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Sweet Reflections

by Rachel Dickman

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I am a total sucker for my kids, especially when they come right out and ask for a hand knit! I designed this sweater for my older daughter. She hasn't worn a dress in about 5 years, so when she found a darling dress she wanted to wear for the holidays AND asked me to knit her a bolero to wear with it, I couldn't get my credit card out of my wallet fast enough. My younger daughter chose the OXO cable, because she knows there is love in every stitch!


 


Sizes

2 [4, 6, 8, 10, 12]

Finished Measurements

Chest: 21[23, 25, 27, 29, 32] inches
Length: 8[8¼, 8½, 10¼, 10¾, 10¾] inches

Materials

Spud and Chloe™ Sweater [55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards/146 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram hank];

#7502 Grass; 2[3, 3, 4, 4, 5] hanks

Recommended needle sizes

US #8 (5 mm) 24 inch circular needle
US #8 (5 mm) double pointed needles (set of 5) – dpn is also used to work cables

Notions

Stitch Markers
1 inch buttons - 2

Gauge

18 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in St st

Pattern Notes

Cardigan is worked from top down on circular needles using the contiguous sleeve method developed by Susie Meyers. The front and neck band is picked up to complete garment. You will be performing shoulder and armhole increases at the same time as the front shaping, so make sure to read all the instructions first and keep careful track of where you are in the pattern.

OXOX Cable (Worked flat over a multiple of 12 sts)
From “A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Vol. 1” by Barbara G. Walker
Rows 1 and 3 (WS): K2, p8, k2.
Row 2 (RS):  P2, k8, p2.
Row 4 (RS):  P2, sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in back, k2, then k2 from dpn, sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, k2, then k2 from dpn, p2.
Rows 5-7: Repeat Rows 1-3.
Row 8 (RS): P2; sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, k2, then k2 from dpn, sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in back, k2, then k2 from dpn, p2.
Rows 9-12: Repeat Rows 5-8.
Rows 13-16: Repeat Rows 1-4.

OXOX Cable (Worked in the round over a multiple of 12 sts)
Rnds 1-3: P2, k8, p2.
Rnd 4: P2, sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in back, k2, then k2 from dpn, sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, k2, then k2 from dpn, p2.
Rnds 5-7: P2, k8, p2.
Rnd 8: P2, sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, k2, then k2 from dpn, sl next 2 sts to dpn and hold in back, k2, then k2 from dpn, p2.
Rnds 9-12: Repeat Rows 5-8.
Rnds 13-16: Repeat Rows 1-4.

p2togtbl:  Purl 2 sts together through back loop (left leaning decrease on RS): sl 2 sts knitwise from LH needle to RH needle, move them back to the LH needle, purl sts together through the back loops from left to right.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round, cables, keeping track of multiple increases and decreases, knitting on dpns

Instructions

Shoulder Increases
Using the cable cast on method, cast on 64[68, 72, 73, 73, 84] sts.
Row 1 (WS): P11[12, 13, 13, 13, 16] for left front, pm, k2, p8, k2 for left sleeve, pm, p18[20, 22, 23, 23, 28] for back, pm, k2, p8, k2 for right sleeve, pm, p11[12, 13, 13, 13, 16] for right front. (This is Row 1 of the OXOX Cable):  64[68, 72, 73, 73, 84] sts.

 

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Row 2 (RS): Knit to the last st before the first marker, kfb, sm, work Row 2 of the OXOX Cable instructions, sm, kfb, k5[6, 6, 6, 6, 8], pm for back of neck shaping, kfb, k4[4, 4, 6, 6, 8], kfb, pm for back of neck shaping, k5[6, 6, 6, 6, 8] to last st before the next marker, kfb, sm, work Row 2 of the OXOX Cable instructions, sm, kfb, knit to end: 70[74, 78, 79, 79, 90] sts. 
Row 3: Purl to the last st before the first marker, pfb, sm, work Row 3 of the OXOX Cable instructions, sm, pfb, purl across back, slipping the back of neck shaping markers, to last st before next marker, pfb, sm, work Row 3 of the OXOX Cable instructions, sm, pfb, purl to end: 74[78, 82, 83, 83, 94] sts.
Row 4 (Buttonhole row): Knit to the last st before the first marker, kfb, sm, work Row 4 of the OXOX Cable instructions, sm, kfb, knit to first marker, remove marker, kfb, knit to last st before next marker, kfb, remove marker, knit to last st before the next marker, kfb, sm, work Row 4 of the OXOX Cable instructions, sm, kfb, knit to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog, k1: 80[84, 88, 89, 89, 100] sts. 
Row 5: Purl to the last st before the first marker, pfb, sm, work Row 5 of the OXOX Cable instructions, sm, pfb, purl to last st before next marker, pfb, sm, work Row 5 of the OXOX Cable instructions, sm, pfb, p to end: 84[88, 92, 93, 93, 104] sts.
Row 6: Knit to the last st before first marker, kfb, sm, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions, sm, kfb, knit to last st before next marker, kfb, sm, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions, sm, kfb, knit to end:  88[92, 96, 97, 97, 108] sts.
Row 7: Purl to the last st before first marker, pfb, sm, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions, sm, pfb, purl to last st before next marker, pfb, sm, work sleeve per the OXOX Cable instructions, sm, pfb, purl to end: 92[96, 100, 101, 101, 112] sts.
Rows 8-13: Repeat Rows 6 and 7, 3 times: 116[120, 124, 125, 125, 136] sts.
Row 14 (Buttonhole row): Knit to the last st before first marker, kfb, sm, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions, sm, kfb, knit to last st before next marker, kfb, sm, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions, sm, kfb, knit to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog, k1: 120[124, 128, 129, 129, 140] sts.
Row 15: Repeat Row 7: 124[128, 132, 133, 133, 144] sts.
Repeat Rows 6 and 7, 0[0, 2, 2, 3, 4] more times: 124[128, 148, 149, 157, 176] sts.

