Herbal Tea Cardi

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With its winsome combination of stripes and buttons, this sweater will warm your heart. Its design ensures that you get just the right fit, as it is worked from the top down and can be tried on as you go.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 30¼ (33¾, 37¼, 41, 44½, 48, 51½, 55)” / [77 (85.5, 94.5, 104, 113, 122, 131, 139.5) cm]

1-3″ positive ease recommended

Shown in size 37¼”

Gauge: 22 sts and 20 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in sc-blo with larger hook; 18 sts and 25 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in ribbing with larger hook.

Materials

Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Clara (100% Superwash Merino; 385 yards [352 meters]/100   grams): #C10 Azafran, 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins

Hook: US size G/6 (4 mm); US size H/8 (5 mm)

Notions: Removable markers; tapestry needle; 6 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7) ¾” / [2 cm] buttons

Abbreviations

beg: begin(ning)

blo: back loop only

ch: chain

cont: continue

dec(‘d): decrease(d)

est: establish(ed)

inc(‘d): increase(d)

lp(s): loop(s)

m: marker

patt: pattern

pm: place marker

rem: remain(ing)

rep: repeat

RS: right side

sk: skip

sl st: slip stitch

sp: space

st(s): stitch(es)

WS: wrong side

Special Stitches

fpdc (front post double crochet): Yo, insert hook from front around the indicated st, yo, pull up a lp, (yo, draw through 2 lps on hook) twice.

fpdc2tog (front post double crochet 2 together): Yo, insert hook from front around the first indicated st, yo, pull up a lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook, yo, insert hook from front around the second indicated st, yo, pull up a lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook, yo, draw through all lps on hook.

fpdc-inc: (front post double crochet increase): Yo, insert hook from front to the back in the same sc used for the previous st, then insert the hook from the back to the front in the following sc, yo, pull up a loop, (yo, draw through 2 lps on hook) twice. (The following sc is worked in the same sc used to work the second half of the fpdc-inc st.)

sc (single crochet): Insert hook in indicated st, yo, pull up a lp, yo, draw through both lps on hook.

sc2tog (single crochet 2 together): (Insert hook in next st, yo, pull up a lp) twice, yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook.

Ribbing Pattern (multiple of 4 sts)

Row 1 (WS): Ch 1, sc in each st to end.

Row 2 (RS): Ch 1, *sc in next sc, fpdc in next 2 fpdc sts, sc in next sc; rep from * to end.

Rep Rows 1-2 for patt.

Pattern Notes

Throughout the yoke, the RS and WS of this garment look identical. To easily tell them apart, place a removable marker in the fabric at the beg of the RS rows. Move this marker up as you work, so it can easily be seen.

Because of the nature of hand-dyed yarn, I highly recommend alternating skeins of yarn after every 2 rows to prevent color pooling and to avoid obvious color changes between skeins.

This sweater is worked from the top down. The yoke is worked from the neckline, with increases at 4 markers for raglan lines. At the underarm, the body and sleeves are separated. The body is worked down, with some waist shaping, then the sleeves are worked back and forth in rows, and seamed closed. The buttonbands are worked in the Ribbing Pattern and one row of single crochet is worked around the neckline.

Every sc worked in the yoke is worked through the back loop only (blo).

When working the Joining Row of the Body and the first row of the Sleeves, work each fpdc by inserting the hook in the same sc used for the last st from the front to the back, then out through the following sc. To work the sc following a fpdc st, insert the hook in the following unused sc.

Pattern

Yoke

With larger hook, loosely ch 77 (77, 77, 79, 79, 79, 81, 81), turn.

Set-Up Row (WS): Sk first ch, sc-blo in next 2 ch for Front, pm in loop on hook, sc-blo in next 16 ch for Sleeve, pm in loop on hook, sc-blo in next 40 (40, 40, 42, 42, 42, 44, 44) ch for Back, pm in loop on hook, sc-blo in next 16 ch for Sleeve, pm in loop on hook, sc-blo in next 2 ch for Front, turn – 76 (76, 76, 78, 78, 78, 80, 80) sc; 2 sc each Front, 16 sc each Sleeve, 40 (40, 40, 42, 42, 42, 44, 44) sc for Back. (Note: After each row, the markers fall in the first st of each section.)

