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Good Tree Cardigan

by Laura Brown

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When I was growing up, fall was my favorite season for playing outside. There’s something about the crisp fall air that pulls you outside and makes you want to stay there all day. I love reliving fall through the eyes of my daughter, who shares my love for the season and one of my favorite outdoor activities, climbing trees.

I designed this sweater with tree climbing in mind. Something that would add a layer of warmth without getting in the way too much.


 


Sizes

4 [6, 8, 10, 12]
Shown in size 6.

Finished Measurements

Chest: 22 [24, 26, 28, 30] inches
Length: 15 [16, 17½, 18¼, 19¼] inches

Materials

Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool [100% wool; 465 yards / 425 meters per 8 ounce/227 gram skein];

#126 Nature’s Brown; 1 [1, 2, 2, 2] skein(s)
#098 Natural; 1 skein

Recommended needle sizes

US #8 (5.0 mm) needles

Notions

1 button
Tapestry needle
6 stitch markers
waste yarn
2 safety pins

Gauge

20 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in St st

Pattern Notes

This cardigan is worked seamlessly from the bottom up. I chose to sew the button onto the cardigan. If you would like to have an actual button-hole instead, that can be done easily by adding a button-hole to the middle of the chest garter band.

Skills Required

Short Rows

Body

Lower Garter Band
With MC, cast on 110 [120, 130, 140, 150] sts.
Rows 1 and 2: K 2 rows. (Row 1 is a WS row.)
Rows 3 and 4: Using CC, k 2 rows.
Rows 5-8: Using MC, k 4 rows.
Rows 9 and 10: Using CC, k 2 rows.
Rows 11-13: Using MC, k 3 rows.

DetailMain Body
Row 1 (RS): K8, pm, k across to last 8 sts, pm, k8.
Row 2 (WS): K8, slip marker, p across to next marker, k8.
Row 3 (RS): K across, slipping all markers.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until Main Body measures 9 [10, 11, 11½, 12½] inches from Garter Band, ending with a RS row.

Chest Garter Band
Rows 1 and 2: K 2 rows. (Row 1 is a WS row.)
Rows 3 and 4: Using CC, k 2 rows.
Rows 5-8: Using MC, k 4 rows.
Rows 9 and 10: Using CC, k 2 rows.
Rows 11-13: Using MC, k 3 rows.
Removing markers, place all stitches on waste yarn to be worked later.

Sleeves (make 2)

Garter Band
With MC, cast on 42 [46, 50, 54, 56] sts.
Rows 1 and 2: K 2 rows. (Row 1 is a WS row.)
Rows 3 and 4: Using CC, k 2 rows.
Rows 5-8: Using MC, k 4 rows.
Rows 9 and 10: Using CC, k 2 rows.
Rows 11-13: Using MC, k 3 rows.

Sleeve Body
Beginning with a RS row, continue Sleeve in St st.
AT THE SAME TIME
Work one of the following decrease rows every 3 rows a total of 4(5, 5, 6, 6) times.
If decreasing on a k row, Decrease Row: K2tog, k across to last 2 sts, ssk.
If decreasing on a p row, Decrease Row: P2tog tbl, p across to last 2 sts, p2tog.
Continue in St st until Sleeve measures 2 [2½, 2½, 3, 3] inches from Garter Band.
Work Decrease Row one more time: 32 [34, 38, 40, 42] sts.
Place first 4 [4, 5, 5, 6] sts on a small safety pin, place next 24 [26, 28, 30, 30] sts on waste yarn to be worked later, place remaining 4 [4, 5, 5, 6] stitches on a small safety pin. The stitches on the safety pins will be grafted later with sts held from the body at the underarms.

DetailYoke (Joining Body & Sleeves)
With RS facing and knitting sts previously held on waste yarn, and beginning with sts from the body, k8, pm, k 16 [18, 20, 22, 24], place next 8 [8, 10, 10, 12] sts onto a safety pin, pm, knit across right sleeve, pm, k 46 [52, 54, 60, 62] sts from back, place next 8 [8, 10, 10, 12] sts onto a safety pin, pm, knit across left sleeve, pm, knitting again from the body k 16 [18, 20, 22, 24], pm. k8: 142 [156, 166, 180, 186] sts.
Row 1: K to first marker, p across to last marker, k8.
Row 2 (Decrease row): K to marker, slip marker, * k across to 3 sts before next marker, k2tog, k2, ssk; repeat from * 3 more times, knit across: 134 [148, 158, 172, 178] sts.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
Row 4 (Decrease row): K to first marker, ssk, * k across to 3 sts before next marker, k2tog, k2, ssk; repeat from * 3 more times, k to 2 sts before last marker, k2tog, k8: 124 [138, 148, 162, 168] sts.
Repeat last four rows 4 [4, 5, 5, 5] more times: 52 [66, 58, 72, 78] sts.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2, 0 [1, 0, 1, 1] more time: 52 [58, 58, 64, 70] sts.
Next Row (WS): K to first marker, p across to last marker, k8.

Back Shaping
Row 1: K across to 3rd marker, k 18 [22, 22, 26, 28], wrap and turn.
Row 2: P 10 [14, 14, 18, 20], wrap and turn.
Row 3: K 7 [11, 11, 15, 17], wrap and turn.
Row 4: P 5 [9, 9, 13, 15], wrap and turn.
Rows 5 and 6: K across, picking up wrapped sts.

Upper Garter Band
Rows 1 and 2: K 2 rows.
Rows 3 and 4: Using CC, k 2 rows.
Rows 5-8: Using MC, k 4 rows.
Rows 9 and 10: Using CC, k 2 rows.
Rows 11-13: Using MC, k 3 rows.
Bind off all sts using needles 1-2 sizes larger.

Detail

FINISHING

With a tapestry needle, use kitchener stitch to graft stitches at underarms.  Mattress seam sleeves. Sew on button centered in the chest garter band through both sides of sweater. Weave in all ends.  Block.

Schematic

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Laura is a homeschooling mom to two little ones.  She loves that knitting can be a subject in a homeschool.  Some of what she knits can be found on Ravelry where she can be found as babyknits. She fully intends to resuscitate her blog, someday.

 

 

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