A shapely cardigan without shaping? By increasing fancy ribs
(Little Hourglass Rib and Reverse Cross-Stitch
Rib adapted from Barbara Walker’s invaluable A Treasury
of Knitting Patterns) at the waistline, you
can add some gentle waist shaping to a “simple”,
bottom-up cardigan. Deep seed stitch hems and
front bands show off Madelinetosh’s
beautiful hand-dyed, worsted-weight yarn.
|model: Kathleen Dames photos: Nicholas Dames|
|22 sts/30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st, after blocking|
Seed Stitch (Worked over an even number
K2tog Cross: K2tog through back loops but do not drop sts from left needle; k same 2 sts together through front loops and drop sts from left needle.
Right Twist (Worked on WS): P into front of second st on left needle but do not drop st from left needle; p into front of first st on left needle and drop both first and second sts from left needle.
Instructions for grafting can be found here.
Set-up Row [WS]: Work 10 sts in Seed Stitch, p4[8, 16, 20, 24,
32, 36], place marker, work Row 1 of Chart A over next 70 sts,
place marker, p2[18, 26, 42, 50, 58, 74], place marker, work
Row 1 of Chart A over next 70 sts, place marker, p4[8, 16, 20,
24, 32, 36], work last 10 sts in Seed Stitch.
From this point on, work first and last 10 sts of each row in Seed Stitch as set.
In the next row (Row 4 of Chart B), side markers will be placed
to indicate center of each underarm. Leave existing markers in
Next Row [WS]: Work 10 sts in pattern, [p to marker, work Row 9[9, 5, 5, 5, 1, 1] of Chart C over next 70 sts] twice, p to last 10 sts, work in pattern to end.
Note: Neckline shaping begins on next row; read ahead before continuing.
As you work lower body, continue working Chart C as set. Once all rows of Chart C have been completed, repeat Rows 29-32 until lower body is complete.
Neckline Decrease Row [RS]: Work 10 sts in pattern, ssk, work
in pattern to last 12 sts, k2tog, continue in pattern to end.
Continue in pattern until work measures 12.25[12.75, 13, 13.25,
13.5, 13.75, 13.75] inches or desired length to underarm, ending
with a WS row.
CO 36[40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60] sts.
Work 15 rows in Seed Stitch, ending with a RS row.
Work 7[7, 7, 5, 5, 3, 3] rows in stockinette st, ending with
a WS row.
Continue in stockinette st until work measures 16.5[17, 17, 17.5, 17.5, 18, 18] inches from top of cuff or desired length to underarm, ending with a WS row. Note that cuff is intended to be folded back when worn.
Break yarn. Place first and last 3[6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12] sts on waste yarn or short st holders, and center 54[54, 54, 60, 66, 76, 82] sts on spare needle.
Make a second sleeve in the same way.YOKE
Note: Remember to continue working neckline decreases as set. Because the number of neckline decreases that have been worked may vary due to length adjustment, the total number of sts for the sweater at each stage wil not be given until all neckline decreases have been worked. Instead, st numbers for different parts of the sweater (eg, back, sleeves) will be given. Place held sts of lower body on circular needle.
Joining Row [RS]: Using yarn attached to lower body, work in pattern to 3[6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12] sts before first side marker, place next 6[12, 18, 20, 22, 24, 24] sts on st holder or waste yarn, removing side marker; place marker, work 46[50, 54, 60, 66, 76, 82] held sts of one sleeve, place marker; k 70[76, 82, 92, 98, 108, 120] sts of back (to 3[6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12] sts before next side marker), place next 6[12, 18, 20, 22, 24, 24] sts on st holder or waste yarn, removing side marker; place marker, work 54[54, 54, 60, 66, 76, 82] held sts of remaining sleeve, place marker, work remaining sts of lower body in pattern. 4 markers in place.
In Decrease Rows 1 and 2, sts are decreased at armhole edges
of front and back.
Sizes XS, S, 3X Only:
Sizes M, L, 1X, 2X Only:
Decrease Row 3 [RS]: [Work in pattern to marker, slip marker,
ssk, k to 2 sts before next marker, k2tog, slip marker] twice,
work in pattern to end.
Work Decrease Row 3.
Attach sts of right front to sts at top of sleeve cap using
short rows as follows:
Attach sts of left front to sts at top of sleeve cap using short
rows as follows:
Attach sts of back to remaining sleeve cap sts using short rows
Shape back shoulders using short rows:
Next Row [WS]: Work in Seed Stitch to 3 sts before previous
wrapped st, W&T.
Next Row [WS]: Work in pattern to right shoulder marker, picking
up wraps and working them together with wrapped sts.
Next Row [RS]: Continuing from three-needle bind off, work to
left shoudler marker, picking up wraps and working them together
with wrapped sts.
|ABOUT THE DESIGNER|
Kathleen Dames lives, knits, and designs
in New York City and Bath, Maine. When
she’s not wrangling
her children or designing books, she knits
and knits and knits.
Pattern & images © 2011 Kathleen Dames. Contact Kathleen