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Thalia Cardigan

The generous shape of this long open-front cardigan creates a cozy fit with classic appeal. Thalia features an all-over textured pattern and a shawl collar worked in reverse stockinette stitch, creating beautifully rolled edges. This cardigan is the perfect casual piece for when you just want to be cozy and cute.

Time: 70 Hours Project

Skill level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 39.60 (43.60, 47.60, 51.60, 55.60)” to fit bust 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)”

7.5″ positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 43.60″

Gauge: 23.5 sts and 24 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in Star stitch pattern

18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in St st

Materials

Yarn: Ancient Art Yarns Lascaux Worsted (25% Manx Loaghtan wool, 75% Punta Arenas wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/3.5 oz [100 grams]): Irish Linen (9 (10, 11, 11, 12) skeins)

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles

Notions: Tapestry needle, cable needle (cn), locking stitch markers, stitch holders

Special Stitches

Single Selvage Stitch (ES)

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1 wyib, work in given stitch pattern to last st, p1 tbl.

Row 2 (WS): Sl 1 wyib, work in given stitch pattern to last st, k1 tbl.

Rep Rows 1-2 for single selvage st edge.

Star Stitch Pattern (multiple of 4 sts + 1):

Row 1 (RS): K1, *k3tog tbl, don’t drop off needle, (yo, k1) in same st, k1; rep from * to end.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: K2, *k1, k3tog tbl, don’t drop off needle, (yo, k1) in same st; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 4: Purl.

Rep Rows 1-4 for the pattern.

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 back, fronts, and sleeves are worked flat from the bottom up and sewn together. The collar is knitted simultaneously with the fronts and the extensions are joined at the center back using Kitchener Stitch. The body of the cardi is worked with a star stitch pattern and the collar in reversed stockinette stitch. The shaping of the collar is worked by twisting the stitches and alternating the pattern.

During collar shaping, if there are not enough stitches to work the star stitch, work remaining stitches in Stockinette stitch instead.

Pattern

Back

CO 113 (125, 139, 149, 161) sts.

Ribbing:

Work 6 rows in 1×1 rib, ending with a WS row.

Body:

Change to Star Stitch pattern and work for 12 (16, 12, 10, 16) rows, ending with a WS row.

Shape sleeves:

Inc Row (RS): K1, M1, work in pattern to last st, M1, k1. (2 sts increased)

Rep Inc row every RS row 40 (40, 40, 40, 38) more times, working new sts into pattern. (195 (207, 219, 231, 239) sts)

Work 1 WS row.

Mark first and a last st with a locking stitch marker for armhole placement.

Work 38 (40, 44, 46, 48) rows even, ending with a WS row.

Shape shoulder:

Using the Sloped BO method, BO 4 (4, 4, 5, 5) sts at beg of next 14 (26, 38, 2, 10) rows, then BO 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 34 (22, 10, 46, 38) rows. (37 sts rem)

BO all sts.

Left Front

CO 63 (69, 75, 81, 87) sts.

Ribbing:

Row 1 (RS): Work 49 (55, 61, 67, 73) sts in 1×1 rib, k1 tbl, 12 sts in rev St st, ES.

Row 2: ES, 12 sts in rev St st, p1, work 49 (55, 61, 67, 73) sts in 1×1 rib.

Rep last 2 rows 2 more times for a total of 6 rows, ending with a WS row.

Body:

Next Row (RS): K0 (2, 0, 2, 0), work 49 (53, 61, 65, 73) sts in Star Stitch pattern, k1 tbl, 12 sts in rev St st, ES.

Next Row: ES, 12 sts in rev St st, p1, work 49 (53, 61, 65, 73) sts in Star Stitch pattern, p(0, 2, 0, 2, 0).

Work in pattern as set for 10 (14, 10, 8, 14) more rows, ending with a WS row.

Shape sleeve:

Inc Row (RS): K1, M1, work in pattern to end. (1 st increased)

Rep Inc row every RS row 40 (40, 40, 40, 38) more times, working new sts into pattern. (104 (110, 116, 122, 126) sts)

Work 1 WS row.

Mark first and a last st with a locking stitch marker for armhole placement.

Note: Collar shaping beg before cuff ends; read the following sections all the way through before proceeding.

Work 38 (40, 44, 46, 48) rows even, ending with a WS row.

At the same time, when 22 (22, 26, 28, 26) of those even rows have been completed, shape collar as follows:

Collar Shaping Row (RS): Work to last 16 sts, transfer next st to cn, hold in back, k1, k1 tbl, p1 from cn, work next 12 sts in rev St st, ES. (13 sts in rev St st)

Rep changing 1 st from pattern to rev St st every 6th row 11 more times. (24 sts in rev St st)

Note: Shoulder shaping beg before collar shaping ends; read the following section all the way through before proceeding.

