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Cropped Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Cropped Cardigan Knitting Pattern

An easy lace edging along the bottom and sleeves creates a slight scallop effect and highlights this easy to knit cropped cardigan sweater. Simple crochet button is used for the closure.

Sizes:
Finished Chest Measurement - 36 (40, 44, 48)" S (M, L, XL)

Gauge:
14 sts and 19.5 rows=4" in St st

Materials:
Size 10 US (6 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 10 US (6 mm) 36" circular needles
Size H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Merino Stripes by Crystal Palace Yarns
Merino Stripes is a brushed wool blend yarn that is self-striping. Three colors are combined in each ball.
4 (4, 5, 5) balls (Color A) - Color 061 Seascapes
90% Merino wool/10% polyester
50 grams/1.75 ounces
115 yds/105 meters
Merino Frappe by Crystal Palace Yarns
1 (1, 1, 2) balls (Color B) - 102 Cornflower
140 yards/50 grams
80% Australian Merino/20% nylon

Instructions:

Lace Edging Pattern Stitch
Rows 1 and 3 (WS): Purl
Row 2: k3, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; rep from *, end k1
Row 4: k2, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; rep from *, end k2

Back
With Color B, CO 67 (76, 85, 94) sts. Work in Lace Pattern Stitch 4 rows.
Change to Color A and St st.
WS: Dec 3 (6, 7, 8) sts evenly across first row - 64 (70, 78, 86) sts
Work in St st until piece measures 6" from the start of Color A.
BO 5 sts beg next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st at each end every other row 4 (6, 8, 9) times as follows:
K1, SSK, k across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k2 - 46 (48, 52, 58) sts
Cont to work even in St st until armhole measures 8½ (8½, 9, 9½)".
BO 4 (4, 5, 6) sts beg next 2 rows, then BO 5 (5, 6, 7) sts beg next 2 rows.
Place rem 28 (30, 30, 32) sts on holder for back of neck.

Right Front
With Color B, CO 40 (40, 49, 49) sts. Work in Lace Pattern Stitch 4 rows.
Change to Color A and St st.
WS: Dec 11 (8, 13, 9) sts evenly across first row - 29 (32, 36, 40) sts
Work in St st until piece measures 6" from the start of Color A.
Next row (WS): At armhole edge, BO 5 sts. P across row.  Dec 1 st at armhole every other row 4 (6, 8, 9) times.
At same time, dec 1 st at neck edge every other row 4 (5, 5, 5) times, then every 4th row 7 (7, 7, 8) times.
Cont to work even in St st until armhole measures 8½ (8½, 9, 9½)".
BO shoulders as for Back.

Left Front
As for Right Front, reversing shaping.

Sleeves
With Color B, CO 31 (31, 40, 40) sts. Work in Lace Pattern Stitch 8 rows.
Change to Color A and St st.
WS: Dec 5 (3, 6, 4) sts evenly across first row - 26 (28, 34, 36) sts
Next row (RS): Working in St st, inc 1 st each end every 4th row 7 (5, 4, 8) times, then every 6th row 8 (9, 9, 7) times - 56 (56, 60, 66) sts.
Work even until sleeve measures 18 (18, 18½, 18½)" from beg. BO 5 sts beg next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st at each end every other row 17 (17, 19, 21) times as follows:
K1, SSK, k across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
BO 12 (12, 12, 14) sts.

Cropped Cardigan Knitting Pattern Edging
Seam shoulders.

With circular needles, Color B, and RS facing, beginning at lower Right edge, pick up 65 (65, 67, 69) sts along Right Front edge, k 28 (30, 30, 32) sts from Back neck holder, pick up 65 (65, 67, 69) sts along Left Front edge.

Working back and forth, k 4 rows. BO.

Finishing
Sew in sleeves. Seam sleeves and side seams. Weave in ends on WS.

Button Loop
With Color A and RS facing, working on left edge, insert hook through BO edge at point where neck shaping began. Yarn over hook and pull up a loop. Ch 5. Remove loop from hook. Insert hook through BO edge 3 sts down (toward CO edge). Place loop back on hook. Yarn over hook and pull through loop and knit edge. Ch 1, turn.
Work sc around chain tightly: With working yarn on far side of chain, insert hook under ch, yarn over hook, bring hook to near side of chain (2 loops on hook), yarn over hook and pull through 2 loops on hook.
End with slip st into beginning insertion point.

Knit Sweater Crocheted Button
With Color A, leaving a 12" tail, make a slip knot, ch 3. Join with slip st to 1st ch to form ring.
Work 4 sc in ring.
Work 2 sc in each sc - 8 sc
Sc2tog across- 4 sc
Fasten off, leaving a second 12" tail.
With tapestry needle, thread first tail through center and stuff in button.
Thread second tail. Baste and pull in each sc to tighten and close button. Use remaining tail to sew on right edging, aligning with button loop.

Alternatives
Use no button at all. You can also use a pin instead, a loop and a commercial button, or I-Cord that is either attached or sewn on.

©Barbara Breiter. This design may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author.

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Also see Knit A Bit, for patterns by Barbara Breiter