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Front Shaping
You will now work front decreases at the same time as the armhole increases. Begin front shaping on Row 1 of the armhole increase section and then work this decrease row every 1 inch 3[3, 3, 4, 4, 4] more times on Rows 7, 13, and 19 for all sizes and Row 25 for sizes 8, 10, and 12.
Front Shaping Row (RS): K1, ssk, work in pattern to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Front Shaping Row (WS): P1, p2togtbl, work in pattern to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1.

Armhole Increases
Work new sleeve sts on each side of cable pattern in St st.
Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, knit to first marker, sm, pfb, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions to last st before next marker, pfb, sm, knit to next marker, sm, pfb, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions to last st before next marker, pfb, sm, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 126[130, 150, 151, 159, 178] sts.
Row 2 (WS): Purl to first marker, sm, pfb, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions to last st before next marker, pfb, sm, purl to next marker, sm, pfb, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions to last st before next marker, pfb, sm, purl to end: 130[134, 154, 155, 163, 182] sts. 
Row 3:  Knit to first marker, sm, kfb, k1, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions to last 2 sts before next marker, k1, kfb, sm, knit to next marker, sm, kfb, k1, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions to last 2 sts before next marker, k1, kfb, sm, knit to end: 134[138, 158, 159, 167, 186] sts.
Row 4: Purl to first marker, sm, pfb, p2, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions to last 3 sts before next marker, p2, pfb, sm, purl to next marker, sm, pfb, p2, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions to last 3 sts before next marker, p2, pfb, sm, purl to end: 138[142, 162, 163, 171, 190] sts. 
Rows 5 and 6: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 working one additional st in St st before and after each cable: 146[150, 170, 171, 179, 198] sts.
Row 7: Knit to first marker, sm, kfb, k5, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions to last 6 sts before next marker, k5, kfb, sm, knit to next marker, sm, kfb, k5, work next row of OXOX Cable instructions to last 6 sts before next marker, kfb, sm, knit to end: 148[152, 172, 173, 181, 200] sts.
Row 8:  Work across in pattern.
Repeat Rows 7 and 8 working additional sts in St st before and after each cable, 7[8, 8, 10, 11, 12] more times: 172[180, 200, 207, 219, 242].

Split For Sleeves
Row 1 (RS):  K1, ssk, knit to last st before first marker, kfb, remove marker, place 40[42, 42, 46, 48, 50] sleeve sts on waste yarn, remove marker, kfb, knit to last st before next marker, kfb, remove marker, place 40[42, 42, 46, 48, 50] sleeve sts on waste yarn, remove marker, kfb, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 94[98, 118, 117, 125, 144] sts.
Row 2: Purl all sts.

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Body

Continue knitting in St st, working the Front Shaping Row on every RS row a total of 4[4, 4, 6, 6, 6] times, and then work it every row a total of 6 times: 74[78, 98, 93, 101, 120] sts after all Front Shaping Rows.
Next 2[2, 2, 4, 4, 4] Rows: Bind off 2 sts, work to end: 70[74, 94, 85, 93, 112] sts.

Sleeves
With RS facing, place 40[42, 42, 46, 48, 50] held sleeve sts on dpns. Pick up 1 st at the underarm and work across sleeve following OXOX Cable instructions (in the round), pick up 1 st at the underarm and join to begin working in the round: 42[44, 44, 48, 50, 52] sts.
Work even for 3[4, 6, 5, 6, 6] inches, then work the Sleeve Decrease Rnd (below) every 1 inch, 2[3, 3, 5, 4, 5] times.
Sleeve Decrease Rnd: K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, ssk: 38[38, 38, 38, 42, 42] sts after all decreases.
Size 2[4, 6, 8]: Beginning with a k1, work in k2, p2 rib for 3 inches, maintaining the OXOX Cable (in the round) instructions.
Size 10[12]: Beginning with a p1, work in k2, p2 rib for 3 inches, maintaining the OXOX Cable (in the round) instructions.
Bind off all sts loosely.

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Finishing

Beginning at the hem of the right front and working toward the neckline, pick up 42[43, 48, 57, 61, 61] sts evenly spaced across end of rows (approximately 3 sts per 4 rows), pick up 64[68, 68, 73, 73, 84] sts across cast on edge (one st in each st), pick up 42[43, 48, 57, 61, 61] sts along the left front (approximately 3 sts per 4 rows), then pick up 64[68, 82, 85, 89, 100] sts (one st in each st): 212[222, 246, 272, 284, 306] sts. PM and join to work in rnds.
Purl 1 round.
Bind of all sts loosely purlwise.

Weave in all ends and block to measurements.

 

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Rachel knits and designs in the upper midwest where it is chilly for much of the year, but that just means more weather to wear hand knits.

 



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