Shape Front Neck and Raglan

Note: After working all sts as indicated in the marked st, replace the m in the loop on the hook to mark the first st of the following section.

Neck, Body and Sleeves Inc Row: Ch 1, *work 2 sc-blo in next sc, sc-blo in each sc to marked sc, work 2 sc-blo in marked sc, replace m; rep from * 4 more times, sc-blo to last sc, work 2 sc-blo in last sc, turn – 10 sc inc’d; 4 sts each Front, 18 sts each Sleeve, 42 (42, 42, 44, 44, 44, 46, 46) sts for Back.

Rep Neck Body and Sleeve Inc Row on every row 11 more times, ending after a WS row – 196 (196, 196, 198, 198, 198, 200, 200) sts; 26 sts each Front, 40 sts each Sleeve, 64 (64, 64, 66, 66, 66, 68, 68) sts for Back.

Remove loop from hook and elongate loop so it doesn’t unravel. With another ball of yarn, ch 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5), sl st in the first st of the last row worked (at beg of WS row). Fasten off.

Next Row (RS): Tighten elongated loop around hook, ch 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6), sk first ch, sc-blo in next 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) ch, *sc-blo in each sc to marked sc, work 2 sc-blo in marked sc, replace m, work 2 sc-blo in next sc; rep from * 3 more times, sc-blo in each sc to end of Front, sc in next 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) ch, turn – 210 (210, 210, 214, 214, 214, 218, 218) sts; 30 (30, 30, 31, 31, 31, 32, 32) sts each Front, 42 sts each Sleeve, 66 (66, 66, 68, 68, 68, 70, 70) sts for Back.

Body and Sleeves Inc Row: Ch 1, *sc-blo in each sc to marked sc, work 2 sc-blo in marked sc, replace m, work 2 sc-blo in next sc; rep from * 3 more times, sc-blo in each sc to end, turn – 8 sts inc’d; 218 (218, 218, 222, 222, 222, 226, 226) sts; 31 (31, 31, 32, 32, 32, 33, 33) sts each Front, 44 sts each Sleeve and 68 (68, 68, 70, 70, 70, 72, 72) sts for Back.

Sizes 30¼ (33¾, -, -, -, -, -, -)” only

Next Row (RS): Work Body and Sleeve Inc Row – 8 sts inc’d; 226 sts; 32 sts each Front, 46 sts, Sleeve and 70 sts for Back.

Sleeve Inc Row (WS): Ch 1, *sc-blo in each sc to marked sc, sc-blo in marked sc, replace m, work 2 sc-blo in next sc, sc-blo in each sc to marked sc, work 2 sc-blo in marked sc, replace m; rep from * once more, sc-blo in each sc to end, turn – 4 sc inc’d; 230 sts, 32 sts each Front, 48 sts each Sleeve, 70 sts for Back.

Rep the last 2 rows 4 (1, -, -, -, -, -, -) more times – 278 (242, -, -, -, -, -, -) sts; 36 (33, -, -, -, -, -, -) sts each Front, 64 (52, -, -, -, -, -, -) sts each Sleeve, 78 (72, -, -, -, -, -, -, -) sts for Back.

All Sizes

Work Body and Sleeve Inc Row on every row 2 (10, 16, 16, 12, 10, 8, 4) times – 294 (322, 346, 350, 318, 302, 290, 258) sts; 38 (43, 47, 48, 44, 42, 41, 37) sts each Front, 68 (72, 76, 76, 68, 64, 60, 52) sts each Sleeve, 82 (92, 100, 102, 94, 90, 88, 80) sts for Back.

Sizes 30¼ (33¾, 37¼, -, -, -, -, -)” only

Next Row (RS): Work Body and Sleeve Inc Row – 8 sts inc’d; 302 (330, 354, -, -, -, -, -) sts; 39 (44, 48, -, -, -, -, -) sts each Front, 70 (74, 78, -, -, -, -, -) sts each Sleeve, 84, 94, 102, -, -, -, -, -) sts for Back.

Next Row (WS): Ch 1, *sc-blo in each sc to end, turn.

