Serene Sips Cardigan

We all love the bright colors of summer, but the Serene Sips Cardigan gives your wardrobe a nice balance with its calm, laid-back feeling. Plus, the intricate stitches look beautiful and will test your skills with a unique side-to-side and top-down construction.

Skill Level: Advanced

Size: Finished Bust Size 29 (33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53)” / [73.5 (84, 94, 104, 114.5, 124.5, 134.5) cm]

Shown in size 33″ / [84 cm].

Gauge: 24 sts and 34 rows = 4″ / [10 cm] in St st with larger needles;

1 patt rep (13 sts) = 2″/ [5 cm] and 35 rows = 4″ / [10 cm] in Fishtail Pattern with larger needles.

Materials

Yarn:

Lace weight yarn Quince & Co. Piper (50% Texas Super Kid Mohair, 50% Texas Superfine Merino; 305 yards [279 meters]/50grams): San Angelo, 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins.

Needles: US sizes 2 (2.75 mm) and 3 (3.25 mm): straight needles and double pointed needles (DPNs).

Notions: Stitch markers; waste yarn and crochet hook US size D/3 (3.25 mm) for provisional cast on; US size 9 (5.5 mm) needle for binding off; nine 3/8” (9 mm) buttons

Abbreviations

approx: approximately

beg: begin(ning)

BO: bind off

CO: cast on

cont: continue

dec(’d): decrease(d)

DPN(s): double pointed needle(s)

inc(’d): increase(d)

k: k

k2tog: k 2 sts together

m: marker

m1: (make 1) insert left needle under horizontal strand between st just worked and next st, from the front to the back, k through the back loop

meas: measures

m1p: (make 1 pwise) insert left needle under horizontal strand between st just worked and next st, from the back to the front, p

p: p

patt: pattern

pm: place marker

rem: remain(ing)

rep: repeat

rnd(s): round(s)

RS: right side

sm: slip marker

ssk: (slip, slip, k) slip 2 sts, 1 at a time, kwise to the right needle; return sts to left needle in turned position and k them together through the back loops

st(s): stitches

WS: wrong side

wyb: with yarn in back

wyf: with yarn in front

yo: yarn over

Special Stitches

Stockinette Stitch (worked in rows): K on RS, p on WS.

Stockinette Stitch (worked in rnds): K all sts, every rnd.

Provisional Cast-on Method: With waste yarn, beg with slipknot on crochet hook. *Wrap yarn around kting needle counter-clockwise, then use crochet hook to draw yarn through loop on hook; rep from * for desired number of sts. Fasten off.

Backward Loop Cast-on Method: *Wrap yarn around left thumb from front to back and secure in palm with other fingers, insert right needle upwards through strand on thumb, slip loop from thumb onto needle, pulling yarn to tighten; rep from * for desired number of sts.

Fishtail Pattern (worked over a multiple of 13 sts + 2)

(also, see chart)

Row 1 (RS): K1, *p2, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, p2; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 2 (WS): P1, *k2, p9, k2; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 3: K1, *p1, k2tog, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, ssk, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rnd 4: P1, *k1, p11, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.

Rnd 5: K1, *k2tog, k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, ssk; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 6: Purl.

Rep Rows 1-6 for Fishtail Pattern.

Wrap and turn

K Row: Wyb, slip next st pwise onto right needle, bring yarn to front of work, return slipped st to left needle, bring yarn to back of work, then turn work.

P Row: Wyf slip next st pwise onto right needle, bring yarn to back of work, return slipped st to left needle, bring yarn to front of work, then turn work.

Hide Wraps

K Row: Pick up the wrap from the front with the right needle and k together with the st it wraps.

P Row: Pick up the wrap through back of loop with right needle and p together with the st it wraps.

Pattern Notes

The upper body begins at the center of the left front. The left front and back are worked separately, from the center out to the shoulder then joined at the shoulder. Decreases are worked for the shoulder, then short-rows are worked to shape the left armhole and sleeve cap. Some stitches are cast-on at the underarm, then the sleeve is joined into the round and worked down to the cuff. The right upper body and sleeve are worked the same as the left, then the lower body stitches are picked up around the lower edge of the upper body and worked down in the Fishtail Pattern.

Pattern

Left Front

With larger needles, CO 14 (14, 16, 17, 17, 18, 20) sts.

Next Row (WS): Purl.

Shape Front Neck

Inc Row (RS): K to last st, m1, k1 – 1 st inc’d; 15 (15, 17, 18, 18, 19, 21) sts.

Work 3 rows even in St st, ending after a WS row.

Rep Inc Row once more – 16 (16, 18, 19, 19, 20, 22) sts.

[Purl 1 WS row, then rep Inc Row] 4 (5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4) more times – 20 (21, 23, 24, 23, 24, 26) sts.

Inc Row (WS): P1, m1p, p to end – 1 st inc’d; 21 (22, 24, 25, 24, 25, 27) sts.

Inc Row (RS): K to last st, m1, k1 – 1 st inc’d; 22 (23, 25, 26, 25, 26, 28) sts.

