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Radiant

By Meghan Jones
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Radiant was inspired by my daughter Abigail, a sunny girl who adores colour and is always on the move. She prefers to wear dresses above all else and so this sweater was a desperate bid to create something warm that she deemed worthy of wearing in the winter months. I designed it with only three buttons because Abby is always on her way somewhere and doesn't have time to work more than three buttons before she loses interest and is out the door. She now chooses this sweater above all others if asked to retrieve one and will even put it on without any prompting at all.

Size

2T [4T, 6, 8]
Size shown: 4T

Finished Measurements

Chest: 26½ [28½, 29½, 30½] inches before blocking
Length: 13½ [14½, 15½, 17½] inches before blocking
Cuff to Underarm: 8 [9, 10, 11] inches

Since this cardigan is worked sideways it will grow in length for both sleeves and hem by about 1½ inches after blocking. This vertical stretching will also diminish the circumference, for this reason the sweater is designed with a larger chest circumference to accommodate the change.

Materials

Crystal Palace Yarns Mochi Plus [80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon; 95 yards/87 meters per 1.76 ounce/50 gram ball];

#563 Tropical Ginger; 4 [5, 6, 7] balls

Recommended needle sizes

US #9/5.5 mm straight needles OR 1 US#9/5.5mm 24 inch circular needle

Notions

Stitch holder
Tapestry Needle
7/8 inch buttons – 3

Gauge

18 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in St st

Pattern Notes

To wrap and turn when the last stitch is a knit stitch, bring yarn to front of work between needles, slip knit stitch to right-hand needle KNITWISE, bring yarn around stitch to back of work, slip stitch back to left-hand needle, turn work to begin in the other direction.
To wrap and turn when the last stitch is a purl stitch, bring yarn to back of work between needles, slip purl stitch to right-hand needle, bring yarn around stitch to front of work, slip stitch back to left-hand needle, turn work to begin in the other direction.

Kitchener Stitch for Sleeves
Using opposite end of circular needle (or other straight needle), pickup stitches that were provisionally cast-on; beginning at the end closest to the underarm. Ensure that these stitches are oriented correctly on the needle with the right ladder in front of the needle. When all stitches are picked up, arrange needles horizontally so that the tips with the cuff stitches are pointing to the right and the yarn end is attached to the lower needle. Thread yarn onto tapestry needle.

Begin by sewing *knitwise through the first stitch on the back needle, slip it off, then purlwise through the next stitch on the back needle, leave it on, now purlwise through the first stitch on the front needle, slip it off, then knitwise through the next stitch on the front needle, leave it on*; repeat from * to * 3 times.

Work knitwise through the back needle, slip it off, then knitwise through the next stitch, leave it on, now purlwise through the first stitch on the front needle, slip it off, then purlwise through the next stitch, leave it on.

*Work purlwise through the first stitch on the back needle, slip off, then knitwise through next stitch, leave it on, knitwise through first stitch on the front needle, slip it off, then purlwise through next stitch, leave it on*; repeat from * to * until all stitches are used.

Do not work in end, you will use it to close the underarm seam when finishing the sweater.

Button Tip: You may find it useful to attach a clear button to the back of the regular button on the opposite side of the fabric. This creates a sandwich of top button, knitted garment, and bottom clear button and helps to keep the button from pulling on the knitted fabric.

Skills Required

Working short rows, provisional cast-on, kitchener stitch (grafting).


INSTRUCTIONS

Left Front

Cast on 60 [65, 70, 80] sts.

Rows 1-3: Knit across.
Row 4 (Buttonhole row): (K4, yo, k2tog) 3 times, k42 [47, 52, 62].
Rows 5-7: Knit across.
Row 8: K5, p50 [55, 60, 70], k5.