Rep the last 2 rows 1 (1, 0, -, -, -, -, -) more times – 310 (338, 354, -, -, -, -, -) sts; 40 (45, 48, -, -, -, -, -) sts each Front, 72 (76, 78, -, -, -, -, -) sts each Sleeve and 86 (96, 102, -, -, -, -, -) sts for Back.

Sizes – (-, 37¼, 41, 44½, 48, 51½, 55)” only

Next Row (RS): Work Body and Sleeve Inc Row – 8 sts inc’d; – (-, 362, 358, 326, 310, 298, 266) sts; – (-, 49, 49, 45, 43, 42, 38) sts each Front, – (-, 80, 78, 70, 66, 62, 54) sts each Sleeve, – (-, 104, 104, 96, 92, 90, 82) sts for Back.

Inc Body (WS): Ch 1, *sc-blo in each sc to marked sc, work 2 sc-blo in marked sc, replace m, sc-blo in each sc to marked sc, sc-blo in marked sc, replace m, work 2 sc-blo in next sc; rep from * 1 more time, sc-blo in each sc to end, turn – 4 sc inc’d; – (-, 366, 362, 330, 314, 302, 270) sts; – (-, 50, 50, 46, 44, 43, 39) sts each Front, – (-, 80, 78, 70, 66, 62, 54) sts each Sleeve, – (-, 106, 106, 98, 94, 92, 84) sts for Back.

Rep the last 2 rows – (-, 0, 1, 1, 3, 3, 3) more times – – (-, 366, 374, 342, 350, 338, 306) sts; – (-, 50, 52, 48, 50, 49, 45) sts each Front, – (-, 80, 80, 72, 72, 68, 60) sts each Sleeve, – (-, 106, 110, 102, 106, 104, 96) sts for Back.

Sizes – (-, -, 41, 44½, 48, 51½, 55)” only

Next Row (RS): Work Body and Sleeve Inc Row – 8 sts inc’d; – (-, -, 382, 350, 358, 346, 314) sts; – (-, -, 53, 49, 51, 50, 46) sts each Front, – (-, -, 82, 74, 74, 70, 62) sts each Sleeve, – (-, -, 112, 104, 108, 106, 98) sts for Back.

Double Body Inc Row (WS): Ch 1, *sc-blo in each sc to 2 sc before marked sc, work 2 sc-blo in next sc, sc-blo in next sc, then work 2 sc-blo in marked sc, replace m, sc-blo in each sc to marked sc, sc-blo in marked sc, replace m, work 2 sc-blo in next sc, sc-blo in next sc, then work 2 sc-blo in next sc; rep from * 1 more time, sc-blo in each sc to end, turn – 12 sc inc’d; – (-, -, 386, 354, 362, 350, 318) sts; – (-, -, 54, 50, 52, 51, 47) sts each Front, – (-, -, 82, 74, 74, 70, 62) sts each Sleeve, – (-, -, 114, 106, 110, 108, 100) sts for Back.

Rep the last 2 rows – (-, -, 0, 3, 4, 6, 9) more times – – (-, -, 394, 422, 450, 478, 506) sts; – (-, -, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75) sts each Front, – (-, -, 84, 88, 92, 96, 100) sts each Sleeve, – (-, -, 116, 126, 136, 146, 156) sts for Back.

All Sizes

Dec Row (RS): Work Left Front sts as follows: Ch 1, sc-blo in next 2 sts, [sc2tog-blo, sc-blo in next 3 sts] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times, sc2tog-blo, sc-blo in next st, replace m – 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60) sc rem for Left Front.

Work Left Sleeve sts as follows: Sc-blo in next 5 (7, 2, 4, 6, 0, 2, 4) sts, [sc2tog-blo, sc-blo in next 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) sts] 15 times, sc2tog-blo, sc-blo in next 5 (7, 1, 3, 5, 0, 2, 4) sts, replace m – 56 (60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 84) sc rem for Left Sleeve.

Work Back sts as follows: Sc-blo in next 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) sts, [sc2tog-blo, sc-blo in next 2 sts] 17 (19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31) times, sc2tog-blo, sc-blo in next 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) sts, replace m – 68 (76, 84, 92, 100, 108, 116, 124) sc rem for Back.

