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Sorrel Tartan Cardigan

Sorrel features two different tartan patterns in warm earthy tones which blend together to create this stunning cardigan. The pattern of the left front and sleeve is actually a stripe pattern, which is then embroidered with vertical lines to mimic tartan. The pattern of the right front and sleeve is worked in stranded colorwork. The back is in solid
color in stockinette stitch. The comfortable cardigan has a relaxed shape and modified drop shoulder sleeves, button bands and a collar, which are worked in single ribbing. The back and fronts are worked flat from the bottom up and sewn together. We promise that you’ll adore this striking piece!

Time: 64 Hours pattern

Skill level: Intermediate

Size:  41.75 (46, 49.75, 53.75, 58)”, to fit bust 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)” with 9.75 ” ease.

Shown in size 36″

Gauge: 20 sts and 27.50 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in St st, after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: DK Pure by Louise Robert Design (90% Merino Wool, 10% Silk, 260 yards [238 meters]/115 grams): MC Gingerbread (4 (4, 4, 5, 5) skeins), CC1 Sarrasin (1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skeins), CC2 Joconde (1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins).

Needles: US size 6 (4mm) straight or circular needles.

Notions: tapestry needle, 6 buttons with 1¼” diameter.

Special Stitches

Stranded Color-work pattern

Work according to Chart A. Work as many repeats as possible across the stitches in the chosen size. The chart is worked using the stranded method. Always pick up the background color over the pattern color and pick up the pattern color from under the background color. Keep floats loose. Always repeat rows 1-20 to the desired length.

Stripe pattern

Work in St st: *6 rows with MC, 2 rows with CC2, 2 rows with MC, 2 rows with CC2, 6 rows with MC, 2 rows with CC1; rep from * to length mentioned in pattern. (20 rows rep)

Double Selvage stitch (DS)

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1 wyib, k1; work in given stitch pattern to last 2 sts; sl 1 wyib, p1.

Row 2 (WS): Sl 1 wyib, p1; work in given stitch pattern to last 2 sts; sl 1 wyif, p1.

Repeat these 2 rows.

When working the double selvedge st, after slipping the first st, pull the yarn as tight as possible before knitting or purling the next st.

Horizontal one-row buttonhole

With RS facing, work in rib patt, ending with a purl st (yarn is in front). Sl the next st, bring yarn back and BO the sl st by lifting it up and over the 2nd st and off the needle. BO 5 more sts the same way (6 sts bound off). Sl the first st on RH needle back to LH needle. Turn the work so that the WS is facing, pick up the yarn and pull on it to prevent a gap from forming at the beg edge of the button hole, insert the RH needle bet the first 2 sts on the LH needle, then use the cable method to CO 7 sts, bringing the yarn to the front bet the needles before placing the 6th st on the LH needle. Turn the work so the RS is facing and sl first st on the LH needle Kwise onto the RH needle, then lift the last CO st over the sl st and off the needle. Return the last (sl) st back onto the LH needle (1 buttonhole completed) and work in rib with the rem sts.

Sloped BO

To prevent “stair steps” from forming between subsequent BO rows, use the sloped BO method as following: On the first BO row, bind off as usual to define the initial part of the slope. Work the next row to the last st, but do not work the last st. Turn work so that the unworked st becomes the first st on the RH needle. Sl the first st on the LH needle Pwise, then BO the unworked st by lifting it over the sl st and off the needle.

Pattern notes

The garment is knitted bottom-up in pieces and then sewn together. Sts are picked up along the front opening and the button band and buttonhole band is worked in single ribbing.

After the shoulders are sewn, sts are picked up along neck edge and the collar is worked in single ribbing.

Pattern

Back

With MC, CO 108 (118, 128, 138, 148) sts and work 22 rows in k1, p1 rib.

Continue in St st until piece measures 10.5 (11, 11.5, 11.75, 12.25)” finishing with a WS.

Shape armholes: BO 3 sts at beg of next 2 (2, 4, 4, 4) rows, then BO 2 sts at beg of next 4 (4, 2, 2, 2) rows, then BO 1 st at beg of next 4 rows. 90 (100, 108, 118, 128) sts rem.

