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Building Blocks

by Marjorie Dussaud

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Intermediate

This cardigan was born out of my compulsive yarn buying habits and the two colors of wool that ended up in my stash as a direct result. I loved the way they complimented and contrasted each other and wanted to make something out of it for my lovely little boy.

I love colorwork, but seldom find the strength to bite into something more complicated than stripes due to lack of time or sheer laziness. So this time, I looked all over my considerable pile of knitting related literature to find an easy and unusual way to combine those two colors into a fun. The idea of blocks made of slipped stitches came from this review and the intarsia button bands came from the same laziness that prevents me from other colorwork. So I designed a top down, one piece cardigan, with contrasting button bands made in intarsia to satisfy both my taste for colorful garments and easy, fast rewarding projects with minimal finishing. And now you, too, can grab those lazy knitting needles and make a complicated looking cardigan in a jiffy!


 


Sizes

3 months [6 months, 12 months, 2T, 3T, 4T, 6]
Shown in size 3T

Finished Measurements

Chest: 19¼ [20¾, 22½, 24, 24¾, 26½, 28¾] inches
Length: 10½ [12, 13, 14½, 15½, 16½, 17½] inches

Materials

Cascade 220 Superwash [100% superwash wool; 220 yards / 200 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram ball];

#900 Charcoal (MC); 2 [2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3] balls
#816 Daffodil (CC); 1 [1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2] balls

Recommended needle sizes

US #8/5 mm 32 inch or longer circular needle
US #8/5 mm dpns (set of 5 - optional)

Notions

4 stitch markers
Tapestry needle
½ inch Buttons – 5 [6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9]

Gauge

20 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches square in St st

Pattern Notes

This cardigan is knitted from the top down in one piece with raglan shaping. The intarsia button bands are worked along with the body down to the hem and the block motifs are worked out of a simple slipped stitch pattern on the lower part of the body. The sleeves are worked last and knitted straight from underarm to the garter stitch cuffs.

Garter Stitch (in rounds)
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: Purl around.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 for pattern.

Garter Stitch (in rows)
Knit every row.

Stockinette stitch (in rounds)
Knit every round.

Stockinette stitch (in rows)
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: Purl across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

Slipped Stitch
sl1 (slip one stitch): slip the stitch on the left needle purlwise without working it.

Slipped Stitch Blocks (worked over a multiple of 4 sts +3)
Row 1 (RS): With CC knit across.
Row 2: With CC purl across.
Row 3: With MC, k1, (sl1, k3) across to last 2 sts, sl1, k1.
Row 4: With MC, p1, (sl1, p3) across to last 2 sts, sl1, p1.

One Stitch Buttonhole
To make a 1 stitch buttonhole, work to 1 stitch before buttonhole placement, yo, k2tog.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round with Magic Loop or Dpns, Basic Intarsia

Yoke

Using the cast on method of your choice and CC, cast on 63 [67, 69, 75, 75, 81, 85] sts on circular needle.
Rows 1-4: Knit across.
Row 5 (WS): K3, yo, k2tog, knit across.
Rows 6-11: Knit across.
Row 12: K5, with MC, knit across to last 5 sts, with separate CC, k5.
Row 13: With CC k5, with MC p9 [10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13), pm, p9 [9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12], pm, p17 [19, 19, 21, 21, 23, 25], pm, p9 [9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12], pm, p9 [10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13], with CC k5.

DetailRaglan Shaping
Row 1 (RS – Increase row): With CC k5, * with MC knit to 1 st before marker, M1, k1, slip marker, k1, M1; repeat from * 3 more times, knit to last 5 sts, with CC k5: 71 [75, 77, 83, 83, 89, 93] sts.
Row 2 (WS): With CC k5, purl to last 5 sts, with CC k5.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of Raglan Shaping, 11 [12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19] times, placing a one stitch buttonhole 3 sts from the edge, every 2 inches. You should have 26 [28, 30, 32, 33, 35, 38] sts for each front, 33 [35, 40, 43, 45, 48, 52] sts for each sleeve, and 41 [45, 49, 53, 55, 59, 65] sts for the back.

Sleeve Separation: With CC k5, work to the first marker, remove marker, place next 33 [35, 40, 43, 45, 48, 52] sleeve sts on a st holder or a piece of scrap yarn, remove second marker, cast on 4 sts at the armhole, work to the third marker, remove marker, place next 33 [35, 40, 43, 45, 48, 52] sleeve sts on a st holder or a piece of scrap yarn, remove fourth marker, knit to last 5 sts, with CC k5.

Body

Row 1: With CC k5, p91 [99, 107, 115, 119, 127, 139], with CC k5.

Continuing to work buttonholes, work even for ¾ [1, 1, 1¼, 1¼, 1¼, 1½] inches, ending with a WS row.

Continuing to work buttonholes, begin the Slipped Stitch Block Pattern between markers for 4½ [5¼, 5½, 6½, 7, 7¾, 8¼] inches.
With CC, work in Garter st for 1 [1¼, 1¼, 1½, 1¾, 1¾, 1¾] inches.
Bind off all sts loosely.

Sleeve
On the RS and using MC, work the 33 [35, 40, 43, 45, 48, 52] sts for the sleeve from the st holder or the piece of scrap yarn, pick up 4 stitches at the armhole; join to work in the round, pm.
Work even in St st until sleeve measures 6 [6½, 7½, 8½, 9½, 10½, 11½] inches from underarm.
Change to CC and work 10 rnds (5 ridges) of Garter st.
Bind off all sts loosely.

Repeat for the second sleeve.

Detail

FINISHING

Weave in all ends using the tapestry needle.
Gently block.
Sew buttons to button band opposite buttonholes.

Detail

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Marjorie

Marjorie Dussaud started her designer career when she traded her challenging engineering career for the even more challenging full time mom job. She has always been a yarn and fiber fanatic, but found her true love with children's garment knitting. She is French, but now lives with her wonderful husband, son and 2 Portuguese Water Dogs in Northern New Jersey.

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