Work Right Sleeve sts as follows: Sc-blo in next 5 (7, 1, 3, 5, 0, 2, 4) sts, [sc2tog-blo, sc-blo in next 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) sts] 15 times, sc2tog-blo, sc-blo in next 5 (7, 2, 4, 6, 0, 2, 4) sts, replace m – 56 (60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 84) sc rem for Right Sleeve.

Work Right Front as follows: Sc-blo in next st, [sc2tog-blo, sc-blo in next 3 sts] 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) times, sc2tog-blo, sc-blo in next 2 sts to end – 244 (268, 292, 316, 340, 364, 388, 412) sts; 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60) sc each Front, 56 (60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 84) sts each Sleeve and 68 (76, 84, 92, 100, 108, 116, 124) sc for Back. Fasten off.

Body

Rejoin yarn to work another RS row.

Note: Work all sc sts through both the front and back loops throughout the body.

Joining Row (RS): Ch 1, *sc in next sc, fpdc around each of next 2 sc, sc in next sc *; rep from * to * to m, replace m for side of Body, sk 56 (60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 84) Sleeve sts, then work from * to * across Back sts to next m, replace m for side of Body, sk 56 (60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 84) Sleeve sts, then work from * to * across Front sts to end – 132 (148, 164, 180, 196, 212, 228, 244) sts.

Shape Waist

Cont working in Ribbing Patt for 5 rows, ending after a WS row.

Dec Row 1 (RS): *Work in Ribbing Patt to 2 sts before marked st, fpdc2tog, sc in marked sc, replace m, sc in next sc, fpdc2tog; rep from * once more, work in Ribbing Patt to end – 4 sts dec’d; 128 (144, 160, 176, 192, 208, 224, 240) sts rem.

Work 9 rows even in patt as est, ending after a WS row.

Dec Row 2 (RS): *Work in Ribbing Patt to 3 sts before marked st, sc2tog, fpdc in fpdc, sc in marked sc, replace m, sc in next sc, fpdc in fpdc; rep from * once more, work in Ribbing Patt to end – 4 sts dec’d; 124 (140, 156, 172, 188, 204, 220, 236) sts rem.

Work 9 rows even in patt as est, ending after a WS row.

Dec Row 3 (RS): *Work in Ribbing Patt to 2 sts before marked st, sc2tog (in next sc and the following fpdc), sc in marked st, replace m, sc in next sc, sc2tog (next fpdc and the following sc); rep from * once more, work in Ribbing Patt to end – 4 sts dec’d; 120 (136, 152, 168, 184, 200, 216, 232) sts rem.

Work 9 rows even in patt as est, ending after a WS row.

Dec Row 4 (RS): *Work in Ribbing Patt to 1 st before marked st, sc2tog (over next sc and the marked sc), replace m, sc2tog in next 2 sc; rep from * once more, work in Ribbing Patt to end – 4 sts dec’d; 116 (132, 148, 164, 180, 196, 212, 228) sts rem.

Work 9 rows even in patt as est, ending after a WS row.

Inc Row 1 (RS): *Work in Ribbing Patt to marked sc, work 2 sc in marked sc, replace m, work 2 sc in next sc; rep from * once more, work in Ribbing Patt to end – 4 sts inc’d; 120 (136, 152, 168, 184, 200, 216, 232) sts rem.

Work 9 rows even in patt as est, ending after a WS row.

Inc Row 2 (RS): *Work in Ribbing Patt to marked st, fpdc-inc, sc in marked sc, replace m, sc in next sc, fpdc-inc; rep from * once more, work in Ribbing Patt to end – 4 sts inc’d; 124 (140, 156, 172, 188, 204, 220, 236) sts.

Work 9 rows even in patt as est, ending after a WS row.

Inc Row 3 (RS): *Work in Ribbing Patt to 2 sts before marked st, work 2 sc in next st, fpdc around fpdc, sc in marked sc, replace m, sc in next sc, fpdc around fpdc, work 2 sc in the following st; rep from * once more, work in Ribbing Patt to end – 4 sts inc’d; 128 (144, 160, 176, 192, 208, 224, 240) sts.