Rep the last 2 rows 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8) more times – 30 (33, 35, 38, 39, 42, 44) sts.

Keep sts on needle, break yarn.

Piece should meas approx 2¾ (3¼, 3¼, 3½, 3½, 3¾, 3¾)” / [7 (8.5, 8.5, 9, 9, 9.5, 9.5) cm] from CO edge.

Left Back

Use the Provisional cast-on method, CO 33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51) sts onto needle holding Left Front sts.

Beg with a WS row, work in St st on Left Back sts only for 11 (15, 15, 17, 17, 19, 19) rows, ending after a WS row.

Shape Back Neck

Inc Row (RS): K1, m1, k to end – 1 st inc’d; 34 (37, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52) sts.

Next Row (WS): Purl.

Rep the last 2 rows 7 more times, then rep Inc Row once more – 41 (44, 47, 50, 53, 56, 59) sts.

Left Bodice

Join Left Back and Front (WS): P to end of Left Back sts, pm, using the Backward Loop cast-on method, CO 11 (11, 12, 12, 14, 14, 15) sts, then p across the held Left Front sts – 82 (88, 94, 100, 106, 112, 118) sts.

Cont in St st for 2 (2, 2, 4, 4, 4, 4) rows, ending after a WS row.

Shape Left Shoulder

Dec Row (RS): K to 3 sts before m, ssk, k1, sm, k1, k2tog, k to end – 2 sts dec’d; 80 (86, 92, 98, 104, 110, 116) sts.

[Purl 1 WS row, then rep Dec Row] 2 (2, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0) more times – 76 (82, 90, 96, 104, 110, 116) sts.

[Work 3 rows in St st, then rep Dec Row] 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 4, 2) more times – 70 (76, 82, 88, 94, 102, 112) sts.

[Work 5 rows in St st, then rep Dec Row] 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 3) more times – 70 (76, 82, 88, 94, 100, 106) sts.

Back should meas approx 5¾ (6, 6¼, 6¾, 7, 7½, 8)” / [14.5 (15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.5) cm] from Provisional cast-on.

Shape Left Front Armhole

Next Row (WS): Purl.

Short-Row 1 (RS): K14 (17, 21, 24, 26, 33, 35) sts, wrap and turn; (WS) p to end.

Short-Row 2 (RS): K to 3 sts before wrap from previous row, wrap and turn; (WS) p to end.

Rep the last Short-row 2 (2, 3, 3, 2, 4, 4) more times – 5 (8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 20) sts rem unwrapped at end of row.

Short-Row 3 (RS): K to 1 st before wrap from previous row, wrap and turn; (WS) p to end.

Rep the last Short-row 2 (5, 6, 9, 14, 15, 17) more times – 2 sts rem unwrapped at end of row.

Next Row (RS): K to end, hiding wrapped sts as they appear.

Shape Left Back Armhole

Short-Row 1 (WS): P14 (17, 21, 24, 26, 33, 35) sts, wrap and turn; (RS) k to end.

Short-Row 2 (WS): P to 3 sts before wrap from previous row, wrap and turn; (RS) k to end.

Rep the last Short-row 2 (2, 3, 3, 2, 4, 4) more times – 5 (8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 20) sts rem unwrapped at end of row.

Short-Row 3 (WS): P to 1 st before wrap from previous row, wrap and turn; (RS) k to end.

Rep the last Short-row 2 (5, 6, 9, 14, 15, 17) more times – 2 sts rem unwrapped at end of row.

Left Sleeve

Shape Sleeve Cap

Short-Row 1 (WS): P to m, hiding wrapped sts as they appear, remove m, p14 (14, 15, 15, 17, 17, 18), wrap and turn.

Short-Row 2 (RS): K28 (28, 30, 30, 34, 34, 36), wrap and turn.

Short-Row 3 (WS): P to m, p the wrapped st hiding the wrap, p2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6), wrap and turn.

Short-Row 4 (RS): K to m, k the wrapped st hiding the wrap, k2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6), wrap and turn.

Rep the last 2 short-rows once more.

Short-Row 5 (WS): P to wrapped st, p the wrapped st hiding the wrap, wrap and turn.

Short-Row 6 (RS): K to wrapped st, k the wrapped st hiding the wrap, wrap and turn.

Rep the last 2 short-rows 11 (12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 17) more times (until 2 sts rem unwrapped at each end of row), then work Short-Row 5 once more.

Next Row (RS): K to last st, sl last st purlwise wyb.

Divide sts evenly over 3 DPNs.

Using the Backwards Loop cast-on method, CO 5 (3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2) sts, pm for beg of rnd, CO another 5 (3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2) sts – 80 (82, 88, 92, 98, 104, 110) sts.

Sleeve

Join to work in the rnd. Work in St st (in the rnd) for 3 rnds, hiding the wrap around the first st on the first rnd.

Shape Sleeve

Dec Rnd: K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 – 2 sts dec’d; 78 (80, 86, 90, 96, 102, 108) sts.

