Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Top-Down Cardigan

This beautiful cardigan will go anywhere–from home, to work, to a night out. Because it’s worked from the top down, you can make it any length that suits you. And the waist and hip shaping make the cardigan figure-flattering. Wear it over your favorite tank top, or work the matching top-down shell (Pattern# 169) to go with it.

The cardigan begins at the back shoulders. The back is worked down 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 waist and hip shaping. The 3/4-length sleeves are picked up from the armholes and worked to the cuffs, with short-row shaping to shape the sleeve caps.

The lace edging pattern is presented in written format.


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Skill Level: Intermediate

Skills Used: Knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, Short-Row shaping (Wrap and Turn)

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

Finished Measurements: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72)” bust, buttoned; intended to be worn with approximately 4″ ease

Materials: DK weight cotton blend yarn: 975 (1050, 1200, 1350, 1475, 1575, 1775, 1900, 2025, 2125, 2225, 2300) yards. Note: If you plan to increase the length of the Body or Sleeves, be sure to purchase extra yarn.

Model knit in Pima Silk Sport Weight by Frog Tree (85% Pima cotton / 15% silk, 50 g skein = 155 yards): color# 850. Note: The ball band calls for this yarn to be worked at 5 sts = 1”, but I prefer to work it at 6 sts = 1”.

Needles and Notions: Size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles, 32″ long or longer and 12″ long, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle, 32″ long or longer; size 5 (3.75 mm) double-pointed needles (dpn); size 4 (3.5 mm) double-pointed needles; stitch markers; waste yarn; three 11/4″ buttons; three 1/2″ buttons.

Gauge: In Stockinette stitch, 24 stitches and 33 rows = 4″/10 cm, blocked.

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