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Aria

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With becoming A-line shaping and lightweight yarn, this cardigan drapes gracefully while fitting in all the right places.

Design by Meghan Jones

Skill Level

Intermediate

Sizes

Woman's small (medium, large, extra-large, 2X-large) Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Finished Measurements

Chest: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50) inches
Length: 22 1/4 (22 3/4, 23 1/2, 23 1/2, 23 3/4) inches

Materials

  • Classic Elite Yarns Woodland (light worsted weight; 65% wool/35% nettles; 131 yds/50g per ball) 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) balls silver #3103
  • Size 6 (4mm) 24-inch circular and 2 double-point needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holder

Gauge

22 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st.
To save time, take time to check gauge.

Special Abbreviations

Place marker (pm): Place marker on RH needle.

Slip marker (sm): Slip marker from LH to RH needle.

Make 1 (M1): Inc by making a backward loop on RH needle.

Make 1 Left (M1L): Inc by inserting LH needle in top of st below st just knit, k1-tbl.

Make 1 Right (M1R): Inc by inserting RH needle in top of st below first st on LH needle, k1.

Slip, slip, slip, knit (sssk): Slip next 3 sts, 1 at a time, kwise from LH to RH needle; insert LH needle through front of 3 sts and knit tog.

Slip, slip, slip, slip, knit (ssssk): Slip next 4 sts, 1 at a time, kwise from LH to RH needle; insert LH needle through front of 4 sts and knit tog.

Pattern Stitches

Note: A chart is provided for those preferring to work pat st from a chart.

Lace (multiple of 7 sts)

Row 1 (RS): *K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * across.

Row 2: Purl across.

Row 3: *K2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk; rep from * across.

Row 4: Purl across.

Rep Rows 1-4 for pat.

Body

Cast on 248 (266, 288, 306, 328) sts. Work in garter st for 1/2 inch, ending with a RS row.

Inc row (WS): K25, pm, [k9, M1] 22 (24, 26, 28, 30) times, k0 (0, 4, 4, 8), pm, k25-270 (290, 314, 334, 358) sts.

Set-up row (RS): Sl 1 kwise, k1, p1, k1, pm, work Row 1 of Lace pat across next 21 sts, sm, k55 (60, 66, 71, 77), pm for side seam, k110 (120, 132, 142, 154), pm for side seam, k55 (60, 66, 71, 77), pm, work Row 1 of Lace pat across next 21 sts, pm, k1, p1, k2.

Next row: Sl 1 pwise, p1, k1, p1, sm, purl to last marker, p1, k1, p2.

Next row: Sl 1 kwise, k1, p1, k1, sm, work Lace pat to next marker, sm, knit to next to last marker, sm, work Lace pat to next marker, sm, k1, p1, k2.

Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 1 3/4 (2, 2 1/4, 1 3/4, 1 3/4) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.

Shape side seam

Note: Side seam and front shaping are worked at the same time with front dec beg on same row as 7th side seam dec. Read through all instructions carefully before beg side seam shaping.

Side Dec row: *Work in established pat to 2 sts before side seam marker, k2tog, sm, ssk; rep from * once more, work in pat to end of row (4 sts dec).

Work 7 rows even.

Rep [last 8 rows] 9 times more, then rep [Side Dec row] once.

At the same time beg front dec on 7th Side Dec row as follows:

Front Dec row: *Work to 2nd marker in established pat, sm, k1, ssk, work to 3 sts before next to last marker, k2tog, k1, work in pat to end.

Work 3 rows even in pat.

Rep [last 4 rows] 8 times more-208 (228, 252, 272, 296) sts.

Work even in pat, if necessary, until body measures 14 3/4 (14 3/4, 15 1/4, 15 1/4, 15 1/4) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.

Side Inc row: *Work to 1 st before side seam marker, M1R, k1, sm, k1, M1L; rep from * once more, work to end in pat -- 212 (232, 256, 276, 300) sts.

Next row: Work even in pat.

Rep [last 2 rows] twice more -- 220 (240, 264, 284, 308) sts.

Work even until piece measures 16 3/4 (16 3/4, 17 1/4, 17 1/4, 17 1/4) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a RS row.

Shape armhole

*Work in pat to 3 sts before side seam marker, bind off 6 sts removing marker; rep from * once more, work to end in pat. Cut yarn and place all sts on holders -- 60 (65, 71, 76, 82) sts for each front, 88 (98, 110, 120, 132) sts for back.

Sleeves

Cast on 67 (67, 67, 67, 74) sts, work in garter st for 1/2 inch, ending with a WS row.

Note: Work first and last st in garter st for edge st.

Next row (RS): K1 (edge st), k1, pm, work in Lace pat to last 2 sts, pm, k1, k1 (edge st).

Next row (WS): K1, p1, sm, work in Lace pat to marker, sm, p1, k1.

Rep last 2 rows until sleeve measures 4 inches from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.

Inc row: K2, sm, M1L, work in St st to marker, M1R, sm, k2 -- 69 (69, 69, 69, 76) sts.

Next row: K1, purl to last st, k1.

Rep [last 2 rows] 2 (5, 6, 6, 6) times more -- 73 (79, 81, 81, 88) sts. Rep Inc row [every 4 rows] 9 (9, 9, 9, 7) times -- 91 (97, 99, 99, 102) sts.

