Country Cardigan-Free Knitting Pattern


This is my Country Cardigan and I really have loved working on this pattern.

I am Mary from Merry Mary Stories and I am so happy to share with you this simple construction from bottom to top knitting pattern.



I've had this cardigan finished 2 years  but have been saving it for this fall , I hope you will be trying this cardigan and tell me all about it!

Materials

9 skeins

of ALIZE ALPACA ROYAL

55% acrylic-30%alpaca-15%wool

100g-3,53Oz

250mt-273yds

tapestry needle

Needles 5,5 mm( US 9)

Circular needles 5,5mm (US9)

SIZES

Adult:  small (medium, large)

 

Finished Measurements:

1: small size cardigan

Width = 45-47cm (17,70-18,50 inches),  in chest front part, the same width is at the  bottom from side to side (the same measurements are at the back of cardigan)

 

2: medium size cardigan

Width= 53-55cm (20,86-21,65 inches)  in chest front part, the same width is at the bottom from side to side (the same measurements are at the back of cardigan)

3: large size cardigan

Width= 57-59cm (22,44-23,22 inches), in chest front part, the same width is at the bottom from side to side (the same measurements are at the back of cardigan)

Height is about 70-72 cm (27,55 -28,34 inches) for all sizes

 

Gauge

18 sts  x  20 rows = 12cm (4,70 inches) width , 9cm (3,5inches) height

 

Abbreviations: in US terms

CO: cast on

K: knit

P=purl

Sl=slip

Sts=stitches

K2tog: knit 2 stitches together

SSK:slip slip knit

Yo: yarn over

Bo= bind off

RS=right side

WS=wrong side

inc= increase

 

Special sts for decreasing

K2tog= insert the right needle into two sts at the same time and knit

SSK=slip the first st as if to knit, slip the second st as if to knit, then slide the left- hand needle into the front part of both sts and knit them together.

Knitting plan:


We knit this cardigan in pieces from bottom up.

1: we knit 2 pieces for the front part

2: we knit 1 piece for the back part

3: we knit 2 sleeves

4: we pick up sts for the 2 front parts (separately) and knit the button bands

5: we sew the shoulder seams, then pin and sew   the sleeve cap to the armhole from side seam to side seam, we fold the sleeves and pin the entire underarm seam and the side seam and make one continuous stitch along the underarm seam and the side seam.

6: we pick up sts and knit the collar

7: we sew the buttons

That’s the end of our knitting

  

Note

We need an even number of sts for this pattern

 

Description of the 4 row  repeat knitting pattern

 

Row 1:  K2, * P2, K2 rep from * to end of row

Row 2: we work the sts as they appear, we are going to knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts

(it can be confusing when the pattern says to knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts, I mean that we will work the sts as they appear in this row ,  not how we worked them on the row 1. So when you look at the row 2 ahead of you, knit the sts that appear as knit sts with the smooth V and purl the sts that appear as purl sts with the bump at their base

Row 3: P2,* K2, P2 rep from * to end of row

Row 4: we work the sts as they appear, we are going to knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts

 

I will give you a tip about this pattern so you don’t have to count in which row you are knitting.

-For the first 4 rows follow the pattern as it is written.



  


After that, when you are ready to begin a new row, look at the sts , when you see 2 knitted sts , one above the other, which means that we worked the sts as they appear in prev row, so  now we have to begin doing the opposite, I mean to knit when we see a purl st and purl when we see a knit st.  When we are ready to begin a new row and we see looking at our item only 1 knit st ,  we know, we have to make one more knit st there , …so we have to work  the sts as they appear.

 

                                      KNITTING PATTERN

 Note: directions are written for size small, changes for size medium and large are written in parentheses.

We make no decreases for armhole or for necklines, we just create rectangle pieces.

 

FRONT PART (make 2)

 

CO 34 (38, 42)

Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 6cm (2, 3 inches) or for about 10 rows, ending on a wrong side row

Now we will work the pattern

 Row 1:  K2, * P2, K2 rep from * to end of row

Row 2: we work the sts as they appear

Row 3: P2,* K2, P2 rep from * to end of row

Row 4: we work the sts as they appear

Rep rows 1 -4 until you piece measures 70 cm (27,50 inches),  or  knit until the cardigan is as long as you want.


BACK PART

 CO 58 (64, 70)

 Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 6cm (2,3 inches) or for about 10 rows, ending on a wrong side row

 Row 1:  K2, * P2, K2 rep from *  to  end of row

Row 2: we work the sts as they appear

 Row 3: P2,* K2, P2 rep from *  to  end of row

Row 4: we work the sts as they appear

Rep rows 1 -4 until you piece measures 70 cm (27,50 inches)

 *At this point you have to sew the shoulders. Place your pieces RS facing and sew the back piece to the left and right front pieces. Sew from the armhole to the neckline for 14(15,16)cm, (5,5,5,90,6,29 inches) , this way , you leave an open space in front pieces which is the neckline and there, we will attach the collar.