Work 9 rows even in patt as est, ending after a WS row.

Inc Row 4 (RS): *Work in Ribbing Patt to 1 st before marked st, work 2 fpdc around fpdc, sc in marked sc, replace m, sc in next sc, work 2 fpdc around fpdc; rep from * once more, work in Ribbing Patt to end – 4 sts inc’d; 132 (148, 164, 180, 196, 212, 228, 244) sts.

Work 9 rows even in patt as est, ending after a WS row.

Change to smaller hook.

Work 1 RS row. Fasten off.

Sleeves

Set-up Row (RS): With RS facing and larger hook, join yarn with a sl st at center of underarm, ch 1, *sc in sc, fpdc in next 2 sts, sc in next sc; rep from * to end – 56 (60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 84) sts.

Cont working back and forth in rows.

Shape Sleeve

[Work 7 (7, 7, 5, 5, 5, 5, 3) rows in Ribbing Patt, ending after a WS row, then work Sleeve Dec Row 1, 2, 3, or 4 (see below)] 1 (11, 11, 7, 7, 15, 15, 5) times – 54 (38, 42, 54, 58, 46, 50, 74) sts rem

[Work 9 (9, 9, 7, 7, 7, 7, 5) rows in Ribbing Patt, then work Sleeve Dec Row 1, 2, 3, or 4] 9 (1, 1, 7, 7, 1, 1, 13) times – 36 (36, 40, 40, 44, 44, 48, 48) sts rem.

Work 9 rows even in Ribbing patt, ending after a WS row.

Change to smaller hook and work 1 more RS row. Fasten off.

To maintain the decreases in the Ribbing pattern, work them in the following order:

Dec Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in sc, fpdc2tog, work in Ribbing Patt to last 3 sts, fpdc2tog, sc in sc, turn – 2 sts dec’d.

Dec Row 2 (RS): Ch 1, sc in sc, sc2tog (over next fpdc and the following sc), work in Ribbing Patt to last 3 sts, sc2tog (over next sc and fpdc), sc in sc, turn – 2 sts dec’d.

Dec Row 3 (RS): Ch 1, sc in sc, sc2tog (over next 2 sc), work in Ribbing Patt to last 3 sts, sc2tog (over next 2 sc), sc in sc, turn – 2 sts dec’d.

Dec Row 4 (RS): Ch 1, sc2tog (over next 2 sc), work in Ribbing Patt to last 2 sts, sc2tog (over next 2 sc), turn – 2 sts dec’d.

Rep Dec Rows 1-4 in this order, as many times as indicated above.

Make second Sleeve the same as the first.

Finishing

Sew Sleeve seams. Block to measurements.

Button Band

With WS facing and smaller hook, beg at lower edge of Left Front, work 56 sc evenly along selvedge edge of Ribbing Patt to Yoke, then 16 (16, 20, 20, 24, 28, 28, 32) sc along yoke to neck edge, turn – 72 (72, 76, 76, 80, 84, 84, 88) sts.

Work 5 rows in Ribbing Patt, ending after a RS row. Fasten off.

Buttonhole Band

With WS facing and smaller hook, beg at neck edge of Right Front, work 16 (16, 20, 20, 24, 28, 28, 32) sc evenly along Yoke to Ribbing Patt, then 56 sts along selvedge edge of Ribbing Patt.

Work 1 RS row in Ribbing Patt.

Buttonhole Row (WS): Ch 1, sc in next 3 sc, ch 2, sk next 2 sc, *sc in next 10 sc, ch 2, sk next 2 sc; rep from * 4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5) more times, sc in each sc to end, turn.

Next Row (RS): Work in Ribbing Patt as est, working 2 sc in each ch-2 sp as you come to them, turn.

Work 2 more rows in Ribbing Patt, ending after a RS row. Keep yarn attached to work neckband.

Neckband: With RS still facing and using yarn attached to buttonhole band, rotate work to work along the selvedge edge of the buttonhole band. Work 2 more sc in the last sc of the buttonhole band to turn the corner, then work sc evenly around the neck edge to the end of the Left Front Buttonband. Fasten off.

Sew buttons opposite buttonholes. Weave in ends.

 

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