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Cropped Cardigan

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Cropped Cardigan

The Cropped Cardigan shown with a shirt underneath.

(c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Cropped Comfort:

Sometimes you need more warmth than a T-shirt or light long-sleeved shirt can provide but you might not want the warmth or bulk of a full-sized sweater. The perfect solution is a cropped cardigan, which can be worn open or closed and only covers part of the body, providing warmth without suffocation.

This cropped cardigan is super quick and easy to knit thanks to the basic shape and the bulky yarn. It's the perfect little thing to tuck into your bag or leave in your office for when you get a chill.

Materials:

  • Four (4, 5, 5, 6) skeins of Berroco's Peruvia Quick (I used color Boysenberry), or equivalent yardage of the bulky wool of your choice
  • one pair size 11 US knitting needles, plus a size 11 circular needle, any cable length
  • scissors, yarn needle, sewing needle and thread
  • three or more buttons of your choice (I used 3 1 1/8 inch buttons)

Gauge:

11 stitches and 15 rows per 4 inches (2.75 stitches and 3.75 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch. Take time to check gauge.

Size:

32 (34, 36, 38, 40) inches around, 13 (14, 15, 16, 17) inches from top of shoulder to hem.

Instructions for Cardigan Back:

Note: Instructions are given for the smallest size first, with larger sizes in parentheses.

  1. Cast on 44 (48, 50, 52, 54) stitches.
  2. Work in Seed Stitch as follows for 4 rows:

    Row 1: *Knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * across.

    Row 2: *Purl 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.

  3. Work in Stockinette Stitch 3 (4, 5, 6, 7) inches.
  4. Bind off 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows.
  5. All sizes, bind off 2 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows.
  6. Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the needle every right side row 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) times.
  7. Work even until armhole measures 7.5 (8, 9, 9.5, 9.5) inches.
  8. At the beginning of the next 2 rows, bind off 4 (4, 4, 5, 5) stitches.
  9. At the beginning of the next 2 rows, bind off 5 (5, 5, 5, 6) stitches.
  10. Bind off the remaining stitches for the back.

Cardigan Left Front:

  1. Cast on 22 (24, 25, 26, 27) stitches.
  2. Work 4 rows in Seed Stitch.
  3. Change to Stockinette Stitch and work until same length as beginning of armhole on front.
  4. At the beginning of the next right side row, bind off 2 (2, 2, 3, 3).
  5. At the beginning of the next right side row, bind off 2 stitches all sizes.
  6. Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge every right side row 1 (2, 2, 2, 3) times.
  7. Work straight until armhole measures 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 7.5) inches.
  8. On the next wrong side row, bind off 5 stitches at beginning all sizes.
  9. On next wrong side row, bind off 2 stitches all sizes at neck edge.
  10. Decrease 1 stitch at neck edge each right side row 2 (2, 2, 3, 2) times.
  11. Work straight until armhole measures 7.5 (8, 9, 9.5, 9.5) inches.
  12. Next right side row, bind off 4 (4, 5, 5, 5) stitches.
  13. Next right side row, bind off all remaining stitches.

Cardigan Right Front:

The right side of the cardigan is worked exactly the same as the left side, except the shaping is reversed (armhole shaping is done on wrong side rows and neck shaping on right side rows). For detailed written instructions, see page 2 of this pattern.

Sleeves (make 2):

  1. Cast on 22 (24, 28, 28, 30) stitches.
  2. Work 4 rows in Seed Stitch.
  3. Change to Stockinette Stitch and work straight 4 (4, 6, 6, 6) rows.
  4. Increase 1 stitch at each end of needle every 6 rows 8 (8, 10, 10, 10) times, then every 4 rows 1 (2, 0, 0, 0) times.
  5. Work straight until piece measures 15 (16, 16.5, 17, 17.5) inches.
  6. At the beginning of the next 2 rows, bind off 2 (3, 3, 3, 3) stitches.
  7. At the beginning of the next 2 rows, bind off 2 stitches all sizes.
  8. Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the needle every right side row 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) times.
  9. For 32 and 34 sizes, decrease 1 stitch at each end of needle on next right side row and work 3 rows straight. For larger sizes, decrease 1 stitch each end of needle every 4 rows twice.
  10. Decrease 1 stitch at each end of needle each right side row 1 (2, 2, 3, 3) times.
  11. Bind off 2 stitches beginning of next 2 (2, 4, 2, 2) rows.
  12. Bind off 3 stitches beginning of next 4 (4, 4, 2, 4) rows.
  13. Bind off remaining stitches.

Finishing:

  1. Block all pieces so that cardigan front and back together are same width as cardigan back and all are same length and sleeves are same length, width and shape.
  2. Sew shoulder seams together, sew in sleeves, sew sleeve seam and sew side seams.
  3. For collar, pick up 3 stitches for every 4 rows along cardigan fronts, and 1 stitch for every row across back, making sure you end up with an even number of stitches. Work in Seed Stitch for 4 rows. Bind off loosely.
  4. On left side, knit buttonband: pick up about 3 stitches for every 4 rows across side of cardigan, ending with even number. Work in Seed Stitch 5 rows. Bind off loosely.
  5. Decide where you want your buttons to go. Mine are evenly spaced beginning 3 inches from the top of buttonhole band. To make buttonhole band, pick up about 3 stitches for every 4 rows across side of cardigan, ending with even number. Work 2 rows in Seed Stitch. On third row, continue to work in pattern, binding off 2 stitches each place you want a buttonhole. On the next row, *work to hole, cast on 2 stitches using cable cast on, work stitches in pattern. Repeat to end of row. Work one more row in Seed Stitch and bind off loosely.
  6. Sew buttons where they need to go with coordinating yarn. Weave in ends where needed, and block again if desired.

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