Knit 7 rnds.

Rep the last 8 rnds 3 more times – 72 (74, 80, 84, 90, 96, 102) sts.

Change to smaller DPNs.

[Purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd] 3 times.

Loosely BO all sts purlwise.

Right Back

Carefully remove waste yarn from 33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51) Provisional cast-on sts and place sts onto larger needle.

Join yarn and beg with a WS row, work in St st for 11 (15, 15, 17, 17, 19, 19) rows, ending after a WS row.

Shape Neck

Inc Row (RS): K to last st, m1, k1 – 1 st inc’d; 34 (37, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52) sts.

Next Row (WS): Purl.

Rep last 2 rows 6 more times, then rep Inc Row once more – 41 (44, 47, 50, 53, 56, 59) sts.

Keep sts on needle, break yarn.

Right Front

CO 14 (14, 16, 17, 17, 18, 20) sts onto needle holding the Right Back sts. Cont with larger needles.

Next Row (WS): P across front sts only.

Shape Neck

Inc Row (RS): K1, m1, k to end – 1 st inc’d; 15 (15, 17, 18, 18, 19, 21) sts.

Work 3 rows even in St st, ending after a WS row.

Rep Inc Row – 16 (16, 18, 19, 19, 20, 22) sts.

[Purl 1 WS row, then rep Inc Row] 4 (5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4) more times – 20 (21, 23, 24, 23, 24, 26) sts.

Inc Row (WS): P to last st, m1p, p1 – 1 st inc’d; 21 (22, 24, 25, 24, 25, 27) sts.

Inc Row (RS): K1, m1, k to end – 1 st inc’d; 22 (23, 25, 26, 25, 26, 28) sts.

Rep the last 2 rows 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8) more times – 30 (33, 35, 38, 39, 42, 44) sts.

Right Bodice

Join Right Front and Back (WS), p to end of Right Front sts, using the Backward Loop cast-on method, CO 11 (11, 12, 12, 14, 14, 15) sts, pm, then p across the Right Back sts – 82 (88, 94, 100, 106, 112, 118) sts.

Cont in St st for 2 (2, 2, 4, 4, 4, 4) rows, ending after a WS row.

Shape Shoulder

Dec Row (RS): K to 3 sts before m, ssk, k1, sm, k1, k2tog, k to end – 2 sts dec’d; 80 (86, 92, 98, 104, 110, 116) sts.

[Purl 1 WS row, rep Dec Row] 2 (2, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0) more times – 76 (82, 90, 96, 104, 110, 116) sts rem.

[Work 3 rows in St st, then rep Dec Row] 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 4, 2) more times – 70 (76, 82, 88, 94, 102, 112) sts rem.

[Work 5 rows in St st, then rep Dec Row] 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 3) more times – 70 (76, 82, 88, 94, 100, 106) sts rem.

Back should meas 5¾ (6, 6¼, 6¾, 7, 7½, 8)” / [14.5 (15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.5) cm] from Provisional cast-on.

Shape Right Back Armhole

Work same as Left Front armhole.

Shape Right Front Armhole

Work same as Left Back armhole.

 Right Sleeve

Work same as Left Sleeve.

Body

With RS facing and larger needle, beg at lower edge of Left Front, pick up and k45 (51, 58, 64, 71, 77, 84) sts evenly along the Left Front to center of underarm, 94 (108, 120, 134, 146, 160, 172) sts along the Back to center of right underarm, then 45 (51, 58, 64, 71, 77, 84) sts along Right Front – 184 (210, 236, 262, 288, 314, 340) sts.

Next Row (WS): Purl.

Work in Lace Patt until 22 reps of patt are completed or until piece meas ½” / [1.5 cm] less than desired length.

[Purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd] 3 times.

Loosely BO all sts purlwise, using larger needle if necessary.

Finishing

Block piece to measurements.

Button Band

With RS of Left Front facing, and smaller needle, pick up and k 1 st in each st and 2 sts for every 3 rows evenly along the Left Front edge.

Knit 6 rows, ending after a RS row.

Loosely BO all sts knitwise using larger needle if necessary.

Place removable markers onto Right Front to mark buttonhole placement. The first is ¼” / [6 mm] below the neck edge, and the last is 1″ / [2.5 cm] from the lower edge. Place 7 more markers evenly spaced between.

Buttonhole Band

With RS of Right Front facing and smaller needle, pick up and k 2 sts for every 3 rows and 1 st in each st evenly along Right Front edge. K 3 rows, ending after a WS row.

Buttonhole Row (RS): *K to m, ssk, yo, rep from * for each marker, k to end.

Knit 2 rows, ending after a RS row.

Loosely BO all sts knitwise using larger needle if necessary.

Neck Trim

With RS facing and smaller needle, beg at Right Front neck edge, pick up and k 2 sts for every 3 rows and 1 st in each st evenly around neckline. Loosely BO all sts knitwise using larger needle if necessary.

Sew buttons opposite buttonholes. Weave in ends. yarn ball

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