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Monika Cropped Cardigan

This cute cropped V-neck cardigan layers beautifully to keep the crisp autumn breeze at bay.

Time: 2 Week Project

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 36.75 (41, 45.25, 49.5, 53.75, 58.25, 62.5, 66.75)” to fit bust 35.75 (40, 44.25, 48.5, 52.75, 57.25, 61.5, 65.75)”

1–3” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 40”

Gauge: 15 sts and 19 rows = 4” [10 cm] in 1×3 Rib with larger hook

Materials

Light weight yarnYarn: Green Mountain Spinnery, Mewesic (100% fine American wool; 180 yards [165 meters]/58 grams): 8957 Diamonds & Rust (7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15) hanks)

 

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

Notions: Removable markers, two 1” buttons, tapestry needle

Special Stitches

1 x 1 Rib (multiple of 2 sts + 1)

Row 1 (RS): Ch 1 (does not count as st throughout), sc in first st, *FPdc around next st (see notes), sc in next st; rep from * to end, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *FPdc around FPdc, sc in next st; rep from * to end, turn.

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Rep Rows 3-4 for pattern.

1 x 3 Rib (multiple of 4 sts + 3)

Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in first st, FPdc around FPdc, *sc in next 3 sc, FPdc around FPdc; rep from * to last st, sc in last sc, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc across, turn.

Rep Rows 1-2 for pattern.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked from the bottom up. The body and sleeves are worked separately to the underarms, then joined together and worked simultaneously for the yoke, with raglan shaping. The sleeves are seamed, then a buttonband is worked around the front opening.

When there is not an existing FPdc to work a new FPdc around, work the FPdc around the next sc by inserting the hook in the next sc from the front to the back, and then through the following st from the back to the front. Work the following sc in the same sc that was used for the second st of the FPdc.

Each time a FPdc st is worked around an existing FPdc, skip over the sc behind the FPdc before working the next sc.

Pattern

Sleeves (make 2)

Ch 32 (32, 32, 36, 36, 36, 40, 40), turn.

Set-up Row (WS): Sk first ch, sc in each rem ch to end, turn. (31 (31, 31, 35, 35, 35, 39, 39) sts)

Work in 1 x 1 Rib for 4 rows, ending after a WS row.

Change to and cont to work in 1 x 3 Rib.

Work 1 row.

Shape Sleeve

Inc Row (WS): Ch 1, 2 sc in next st, sc to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn. (2 sts increased)

Work as established for 7 (7, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5) rows.

Rep the last 8 (8, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) rows 7 (1, 11, 11, 8, 6, 6, 2) more times. (47 (35, 55, 59, 53, 49, 53, 45) sts)

[Work Inc Row, then work 5 (5, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) rows even as established] 2 (10, 1, 1, 6, 9, 9, 15) times. (51 (55, 57, 61, 65, 67, 71, 75) sts)

Cont working even in pattern as established until piece measures 18” [45.5 cm] from beg, ending after a RS row. Fasten off leaving a tail at least 4” [10 cm] long.


Body

Ch 120 (136, 152, 168, 184, 200, 216, 232), turn.
Set-up Row (WS): Sk first ch, sc in each rem ch to end, turn (119 (135, 151, 167, 183, 199, 215, 231) sts)

Work in 1 x 1 Rib for 4 rows, ending with a WS row.

Change to and cont to work in 1 x 3 Rib.

Next Row (RS): Work 29 (33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57) sts in 1×3 Rib, work next FPdc, then place a st marker around that post to mark the side, work 59 (67, 75, 83, 91, 99, 107, 115) sts in 1×3 Rib, work next FPdc, then place a st marker around that post to mark the side, work 29 (33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57) sts in 1×3 Rib to end, turn.

Work 1 row.

Shape Bust

Inc Row (RS): *Work as established to marked st, work 3 FPdc around marked st (skipping 1 st behind them), replace marker around the center st, rep from * once more, work to end, turn. (123 (139, 155, 171, 187, 203, 219, 235) sts)

Next Row: Ch 1, sc across, turn.

