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Asymmetrical CardiganAsymmetrical Cardigan

Design by Svetlana Avrakh

This timeless style is uniquely designed with beautiful textural patterning.

Size
Woman’s small (medium, large, extra-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: 36 (40, 44, 48) inches

Materials

  • Lightweight cotton yarn* (136 yds/50g per ball): 10 (10, 11, 12) balls apricot #60603
  • Size 3 (3.25mm) needles
  • Size 5 (3.75mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle (cn)
  • Stitch holder
  • Stitch markers
  • 6 (1/2-inch) buttons

*Sample project was completed with Grace (100 percent mercerized cotton) from Patons.

Asymmetrical Cardigan

Gauge
24 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches/10cm with larger needles in pat
To save time, take time to check gauge.

Special Abbreviations
C2F: Sl first st to cn and hold in front, k1, then k1 from cn.
C2B: Sl first st to cn and hold in back, k1, then k1 from cn.
T2F: Sl first st to cn and hold in front, p1, then k1 from cn. Sl both sts off needle.
T2B: Sl first st to cn and hold in back, k1, then p1 from cn.
Tw2F: Sl first st to cn and hold in front, p1, then p1 from cn.
Tw2B: Sl first st to cn and hold in back, p1, then p1 from cn.
T3F: Sl next 2 sts to cn and hold in front, p1, then k2 from cn.
T3B: Sl next st to cn and hold in back, k2, then p1 from cn.
C3F: Sl next 2 sts to cn and hold in front, k1, then k2 from cn.
C3B: Sl next st to cn and hold in back, k2, then k1 from cn.
T5B: Sl next 3 sts to cn and hold in back, k2, then [p1, k2] from cn.

Pattern Stitches
Pat A (panel of 16 sts)
Row 1 (RS): P2, C2F, k8, T2B, p2.
Row 2: K3, T2B, p6, Tw2F, p1, k2.
Row 3: P2, k2, C2F, k4, T2B, p4.
Row 4: K5, T2B, p2, Tw2F, p3, k2.
Row 5: P2, k4, C2F, T2B, p6.
Row 6: K7, Tw2F, p5, k2.
Row 7: P2, k6, C2F, p6.
Row 8: K5, Tw2F, p7, k2.
Row 9: P2, k8, C2F, p4.
Row 10: K3, T2F, p9, k2.
Row 11: P2, k10, C2F, p2.
Row 12: K2, p12, k2.
Row 13: P2, T2F, k8, C2B, P2.
Row 14: K2, p1, Tw2B, p6, T2F, k3.
Row 15: P4, T2F, k4, C2B, k2, p2.
Row 16: K2, p3, Tw2B, p2, T2F, k5.
Row 17: P6, T2F, C2B, k4, p2.
Row 18: K2, p5, Tw2B, k7.
Row 19: P6, C2B, k6, p2.
Row 20: K2, p7, Tw2B, k5.
Row 21: P4, C2B, k8, p2.
Row 22: K2, p9, Tw2B, k3.
Row 23: P2, C2B, k10, p2.
Row 24: K2, p12, k2.
Rep Rows 1–24 for Pat A


Pat B (panel of 15 sts)
Row 1 (RS): P2, T2B, T3F, p1, T3B, T2F, p2.
Row 2: K2, p1, k2, p2, k1, p2, k2, p1, k2.
Row 3: P2, k1, p2, T5B, p2, k1, p2.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.
Row 5: P2, T2F, T3B, p1, T3F, T2B, p2.
Row 6: [K3, p3] twice, k3.
Row 7: P3, C3B, p3, C3F, p3.
Row 8: Rep Row 6.
Row 9: P2, T3B, T2F, p1, T2B, T3F, p2.
Row 10: K2, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2, k2.
Row 11: P2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2.
Row 12: Rep Row 10.
Row 13: P2, T3F, T2B, p1, T2F, T3B, p2.
Row 14: Rep Row 6.
Row 15: P3, C3F, p3, C3B, p3.
Row 16: Rep Row 6.
Rep Rows 1–16 rows for Pat B.

Back
Note: Mark first row as WS.
With smaller needles, cast on 103 (115, 126, 138) sts.
Work 7 rows in garter st (knit every row), inc 5 (5, 6, 6) sts evenly across last row. (108, 120, 132, 144 sts)
Change to larger needles and work in St st until back measures 16 (16 1/2, 17, 18) inches from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape armhole
Bind off 5 (7, 9, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows. (98, 106, 114, 124 sts)
Next row: K2, ssk, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Next row: Purl.
[Rep last 2 rows] 6 (7, 8, 11) times more. (84, 90, 96, 100 sts)
Work even in St st until armhole measures 8 (8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2) inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape right shoulder
Row 1: Bind off 7 (8, 9, 9) sts, k15 (17, 19, 20), k2tog. Turn, leaving rem sts unworked.
Row 2: P2tog, purl to end of row.
Row 3: Bind off 7 (8, 9, 9) sts, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 4: Purl across. Bind off rem 7 (8, 8, 10) sts.

Shape left shoulder
With RS facing, sl next 36 (36, 38, 38) sts to a holder for center back. Join yarn to rem sts.
Row 1: Ssk, knit to end of row.
Row 2: Bind off 7 (8, 9, 9) sts, purl to last 2 sts, p2tog tbl.
Row 3: Ssk, knit to end of row.
Row 4: Bind off 7 (8, 9, 9) sts, purl to end of row.
Row 5: Knit across. Bind off rem 7 (8, 8, 10) sts.


