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Sugar

by Angela Baldi

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Here in Maine, we can see snow on the ground sometimes well into April. But signs of life peek up through the ground alongside the snow, and the maple sugaring season signals an end to winter for me.

When daytime temps hit above 40 degrees, it's time to shed our down coats and wear sweaters instead. I designed this sweater with spring in mind: it is open, airy, and bright, welcoming longer, warmer days.


 


Sizes

12 months [2, 4, 6, 8, 10]
Shown in size 8

Finished Measurements

Chest Measurement: 21¾[24¼, 26¾, 28¾, 30, 31¾] inches
Length: 12¼[14, 15¼, 16¾, 18½, 19¾] inches

Materials

Cascade Ultra Pima [100% pima cotton; 220 yards / 200 meters per 3.5 ounce / 100 gram skein];

#3775 Cool Mint; 2[2, 3, 3, 3, 4] skeins

Recommended needle sizes

US Size 5 (3.75 mm) 29 inch circular needle
US Size 7 (4.5 mm) 29 inch circular needle

Notions

6 stitch markers
½ inch buttons: 4[4, 4, 4, 5, 5]
Tapestry needle

Gauge

19 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in cellular stitch using smaller size needles

Pattern Notes

This yoked short-sleeve cardigan is worked from the top down and in one piece. The cardigan is worked almost entirely in a lacy pattern with an i-cord cast on for the neckline and an i-cord bind off for the waistband. The cap sleeves are created while knitting the yoke and are finished with an i-cord bind off. The yoke features three bands of stockinette stitch evenly spaced to incorporate the yoke increase rows. The seed stitch button band is worked simultaneously with the sweater and has just 4 or 5 buttons near the top, leaving the bottom of the sweater open.

Cellular Stitch (worked over a multiple of 3 sts)
Rows 1 and 3 (WS): Purl all sts.
Row 2 (RS): K2, *yo, k1, k2tog; repeat from * across to last st, k1.
Row 4 (RS): K2, *k2tog, yo, k1; repeat from * across to last st, k1.
Repeat Rows 1-4 for pattern.

Sl1p wyif: slip 1 st purlwise with yarn in front.

Button bands and Buttonholes
The seed stitch button bands are worked simultaneously with the sweater over the first and last 5 sts of every row. I recommend using stitch markers to separate them from the body of the sweater.
Work the first 5 sts of each row as: Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Work the last 5 sts of each row as: p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.

To make a buttonhole, work the last 5 sts of a RS row as: p1, k2tog, yo, k1, p1.
Place buttonholes as follows:
Size 12 months: Rows 4, 16, 28, 40.
Size 2T: Rows 4, 18, 32, 46.
Sizes 4 and 6: Rows 4, 20, 36, 52.
Sizes 8 and 10: Rows 4, 18, 32, 46, 60.

I-cord cast on (for neck)
Step 1: Using a needle 2 sizes larger than the one you used to get gauge, begin by casting on 3 sts. Slip these 3 sts to your left needle so that the working yarn is behind the st furthest from the needle tip.
Step 2: Knit front and back into the first st, and knit the next 2 sts. You've increased 1 st.
Step 3: Slip 3 sts from your right onto your left needle.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you've cast on 2 more sts than your cast on calls for.
Step 5: Slip 3 sts from your right needle onto your left needle. K2tog, k1.
Step 6: Slip 2 sts from your right needle onto your left needle: k2tog. This final step will leave you with the number of sts called for in the cast on.
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I-cord bind off (for armholes and waistband)
Step 1: Begin by casting on 3 sts using the cable cast on method.
Step 2: K2, k2tog tbl.
Step 3: Slip those 3 sts from your right to your left needle.
Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you've cast off the desired number of sts.
Step 5: When you've bound off the desired sts and there are 3 sts remaining on your right needle, slip the 3 sts to your left needle and k3tog tbl. Do not break your yarn when binding off for the armholes.
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Skills Required

Basic increases, basic decreases, lace, i-cord

 

Body

Using larger needles, cast on 58[64, 67, 70, 73, 79] sts with the i-cord cast on method. Switch to smaller size needles for the remainder of the pattern.

