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Shawl Collar Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Shawl Collar Cardigan Knitting Pattern This easy knitting pattern is a good pattern to try for your first sweater. It has lots of style because of the lovely collar, but there are no complicated stitch patterns to follow. It's knit in a soft and warm wool yarn.

Sizes:
S, M, L
Finished Chest Measurement: 37 (40, 43)"
Gauge:
13 sts and 16 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st with size 11 US needles
Materials:
Sizes 9, 10½, and 11 US circular needles, 29 or 36" in length or size needed to obtain gauge
Note: Circular needles are used knitting back and forth as with straight needles. Do not work in rounds.
3 buttons
Iceland by Crystal Palace Yarns
9 (10, 11) balls - Color 6320 Leaf
100% wool
100 grams/3.5 ounces
109 yds/100 meters

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Instructions

Back:
With middle size needles, CO 54 (58,62) sts and work in k1, p1 rib for 5".
Change to largest needles and St st, increasing 8 sts evenly spaced across first row - 62 (66, 70) sts.
Work even until piece measures 8 (8½, 9)" from beg.
Shape armholes
BO 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st at each edge every other row 4 times - 48 (52, 56) sts.
Work even until armholes measure 10½ (11, 11½)".
Shape shoulders
BO 7 (7, 8) sts beg of next 2 rows, then BO 6 (7, 7) sts beg of next 2 rows. BO rem 22 (24, 26) sts for back of neck.

Left Front:
With middle size needles, CO 30 (32, 34) sts and work in k1, p1 ribbing for 5".
Change to largest needles and St st, increasing 4 sts evenly spaced across first row - 34 (36, 38) sts.
Shape neckline and armholes
For neckline: at end of RS rows, dec 1 st every 4th row 14 (15, 16) times. At same time, when piece measures 8 (8½, 9)" from beg, shape armholes as for Back.
When Front measures same as Back, BO as for Back shoulders.

Right Front:
Work as for left front, reversing all shapings. Work 3 buttonholes into ribbing when piece measures 1", 2½" and 4" from beg. To work buttonholes, with RS facing, work 3 sts, then BO next 2 sts and comp1ete row. On return row, CO 2 sts over bound off sts.

Sleeves:
With middle size needles, CO 32 (34, 36) sts and work in k1, p1 ribbing for 2½".
Change to largest needles and St st, increasing 4 (4, 6) sts evenly spaced across first row.
Inc 1 st at each edge every 4th row 12 (13, 13) times - 60 (64, 68) sts.
Work even until sleeve measures 15 (16, 17)" from beg.
Shape cap
BO 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each edge every row 22 (24, 26) times. BO rem 10 sts.

Shawl Collar Cardigan Knitting Pattern Collar:
With largest needles, beg along outer edge by loosely casting on 212 (220, 228) sts. Work 1 row in k1, p1 ribbing.
Shape neck edge
Cont in k1, p1 rib. At each edge, dec 1 st every row 2 (4, 6) times, then BO 4 sts 9 times and 5 sts 10 times. At same time, when piece measures 3" from beg change to middle size needles, and at 6" from beg change to smallest needles. BO rem 36 (40, 44) sts.

Finishing:
Sew shoulder seams. Sew sleeve caps to armhole edges, matching bound off edges at underarms and centers of sleeve caps to shoulder seams. Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew neck edge of collar to neck edges of back and front, making ends of collar meet tops of ribbing at lower front. Sew buttons opposite buttonholes. Steam seams gently without pressure.

© Crystal Palace Yarns and used with their permission.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.