Yoke Short Rows

Row 9 (RS): K54 [59, 63, 73], w&t (see pattern notes).
Row 10: P49 [54, 58, 68], k5.
Row 11: K48 [53, 56, 66], w&t.
Row 12: P43 [48, 51, 61], k5.
Row 13: K42 [47, 49, 59], w&t.
Row 14: P37 [42, 44, 54], k5.
Row 15: K36 [41, 42, 52], w&t.
Row 16: P31 [36, 37, 47], k5.
Row 17: K60 [65, 70, 80] picking up wraps and knitting them through the back loop together with stitches they wrapped.
Row 18: K24 [24, 28, 28], p31 [36, 37, 47], k5.
Row 19: Knit across.
Row 20: K5, p50[55, 60, 70], k5.

Size 2T 

Rows 21-40: Repeat Rows 9-20 once, then repeat Rows 9-16 once more.

Size 4T

Rows 21-42: Repeat Rows 9-20 once, then repeat Rows 9-18 once more.

Size 6

Rows 21-44: Repeat Rows 9-20 twice.

Size 8

Rows 21-46: Repeat Rows 9-20 twice, then repeat Rows 9 and 10 once more.

Left Side Body - All Sizes

Row 41 [43, 45, 47]: K36 [41, 42, 52], turn work.
Row 42 [44, 46, 48]: P31 [36, 37, 47], k5.
Rows 43-50[45-52, 47-56, 49-58]: Repeat last 2 rows 4 [4, 5, 5] times.
Cut yarn and place 36 [41, 42, 52] side body stitches onto a holder, or spare yarn. Place 24 [24, 28, 28] sts from yoke onto a separate holder or spare yarn.

Left Sleeve

Provisionally cast on 36 [41, 46, 51] sts.
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: P31 [36, 41, 46], k5.
Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
Row 5: K36 [41, 46, 51], transfer 24 [24, 28, 28] sts from yoke onto left needle: 60 [65, 74, 79] sts.

Size 2T
Row 5 continued: K24 across transferred yoke stitches picking up wraps and knitting them through the back loop together with sts they wrapped.
Row 6: K24, p31, k5, across yoke and sleeve sts.
Row 7: Knit across.
Row 8: K5, p50, k5.

Size 4T
Row 5 continued: K24 across transferred yoke stitches.
Row 6: K5, P55, K5, across yoke sleeve sts.

Size 6
Row 5 continued: Working across transferred yoke stitches K21, w&t.
Row 6: P62, k5, across yoke stitches and sleeve stitches

Sizes 6[8]
Row 7[5 continued]: K60 [14], w&t, across transferred yoke sts.
Row 8[6]: P55 [60], k5, across yoke stitches and sleeve sts.
Row 9[7]: K53 [58], w&t.
Row 10[8]: P48 [53], k5.
Row 11[9]: K46 [51], w&t.
Row 12[10]: P41 [46], k5.
Row 13[11]: K74 [79], picking up wraps and knitting them together through the back loop with stitches they wrapped.
Row 14[12]: K28, P41 [46], k5.
Row 15[13]: Knit across.
Row 16[14]: K5, p64 [69], k5.
Check the specific directions for your size located below this pattern box before beginning the Sleeve Short Rows.

RadientSleeve Short Rows

Row 1: K54 [59, 67, 72], w&t.
Row 2: P49 [54, 62, 67], k5.
Row 3: K48 [53, 60, 65], w&t.
Row 4: P38 [43, 50, 55], w&t.
Row 5: K32 [37, 43, 48], w&t.
Row 6: P26 [31, 36, 41], w&t.
Row 7: K20 [25, 29, 34], w&t.
Row 8: P31 [36, 41, 46], picking up wraps from the right side of the knitting to the wrongside of the knitting and purling them together with stitches they wrapped, k5.
Row 9: K60 [65, 74, 79], picking up wraps and knitting them together through the back loop with stitches they wrapped.
Row 10: K24 [24, 28, 28], p31 [36, 41, 46], k5.
Row 11: Knit across.
Row 12: K5, p50 [55, 64, 69], k5.