Next Row (RS): *Work as established to the 3 FPdc, work 1 FPdc around each FPdc (skipping 3 sts behind them); rep from * once more, turn.

Work 7 more rows as established.

Inc Row (RS): *Work as established to 3 FPdc, work FPdc around first FPdc (do not skip any sts behind it), sc in the next st, FPdc around marked FPdc and replace the m around the post of this st, sk 1 st behind the last FPdc, then sc in the next st, FPdc around the next FPdc (do not skip any sts behind it, sc in the next st, rep from * once more, work to end, turn. (127 (143, 159, 175, 191, 207, 223, 239) sts)

Work 9 rows even as established, ending with a WS row.

Shape Neck and Bust

Row 1 (neck dec, bust inc) (RS): Sc2tog, *work as established to 1 st before marked FPdc, work 2 sc in the next st, FPdc in marked FPdc replacing the m, skip 1 st behind the FPdc, then work 2 sc in the next st; rep from * once more, work as established to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn. (129 (145, 161, 177, 193, 209, 225, 241) sts)

Rows 2-4: Work even as established.

Row 5 (neck dec) (RS): Sc2tog, work as established to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn. (127 (143, 159, 175, 191, 207, 223, 239) sts rem)

Rows 6-8: Work even as established.

Rep last 8 rows once more.

Next Row: Rep Row 5 (neck dec). (125 (141, 157, 173, 189, 205, 221, 237) sts rem)

Yoke

Joining Row (WS): Ch 1, sc in next 26 (29, 32, 36, 39, 42, 46, 49) for Front, *with WS of Sleeve facing (holding the sleeve behind the body, so the WS of the sleeve is against the RS of the Body), sk first 3 (4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8) sleeve sts, sc in next 45 (47, 47, 51, 53, 53, 57, 59) sts, leave rem 3 (4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8) sts on sleeve unworked*, return to body and sk next 5 (7, 9, 9, 11, 13, 13, 15) sts from the front sts, sc in next 63 (69, 75, 83, 89, 95, 103, 109) for Back, rep from * to * for 2nd sleeve, then sk next 5 (7, 9, 9, 11, 13, 13, 15) sts from the Back sts, sc in next 26 (29, 32, 36, 39, 42, 46, 49) for Front, turn. (205 (221, 233, 257, 273, 285, 309, 325) sts)

Shape Raglan

Row 1 (dec body, sleeve) (RS): Ch 1, work as established for 24 (27, 30, 34, 37, 40, 44, 47) sts, sc2tog, FPdc around next sc, pm in the top of the last st made to mark raglan, sc2tog, work as established for 39 (41, 41, 45, 47, 47, 51, 53) sts, sc2tog, FPdc around next sc, pm in the top of the last st made, sc2tog, work as established for 59 (65, 71, 79, 85, 91, 99, 105) sts, sc2tog, FPdc around next sc, pm in the top of the last st made, sc2tog, work as established for 39 (41, 41, 45, 47, 47, 51, 53) sts, sc2tog, FPdc around next sc, pm in the top of the last st made, sc2tog, work as established for 24 (27, 30, 34, 37, 40, 44, 47) sts to end, turn. (197 (213, 225, 249, 265, 277, 301, 317) sts rem)

Row 2 (dec body) (WS): Ch 1, *sc to 2 sts before marked st, sc2tog, sc in marked st replacing m in the top of the st, sc to next marked st, sc in marked st replacing m, sc2tog; rep from * once more, sc to end, turn. (4 sts decreased)

Row 3: (dec neck, body, sleeve) (RS): Ch 1, sc2tog, *work as established to 2 sts before marked st, sc2tog, FPdc replacing the marker in the top, sc2tog; rep from * 3 more times, work as established to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn. (10 sts decreased)

Row 4 (WS): Rep Row 2 (dec body). (4 sts decreased)

Row 5 (dec body, sleeve) (RS): Ch 1, *work as established to 2 sts before marked st, sc2tog, FPdc replacing the marker in the top, sc2tog; rep from * 3 more times, work as established to end, turn. (8 sts decreased)

Row 6 (WS): Rep Row 2 (dec body). (4 sts decreased)

