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Soft simplicity - our Sawtelle cardigan for girls 2-12 is made entirely of knit sts and the only seaming is at the shoulders.
PDF Pattern Instructions
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Shown in size 2
Body of this garment is worked in one piece to the underarm, then divided for back and fronts. Shoulder seams are then sewn and sleeves are picked up and worked down in the round on 2 circular needles.
With one circular needle, using CC, cast on 116(122-126-130-134-138) sts. Work even in Garter St for 3”. Mark next row for RS of work. Change to MC and work even in Garter St until piece measures 9(9 1/2- 10-10 1/2- 11-11 1/2)”, end on WS.
Divide for Armholes: Next Row (RS): K25(27-28-29-30-31), bind off 14 sts, k until there are 38(40-42-44-46-48) sts on RH needle after bound-off sts, bind off 14 sts, k to end.
Left Front: K25(27-28-29-30-31), slip next 38(40-42-44-46-48) sts onto holder for back, sl remaining 25(27-28-29-30-31) sts onto another holder for right front.
Work even until armhole measures 3½(3½- 4-4-4½-4½)”, end on RS.
Shape Neck: Next Row (WS): Bind off 12(13-14-15-16-16) sts, k to end – 13(14-14-14-14-15) sts.
Dec Row (RS): K to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 – 12(13-13-13-13-14) sts. Rep this dec every RS row 3 times more 9(10-10-10-10-11) sts. Work even until armhole measures 5½(5½- 6- 6-6½-6½)”, end on WS. Bind off. Mark placement of 3 buttons on front edge, the first 1” up from beg of armhole, the last ½" below beg of neck shaping and the other evenly spaced between.
Back: With RS facing, join MC in first st on second holder. Using circular needle, k38(40-42-44-46-48). Work even until armholes measure 5(5-5½-5½-6- 6)”, end on WS.
Shape Neck: Next Row (RS): K9(10-10-10-10-11), join another ball of MC and bind off center 20(20-22-24-26-26) sts, k to end. Working both sides at once, work even until armholes measure 5½(5½-6-6-6½-6½)”, end on WS. Bind off.
Right Front: With RS facing, join MC in first st on remaining holder. Using circular needle, k25(27-28-29-30-31). Work even until armhole measures 1”, end on WS.
Buttonhole Row (RS): K3, k2 tog, yo, k to end. Complete to correspond to left front, reversing all shaping and making 2 more buttonholes opposite markers on left front. Bind off for neck on RS row. Work neck decs at beg of RS rows as k1, SSK. Sew shoulder seams.
With RS facing, using one circular needle and MC, beg at center point of 14 bound-off sts at underarm, pick up and k25(25-27-27-29-29) sts to shoulder seam, using second circular needle, pick up and k25(25-27-27-29-29) sts to beg – 50(50-54-54-58-58) sts. Mark for beg of rnd and carry marker up. Work even in St st (k EVERY rnd) by knitting all the sts on first circular needle, then all the sts on second circular needle until sleeve measures 1” from beg. Note: Make sure when you start to knit each section that you pick up the other end of that needle to start knitting. If you pick up the end of the other needle, you will wind up with all the sts on one needle and will have to divide them onto 2 needles again.
Dec Rnd: K1, SSK, k to 3 sts before marker, k2 tog, k1 – 48(48-52-52-56-56) sts. Rep this dec every ¾" 11(11-12-12-13-13) times more – 26(26-28-28-30-30) sts. Work even until sleeve measures 11½(12½-13-13½-14½-15)” from beg. Change to CC and work even until sleeve measures 12(13-13½-14-15-15½)” from beg. Bind off.
Collar: With RS facing, using one circular needle and MC, beg at right front edge, pick up and k25(25-26-26-27-27) sts along right front neck edge, 26(26-28-28-30-30) sts across back neck edge, then 25(25-26-26-27-27) sts along left front neck edge – 76(76-80-80-84-84) sts. Work even in Garter St for 4”, end on WS. Bind off. Sew on buttons.