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This feminine cardigan is a testament to two things I adore — a lacy leaf motif and seamless construction.
This feminine cardigan is a testament to two things I adore — a lacy leaf motif and seamless construction. When I found this lace pattern in a Barbara Walker book, I dreamed up a cardi with cute cascading leaves to form a continuous border. Originally, the lace instructions were written out line by line, but I find charts are way easier to follow for lace, so I converted it to a chart and got stitchin’. To knit this cardigan in one piece, the front lace is knit as you create the body, and the bottom border is knit at a 90-degree angle to a live stitch edge so there’s no sewing later. Your leafy lace will really pop if it’s stitched in a natural material. And don’t forget to block it! The result is a sweater that is fun to knit, nifty to finish, and can be worn with just about anything.

Size
XS (S, m, l, xl) Finished bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)"
Finished length: 191/4 (211/2, 23, 251/2, 261/2)"

Materials
Cascade Pima Tencel (50% pima cotton, 50% tencel; 50g/109 yd), 8 (10, 12, 14, 15) balls #8374
US 7 (4.5mm) double-pointed needles
US 7 (4.5mm) 24" circular needle
Stitch markers in 2 colors (A and B)
Tapestry needle

Gauge
20 sts and 28 rows = 4" in St st

Special Abbreviations
m1l: Make 1 st by inserting LH needle from front to back under the bar between the 2 sts of the previous row, and k this loop tbl so it twists to the left.
m1r: Make 1 st by inserting LH needle from back to front under the bar between the 2 sts of the previous row, twist, and k through the front of this loop so it twists to the right.

Project from STITCH ‘N B* SUPERSTAR KNITTING by Debbie Stoller. Published by Workman Publishing.

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  • Step 1

    W&T (wrap anD Turn): On RS, bring yarn between needles to front, sl next st onto RH needle, bring yarn between needles to back, return sl st to LH needle, turn.
    On WS, bring yarn between needles to back, sl next st onto RH needle, bring yarn between needles to front, return sl st to LH needle, turn.

    Directions
    Note: The sweater is knit in one piece to the underarms. The sleeves are knit in the round from the top down with short-row shaping in the shoulder cap.

    Body

    Using a provisional cast-on and circular needles, CO 9 sts, pm A, CO 31 (36, 41, 46, 51) sts, pm B, CO 80 (90, 100, 110, 120) sts, pm B, CO 31 (36, 41, 46, 51) sts, pm A, CO 9 sts—160 (180, 200, 220, 240) sts.
    row 1 (rS): Work Chart 1, sm, k to next marker A, sm, work Chart 2.
    row 2: Work Chart 2, sm, p to next marker A, sm, work Chart 1.
    Rep rows 1 and 2 until 10 rows are complete.

    Dec row (rS): Work Chart 1, k to 3 sts before marker B, k2tog, k1, sm, k1, ssk, k to 3 sts before marker B, k2tog, k1, sm, k1, ssk, k to marker A, sm, work Chart 2.

    Cont in patt as est, rep dec row every RS row 4 times more—140 (160, 180, 200, 220) sts.
    Cont even in patt for 15 rows.

    Inc row (rS): Work Chart 1, k to 1 st before marker B, M1L, k1, sm, k1, M1R, k to 1 st before marker B, M1L, k1, sm, k1, M1R, k to marker A, sm, work Chart 2.

    Cont in patt as est, rep inc row every other RS row 4 times more—160 (180, 200, 220, 240) sts.

    Cont even in patt until back meas 91⁄4 (101⁄2, 11, 123⁄4, 131⁄4)", end with a WS row.

    Dividing row (rS): Work Chart 1, sm, k to marker B, sm, BO 4 (5, 5, 5, 6) sts, k to marker B. Turn.

  • Step 2

    Back

    Remove B markers. Work in St st, BO 4 (5, 5, 5, 6) sts at beg of next row, then BO 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) sts at beg of foll 2 rows—66 (74, 82, 92, 98) back sts.
    Dec row (rS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
    Rep dec row every RS row 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) times more— 60 (68, 74, 84, 88) sts.

    Cont even in St st u5 ntil armhole meas 71⁄2 (81⁄2, 91⁄2, 10, 101⁄2)", end with a WS row.

    SIzes XS (S, m) only: BO 10 (12, 13) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Place rem 40 (44, 48) sts onto holder.

    SIzes L (xl) only: BO 9 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then BO 8 sts at beg of foll 2 rows. Place rem 50 (54) sts onto holder.

  • Step 3

    Right Front

    With WS facing, attach yarn to armhole edge.
    nexT row (wS): BO 4 (5, 5, 5, 6) sts, p to marker A, sm, work Chart 1.
    nexT row: Work Chart 1, k to end.
    nexT row: BO 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) sts, p to marker A, sm, work Chart 1—33 (37, 41, 46, 49).