Rep last 4 rows 2 (2, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7) more times. (115 (131, 91, 115, 105, 91, 115, 105) sts rem; 9 (12, 5, 9, 7, 5, 9, 7) sts each Front, 31 (33, 25, 29, 27, 23, 27, 25) sts each Sleeve, 35 (41, 31, 39, 37, 35, 43, 41) Back sts)

Sizes 36¾ (41, 49½, 52¾, 57¼, 61½, 65¾)” Only

Next Row (RS): Rep Row 3 (dec neck, body, sleeve). (10 sts decreased)

Next Row (WS): Rep Row 2 (dec body). (101 (117, 101, 91, 77, 101, 91) sts rem; 6 (9, 6, 4, 2, 6, 4) sts each Front, 29 (31, 27, 25, 21, 25, 23) sts each Sleeve, 31 (37, 35, 33, 31, 39, 37) Back sts)

Size 45¼” Only

Next Row (RS): Rep Row 3 (dec neck, body, sleeve). (81 sts rem; 3 sts each Front, 23 sts each Sleeve, 29 Back sts)

Next Row (WS): Ch 1, sc across, turn.

Next Row (RS): Rep Row 5 (dec body, sleeve). (73 sts rem; 2 sts each Front, 21 sts each Sleeve, 27 Back sts)

Next Row (WS): Ch 1, sc across, turn.

Sizes 36¾ (41, 49½, 61½)” Only

Next Row (RS): Rep Row 5 (dec body, sleeve). (8 sts decreased)

Next Row (WS): Ch 1, sc across, turn.

Next Row (RS): Rep Row 3 (dec neck, body, sleeve). (10 sts decreased)

Next Row (WS): Ch 1, sc across, turn.

Rep the last 4 rows 0 (1, 0, 0) more time(s). (83 (81, 83, 83) sts rem; 3 (3, 3, 3) sts each Front, 25 (23, 23, 21) sts each Sleeve, 27 (29, 31, 35) Back sts)

Next Row (RS): Rep Row 5. (dec body, sleeve). (75 (73, 75, 75) sts rem; 2 (2, 2 2) sts each Front, 23 (21, 21, 19) sts each Sleeve, 25 (27, 29, 33) Back sts)

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

Sizes 52¾ (65¾)” Only

Next Row (RS): Rep Row 5 (dec body, sleeve). (8 sts decreased)

Next Row (WS): Ch 1, sc across, turn.

Rep the last 2 rows once more. (75 sts rem; 2 sts each Front, 21 (19) sts each Sleeve, 29 (33) Back sts)

All Sizes

Next Row (RS): Rep Row 5 (dec body, sleeve). (67 (65, 65, 67, 67, 69, 67, 67) sts rem; 1 st each Front, 21 (19, 19, 19, 19, 19, 17, 17) sts each Sleeve, 23 (25, 25, 27, 27, 29, 31, 31) Back sts)

Fasten off.

Finishing

Sew sleeve seams using whip stitch beginning at the cuffs and working to the underarm, then seam half of underarm, to the body, beginning at the center. Use the long tail remaining from the sleeve to seam the remaining half of the underarm.

Buttonband

With WS facing and smaller hook, join yarn with a sl st in the lower Left front, sc in the end of each row evenly along right front edge, sc2tog, sc in each sc along last row of Yoke to last 2 sts, sc2tog c fb, then sc in the end of each row evenly along left front edge, turn.

Row 1 (buttonhole) (RS): Ch 1, [sc in next st, FPdc around next st] 2 times, sc in next st, ch 2, sk next 3 sc, sc in next st, [FPdc around next st, sc in next st] 6 times, ch 2, sk next 3 sc, sc in next st, *FPdc around next st, sc in next st; rep from * to end working the last st as sc2tog if necessary, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, *sc in each st to next ch-2 sp, 3 sc in ch-2 sp; rep from * once more, sc to end, turn.

Row 3 (RS): Ch 1, sc in next st, *FPdc around next st, sc in next; rep from * to end, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc across, turn.

Row 5: Rep Row 3.

Fasten off.

Block piece to measurements. Weave in ends. Sew buttons opposite buttonholes.

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