At the same time, when the 38 (40, 44, 46, 48) even rows have been completed, shape shoulders as follows:

Using the Sloped BO method, BO 4 (4, 4, 5, 5) sts at beg of next 7 (13, 19, 1, 5) RS row(s), then BO 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 17 (11, 5, 23, 19) RS rows. (25 collar sts rem)

BO all sts.

Cont even over collar sts in rev St st for 19 rows, ending with a RS row or until collar measures about 3”.

Shape collar edge:

Short-row 1 (WS): Knit to last 5 sts, wrap next st, turn.

Short-row 2 (RS): Purl to end.

Short-row 3: Knit to last 10 sts, wrap next st, turn.

Short-row 4: Purl to end.

Short-row 5: Knit to last 15 sts, wrap next st, turn.

Short-row 6: Purl to end.

Short-row 7: Knit to last 20 sts, wrap next st, turn.

Short-row 8: Purl to end.

Short-row 9: Knit to end, working wraps tog with wrapped sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Place sts on holder.

Right Front

CO 63 (69, 75, 81, 87) sts.

Ribbing:

Row 1 (RS): ES, 12 sts in rev St st, k1 tbl, work 49 (55, 61, 67, 73) sts in 1×1 rib.

Row 2: Work 49 (55, 61, 67, 73) sts in 1×1 rib, p1, 12 sts in rev St st, ES.

Rep last 2 rows 2 more times for a total of 6 rows, ending with a WS row.

Body:

Next Row (RS): ES, 12 sts in rev St st, k1 tbl, 49 (53, 61, 65, 73) sts in Star Stitch pattern, k0 (2, 0, 2, 0).

Next Row: P0 (2, 0, 2, 0), work 49 (53, 61, 65, 73) sts in Star Stitch pattern, p1, 12 sts in rev St st, ES

Work in pattern as set for 10 (14, 10, 8, 14) more rows, ending with a WS row.

Shape sleeves:

Inc Row (RS): Work in pattern as set to last st, M1, k1. (1 st increased)

Rep Inc row every RS row 40 (40, 40, 40, 36) times, working new sts into pattern. (104 (110, 116, 122, 126) sts)

Work 1 WS row.

Mark first and a last st with a locking stitch marker for armhole placement.

Note: Collar shaping beg before cuff ends; read the following sections all the way through before proceeding.

Work 38 (40, 44, 46, 48) rows even, ending with a WS row.

At the same time, when 22 (22, 26, 28, 26) of those even rows have been completed, shape collar as follows:

Collar Shaping Row (RS): ES, 12 sts in rev St st, transfer next 2 sts to cn, hold in front, p1, (k1 tbl, k1) from cn, work in pattern to end. (13 sts in rev St st)

Rep changing 1 st from pattern to rev St st every 6th row 11 more times. (24 sts in rev St st)

Note: Shoulder shaping beg before collar shaping ends; read the following section all the way through before proceeding.

At the same time, when the 38 (40, 44, 46, 48) even rows have been completed, shape shoulders as follows:

Using the Sloped BO method, BO 4 (4, 4, 5, 5) sts at beg of next 7 (13, 19, 1, 5) WS row(s), then BO 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 17 (11, 5, 23, 19) WS rows. (25 collar sts rem)

BO all sts.

Cont even over collar sts in rev St st for 18 rows, ending with a WS Row or until collar measures about 3”.

Shape collar edge:

Short-row 1 (RS): Purl to last 5 sts, wrap next st, turn.

Short-row 2 (WS): Knit to end.

Short-row 3: Purl to last 10 sts, wrap next st, turn.

Short-row 4: Knit to end.

Short-row 5: Purl to last 15 sts, wrap next st, turn.

Short-row 6: Knit to end.

Short-row 7: Purl to last 20 sts, wrap next st, turn.

Short-row 8: Knit to end.

Short-row 9: Purl to end, working wraps tog with wrapped sts.

Work 1 WS row.

Cut yarn and place sts on holder.

Sleeve (make 2)

CO 77 (81, 85, 93, 97) sts.

Ribbing:

Work 6 rows in 1×1 rib, ending with a WS row.

Sleeve Body:

Change to Star Stitch pattern and work in pattern until piece measures about 9.75″.

BO all sts.

Finishing

Block all pieces to finished measurements. Sew shoulder/top of sleeve seams.

Join collar edges with Kitchener Stitch. Sew neckband seam.

Sew sleeves into armholes, matching the center of the sleeve top to the shoulder seam and the edges to the markers.

Sew underarm and side seams using mattress stitch.

Weave in ends.

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