Star Hem Cardigan

This swingy, easy-to-wear cardigan is just the thing to throw on over a simple tee and jeans. It is intended to be worn open and be roomy and comfortable.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Small/Medium (Large/1X, 2X/3X)

Shown in Small/Medium Size

Note: This cardigan has an open, loose fit.

Finished Measurements:

Length: 25 (26, 27)”

Gauge: 20 sts x 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stitch after wet blocking.

Materials

Yarn:

light weight yarn  Uptown DK (100% Anti-Pilling Acrylic; 273 yards [250 meters]/100 grams): #130 Donahue, 6 (8, 10) balls

Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) 32” circular; US 7 (4.5 mm) 32” circular

Notions: Tapestry needle

I-Cord Bind-Off: *K2, k2tog tbl (1 st bound-off), sl these 3 sts back to left needle; rep from *.

Stitch Guide

2×2 Right Cross (RC): Slip next 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn.

2×2 Left Cross (LC): Slip next 2 sts to cn and hold in front, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn.

Right Wavy Cable (worked over 8 sts)

Row 1 (RS): P2, 2×2 RC, p2.

Row 2: K2, p4, k2.

Row 3: P2, k4, p2.

Row 4: K2, p4, k2.

Row 5: P2, 2×2 LC, p2.

Rows 6-8: Rep Rows 2-4.

Rep Rows 1-8 for patt.

Left Wavy Cable (worked over 8 sts)

Row 1 (RS): P2, 2×2 LC, p2.

Row 2: K2, p4, k2.

Row 3: P2, k4, p2.

Row 4: K2, p4, k2.

Row 5: P2, 2×2 RC, p2.

Rows 6-8: Rep Rows 2-4.

Rep Rows 1-8 for patt.

Chevron (multiple of 11 sts + 12)

Row 1 (RS): K1, yo, k3, *ssk, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3; rep from * to last 8 sts, ssk, k2tog, k3, yo, k1.

Row 2 (WS): Purl.

Rep Rows 1-2 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This sweater is worked in pieces knit from the top down.

The sleeve edging is worked as a knit-on edging. One stitch from the edging and one stitch from the sleeve are knit together every right side row.

Pattern

Back

With smaller needle, CO 100 (133, 160) sts.

Set-up Row (WS): *P28 (39, 48), pm, k2, p4, k2, pm; rep from * once more, p28 (39, 48).

Row 1 (RS): Knit to m, work Row 7 of Right Wavy Cable patt to m, knit to m, work Row 7 of Left Wavy Cable patt to m, knit to end.

Row 2: Purl to m, work Row 8 of Left Wavy Cable patt to m, purl to m, work Row 8 of Right Wavy Cable patt to m, purl to end.

Inc Row: *K1, m1L, knit to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, work Row 1 of Right Wavy Cable patt to m, k1, m1L, knit to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, work Row 1 of Left Wavy Cable patt to m, k1, m1L, knit to last st, m1R, k1 – 6 sts inc’d.

Cont in patt, rep Inc Row every 8 rows, 15 (16, 17) more times – 196 (235, 268) sts; 60 (73, 84) sts in each St st section.

Work even in patt with no further increases until piece meas 20 (21, 22)” from cast-on edge, ending with WS row.

Back Hem

Inc Row (RS): *Knit to m, increasing 7 (5, 5) sts evenly, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m; rep from * once more, knit to end, increasing 7 (5, 5) sts evenly – 217 (250, 283) sts; 67 (78, 89) sts in each St st section.

Next Row (WS): *Purl to m, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m: rep from * once more, purl to end.

Establish Pattern

Switch to larger needle.

Row 1 (RS): *Work Row 1 of Chevron patt to m, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m; rep from * once more, work Row 1 of Chevron patt to end.

Row 2: *Work Row 2 of Chevron patt to m, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m; rep from * once more, work Row 2 of Chevron patt to end.

Rep Rows 1-2, 9 more times, then rep Row 1 once more.

Knit 2 rows.

Bind off all sts over the next WS row.

Right Front

Collar

With smaller needle, CO 9 sts using a provisional cast-on.

Set-up Row (WS): K2, p4, k2, p1.

Row 1 (RS): K1, work Row 1 of Right Wavy Cable to end.

Row 2 (WS): Work Row 2 of Right Wavy Cable to last st, p1.

Cont in patt as est until piece meas approx 3½ (4½, 5½)”, ending with Row 6 (WS) of patt.

Cast-on for Front

CO 39 (49, 59) sts using the knitted cast-on to first st on needle.

Row 1 (RS): K28 (39, 48) (Larger Section), pm, work Row 7 of Right Wavy Cable patt over 8 sts, pm, k4 (3, 4) (Smaller Section) pm, work Row 7 of Right Wavy Cable patt to end – 48 (58, 68) sts.

Row 2: Work Row 8 of Right Wavy Cable patt to m, purl to m, work Row 8 of Right Wavy Cable patt to m, purl to end.

Inc Row (both sections): K1, m1L, knit to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, work Row 1 of Right Wavy Cable patt to m, k1, m1L, knit to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, work Row 1 of Right Wavy Cable patt to end – 4 sts inc’d.

Work 3 rows even in patt.

Inc Row (smaller section): Knit to m, work Row 5 of Right Wavy Cable patt to m, k1, m1L, knit to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, work Row 5 of Right Wavy Cable patt to end – 2 sts inc’d.

Work 3 rows even in patt.

Cont to inc in Smaller Section every 4 rows while inc in Larger Section every 8 rows until there are 60 (73, 84) sts in each section, 136 (162, 184) sts total. Smaller Section or Larger Section increases may end sooner or later than the other.

