern Notes

This sweater is knit flat from the bottom up. The slightly cropped style is easily customizable by adding more length before dividing at the underarms. Please be aware that any changes to length will affect yardage requirements.

When decreasing for the neck shaping and sleeves, if there are not two stitches available to complete a twist, knit the one stitch in St st. Be sure to keep the selvedge stitch in place along the neckline.

Pattern includes 1 St st selvedge stitch on each front edge which is not included in the finished measurements.

Pattern

Body

Using long circular needle, and the method of your choice, CO 149 (161, 173, 185, 197, 209, 221, 233, 245, 257, 269, 281) sts.

Hem

Row 1 (RS): K2, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 2: P2, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, p1.

Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 1” from CO edge, ending with a RS row.

Dec Row: (WS) P73 (79, 85, 91, 97, 103, 109, 115, 121, 127, 133, 139) sts, p2tog, p to end of row. (148 (160, 172, 184, 196, 208, 220, 232, 244, 256, 268, 280) sts rem)

Set Pattern for Body:

Row 1 (RS): K1, work Row 1 of Nubby Stitch pattern to last st, k1.

Row 2: P1, work next row of Nubby Stitch pattern to last st, p1.

Cont in Nubby Stitch pattern as established, keeping the first and last stitch of every row in St st, until piece measures 13” from CO edge, ending with Row 2 of Nubby Stitch pattern.

Separate Front and Back:

Right Front

Sizes 35.75 (38.75, 41.5, 44.25, 47, 50, 52.75, 55.5, 58.5)” Only

Next Row (RS): (Row 3 of Nubby Stitch pattern) K35 (38, 41, 44, 47, 50, 53, 56, 59), kfb, turn. (37 (40, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 61) sts)

Place rem sts for Back and Left Front onto waste yarn or spare circular needle.

Next Row: Purl.

Sizes 61.25 (64, 67)” Only

Next Row (RS): (Row 3 of Nubby Stitch pattern) K63 (66, 69), turn.

Place rem sts for Back and Left Front onto waste yarn or spare circular needle.

Next Row: BO 2, p to end. (61 (64, 67) sts rem)

All Sizes

Cont Nubby Stitch pattern as established for body, keeping the selvedge st in place at beg and end of row, until piece measures 6.75 (7.25, 7.25, 8, 8.75, 8.75, 9.25, 9.25, 10, 10, 10.75, 10.75)” from underarm.

At the same time, shape neck as follows:

Next Row (RS): K1, ssk, work in established pattern to end of row. (1 st decreased at neck edge)

Rep Dec Row every other row 10 (10, 10, 12, 10, 10, 14, 14, 12, 12, 12, 16) more times, then every 4th row 3 (4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 5, 5, 7, 7, 8, 6) times. (23 (25, 28, 29, 32, 35, 35, 38, 41, 41, 43, 44) shoulder sts rem)

Place sts on holder.

Back

Place held body sts back on needle.

With RS facing, attach new yarn after last Right Front st worked.

Sizes 35.75 (38.75, 41.5, 44.25, 47, 50, 52.75, 55.5, 58.5)” Only

Next Row (RS): (Row 3 of Nubby Stitch pattern) K76 (82, 88, 94, 100, 106, 112, 118, 124), turn.

Place rem 36 (39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60) sts for Left Front onto waste yarn or spare circular needle.

Sizes 61.25 (64, 67)” Only

Next Row (RS): (Row 3 of Nubby Stitch pattern) BO 2, k128 (134, 140), turn.

Place rem 63 (66, 69) sts for Left Front onto waste yarn or spare circular needle.

Next Row: BO 2, p to end. (126 (132, 138) sts rem)

All Sizes

Cont Nubby Stitch pattern as established, keeping the selvedge st in place at beg and end of row, until back measures 6.75 (7.25, 7.25, 8, 8.75, 8.75, 9.25, 9.25, 10, 10, 10.75, 10.75)” from underarm. Place back sts on holder.

Left Front

Place rem held 36 (39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60, 63, 66, 69) Left Front sts back on needle.

With RS facing, attach new yarn after last Back st worked.

Sizes 35.75 (38.75, 41.5, 44.25, 47, 50, 52.75, 55.5, 58.5)”

Next Row (RS): (Row 3 of Nubby Stitch pattern) K to last st, kfb. (37 (40, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 61) sts)

Next Row: Purl.

Sizes 61.25 (64, 67)” Only

Next Row (RS): (Row 3 of Nubby Stitch pattern) BO 2, k to end. (61 (64, 67) sts rem)

Next Row: Purl.

All Sizes

Cont Nubby Stitch pattern as established, keeping the selvedge st in place at beg and end of row, until piece measures 6.75 (7.25, 7.25, 8, 8.75, 8.75, 9.25, 9.25, 10, 10, 10.75, 10.75)” from underarm.

At the same time, shape neck as follows:

Dec Row (RS): Work in pattern to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (1 st decreased at neck edge)

Rep Dec Row every other row 10 (10, 10, 12, 10 10, 14, 14, 12, 12, 12, 16) more times, then every 4th row 3 (4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 5, 5, 7, 7, 8, 6) times. (23 (25, 28, 29, 32, 35, 35, 38, 41, 41, 43, 44) shoulders sts rem)

Place Left Front sts on holder.