Work straight until piece measures 8.25 (8.75, 9, 9.5, 9.75)” from beg of armhole shaping.

Shape shoulders: Note: neck shaping beg before shoulder shaping ends; read the next sections all the way through before proceeding.

BO 4 (5, 6, 6, 7) sts at the beg of next 14 (8, 2, 10, 6) rows, then BO 0 (4, 5, 5, 6) sts at the beg of following 0 (6, 12, 4, 8) rows.

At the same time, when piece measures 1″ from beg of shoulder shaping , shape neck as following: BO center 24 (26, 26, 28, 28) sts. Working each side separately, BO at neck edge: 3 sts once, 2 sts once.

Right Front

With MC, CO 52 (58, 62, 68, 74) sts and work 22 rows in k1, p1 rib.

Continue in color-work patt according to chart A, until piece measures 10.5 (11, 11.5, 11.75, 12.25)” finishing with a RS.

Shape armholes:

Next Row (WS): BO 3 sts at beg of next row. At the beg of WS rows and keeping patt correct, BO 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) sts 2 (2, 1, 1, 1) time(s), then BO 0 (0, 2, 2, 2) sts 0 (0, 1, 1, 1) time(s), and 1 st 2 times. 43 (49, 52, 58, 64) sts rem.

Work straight until piece measures 7.25 (7.75, 7.75, 8.25, 8.5)” from beg of armhole shaping, finishing with a WS.

Shape neck: Note: shoulder shaping beg before neck shaping ends; read the next sections all the way through before proceeding.

Next Row (RS): BO 7 (9, 8, 10, 11) sts. Keeping patt correct, BO at neck edge every RS row 2 sts once, and 1 st 6 times.

At the same time, when piece measures 8.25 (8.75, 9, 9.5, 9.75)” from beg of armhole shaping, shape shoulders as for back.

Left Front

With MC, CO 52 (58, 62, 68, 74) sts and work 22 rows in k1, p1 rib.

Continue in stripe patt, until piece measures 10.5 (11, 11.5, 11.75, 12.25)” finishing with a WS.

Shape armholes:

Next Row (RS): BO 3 sts at beg of next row. At the beg of RS rows, BO 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) sts 2 (2, 1, 1, 1) time(s), then BO 0 (0, 2, 2, 2) sts 0 (0, 1, 1, 1) time(s), and 1 st 2 times. 43 (49, 52, 58, 64) sts rem.

Work straight until piece measures 7.25 (7.75, 7.75, 8.25, 8.5)” from beg of armhole shaping, finishing with a RS.

Shape neck: Note: shoulder shaping beg before neck shaping ends; read the next sections all the way through before proceeding.

Next Row (WS): BO 7 (9, 8, 10, 11) sts. BO at neck edge every WS row 2 sts once, and 1 st 6 times.

At the same time, when piece measures 8.25 (8.75, 9, 9.5, 9.75)” from beg of armhole shaping, shape shoulders as for back.

Right Sleeve

With MC, CO 54 (56, 56, 58, 58) sts and work 22 rows in k1, p1 rib.

Cont in color-work patt according to chart A. Work even for 8 (6, 6, 6, 6) rows.

Inc row (RS): K1, M1L, work to last st, M1R, k1. 2 sts inc’d.

Rep inc row every 8th (6th, 6th, 6th, 6th) row, 3 (16, 12, 10, 6) more times, then every following 6th (0th, 4th, 4th, 4th) row, 12 (0, 6, 9, 15) times, working new sts into patt. 86 (90, 94, 98, 102) sts.

Cont straight until piece measures 18″.

Shape armholes: BO 3 sts at beg of next 2 (2, 4, 4, 4) rows, then BO 2 sts at beg of next 4 (4, 2, 2, 4) rows, then BO 1 st at beg of next 4 (4, 4, 4, 2) rows. 68 (72, 74, 78, 82) sts rem.

BO all sts when sleeve measures 19.80″ from CO.

Left Sleeve

With MC, CO 54 (56, 56, 58, 58) sts and work 22 rows in k1, p1 rib.

Cont in stripe patt, starting first rep from row number 13 (9, 7, 5, 1) (see Chart B), and increasing 1 st at each end as following:

Work even for 8 (6, 6, 6, 6) rows.