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Left Front
Note: Mark first row as WS.
With smaller needles, cast on 67 (72, 78, 86) sts.
Work 7 rows in garter st (knit every row), inc 4 (4, 5, 5) sts evenly across last row. (71, 76, 83, 91 sts)
Change to larger needles and work in St st until work measures 16 (16 1/2, 17, 18) inches from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape armhole
Row 1: Bind off 5 (7, 9, 10) sts, knit to end of row. (66, 69, 74, 81 sts)
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K2, ssk, knit to end of row.
[Rep [Rows 2 and 3] 6 (7, 8, 11) times more. (59, 61, 65, 69 sts)
Work even in St st until armhole measures 5 (5 1/2, 6, 6 1/2) inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape neck
K25 (28, 30, 32), k2tog. Turn, leaving rem 32 (31, 33, 35) sts onto a spare needle.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows, work 1 row even then dec on next row once. (21, 24, 26, 28 sts)
Work even until armhole measures same length as back, ending with a WS row.

Shape shoulder
At armhole edge, [bind off 7 (8, 9, 9) sts] twice. (7, 8, 8, 10 sts) Work 1 row even.
Bind off.

Left front neck extension
With RS facing, sl next 24 (23, 25, 27) sts onto a st holder for left front neck. Join yarn to rem sts. Ssk, knit to end of row. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 3 rows, then [every other row] twice. (2 sts)
Work 10 rows in St st.
Bind off.


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Right Front
Note: Mark first row as WS.
With smaller needles, cast on 76 (82, 88, 94) sts.
Work 7 rows in garter st inc 4 sts evenly across last row. (80, 86, 92, 98 sts)
Change to larger needles.

Set up pat
Note: You may find it helpful to place markers between pat panels.
Row 1 (RS): K1; p2, C2F, k8, T2B, p2 (Row 1 Pat A); p2, T2B, T3F, p1, T3B, T2F, p2 (Row 1 Pat B); p2, T2F, k8, C2B, p2 (Row 13 Pat A); knit to end of row.
Row 2: P32 (38, 44, 50); work Row 14 of Pat A; work Row 2 of Pat B; work Row 2 of Pat A; p1.
Pat panels are now established.
Continue to work in pat, until work measures 16 (16 1/2, 17, 18) inches from beg, ending with a RS row.

Shape armhole
Row 1: Bind off 5 (7, 9, 10) sts, work in pat to end of row. (75, 79, 83, 88 sts)
Row 2: Work in pat to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Row 3: Work even in pat.
[Rep Rows 2 and 3] 6 (7, 8, 11) times more. (68, 71, 74, 76 sts)
Continue to work even in pat st until armhole measures 4 1/2 (5, 5 1/2, 6) inches, ending with a RS row.

Shape neck
Work in pat across 33 (36, 38, 40) sts. Turn. Place rem 35 (35, 36, 36) sts on a stitch holder for right front neck.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 5 rows, then every other row until 21 (24, 26, 28) sts rem.
Continue to work even until armhole measures same length as back, ending with a RS row.

Shape shoulder
At armhole edge, [bind off 7 (8, 9, 9) sts] twice. (7, 8, 8, 10 sts)
Work 1 row even.
Bind off.


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Sleeves
Note: Mark first row as WS.
With smaller needles, cast on 48 (50, 52, 56) sts.
Work 7 rows in garter st inc 3 sts evenly across last row. (51, 53, 55, 59 sts)
Change to larger needles.

Set up pat
Note: You may find it helpful to place markers between pat panels.
Row 1 (RS): K2 (3, 4, 6); p2, C2F, k8, T2B, p2 (Row 1 Pat A); p2, T2B, T3F, p1, T3B, T2F, p2 (Row 1 Pat B); p2, T2F, k8, C2B, p2 (Row 13 Pat A); k2 (3, 4, 6).
Row 2: P2 (3, 4, 6); work Row 14 of Pat A; work Row 2 of Pat B; work Row 2 of Pat A; p2 (3, 4, 6).
Pat panels are now established.
Continue to work in pat, at the same time, beg on 5th row, inc 1 st at each end of needle every 6th (4th, 4th, 4th) row until there are 95 (95, 93, 89) sts, then every 6th row until there are 95 (101, 107, 113) sts.
Continue to work even in pat until sleeve measures 18 (18 1/2, 19, 19) inches from beg, ending with a WS row. Place marker at each end of last row.
Continue to work in pat for 6 (8, 12, 14) more rows.

Shape cap
Row 1 (RS): K2, ssk, work in pat to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. 
Row 2: Work even in pat.
[Rep Rows 1 and 2] 6 (7, 8, 11) times more. (81, 85, 89, 89 sts)
Bind off.


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Assembly
Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.
Sew shoulder seams.

Neck edge
With RS facing and smaller needles, knit 35 (35, 36, 36) sts from right front holder, dec 3 sts evenly across; pick up and knit 29 sts along right front neck edge and 5 sts along right back neck edge; knit 36 (36, 38, 38) sts from back st holder, dec 4 sts evenly across; pick up and knit 5 sts along left back neck edge and 21 sts along left front neck edge; knit 24 (23, 25, 27) sts from left front st holder, dec 3 sts evenly across; pick up and knit 21 sts along left front neck edge. (166, 165, 170, 172 sts)
Knit 6 rows.
Bind off all sts.

Left front edge
With RS facing and smaller needles, beg at neck, pick up and knit 140 (146, 151, 160) sts along left front edge.
Knit 1 row.
Next row (buttonhole): K2, yo, k2tog, knit to end of row.
Knit 2 rows. Bind off.

Right front edge
With RS facing and smaller needles, beg at bottom, pick up and knit 120 (126, 132, 140) sts along right front edge.
Knit 1 row.
Next row (buttonhole row): K45 (51, 57, 65), [yo, k2tog, k16] 4 times, yo, k2tog, k1.
Knit 2 rows.
Bind off all sts.

Finishing
Sew in sleeves, placing rows above markers along bound-off edge. Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.


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