Women’s cardigan knitting pattern
Step-by-step knitting instructions
Cast on 120 stitches.
Knit the ribbing:
1st row (right side) – knit 1 and purl 1 to end
2nd row (wrong side) – knit all knit stitches and skip all purl sts (slip stitch - slide each of those stitches on the right needle without knitting them)
Alternate the 1st and 2nd rows for 12 rows.
Continue the pattern and purl two stitches together every 10 sts in order to decrease the total number of stitches to 110 sts.
Begin the new pattern – you should have multiples of 7 stitches plus additional 5 sts
1st row (right side) – [knit3, yarn over*, knit2, 1 slip decease**] to last 5 sts, knit5
2nd row and all even rows – purl all stitches to end
3rd row – k1, [knit3, yarn over, knit2, 1 slip decease] to last 4 sts, knit4
5th row – k2, [knit3, yarn over, knit2, 1 slip decease] to last 3 sts, knit3
7th row – k3, [knit3, yarn over, knit2, 1 slip decease] to last 2 sts, knit2
Repeat these 7 rows for 60 rows or more (if you want to make the cardigan longer)
*yarn over – to make one additional stitches before a knit st. (wrap the yarn over the right knitting needle and knit the following stitch)
**slip decrease – slip the stitch to the right needle without knitting it and knit the following stitch, then with help of the left needle make from the two stitches one.
Continue the pattern for 10 more rows gradually increasing the total number of stitches to 116 sts (reuse an old/base stitch to make from one two new stitches).
Divide the total number of stitches by 3 parts (2 front parts – 25% each and 1 back part 50%)
In my case, one front part is equal to 29 stitches and back part = 58 stitches.
Knit the pattern for 29 stitches (you will work on both front pieces later).
After that, use the other knitting needle for the back.
Bind off 3 first stitches and continue the pattern for 55 stitches, and then begin to work the wrong side.
Cast off the other 3 stitches and continue purling the other 52 stitches.
Continue the pattern for 23 rows or more.
Start working on shoulders. Continue the pattern for the first 16 stitches of the back piece for 5 rows and then cast off all those 16 stitches leaving some yarn to connect the back and front shoulder pieces together.
After that begin working on the last 16 stitches of the back, and then bind off the stitches.
Leave the remaining 20 back stitches; you will come back to them later.
Return to the front piece.
Cast off 3 stitches from the sleeve side, and continue the pattern for the remaining 26 sts.
Shape the neck line by knitting two stitches together every other row from the neck side until you have 16 stitches left.
Cast off the 16 stitches, cut the yarn, and secure it.
Repeat the above for the other front side.
Connect the front and back shoulder pieces.
Pick up 40 or more stitches for a sleeve. To knit the pattern in round, you need just multiples of 7 stitches.
Knit the needed length of the sleeve.
Decrease the number of stitches if desired.
Make a ribbing for the sleeve
1st row – knit 1 and purl 1 to end
2nd row – skip each knit stitches (slide the knit stitches to the right needle without knitting them) and purl all the purl stitches to end
Alternate 1st and 2nd rows for 10 rows.
Cast off the sleeve stitches.
Cut the yarn, connect the first and last stitches, and secure the tail of the yarn.
Pick up stitches for the neck line.
Knit all stitches for the right side, and purl all the sts for the wrong side.
Cast off the stitches, cut the yarn, and secure it.
Straighten the cardigan up.
Fix the zipper from the top of the cardigan with a pin to hold it in the place and begin sewing.
Do not sew too close to the plastic
Cast on 3 stitches to knit a zipper cover. You need that to make the zipper look nicer from the inside.
Once you reach the desired length of the cover, bind off the stitches, cut the yarn, and secure it.
Sew the cover to the back of the zipper.