Row 1 (WS): Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, pm, work Row 1 of cellular stitch to last 5 sts, pm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Row 2 (RS): Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, work Row 2 of cellular stitch to last 5 sts, sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Row 3 (WS): Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, work Row 3 of cellular stitch to last 5 sts, sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Row 4 (RS & buttonhole): Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, work Row 4 of cellular stitch to last 5 sts, sm, p1, k2tog, yo, k1, p1.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3.

Sizes 8 and 10 only
Rows 6 and 7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Detail

All sizes
Increase Row (RS): Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, *k1, kfb; repeat from * to 0[0, 3, 0, 3, 3] sts before next marker, k 0[0, 3, 0, 3, 3], sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1: 82[91, 94, 100, 103, 112] sts.
Next Row: Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, purl to next marker, sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Next Row: Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, knit to next marker, sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Work Rows 1-5[1-5, 1-5, 1-5, 1-7, 1-7] once more.
Increase Row (RS): Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, *k1, kfb; repeat from * to 0[3, 0, 0, 3, 0] sts before next marker, k 0[3, 0, 0, 3, 0], sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1: 118[130, 136, 145, 148, 163] sts.
Next Row: Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, purl to next marker, sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Next Row: Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, knit to next marker, sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Work Rows 1 - 5[5, 5, 5, 7, 7] once more.
Increase Row (RS): Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, *k1, kfb; repeat from * to 0[0, 0, 3, 0, 3] sts before next marker, k 0[0, 0, 3, 0, 3], sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1: 172[190, 199, 211, 217, 238] sts.
Next Row: Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, purl to next marker, sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Next Row: Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, knit to next marker, sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.

Continue to work button band for the first and last 5 sts of each row placing buttonholes as indicated in pattern notes, and working cellular stitch for the remaining sts until yoke measures 5¼[6, 6½, 7, 7½, 7¾] inches from cast on edge, ending with a RS row.

Detail

Armhole Placement
Next Row (WS): Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, p 21[25, 23, 25, 24, 30], pm, p 33[36, 39, 41, 43, 46], pm, p 54[58, 65, 69, 73, 76], pm, p 33[36, 39, 41, 43, 46], pm, p 21[25, 23, 25, 24, 30], sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Next Row: Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, k 21[25, 23, 25, 24, 30], remove marker, bind off armhole sts working steps 1-3 of the i-cord bind off to the next marker, remove marker and work step 2 once and then step 5 (this uses the first st from the back section), k 53[57, 64, 68, 72, 75], remove marker, bind off armhole sts working steps 1-3 of the i-cord bind off to the next marker, remove marker and work step 2 once and then step 5, k 20[24, 22, 24, 23, 29], sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Next Row: Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, p 21[25, 23, 25, 24, 30], cast on 0[0, 4, 5, 7, 4] sts, p 54[58, 65, 69, 73, 76], cast on 0[0, 5, 5, 7, 4] sts, p 21[25, 23, 25, 24, 30], sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1: 106[118, 130, 139, 145, 154] sts.
Next Row: Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, knit to next marker, sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Continue to work button band for the first and last 5 sts of each row and cellular stitch for the remaining sts until piece measures 6[7, 7¾, 8¾, 10, 11] inches from the underarm, ending wth a WS row.
Next Row (RS): Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, knit to next marker, sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Next Row: Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, purl to next marker, sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Next Row: Sl1p wyif, k1, p1, k1, p1, sm, knit to next marker, sm, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Continue to work button band for the first and last 5 sts of each row and cellular stitch for 5 more rows, ending with a WS row.
Next row (RS): Bind off all stitches using the i-cord bind off method. Break your yarn and draw through last st.

FINISHING

Weave in your ends and sew buttons on the band opposite the buttonholes.
Wash and gently block.

 

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Angela Baldi lives near the ocean in Maine with her husband and three young girls. She learned to crochet while a graduate student and taught herself to knit in 2006 after the birth of her second daughter. Knitting has been a passion ever since. You can find her blog and other patterns at her blog. Her username on Ravelry is pumpkinpiebaby.

 

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