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Garter Bottom Cardigan

by Amy Grace

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» photos: Brandy Fortune
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This cardigan is sweet and simple for either a boy or a girl to enjoy. The clean lines of the garter stitching at the bottom and cuffs are balanced out by the garter stitch edging along the fronts & neck. This sweater can be personalized by color choices, stripes, or contrasting color garter sections and, the button possibilities are endless!


 


Sizes

12 mo [2T, 3T, 4T]

Finished Measurements

Chest: 21 [23, 25, 27] inches
Length: 11½ [13, 14, 16] inches

Materials

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

#7500 Ice Cream - 2[3, 3, 4] hanks

Recommended needle sizes

US #8/5 mm 24 inch circular needle or size needed to obtain correct gauge, single needle 2-3 sizes larger for binding off neck edge, and US #5/3.75 dpn (set of 2) for i-cord button loops

NOTIONS

Yarn needle, stitch holders or scrap yarn, buttons

GAUGE

16 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches in St st using larger size needles

Pattern Notes

The sweater back, two fronts and two sleeves are knit separately from the bottom up, sewn together, and then the front and neck edging is completed.

The 3 stitch I-cord buttonholes are worked one at a time as follows: with 3 sts on a dpn * k3, do not turn, slide these sts to the opposite end of the needle, pull working yarn snug; repeat form * until i-cord has reached desired length.

Skills Required

knit, purl, basic decreases, m1, i-cord

INSTRUCTIONS

Back
Cast on 46 [50, 54, 58] sts.
Knit every row (Garter st) for 3 [3½, 3½, 4½] inches.
Change to St st and work until Back measures 4½ [5, 5½, 6] inches from cast on edge, ending with a purl row.

Waist Shaping
Dec row (RS): K1, k2tog, knit across to last 3 sts, ssk, k1: 44 [48, 52, 56] sts.
Next Row: Purl across.
Next Row: Knit across.
Next Row: Purl across.
Next Row: K1, k2tog, knit across to last 3 sts, ssk, k1: 42 [46, 50, 54] sts.
Continue in St st until Back measures 7½ [9, 9½, 11] inches from cast on edge, ending with a purl row.

Underarm Shaping
Next Row (RS): Bind off 2 [3, 3, 4] sts, knit to end: 40 [43, 47, 50] sts.
Next Row (WS): Bind off 2 [3, 3, 4] sts, purl to end: 38 [40, 44, 46] sts.
Work even until Back measures 11½ [13, 14, 16] inches from cast on edge, ending with a purl row.

Shoulder Shaping
Next Row (RS): Bind off 10 [11, 11, 12] sts, knit to end: 28 [29, 33, 34] sts.
Next Row (WS): Bind off 10 [11, 11, 12] sts, purl to end: 18 [18, 22, 22] sts. 
Cut yarn and place remaining sts on holder or scrap yarn for back neck.

Garter Ridge Hoodie

Right Front
Cast on 23 [25, 27, 29] sts.
Work same as Back to Waist Shaping.

Waist Shaping
Dec Row (RS): Knit across to last 3 sts, ssk, k1: 22 [24, 26, 28] sts.
Next Row: Purl across.
Next Row: Knit across.
Next Row: Purl across.
Next Row: Knit across to last 3 sts, ssk, k1: 21 [23, 25, 27] sts.
Continue in St st until Back measures 12 [14¼, 15, 16¾] inches from cast on edge, ending with a knit row.

Underarm Shaping
Next Row (WS): Bind off 2 [3, 3, 4] sts, purl to end: 19 [20, 22, 23] sts.

Front V-Neck Shaping
Next Row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to end: 18 [19, 21, 22] sts.
Next Row: Purl across.
Repeat these last two rows until 10 [11, 11, 12] sts remain. 
Continue in St st until piece measures the same length as Back.
Bind off all sts.

Left front
Cast on 23 [25, 27, 29] sts.
Work same as Back to Waist Shaping.

Waist Shaping
Dec Row (RS): K1, k2tog, knit to end: 22 [24, 26, 28] sts.
Next Row: Purl across.
Next Row: Knit across.
Next Row: Purl across.
Dec Row: K1, k2tog, knit to end: 21 [23, 25, 27] sts.
Continue in St st until Back measures 7½ [9, 9½, 11] inches from cast on edge, ending with a purl row.

Underarm Shaping
Garter Ridge HoodieNext Row (RS): Bind off 2 [3, 3, 4] sts, knit to end: 19 [20, 22, 23] sts.
Next Row: Purl across.

Front V-Neck Shaping
Next Row (RS): Knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 18 [19, 21, 22] sts.
Next Row: Purl across.
Repeat these last two rows until 10 [11, 11, 12] sts remain. 
Continue in St st until piece measures the same length as Back.
Bind off all sts.

Sleeves (make 2)
Cast on 22 [24, 24, 28] sts.
Knit every row (Garter st) for 1¼ [1½, 2, 2½] inches.
Next row: Purl across.
Inc row (RS): K1, m1, knit across to last st, m1, k1: 24 [26, 26, 30] sts.
Continue in St st, repeating increase row every 4th row 3 [5, 6, 2] times more, then repeat every 6th row, 3 [2, 4, 4] times: 36 [42, 44, 46] sts.
Work in St st until Sleeve measures 7½ [9, 10, 11] inches from cast on edge.
Bind off all sts.

 

FINISHING

Using mattress stitch, sew shoulder seams. Sew sleeves to armhole edges; sew edge of sleeve to bound off edges of Fronts and Back. Sew body and sleeve in one continuous seam.

Garter Stitch Border
Pick up sts around neck and front edges evenly as follows: with RS facing, using circular needle, and beginning starting at the lower right front edge, pick up and knit 1 stitch in each garter ridge along lower band to St st, pick up 3 sts in every 4 rows to V-neck shaping, pick up 1 stitch in every row along the V-neck edge, knit back neck sts from st holder or scrap yarn; continue picking up sts down the left V-neck and left front as done for the right front.
Next 3 Rows: Knit across.
Using a second needle several sizes larger than the needle currently in use, bind off all sts.  This ensures a loose bind off.

I-Cord Button Loops
How many button loops to make and their size and placement is based upon button size and personal preference.  Traditionally, buttonholes (or in this case button loops) are placed on the right front of a cardigan for girls and the left front for boys.
Determine where the top button loop will be placed.  With RS facing, using #5 dpns, pick up and knit 3 sts, knit an i-cord on these 3 sts for as long as needed (again, dependent upon button size).  When i-cord has reached the appropriate length, bind off all sts leaving a tail of yarn several inches long, loop the i-cord back to where it began and fasten it down using the existing tail and yarn needle. Repeat i-cord placement as desired. Sew on buttons and weave in ends.

 

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Amy

Amy lives in southern Maine where she enjoys all of the seasons that New England has to offer.  She is a full time mother of two young girls, wife of a man who dives underwater to fix submarines, and also a part time labor & delivery nurse.  In-between all of this is when she makes time to knit, design, and teach knitting classes.  Amy recently began a blog that pulls it all together. She can also be found on Ravelry as twogirls.

 

 

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