Seam Shoulders

Place back sts on long circular needle. Starting at the outside of left shoulder, and with RS of Back and Left Front together, use the three-needle bind off to BO 23 (25, 28, 29, 32, 35, 35, 38, 41, 41, 43, 44) shoulder sts, switching to a traditional bind off, BO off 30 (32, 32, 36, 36, 36, 42, 42, 42, 44, 46, 50) sts for back neck, place Right Front sts on short circular needle, using 3-needle bind off, BO rem 23 (25, 28, 29, 32, 35, 35, 38, 41, 41, 43, 44) shoulder sts.

Sew up side seams.

Block to measurements.

Sleeve

With 16” circular needle, and starting with RS facing at the center underarm, pick up and k29 (32, 32, 33, 36, 36, 39, 39, 39, 42, 45, 48) sts up along armhole edge to shoulder, 0 (0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) st from shoulder seam, and 29 (32, 32, 33, 36, 36, 39 39, 39, 42, 45, 48) sts down along armhole edge to underarm. Pm and join for working in the rnd. (58 (64, 64, 67, 73, 73, 79, 79, 85, 91, 97, 97) sts)

Sizes 35.75 (41.5, 44.25, 50, 55.5, 58.5, 61.25, 67)” Only

Knit 1 rnd.

Work in Nubby Stitch as follows:

Rnd 1: P1, *LT, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 2: P1, *RT, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 3-4: Knit.

Sizes 38.75 (47, 52.75, 64)” Only

Next Rnd: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, ssk. (62 (71, 77, 95) sts rem)

Work in Nubby Stitch as follows:

Rnd 1: LT, *p1, Lt; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 2: RT, *p1, RT; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 3 & 4: Knit.

All Sizes

When sleeve measures 1” from pick up edge, begin decreases as follows and change to dpns when necessary:

Dec Rnd: K2tog, work in pattern as established to last 2 sts, ssk. (2 sts decreased)

Rep Dec Rnd every 10 (8, 8, 8, 6, 6, 6, 6, 4, 4, 4, 4) rnds 4 (7, 6, 6, 4, 8, 12, 12, 7, 16, 18, 19) more times, then every 12 (10, 10, 10, 8, 8, 8, 6, 6, 6, 6) rnds 3 (2, 3, 3, 7, 4, 1, 1, 9, 3, 2, 1) time(s). (42 (42, 44, 47, 47, 47, 49, 51, 51, 51, 53, 55) sts rem)

Work even in pattern until sleeve measures 16.5” from underarm.

Cuff

Sizes 35.75 (38.75)” Only

Dec Rnd: K1, (k2tog, k1) 13 times, k2tog. (28 sts rem)

Size 41.5” Only

Dec Rnd: K1, k2tog, k2, (k2tog, k1) 11 times, k2tog, k2, k2tog. (30 sts rem)

Sizes 44.25 (47, 50)” Only

Dec Rnd: K1, k2tog, k2, (k2tog, k1) 12 times, k2tog, k2, k2tog. (32 sts rem)

Size 52.75” Only

Dec Rnd: K1, (k2tog, k2) 2 times, (k2tog, k1) 10 times, (k2tog, k2) 2 times, k2tog. (34 sts rem)

Size 55.5 (58.5)” Only

Dec Rnd: K1, (k2tog, k1) 16 times, k2tog. (34 sts rem)

Size 61.25” Only

Dec Rnd: K1, (k2tog, k2) 3 times, (k2tog, k1) 8 times, (k2tog, k2) 3 times, k2tog. (36 sts rem)

Size 64” Only

Dec Rnd: K1, k2tog, k2, (k2tog, k1) 14 times, k2tog, k2, k2tog. (36 sts rem)

Size 67” Only

Dec Rnd: K1, k2tog, (k2tog, k1) 16 times, k2tog, k2tog. (36 sts rem)

All Sizes

Rnds 1-7: [K1, p1] around.

BO all sts.

Finishing

Button Band

With RS facing, starting at the bottom right front, pick up and k51 from front edge, 32 (34, 34, 38, 41, 41, 44, 44, 48, 48, 51, 51) sts along right front neck shaping, 29 (31, 31, 35, 35, 35, 41, 41, 41, 43, 45, 49) sts along back neck, 32 (34, 34, 38, 41, 41, 44, 44, 48, 48, 51, 51) sts along front neck shaping, and 51 sts along left front edge. (195 (201, 201, 213, 219, 219, 231, 231, 239, 241, 249, 253) sts)

Row 1 (WS): P2, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 2: K2, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 3: Rep Row 1.

Row 4 (buttonholes) (RS): K2, p1, k1, *make buttonhole, k1, (p1, k1) 3 times; rep from * 4 more times, (p1, k1) to last st, k1.

Note: The first k1 after the buttonhole is the last st that was slipped back to left-hand needle.

Rows 5-7: Rep Rows 1-3.

BO all sts.

Sew buttons onto left front of button band opposite buttonholes.

Weave in ends.

Measurements

Bust: 35.75 (38.75, 41.5, 44.25, 47, 50, 52.75, 55.5, 58.5, 61.25, 64, 67)”

Armhole Drop: 6.75 (7.25, 7.25, 8, 8.75, 8.75, 9.25, 9.25, 10, 10, 10.75, 10.75)”

Upper Arm:13.5 (14.5, 15, 15.75, 16.75, 17.25, 18, 18.5, 20, 21.5, 22.25, 22.75)”

Wrist: 7 (7, 7.5, 8, 8, 8, 8.5, 8.5, 8.5, 9, 9, 9)”

Sleeve Length: 17.75”

Back Neck (before neckband): 7 (7.5, 7.5, 8.5, 8.5, 8.5, 9.75, 9.75, 9.75, 10.25, 10.75, 11.75)”

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