Inc row (RS): K1, M1L, work to last st, M1R, k1. 2 sts inc’d.

Rep inc row every 8th (6th, 6th, 6th, 6th) row, 3 (16, 12, 10, 6) more times, then every following 6th (0th, 4th, 4th, 4th) row, 12 (0, 6, 9, 15) times, working new sts into patt. 86 (90, 94, 98, 102) sts.

Cont straight until piece measures 18.10″.

Shape armholes: BO 3 sts at beg of next 2 (2, 4, 4, 4) rows, then BO 2 sts at beg of foll 4 (4, 2, 2, 4) rows, then BO 1 st at beg of foll 4 (4, 4, 4, 2) rows. 68 (72, 74, 78, 82) sts rem.

BO all sts when sleeve measures 19.80″ from CO.

Finishing

Block piece to finished measurements. With yarn threaded on a tapestry needle, embroider the vertical stripes of the tartan patt on Left Front and Left Sleeve, using the duplicate stitch, following Chart B and starting as indicated on Chart. Block again, if desired.

Sew shoulders.

Button Band

With MC, RS facing, and starting at top of Left Front neckband, pu and k119 (123, 127, 131, 137) sts down Left Front edge.

Row 1 (WS): DS (see Special Stitches), *k1, p1; rep to last 3 sts, k1, DS.

Row 2 (RS): DS, p1, *k1, p1; rep to last 2 sts, DS.

These 2 rows form k1, p1 rib. Work in rib as established for 7 more rows.

Cast off in rib.

Buttonhole Band

With RS facing, and starting at top of Right Front cast-on edge, pu and k119 (123, 127, 131, 137) sts down Right Front edge.

Row 1 (WS): DS (see Special Stitches), *k1, p1; rep to last 3 sts, k1, DS.

Row 2 (RS): DS, p1, *k1, p1; rep to last 2 sts, DS.

These 2 rows form k1, p1 rib. Work in rib as established for 3 more rows.

SIZES 32 (x, 40, x, 48) ONLY

Next Row (RS): Work 3 sts in rib as set, work 1-row buttonhole (see Special Stitches), work 13 (x, 17, x, 19) sts in rib, *work 1-row buttonhole, work 15 (x, 15, x, 17) sts in rib; rep from * 2 more times, 1-row buttonhole, work 13 (x, 17, x, 19) sts in rib, 1-row buttonhole, work to end.

SIZE 36 ONLY

Next Row (RS): Work 3 sts in rib as set, *work 1-row buttonhole (see Special Stitches), work 15 sts in rib; rep from * 4 more times, 1-row buttonhole, work to end.

SIZE 44 ONLY

Next Row (RS): Work 3 sts in rib as set, [work 1-row buttonhole (see Special Stitches), work 17 sts in rib] twice, work 1-row buttonhole, work 15 sts in rib, [work 1-row buttonhole, work 17 sts in rib] twice, work 1-row buttonhole, work to end.

ALL SIZES

Work 2 more rows in rib as set and BO in rib.

Collar

With MC and WS facing, beg at the center of left front button band, and finishing at the center of right front buttonhole band, pick up and k81 (83, 83, 85, 85) sts along neck edge.

Row 1 (WS): DS (see Special Stitches), p1 (0, 0, 1, 1), *k1, p1*; rep from * to last 2 (3, 3, 2, 2) sts, k0 (1, 1, 0, 0), DS.

Row 2 (RS): DS, p0 (1, 1, 0, 0), *k1, p1*; rep from * to last 3 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts, k1 (0, 0, 1, 1), DS.

Continue in rib as established, rep Rows 1-2. Work 1 more row.

Shape collar:

Next Row (RS-Inc): DS, work 8 (9, 9, 10, 10) in rib, *(k1, yo, k1) in next st, work 5 sts in rib*, rep from * to * 10 times in total, (k1, yo, k1) in next st, work 8 (9, 9, 10, 10) sts in rib, DS. 22 sts inc’d. 103 (105, 105, 107, 107) sts.

Work 26 more rows in rib as established and BO all sts in rib.

Sew sleeves into armholes. Sew underarm and side seams with the mattress stitch. Attach buttons to correspond with buttonholes.

Weave in ends.

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