Size 2T
Rows 9-68: Work Rows 1-12 of Sleeve Short Rows 5 times total.

Size 4T
Rows 7-66: Work Rows 1-12 of Sleeve Short Rows 5 times total.
Row 67: K59, w&t.
Row 68: P54, k5.
Row 69: K53, w&t.
Row 70: P48, k5.
Row 71: K47, w&t.
Row 72: P42, k5.
Row 73: K41, w&t.
Row 74: P36, k5.

Size 6
Rows 17-76: Work Rows 1-12 of Sleeve Short Rows 5 times total.
Row 77: K67, w&t.
Row 78: P62, k5.
Row 79: K60, w&t.
Row 80: P55, k5.

Size 8
Rows 15-86: Work Rows 1-12 of Sleeve Short Rows 6 times total.
RadientRow 87: K72, w&t.
Row 88: P67, k5.
Row 89: K65, w&t.
Row 90: P60, K5.
Row 91: K58, w&t.
Row 92: P53, k5.
Row 93: K51, w&t.
Row 94: P46, k5.
Row 95: K79, picking up wraps and knitting them together through the back loop with sts they wrapped.
Row 96: K28, p46, k5.
Row 97: Knit across.
Row 98: K5, p69, k5.

Left Sleeve Underarms - All Sizes

Row 69 [75, 81, 99]: K36 [41, 46, 51], turn work.
Row 70 [76, 82, 100]: P31 [36, 41, 46], k5.
Rows 71-72 [77-78, 83-86, 101-104]: Repeat last 2 rows 1 [1, 2, 2] time(s); cut yarn leaving a 40 inch tail.

Graft sleeve together using Kitchener stitch (see Pattern Notes). Do not work in end of yarn, you will use this end to close the underarms after finishing the sweater.

Back

Transfer 36 [41, 42, 52] Side Body stitches from holder to needle so that side body and yoke line up with yoke stitches on the left side and side body stitches on the right side. Attach yarn to work across side body stitches starting at lower edge.

Size 2T
Rows 1-70: Repeat Rows 9-20 of Yoke Short Rows 5 times, then repeat Rows 9-18 once more.

Size 4T
Rows 1-4: Repeat Rows 17-20 of Yoke Short Rows.
Rows 5-78: Repeat Rows 9-20 of Yoke Short Rows 6 times, then repeat Rows 9 and 10 once more.

Size 6
Rows 1-8: Repeat Rows 13-20 of Yoke Short Rows.
Rows 9-76: Repeat Rows 9-20 of Yoke Short Rows 5 times, then repeat Rows 9-16 once more.

Size 8
Rows 1-10: Repeat Rows 11-20 of Yoke Short Rows.
Rows 11-78: Repeat Rows 9-20 of Yoke Short Rows 5 times, then repeat Rows 9-16 once more.

Right Side Body - All Sizes

Row 71 [79, 77, 79]: K36 [41, 42, 52], turn work.
Row 72 [80, 78, 80]: P31 [36, 37, 47], k5.
Rows 73-80 [81-88, 79-88, 81-90]: Repeat last 2 rows 4 [4, 5, 5] times.

Cut yarn and place 36 [41, 42, 52] side body stitches onto a holder or spare yarn. Place 24 [24, 28, 28] sts from yoke onto a separate holder or spare yarn.

Right Sleeve

Provisionally cast on 36 [41, 46, 51] sts.
Row 1: K36 [41, 46, 51].
Row 2: P31 [36, 41, 46], k5.
Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
Row 5: K36 [41, 46, 51], transfer 24 [24, 28, 28] sts from yoke onto left needle: 60 [65, 74, 79] sts.

Size 2T
Row 5 continued: K24.
Row 6: K5, p50, k5.
Rows 7-66: Work Rows 1-12 of Sleeve Short Rows 5 times.
Row 67-68: Work Rows 1 and 2 of Sleeve Short Rows.

