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Bubbles Cardigan

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Design by Kennita Tully

Skill Level

Intermediate

Sizes

Child's 2 (4, 6, 8, 10)

Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes. Garment is designed with 5 (5, 5, 5 1/2, 6) inches of positive ease.

Finished Measurements

Chest: 26 (28, 30, 32, 34) inches (buttoned)
Length: 13 (14, 15, 16, 18) inches

Materials

  • Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme (worsted weight; 100% cotton; 180 yds/100g per hank): 1 (2, 2, 3, 3) hank(s) each emerald #612 (A) and turquoise #611 (B)
  • Universal Yarn Spice Berry (bulky weight; 36% mohair/33% polyamide/31% dralon; 92 yds/50g per ball): 1 (2, 2, 3, 3) ball(s) wasabi #104 (C)
  • Size 7 (4.5mm) 24-inch circular needle
  • Size 8 (5mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 3 (5/8-inch) novelty buttons #280863 from Dill

Gauge

16 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st with larger needles and A.

16 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches/10cm in pat with larger needles and A.

To save time, take time to check gauge.

Special Abbreviation

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

Pattern Stitches

String of Purls for back (multiple of 12 sts + 4 [8, 0, 4, 8])

Rows 1 and 3 (RS): With A, knit across.

Rows 2 and 4: Purl across.

Row 5: With C, k13 (15, 11, 13, 15), *turn; sl 1 wyif, k3, turn; p4, k12; rep from * across, end last rep k3 (5, 1, 3, 5) instead of k12.

Row 6: K7 (9, 5, 7, 9), *turn; p4, turn; k3, sl 1 wyif, k12; rep from * across, end last rep k9 (11, 7, 9, 11) instead of k12.

Row 7: With B, k10 (12, 8, 10, 12), *sl 2 wyib, k10; rep from * across, end last rep k4 (6, 2, 4, 6) instead of k10.

Rows 8 and 10: Purl across.

Row 9: Knit across.

Row 11: With C, k7 (9, 5, 7, 9), *turn, sl 1 wyif, k3, turn; p4, k12; rep from * across, end last rep k9 (11, 7, 9, 11) instead of k12.

Row 12: K13 (15, 11, 13, 15), *turn, p4, turn; k3, sl 1 wyif, k12; rep from * across, end last rep k3 (5, 1, 3, 5) instead of k12.

Row 13: K4 (6, 2, 4, 6), *sl 2 wyib, k10; rep from * across, end sl 2 wyib, k10 (12, 8, 10, 12).

Rep Rows 2-13 for pat.

String of Purls for fronts & sleeves

Rows 1 and 3 (RS): With A, knit across.

Rows 2 and 4: Purl across.

Row 5: With C, k12 (13, 14, 15, 16), *turn; sl 1 wyif, k3, turn; p4, k12; rep from * across, end last rep k2 (3, 4, 5, 6) instead of k12.

Row 6: K6 (7, 8, 9, 10), *turn; p4, turn; k3, sl 1 wyif, k12; rep from * across, end last rep k8 (9, 10, 11, 12) instead of k12.

Row 7: With B, k9 (10, 11, 12, 13), *sl 2 wyib, k10; rep from * across, end last rep, k3 (4, 5, 6, 7) instead of k10.

Rows 8 and 10: Purl across.

Row 9: Knit across.

Row 11: With C, k6 (7, 8, 9, 10), *turn, sl 1 wyif, k3, turn; purl 4, k12; rep from * across, end last rep k8 (9, 10, 11, 12) instead of k12.

Row 12: K12 (13, 14, 15, 16), *turn, p4, turn; k3, sl 1 wyif, k12; rep from * across, end last rep k2 (3, 4, 5, 6) instead of k12.

Row 13: K3 (4, 5, 6, 7), *sl 2 wyib, k10; rep from * across, end sl 2 wyib k9 (10, 11, 12, 13).

Rep Rows 2-13 for pat.

Garter Ridge

Rows 1 and 3 (RS): With A, knit across.

