Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Lexington Top-Down Cardigan

This cardigan is worked from the top down, beginning with the back collar, which is worked in two directions from a provisional cast-on. Stitches are cast on for the back shoulders, and the back neck stitches are picked up from one long side edge of the collar; the back is worked to the armholes, then placed on hold while the fronts are picked up from the back shoulders and worked to the armholes. Then the back and fronts are joined and the body is worked to the bottom edge, with A-line body shaping and a shirttail hem shaped using short rows. The sleeves are picked up from the armholes and worked to the cuffs, with short-row shaping to shape the sleeve caps.


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Skill Level: Intermediate

Skills Used: Provisional cast-on, knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, German Short-Rows (explained in the pattern)

Sizes: XX-Small (X-Small, Small, Medium) (Large, 1X, 2X) (3X, 4X, 5X, 6X)

Finished Measurements: 26.5 (30, 34, 38.5) (41.5, 46, 50) (54.5, 57.5, 62, 66)” bust, with fronts overlapped.

Materials: DK/light worsted weight wool blend: 1165 (1265, 1395, 1540) (1655, 1810, 1955) (2100, 2215, 2355, 2510) yards. NOTE: If you plan to increase the length of the Body or Sleeves, be sure to purchase extra yarn. Model knit in Classic Elite Yarns Soft Linen (35% linen, 35% wool, 30% baby alpaca; 50 grams / 137 yards): color #2227 Deep Red.

Needles and Notions: Size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 32″ long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 12″ long or longer, and set of five double-pointed needles, for Sleeves; crochet hook size F-5 (3.75 mm); stitch markers; waste yarn; removable marker; blocking wires (optional)

Gauge: In Stockinette stitch, 23 stitches and 32 rows = 4″/10 cm, blocked.

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