Work even until sleeve measures 11 1/4 (11 1/2, 11 3/4, 11 3/4, 11 3/4) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.

Bind off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows -- 83 (89, 91, 91, 94) sts.

Cut yarn and place rem sts on holder.

Raglan Yoke

Note: Read through instructions before beg as pleat and neck shaping are worked at the same time.

Row 1 (raglan joining): With RS facing, work in pat across right front, pm, across sleeve, pm, across back, pm, across sleeve, pm, across left front -- 374 (406, 434, 454, 484) sts.

Row 2: Sl 1 pwise, p1, k1, purl to last marker, sm, p1, k1, p2.

For sizes small (medium) only

Row 3 (Dec row): *Work to 3 sts before sleeve marker, yo, k3tog, sm, sssk, yo; rep from * 3 more times, work to end of row (8 sts dec).

Row 4: Sl 1 pwise, p1, k1, purl to last marker, sm, p1, k1, p2.

Rep [last 2 rows] 24 (27) times -- 33 (33) sts on each sleeve, 38 (42) sts on back.

For sizes large (extra-large, 2X-large) only

Row 3 (Dec row): *Work to 4 sts before sleeve marker, yo, k4tog, sm, sssk, yo, work to 3 sts before sleeve marker, yo, k3tog, sm, ssssk, yo; rep from * once more, work to end of row (12 sts dec).

Row 4: Sl 1 pwise, p1, k1, purl to last marker, sm, p1, k1, p2. Rep [last 2 rows] 2 (4, 7) times -- 85 (81, 78) sts on each sleeve and 98 (100, 100) sts on back.

Dec row: *Work to 3 sts before sleeve marker, yo, k3tog, sm, sssk, yo; rep from * 3 more times, work to end of row (8 sts dec).

Next row: Sl 1 pwise, p1, k1, purl to last marker, sm, p1, k1, p2.

[Rep last 2 rows] 25 (24, 22) times -- 33 (31, 32) sts on each sleeve and 46 (50, 54) sts on back.

All sizes

At the same time, after working 26 (26, 28, 28, 28) rows of raglan shaping, work pleat below on next RS row, and then beg front dec on RS row following completion of pleat.

Pleat: Continuing raglan shaping, work in established pat to first marker, place next 7 sts on dpn, place next 7 sts on 2nd dpn, fold work between first and 2nd dpns touching right corner of first dpn to left corner of 2nd dpn and keeping RS of first dpn facing you. This also folds RS of 2nd dpn over RS of final 7 sts of Lace pat on circular needle forming 3 layers.

*Work across sts inserting tip of needle through st on first dpn, st on 2nd dpn and next st on LH needle and k3tog; rep from * 6 more times (21 Lace sts dec to 7 sts), sm, work to next to last marker, continuing raglan shaping, sm, place next 2 sets of 7 sts onto separate dpns, fold so left tip of 2nd dpn touches right tip of first dpn with RS of sts rem on circular needle in front, *insert tip of RH needle through st on LH needle, st on 2nd dpn and st on first dpn, k3tog; rep from * 6 more times (21 Lace sts dec to 7 sts); work to end of row.

Next row: Work even in pat.

Front dec

Row 1 (RS): Continuing raglan shaping, sl 1 kwise, k1, p1, k1, sm, k3tog, yo, k1, yo, sssk, sm, ssk, work to 2 sts before 2nd to last marker, k2tog, sm, k3tog, yo, k1, yo, sssk, sm, p1, k1, p2.

Row 2: Sl 1 pwise, purl to last 3 sts, k1, p2.

Row 3: Sl 1 kwise, k1, p1, k1, sm, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, sm, ssk, work to 2 sts before 2nd to last marker continuing raglan shaping, k2tog, sm, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, sm, p1, k1, p2 (2 sts dec).

Row 4: Sl 1 pwise, purl to last 3 sts, k1, p2.

Rep last 2 rows until there are 4 (4, 3, 4, 5) sts between 2nd and 3rd markers on each front, working fronts even, if necessary to complete raglan shaping.

For sizes small (medium) only

Next row: Work to 2nd marker, ssk, k2tog, sm, work to next to last marker, sm, ssk, k2tog, work to end -- 2 sts between 2nd and 3rd marker working fronts even, if necessary to complete raglan shaping.

Neck

Next row: Work across pat to 2nd marker, M1L, remove marker and bind-off all sts to 2nd to last marker, (1 st rem on RH needle with marker between), remove marker, work to end -- 10 sts rem on each side.

Beg where yarn is still attached; work WS in pat to last st, work last st as a garter edge st.

Work band in pat, working st closest to neckline as a garter st until it reaches center of back gently stretched.

Cut yarn and leave sts on holder.

Reattach yarn to work WS of other front band, work band in pat working st closest to neckline as a garter st until it reaches center of back gently stretched.

Join back of band tog using 3-needle bind-off.

Cut yarn, leaving a 15-inch tail; seam neckband to neckline beg at center back and working to 1 side and then the other.

Finishing

Sew sleeve and underarm seams. Wet-block to set collar, pleat and lace; do not stretch lace.

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