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# How to knit a front tie cardigan for a woman

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Yarn - Caron Simply Soft / medium 4 / 315 yds (288 m) / 1 1/4 balls needed
Needles - 29” and 16” long circular needles US 5
Gauge - about 8 repeats (yo, p2tog) go into 4 inches (10 cm)
Hook - US F (3.75 mm)
Cardigan Size - US 6
Complexity - Intermediate

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Knitted women’s top
Step-by-step knitting instructions
Step 1
Cast on 58 stitches.
Step 2
1st row - k1, yo; k2, yo, k14, yo; k2, yo, k20, yo; k2, yo, k14, yo; k2, yo, k1. That’s way you divide the stitches to 5 parts (back, 2 shoulder parts, and 2 front parts).
In other words:
Front part - k1, yo;
Shoulder part - k2, yo, k14, yo;
Back part - k2, yo, k20, yo;
Shoulder part - k2, yo, k14, yo;
Front part - k2, yo, k1
After the 1st row, your total number of stitches should be increased by 8 stitches.
2nd and all even rows - purl all stitches to end
3rd row - k2, yo; [k2, yo, k2, (yo, p2tog) to last 2 sts of a part, k2 and yo] repeat that 3 times; k2, yo, k2
5th row - k3, yo; [k2, yo, k2, (p2tog, yo) to last 2 sts of a part, k2 and yo] repeat that 3 times; k2, yo, k3
Step 3
In addition to regular increasing of 8 stitches every other row, it is necessary to increase additional 9 sts on each front parts of the women’s top. So, starting from the 7th row, begin adding 10 stitches (instead of 8 sts) every 4 rows. That way you will make an even number of stitches on back and front pieces of the cardigan.
7th row - (k2, yo) twice; [k2, yo, k2, (yo, p2tog) to last 2 sts of a part, k2 and yo] repeat that 3 times; (k2, yo) twice, k2
Step 4
9th row - k2, (p2tog, yo) to last 2 sts of the part, k2, yo;
[k2, yo, k2, (p2tog, yo) to last 2 sts of a part, k2 and yo] repeat that 3 times;
k2, yo, k2, (p2tog, yo) to last 2 sts of the part, k2
11th row - k2, yo, k1, (yo, p2tog) to last 2 sts of the part, k2, yo;
[k2, yo, k2, (yo, p2tog) to last 2 sts of a part, k2 and yo] repeat that 3 times;
k2, yo, k2, (yo, p2tog) to last 1 st. of the part, yo, k1
13th row - k1, (p2tog, yo) to last 2 sts of the part, k2, yo;
[k2, yo, k2, (p2tog, yo) to last 2 sts of a part, k2 and yo] repeat that 3 times;
k2, yo, k2, (p2tog, yo) to last 1 st. of the part, k1
15th row - k1, yo, k1, (yo, p2tog) to last 2 sts of the part, k2, yo;
[k2, yo, k2, (yo, p2tog) to last 2 sts of a part, k2 and yo] repeat that 3 times;
k2, yo, k2, (yo, p2tog) to last 2 sts of the part, yo, k2
Repeat the pattern starting from 9th row.
Step 5
Slide both shoulder parts on safety pins.
43rd row - (front part) - k1, (yo, p2tog) to last 2 sts of the part, k2;
(shoulder part) - k1, slide all the rest sts of the shoulder part onto a safety pin plus 1 additional st.;
(back part) - k3, (yo, p2tog) to last 2 sts of the part, k2;
(shoulder part) - k1, slide all the sts of the second shoulder part onto a safety pin plus 1 additional st.;
(front part) - k3, (yo, p2tog) to last 1st., k1
Step 6
Decrease 4 stitches
45th row - k1, (p2tog, yo)14, (p3tog, yo)2, (p2tog, yo)29, (p3tog, yo)2, (p2tog, yo) to last 1st., k1
Step 7
Knit without increasing stitches
47 – 53 rows - k1, (yo, p2tog) to last 1 st.. k1
Step 8
Begin to decrease 2 stitches in a row every other row
55th row - k1, k2tog, (yo, p2tog) to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
57th row - k2tog, (p2tog, yo) to last 2 sts, k2tog
Repeat the pattern starting from 55th row until you reach the desired length of the top.
Step 9
Cast off all the stitches
Work single crochet from the end of 81st row to its beginning.
Step 10
On a second round, make two ties to tie front pieces together.
Step 11
Slide all stitches from a safety pin back onto circular needles. Continue the pattern until you reach the desired length of the sleeve.
Step 12
Finish the sleeve using a crochet hook. Insert the hook into the first stitch, grab the yarn, and pull it through to pick up height. Then insert your hook into next 2 sts, do yarn over, and pull the yarn through those sts as well. After that wrap the yarn over the crochet hook again and pull it through the 2 stitches that lie on the hook. You should have 1 st. remaining on your hook. Continue adding 1 stitch to the existing stitch that lies on the crochet hook by pulling the yarn through two stitches that lie on circular needles. Then pull the yarn through the 2 sts that lie on the hook. Repeat the process to end of the round.
Work single crochet for the last round. Cut the yarn and secure it.