Size 4T
Row 5 continued: K12, w&t.
Row 6: P48, k5.
Row 7: K47, w&t.
Row 8: P42, k5.
Row 9: K41, w&t.
Row 10: P36, k5.
Row 11: K65, picking up wraps and knitting them together through the back loop with sts they wrapped.
Row 12: K24, p36, k5.
Row 13: Knit across.
Row 14: K5, p55, k5.
Rows 15-74: Repeat Rows 1-12 of Sleeve Short Rows 5 times.

Size 6
Row 5 continued: K28, picking up wraps and knitting them together through the back loop with sts they were wrapped.
Row 6: K28, p41, k5.
Row 7: Knit across.
Row 8: K5, p64, k5.
Rows 9-68: Work Rows 1-12 of Sleeve Short Rows 5 times.
Row 69:, K67, w&t.
Row 70: P62, k5.
Row 71: K60, w&t.
Row 72: P55, k5.
Row 73: K53, w&t.
Row 74: P48, k5.
Row 75: K46, w&t.
Row 76: P41, k5.
Row 77: K74, picking up wraps and knitting them together through the back loop with sts they wrapped.
Row 78: K28, p41, k5.

Size 8
Row 5 continued: K28, picking up wraps and knitting them together through the back loop with sts they wrapped.
Row 6: K28, p46, k5.
Row 7: Knit across.
Row 8: K5, p69, k5.
Rows 9-80: Work Rows 1-12 of Sleeve Short Rows 6 times.
Row 81: K72, w&t.
Row 82: P67, k5.
Row 83: K65, w&t.
Row 84: P60, k5.
Row 85: K58, w&t.
Row 86: P53, k5.
Row 87: K51, w&t.
Row 88: P46, k5.

Right Sleeve Underarm - All Sizes

Row 69 [75, 79, 89]: K36 [41, 46, 51], turn work.
Row 70 [76, 80, 90]: P31 [36, 41, 46], k5.
Rows 71-72 [77-78, 81-84, 91-94]: Work last 2 rows 1 [1, 2, 2] more times; cut yarn leaving a 40 inch tail.

Graft sleeve together using Kitchener’s stitch. Do not work in end of yarn, you will use this end to close the underarms after finishing the sweater.

Right Front


Transfer 36 [41, 42, 52] Side Body stitches from holder to needle so that side body and yoke line up with yoke stitches on the left side and side body stitches on the right side. Attach yarn to work across side body stitches starting at lower edge.

Size 2T
Rows 1-10: Repeat Rows 11-20 of Yoke Short Rows.
Rows 11-31: Repeat Rows 9-20 of Yoke Short Rows once, then repeat Rows 9-17 once more.

Size 4T
Rows 1-33: Repeat Rows 9-20 of Yoke Short Rows 2 times, then repeat Rows 9-17 once more.

Size 6
Rows 1 and 2: Repeat Rows 19 and 20 of Yoke Short Rows.
Rows 3-35: Repeat Rows 9-20 of Yoke Short Rows 2 times, then repeat Rows 9-17 once more.

Size 8
Rows 1-4: Repeat Rows 17-20 of Yoke Short Rows.
Rows 5-37: Repeat Rows 9-20 of Yoke Short Rows 2 times, then repeat Rows 9-17 once more.

All Sizes
Last 7 Rows: Knit across.
Bind off all sts.

FINISHING

Using a tapestry needle and end leftover after grafting sleeves, sew the underarm seam. Using a tapestry needle, work in any loose ends. Sew buttons in place with sewing needle and matching thread (see Button Tip in the pattern notes). Block this sweater by fully immersing in water and completely wetting the garment, squeeze out excess water and lay flat to dry on a towel or blocking board.

 

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Meghan Jones has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fibers and Textiles. Originally from Canada she now lives in Spokane with her two amazing daughters, Hubs the Great and her yarn stash. You can find more of her work at her website and her Ravelry name is anythingbutsnow.

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