Thigh High Cardigan

Thigh High Cardigan
Thigh High Cardigan

Free Knitting Patterns - Thigh High Cardigan Sweater

Size: (8-10) medium (12-14) and large (16-18).

Materials: All Wool Knitting Worsted; Sweater takes about 20 (24, 28) ounces Rust (or color desired) and about one ounce Copper (or accent color desired.) ; 1 pair each sizes 5 and 8 standard knitting needles; 9 one-inch plastic rings; Crochet hook size H.

Abbreviations: k (knit) st (stitch) p (purl) sl (slip) tog (together) dec (decrease) inc (increase) lp (loop) sc (single crochet) psso (pass slipped stitch over)

Gauge: 5 sts equal 1 inch on size 8 needles; 7 rows equal 1"

Blocking Measurements: Bust- 35 (39, 42) inches.

Pattern St-Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: Small Size-K 5, p 2, * k 4, p 2, repeat from * to last 5 sts, k 5. Medium and Large- * K 4, p 2, repeat from * to last 4 sts, k 4.

Row 2 and All Even Rows: P each st. Rows 11, 13, 15, 17, 19: Small Size- K 2, p 2, * k 4, p 2, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k 2. Medium and Large-K 1, p 2, * k 4, p 2, repeat from * across to last st, k 1.

Back: With size 5 needles, cast on 84 (94, 106) sts. Work k 1, p 1 ribbing for 8 rows. Change to size 8 needles and work pattern st until entire piece measures 21 or desired inches, end with a wrong side row.

Shape Raglan Armholes: At beginning of each of next 2 rows, bind off 1 (2, 3) sts.

Row 3: K 2, k 2 tog, work in established pattern to last 4 sts, sl 1, k 1, psso, k 2.

Row 4: P each St.

Repeat last 2 rows until 28 (32, 36) sts remain. Bind off all sts.

Left Front: With size 5 needles, cast on 51 (55, 61) sts. Work in ribbing same as back. Change to size 8 needles, work row 1 of pattern st to last 9 sts, put a marker on needle, work in ribbing as established to end of row (front band). Keeping 9 sts of front band in ribbing work remaining sts in pattern st. Shape armhole same as back until 31 (35, 39) sts remain.

Shape Neck: Starting at front edge, work 17 sts and sl these sts on holder, work to end of row. Continue to dec 1 st at arm edge in same manner as before 10 (12, 14) times more, and AT SAME TIME at neck edge dec 1 st EVERY ROW 4 (6, 8) times. Fasten off.

Right Front: Work to correspond to left front, reversing placement of all shaping and placement of front band and forming first buttonhole when piece measures 1 1/4 inches.

Buttonhole:

Row 1: Starting at front edge, work 3 sts, bind off next 3 sts, work to end of row.

Row 2: Cast on 3 sts over those bound off previous row.

Make 8 more buttonholes, evenly spaced-place last one ½ inch below start of neck shaping.

Sleeves: With size 5 needle, cast on 42 (46, 46) sts. Work ribbing same as back. Change to size 8 needles and work pattern st, inc 1 st each end of needle every 1 inch, forming new patterns as sts are inc, until 60 (66, 72) sts on needle. Work even in pattern st as established until piece measures 17 (18, 18) or desired inches.

Shape Raglan Cap: At beginning of each of the next 2 rows, bind off 1 (2, 3) sts. Dec in same manner as on back until 2 sts remain. Place sts on holder.

Belt: Using size 5 needles, cast on 14 sts. Work k 1, p 1 ribbing until piece measures 60 inches. Bind off in ribbing.

Pockets: With size 8 needles cast on 28 sts. Work pattern st as for large size for 30 rows (about 5 1/2 inches). Change to size 5 needles and work k 1, p 1 ribbing for 3 rows. Bind off in ribbing. Work 1 row in sc along sides and bottom.

Finishing: Sew sleeves to back and front armholes. Sew underarm seams.

Collar: With right side facing and size 5 needles, pick up 102 sts across neck edge, including sts from holders. Work ribbing same as back for 1 inch. With size 8 needles work ribbing until collar measures 4 inches. Bind off in ribbing.

Buttons: Make 9. With Copper, work 26 sc over ring, join with a sl st in first st, fasten off, leaving 7-inch end. Thread end in tapestry needle and from wrong side draw yarn through back lp of each sc and draw up tightly, fasten off. With Rust, overcast entire center of button as fill-in. Sew on buttons.

Fringe: With Copper and wrong side of sweater facing, work 1 row sc along front edges including short edges of collar. Then cut 3-inch lengths of Copper for fringe. At lower edge with wrong side facing, double 1 strand to form lp at top. Insert crochet hook in each sc and draw lp through, then draw loose ends through lp and pull up tightly. Make fringe in same manner along top edge of each pocket. Trim fringe ends. Sew pockets in place.

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