Rows 2 and 4: Purl across.

Rows 5 and 6: With C, knit across.

Rows 7 and 9: With B, knit across.

Rows 8 and 10: Purl across.

Rows 11 and 12: With C, knit across.

Rep Rows 1-12 for pat.

Pattern Note

Work all decreases and increases 1 stitch in from edge.

Special Technique

1-Row Buttonholes: With RS facing, work to marker, bring yarn to front, slip next st pwise, take yarn to back. *Slip next st pwise to RH needle and pull first slipped st over 2nd one; rep from * twice more. Slip rem st back to LH needle. Turn work, and cable cast on 4 sts (1 more than bound-off). Turn work again. Slip first st on LH needle to RH needle and pass extra st on RH needle over it. Knit to next marker; rep from * until all buttonholes have been worked. Work across rem sts.

Back

With larger needles and A, cast on 52 (56, 60, 64, 68) sts.

Purl 1 row.

Work 19 rows of String of Purls pat, ending with Row 7.

Change to Garter Ridge pat, beg with Row 8 and work even until back measures approx 7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2, 9, 10 1/2) inches.

Mark each edge for armhole using a piece of scrap yarn.

Continue to work in Garter Ridge pat until armhole measures approx 5 1/2 (6, 6 1/2, 7, 7 1/2) inches from marker. Bind off all sts on next row.

Left Front

With larger needles and A, cast on 26 (28, 30, 32, 34) sts.

Purl 1 row.

Work 19 rows of String of Purls pat, ending with Row 7.

Change to Garter Ridge pat, beg with Row 8 and work even until front measures approx 7 1/2 (8, 81/2, 9, 10 1/2) inches.

Mark beg of RS row for armhole using a piece of scrap yarn.

Continue to work in Garter Ridge pat until front measures approx 9 (9 1/2, 10, 10 1/2, 12) inches.

Shape Neck

Maintaining pat, dec 1 st at end of row by working to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 [every RS row] 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) times -- 16 (17, 18, 19, 20) sts.

Work even until front measures same as back. Bind off all sts on next row.

Right Front

With larger needles and A, cast on 26 (28, 30, 32, 34) sts and work as for left front, marking end of RS row for armhole, then work until front measures approx 9 (9 1/2, 10, 10 1/2, 12) inches.

Shape Neck

Maintaining pat, dec 1 st at beg of row by k1, ssk [every RS row] 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) times -- 16 (17, 18, 19, 20) sts.

Work even until front measures same as back. Bind off all sts on next row.

Sleeves

With larger needles and A, cast on 26 (28, 30, 32, 34) sts.

Purl 1 row.

Work Rows 1-13 of String of Purls pat, ending with Row 7.

Change to Garter Ridge pat, beg with Row 2, inc 1 st by M1 at each side of next row, then [every 6 (4, 4, 6, 6) rows] 8 (2, 4, 11, 12) times, then [every 0 (6, 6, 0, 0) rows] 0 (7, 6, 0, 0) times -- 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) sts.

Work even until sleeve measures 12 (12 1/2, 13, 14, 15 1/2) inches. Bind off all sts.

Assembly

Wash and block to measurements.

Sew shoulder seams. Sew sleeves between markers. Sew sleeve and body seams.

Front Band

Pm approx 1 inch from bottom of neckline shaping and 2 more markers approx 2 inches apart along right center front for girls or left center front for boys.

With smaller needles and A, with RS facing, pick up and knit 37 (39, 41, 43, 49) sts along right center front, 22 (24, 26, 28, 30) sts across right neck, 20 (22, 24, 26, 28) sts across back neck, 22 (24, 26, 28, 30) sts across left neck and 37 (39, 41, 43, 49) sts along left center front -- 138 (148, 158, 168, 186) sts.

Row 1 (WS): Purl across.

Row 2 (RS): Knit and work 1-Row Buttonholes at markers.

Continue to work in St st until band measures approx 1 inch. Bind off all sts. Sew on buttons to correspond to buttonholes.

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