Work even in patt with no further increases until piece meas 20 (21, 22)” from cast-on edge, ending with WS row.

Front Hem

Inc Row (RS): Knit to m, increasing 7 (5, 5) sts evenly, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m, knit to m, increasing 7 (5, 5) sts evenly, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to end – 150 (172, 194) sts; 67 (78, 89) sts in each St st section.

Next Row (WS): Cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m, purl to m, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m, purl to end.

Establish Pattern

Switch to larger needle.

Row 1 (RS): Work Row 1 of Chevron patt to m, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m, work Row 1 of Chevron patt to m, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to end.

Row 2: Cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m, work Row 2 of Chevron patt to m, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m, work Row 2 of Chevron patt to end.

Rep Rows 1-2, 9 more times, then rep Row 1 once more.

Knit 2 rows.

Bind off all sts over the next WS row.

Left Front

Collar

With smaller needle, CO 9 sts using a provisional cast on.

Set-up Row (WS): P1, k2, p4, k2.

Row 1 (RS): Work Row 1 of Left Wavy Cable to last st, p1.

Row 2 (WS): K1, work Row 2 of Left Wavy Cable to end.

Cont in patt as est until piece meas approx 3½ (4½, 5½)”, ending with Row 5 (RS) of patt.

Cast-on for Front

CO 39 (49, 59) sts using knitted cast-on to first st on needle.

Row 1 (WS): P28 (39, 48) (Larger Section), pm, work Row 6 of Left Wavy Cable patt over 8 sts, pm, p4 (3, 4) (Smaller Section) pm, work Row 6 of Left Wavy Cable patt to end – 48 (58, 68) sts.

Row 2: Work Row 7 of Left Wavy Cable patt to m, knit to m, work Row 7 of Left Wavy Cable patt to m, knit to end.

Row 3: Purl to m, work Row 8 of Left Wavy Cable patt to m, purl to m, work Row 8 of Left Wavy Cable patt to end.

Inc Row (both sections): Work Row 1 of Left Wavy Cable patt to m, k1, m1L, knit to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, work Row 1 of Left Wavy Cable patt to m, k1, m1L, knit to last st, m1R, k1 – 4 sts inc’d.

Work 3 rows even in patt.

Inc Row (smaller section): Work Row 1 of Left Wavy Cable patt to m, k1, m1L, knit to 1 st before m, m1R, k1, work Row 1 of Left Wavy Cable patt to m, knit to end – 2 sts inc’d.

Work 3 rows even in patt.

Cont to inc in Smaller Section every 4 rows while increasing in Larger Section every 8 rows until there are 60 (73, 84) sts in each section, 136 (162, 184) sts total. Smaller Section or Larger Section increases may end sooner or later than the other.

Work even in patt with no further increases until piece meas 20 (21, 22)” from cast-on edge, ending with WS row.

Front Hem

Inc Row (RS): Cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m, knit to m, increasing 7 (5, 5) sts evenly, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m, knit to m, increasing 7 (5, 5) sts evenly – 150 (172, 194) sts; 67 (78, 89) sts in each St st section.

Next row (WS): Purl to m, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m, purl to m, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to end.

Establish Pattern

Switch to larger needle.

Row 1 (RS): Cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m, work Row 1 of Chevron patt to m, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m, work Row 1 of Chevron patt to end.

Row 2: Work Row 2 of Chevron patt to m, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to m, work Row 2 of Chevron patt to m, cont in est Wavy Cable patt to end.

Rep Rows 1-2, 9 more times, then rep Row 1 once more.

Knit 2 rows.

Bind off all sts over the next WS row.

Sleeves

With smaller needle, CO 72 (84, 96) sts.

Work in St st for 4”, ending with WS row.

Sleeve Edging

CO 11 sts to first st on needle using the knitted method.

Row 1 (RS): K2, work Row 1 of Right Wavy Cable patt over 8 sts, k2tog tbl (last Edging stitch together with next Sleeve st) – 1 st bound-off.

Row 2 (WS): Sl 1 pwise wyib, work Row 2 of patt over 8 sts, sl 2 pwise wyif.

Row 3: K2, work Row 3 of patt over 8 sts, k3tog tbl (last Edging stitch together with next 2 Sleeve sts) – 1 st bound-off.

Row 4: Sl 1 pwise wyib, work Row 4 of patt over 8 sts, sl 2 pwise wyif.

Row 5: K2, work Row 5 of patt over 8 sts, k2tog tbl (last Edging stitch together with next Sleeve st) – 1 st bound-off.

Row 6: Sl 1 pwise wyib, work Row 6 of patt over 8 sts, sl 2 pwise wyif.

Row 7: K2, work Row 7 of patt over 8 sts, k3tog tbl (last Edging stitch together with next 2 Sleeve sts) – 1 st bound-off.

Row 8: Sl 1 pwise wyib, work Row 8 of patt over 8 sts, sl 2 pwise wyif.

Rep Rows 1-8 until all Sleeve sts have been bound-off.

Bind off rem 11 Edging sts.

Finishing

Block pieces to finished measurements. Sew Shoulder seams. Place each set of provisional cast-on sts from Left and Right Collars onto a knitting needle. Join the 2 sets of sts using kitchener stitch. Sew sides of Collar to Neck edge. Center top of Sleeve to Shoulder seam. Sew top of Sleeve to body. Sew Sleeve and side seams.

Front Edging

With smaller needle, pick up and knit 5 sts for every 7 rows all the way around front opening. Knit a WS row. CO 3 sts to first st on left needle using the knitted method. Bind off all sts using I-Cord Bind-off. Bind off rem 3 I-Cord sts.

Weave in ends. Steam seams and Front Edging. Weave in ends.yarn ball

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