    Armhole Dec (rS): Work Chart 1, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. nexT row: P to marker A, sm, work Chart 1.
    Cont in patt as est, rep armhole dec every RS row 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) times more—30 (34, 37, 42, 44) sts. Work 1 row even.

    Neck Dec (rS): Work Chart 1, sm, k1, ssk, k to end. Cont in patt as est, rep neck dec every RS row 7 (9, 10,
    11, 12) times more, then every other RS row 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) times—18 (20, 21, 25, 25) sts.

    Cont even in patt as est until armhole meas 71⁄2 (81⁄2, 91⁄2, 10, 101⁄2)", end with a RS row.
    SIzeS xS (S, m) only: BO 9 (11, 12) sts, work Chart 1. SIzeS l (xl) only: BO 8 sts, p to marker A, work Chart 1;
    work Chart 1, k to end; BO 8 sts, work Chart 1.
    Sew shoulder seam.

    Right Neckband

    Row 1 (rS): Work 9 sts of Chart 1, ssk last st together with first back neck st on holder. Turn.

    Row 2: Work next row of Chart 1. Rep rows 1 and 2 until 20 (22, 24, 25, 27) back neck
    sts rem. Place all sts onto holder.

  • Step 4

    Left Front
    With RS facing, attach yarn to armhole edge.

    Next row (rS): BO 4 (5, 5, 5, 6) sts, k to marker A, work Chart 2.

    Next row: Work Chart 2, p to end. nexT row: BO 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) sts, k to marker A, sm, work Chart 2. nexT row:

    Work Chart 2, p to end. armhole Dec (rS): K1, ssk, k to marker A, work Chart 2.

    Cont in patt as est, work armhole dec every RS row 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) times more—30 (34, 37, 42, 44) sts. Work 1 row even.

    Neck Dec (rS): K to 3 sts before marker A, k2tog, k1, sm, work Chart 2.

    Cont in patt as est, rep neck dec every RS row 7 (9, 10, 11, 12) times more, then every other RS row 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) times—18 (20, 21, 25, 25) sts.

    Cont even in patt as est until armhole meas 71⁄2 (81⁄2, 91⁄2, 10, 101⁄2)", end with a WS row.

    SIzes XS (S, m) only: BO 9 (11, 12) sts, work Chart 2.

    SIzes L (xl) only: BO 8 sts, k to marker A, work Chart 2;
    work Chart 2, p to end; BO 8 sts, work Chart 2.

    Left Neckband

    Row 1 (wS): Work 9 sts of Chart 2, p last st together with first back neck st on holder. Turn.

    Row 2: Work next row of Chart 2. Rep rows 1 and 2 until no back neck sts rem. Graft sts together with those from right neckband.

    Sew shoulder seam.

  • Step 5

    Sleeves (Make 2)

    Starting at center of underarm, with circular needle, pick up and k 1 st for each bound-off st—7 (8, 9, 9, 11) sts; PU and k27 (31, 35, 37, 38) sts to the shoulder seam, pm A; PU and k27 (31, 35, 37, 38) sts to the underarm sts; PU and k 1 st for each bound-off st—7 (8, 9, 9, 11). Pm B for beg of rnd—68 (78, 88, 92, 98) sts.

    Set-up row 1 (rS): K tbl 12 (14, 17, 18, 21) sts past marker A, W&T.

    Set-up row 2: Sl 1, p to 12 (14, 17, 18, 21) sts past marker A, W&T.

    Remove marker A.
    row 1: S1 1, k to wrapped st, lift wrap onto needle and k st tog with wrap, W&T.
    row 2: S1 1, p to wrapped st, insert RH needle under wrap on RS, then into next st pwise, p these 2 sts tog, W&T.

    Rep rows 1 and 2 until all except underarm sts have been worked. Cont in the rnd, k 9 (12, 12, 13, 16) rnds over all sts, picking up wraps on first rnd.

    Dec rnD: K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. Rep dec rnd every 6th rnd 8 (9, 6, 4, 3) times more, then
    every 4th rnd 6 (6, 12, 16, 18) times—38 (46, 50, 50, 54) sts. Work even in St st until sleeve meas 13 (141⁄2, 151⁄4, 16, 163⁄4)" from underarm. Place sts onto holder.

  • Step 6

    Lower Edging

    Remove provisional cast-on and place sts onto circular needle. Position sweater with RS of left front facing.

    CO 16 sts using cable CO (page 89).

    Joining row (rS): Work to last st of Chart 3, ssk last st together with the next st on body of sweater.

    Next row: Work Chart 3. Rep last 2 rows until all body sts have been worked. BO.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet sweaters. Leafy Lace Cardigan - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sleeve Edging

    CO 10 sts. Work rows 1 and 2 of Chart 4.

    Joining row (RS): With RS of sleeve edge facing, work to last st of Chart 4, ssk last st tog with the next st on edge of sleeve.

    Next row: Work Chart 4. Rep last 2 rows until all sleeve sts have been worked. BO. Weave in ends.

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