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Abbreviations:
K1 – knit 1stitch
YO – yarn over
P2tog – purl 2 stitches together
P3tog – purl 3 sts together
K2tog – knit 2 sts together

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Tie front cardigan knitting pattern

## Comments

### how many stiches does it

how many stiches does it require for M size and L size? and What is the gauge?

### Hi job.megha,

Hi job.megha,
Since it is a top down knitting technique, I would start with the same number of sts and work rows until my back and front parts will be wide enough to the chest circumference accordingly. I added the gauge to the written instruction. Happy knitting!

### I tried many times to follow

I tried many times to follow your steps on making this.
I kept having problem so I tried over & over again.
Then I started to count very carefully (on every row).
Did you check step 7's instruction? you said it will increase 10 stitches but it only add 8 instead. After 5th rows it has 82 stitches. But your 7th row only has 90 stitches?
Another question is after repeating row 9 to 15, it should be 40 rows. why the next step is 43rd row?

### Hi Loi Taylor,

Hi Loi Taylor,
This written instruction goes along with a video tutorial. I checked the video (17:30), and I've noticed that at the end of the row 7 should be (k2, yo) twice - the same as I started the row. I'm not sure why you count 8 increases/yo, there were 9 increases instead of 10. Thank you for letting me know about the typo.
Please watch the video starting from about 29:30, to understand why the next step is 43rd row. I repeated the pattern until I knit 42 rows in total. If you have questions, it is better to ask them right away in order not to redo a project many times. Happy knitting!

### Thanks for the quick answer,

Thanks for the quick answer, Sana. Now it makes sense.
I redid it because I thought I wasn't careful enough.
That's why I was very very careful on the last try & made sure I counted to make sure I didn't make mistake.
What I meant to say in my first question was that I had 2 extra stitches left with your original written instruction on row 7.
For the second question:
So we will knit 9th - 15th row 3 times plus 9th & 10th rows for the 4th time then starts 43rd row?

### Hi Loi Taylor,

Hi Loi Taylor,
Yes, you understood it correctly. Happy knitting!

### thank you for the reply.

thank you for the reply.
one more question:
I tried to count how many time to do the pattern before the last 2 stitches every row so I wouldn't make mistake.
I noticed 9th & 11th row on the front parts you do only once the pattern (yo & p2tog). 13th & 15th row on the front parts you do 3 times. May I ask how many times of the pattern on the 17th & 19th row? once only or more?

### sorry for that stupid

sorry for that stupid question.
I guess the 17th row would do 4 pattern (p2tog yo) on the front parts, right?

### Hi Loi Taylor,

Hi Loi Taylor,
Yes, I repeated (p2tog, yo) 4 times at the beg. of 17th row. Happy knitting!

### I wanted to to a kids size of

I wanted to to a kids size of this one, I much preferred knitting than crocheting, what or how should I do if I want to make a kids size? Thank you and have a nice day.