SLEEVES

 

Note: we work the sleeves from the top down.

You can either pick up 50 sts from armhole and knit from top -down or cast on 50 sts, knit the sleeves and then attach them to the armhole.

Measure from the shoulder to bottom

 If you choose to pick up sts, measure from the shoulder line to bottom front 18 cm(19, 20) 7inches( 7,50, 7,87) , put a marker,do the same to bottom back so you will pick up sts to this space .

 

CO 50(54,.56)

 

Row 1:  K2, * P2, K2 rep from *  to  end of row

Row 2: we work the sts as they appear

 

Row 3: P2,* K2, P2 rep from *  to  end of row

Row 4: we work the sts as they appear

 

We knit from 1-4  four  more times

 

We continue working the pattern making decreases every 6th row ( that means in 1st row, in 7th row, in 13th row, in 19th row, in 25th row, in 31st row, in 37th row, in 44th row)

We decrease 16 sts in small size(18 sts in medium and large) so we end up having at the ribbing 34sts in small size(36, 38)

 

 We decrease 1 st at each end of the row and we work the decreases one st from each edge.

 At the beginning of the row, knit the first st and make an SSK ( the decrease will slant to the left , at the end of the row, when 3 sts remain, knit 2 sts together and knit the last st.

When all decreases are worked, continue knitting the pattern for 10 more rows , then start knitting 1x1 rib st for 1-0-12 rows.



                                                         BUTTONBAND

Pick up sts for cardigan button band

You will pick up sts along the edges of the left and right front parts

 

 

Pick up sts=Insert your needle into the first space on the edge, grab the new yarn and pull it through the st, insert the needle into next st and repeat ….

 

For a button band the old rule is pick up three sts , skip one st along  the edge.

 

For this front part which is 70 -72cm (27,50-28,30 inches) long , you need to pick up approximately 96-102 sts

 

Button band pattern (right front part)

 

Pick up sts for the right front piece to work the non buttonhole side.Start from the top -down:

 

Row 1: Pick up sts all along the edge

Row 2:K1, P1, till the end

Row 2:Knit the sts as they appear

Rep rows 2 and  3  two more times, so you have 6 rows in ribbing,

Row 7 : bind off all sts

 

Note the total number of sts picked up, you want to make the other side the same

 

Button band pattern( left front parts –button holes)

 

Buttonhole pattern:Type 1: You can make the easiest buttonhole:  YO, K2tog( in next 2 sts)

Its simple and creates a rather small buttonhole

 

Type 2: three-st buttonhole in one row: slip next 2 sts from left neddle to right needle knitwise, pass the first st over the second (bind off) * sl 1, bind this st off*  twice, slip the st from  right neddle onto the left needle, turn the work and cast on 3 sts knitwise( if you find this buttonhole is too big or too small, you can work by binding off and then casting on 1, 2 or 4 sts in the same manner)

 

Pick up sts for the left front piece, to work the button holes side. Start from the bottom –up.

I suggest that you put 6 buttons, place the top and bottom buttons  half inch from the edges divide the remaining space into five sections and mark the remaining 4 buttonholes

 

Row 1: Pick up the same number of sts as in the right front piece.

Row 2:K1, P1 till the end, put markers for buttonholes

Row 2: Knit the sts as they appear and knit the buttonholes when you reach at the markers

Rep rows 2 and 3  two more times, so you have 6 rows in ribbing,

Row 7 : bind off all sts

 

                                                    SEWING

 

We have to sew the cardigan first and then we will knit the collar.

 

1: To shoulder seam pin pieces at edges to stabilize and sew from the armhole towards the neckline a space of about 14cm (5,5 inches) for the small size, 15 cm (5,90 in) for medium and 16cm(6,30 in) for large size

 

2: then pin and sew   the sleeve cap to the armhole from side seam to side seam

3: fold the sleeves and pin the entire underarm seam and the side seam and make one continuous stitch along the underarm seam and the side seam.

 

COLLAR

 

With circular needles, work row 1 described below




 


Row 1:  pick up , beginning from the edge of right front piece(this way you work from the inside of the neckline)

78 sts in small size

82 sts in medium

88 sts in large size

 all around the neckline perimeter

( pick up around 24 sts of each front piece and around 28 sts of back neckline

Row 2:K1, P1, till the end

Row 3:Knit the sts as they appear

 

Rep rows 2 and 3,  9 more times, so you have 20rows in ribbing

 


Last row: bind off all sts

This was my Country Cardigan pattern, thank you for scrolling down here!!!

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