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This great little sweater was inspired by the fabulous hues of this yarn. By blending this laceweight yarn as I knit, the colours flow so they slowly merge to new colours. No hard lines or pooling in this little sweater. The corrugated ribbing outlines the entire sweater.

The design is a very simple style raglan knit from the bottom up in one piece. Very little finishing is needed. Meika, my little granddaughter, is only 1 year old and she is wearing a size 2 cardigan. She has plenty of growing room in this little sweater.

model: Meika photos: Shelley Mackie

2[4, 6] (shown in size 2)

Chest: 24 [26, 28] inches
Length: 12[13, 14] inches


Island Hues Hand Dyed Yarn laceweight (100% merino wool; 962 yards/880m per 100gr skein)
Blue Hues: 1[2, 2] skeins
Purple Hues: 1[1, 2] skeins

1 24-inch US #6/4 mm circular needle
1 24-inch US #7/4.5 mm circular needle
1 set US #6/4 mm double-point needles
1 set US #7/4.5 mm double-point needles
4 stitch markers
Tapestry needle
5[6, 6] buttons: Buy buttons after your sweater is complete, so you can determine what size is needed.


21 sts / 29 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on larger needles with three strands of yarn held together

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here]

This sweater is worked with 3 strands of yarn held together throughout.
The combinations of yarn will be referred to as follows:
[A]: Three strands of Blue Hues held together
[B]: Two strands of Blue Hues held together with one strand of Purple Hues
[C]: One strand of Blue Hues held together with two strands of Purple Hues
[D]: Three strands of Purple Hues held together

Corrugated Rib (Worked over an even number of sts):
Note: When working Corrugated Rib, yarn not in use should be held to WS of work at all times. This means that when working a RS row the yarn will be held to the back of the work, and when working a WS row it will be held to the front of the work.

Row 1 [RS]: [K1 using A, p1 using D] to end.
Row 2 [WS]: [K1 using D, p1 using A] to end.
Repeat these 2 rows for Corrugated Rib.

Blocking: Information about blocking can be found here and here.


Lower Body
Using larger circular needle and A, CO 122[134, 144] sts. Do not join.

Using smaller circular needle, work 10[12, 12] rows in Corrugated Rib.

Break D and work 20[22, 24] rows in stockinette st using larger needles and A.

Work 20[22, 24] rows using B.

Using C, work in stockinette st until work measures 8.5[9.5, 10.5] inches or desired length to underarm, ending with a RS row.

Next Row [WS]: P25[28, 31] (left front), BO 8 sts, p55[61, 65] (56[62, 66] sts on right needle after bound off sts; back of sweater), BO 8 sts, p to end (right front). Break yarn and set work aside.

Make a note of how many rows you have worked using C.

Using larger double-point needles and A, CO 30[32, 36] sts. Join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist. If desired, once the first few rounds have been worked, place a split ring marker or safety pin in your work to indicate begining of round.

Using smaller double-point needles, work 10[12, 12] rounds in Corrugated Rib. (Because the rib is being worked in the round with the RS facing, work each round as per Row 1 of the Rib pattern as described in the Pattern Notes.)

Note: Read ahead! Color pattern instructions and shaping instructions are worked at the same time.

Break D and k 25[28, 31] rounds using larger needles and A.

K 25[28, 31] rounds using B.

Using C, work to end of sleeve.

AT THE SAME TIME: After Corrugated Rib is complete, shape sleeve as follows:
K 5[6, 7] rounds.
Increase Round:
K1, m1, k to end of round, m1, k1.
Repeat these 6[7, 8] rounds 8[9, 8] times more. 48[52, 54] sts.

Work until sleeve measures 10.5[12, 13.5] inches, or desired length to underarm, ending last round 4 sts before end of round.

Next Round: BO 8 sts, k to end. Break yarn. Place remaining 40[44, 46] sts on hold on smaller circular needle.

Make a second sleeve in the same way, but do not remove sts from needles when sleeve is complete.

When working the yoke as follows, work with C until 20[22, 24] rows have been worked INCLUDING rows of lower body. (For example, if you worked 10 rows of the lower body using C, you would now work 10[12, 14] rows using C.) Once these rows are complete, work the rest of the sweater using D.

Join Sleeves to Body:
Pick up Body and rejoin C to right front. Working all sts onto larger circular needle with RS facing, k25[28, 31] sts of right front, place marker, k40[44, 46] sts of one sleeve, place marker, k56[62, 66] sts of back, place marker, k40[44, 46] of remaining sleeve, place marker, k25[28, 31] sts of left front. 186[206, 220] sts.

P 1 row.

Decrease Row [RS]: [K to 2 sts before marker, ssk, k2tog] 4 times, k to end. 8 sts decreased.
Work 3 rows in stockinette st.
Repeat these 4 rows 0[1, 2] times more. 178[190, 196] sts.

Work Decrease Row.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 9[10, 10] times more. 98[102, 108] sts.

Working raglan decreases as established, shape neckline as follows:
BO 2[3, 4] sts at beginning of next 2 rows. 86[88, 90] sts.
BO 2[2, 3] sts at beginning of following 2 rows. 74[76, 76] sts.

Next Row [RS]: K1, k2tog, [k to 2 sts before marker, ssk, k2tog] 4 times, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 0[1, 1] time more. 64[56, 56] sts remain.

Work Decrease Row.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 2[1, 1] times more, then work Decrease Row once more. 32 sts remain. Break yarn, leaving sts on needle for neckband.

Buttonhole Band
Using larger double-point needle and A, CO 9 sts.

Using smaller needles, work 6 rows in Corrugated Rib, working edge sts in A.

Buttonhole Row 1 [RS]: Work 3 sts in patt, BO 2 sts in patt, work to end.
Buttonhole Row 2 [WS]: Work 3 sts in patt; kfb in next st using D, then p into same st using A; work to end in patt.

Work 18 rows in patt.
Work Buttonhole Rows.
Repeat these 20 rows 2[3, 3] times more, then work in patt until Buttonhole Band is same length af front edge of sweater, when slightly stretched. Break yarn and place sts on hold on spare needle.

Work Button Band as for Buttonhole Band, omitting buttonholes.

Sew bands to front edges of sweater.

With RS facing, using smaller circular needle and alternating sts in A and D, work held sts of right front band, pick up and k 1 st in each held or bound off sts and 3 sts for every 4 rows around neckline, work held sts of left front band.

Work 1 WS row in Corrugated Rib.

Work 2 more rows, working a buttonhole in Neckband above buttonholes in Buttonhole Band.

Work 5 more rows in Corrugated Rib. With WS facing, loosely BO all sts knitwise using larger needle and A.


Sew underarm seams. Weave in ends.
Block sweater. Sew on buttons.


Shelley Mackie has been knitting forever. She loves playing with yarn as much as playing with Meika her granddaughter.

She is the owner of Fun Knits Yarn Shop on Quadra Island, B.C. and on the internet at The Island Hues laceweight yarn is available at Fun Knits.