Kerrisha Cardigan by Kelli M. Donley
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Kerrisha Cardigan

Knitting
April 2015
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
450 - 500 yards (411 - 457 m)
Women's size 10-14 (medium/large)
This pattern is available for free.

This cardigan is perfect to keep on your desk chair, or to wear to church. It covers your shoulders. The body and sleeves are worked separately on circular needles – used for their length, not joined in the round. Eventually, you bring the body and sleeves together, joining them to knit the yoke. The sleeves are sewn together and finished at the end, when weaving in the final ends.

Supplies:
Needle: US size 10.5, circular 24 inches or longer
Yarn: 450 yards, bulky
Yarn needle to weave in ends, measuring tape, stitch holder, good attitude

Size:
Women’s size 12 (adjust needle size up/down to meet your size needs)

Stitches used:
Seed: knit one, purl one. On next row, purl one then knit one.
K: knit
P: purl

Body:
Cast on 139 stitches.
Row 2: Work first 5 stitches in seed, for left front edge. Place marker. Purl to last five stitches. Place marker. Knit last five stitches in seed for right front edge.
You will work the first and last five stitches in seed for the entire body.
Continue with first five stitches in seed, knit, last five stitches in seed for right side. And first five stitches in seed, purl, last five stitches in seed for wrong side, until piece measures nine inches. (If you want the cardigan to be longer, keep going! Play with this pattern.) End with a wrong side row.

Shaping the armhole: Working in seed stitch to your first marker, purl 28 stitches, bind off 6 stitches, purl 61 stitches, bind off 6 stitches and purl 28 stitches, working the last five stitches in seed. You should now have 127 stitches on your needle. Count them to be sure. Now place these stitches on either another circular needle to be held, or on a stitch holder. Put the body aside. Cut your yarn, giving yourself a good 4 inches to weave in later.

Arms: Cast on 37 stitches. Work in six rows of seed. On a wrong side row, continue in seed stitch and increase one stitch at each end for the next five rows for a total of 47 stitches. Continue this way until the piece measures 4 inches.
Now bind off two stitches at the beginning of the next two rows. You should now have a total of 43 stitches. Place these stitches on a stitch holder.
Repeat! Make another arm following the directions above.

Yoke: (Aka: let’s put this baby together)
Starting with the right side facing you, we’ll now place your stitches back on your circular needle in the following pattern. Remember when you bound off those stitches on your body? You’ll be adding the arm stitches you just knit back in those spots. Make sure everything is facing the same direction – with your right side facing. Follow this pattern:

Right front, sleeve, back, sleeve, left front. You should have 213 stitches. Is everything facing the right way? Great!

Row 1-2: Right side forward, you’ll knit the first five stitches in seed, knit across the row, last five stitches in seed.
Row 3: This is an eyelet row. Work first five stitches in seed, then knit two together (K2tog), yarn over, and repeat until the last five stitches, which you work in seed.
Row 4-5: Repeat row 1
Row 6: First five stitches in seed, knit three, knit 2 together and repeat until the last five stitches. You should have 173 stitches now.
Row 7: Repeat row 1
Rows 8-17: Repeat rows 1-5, twice
Row 18: First five stitches in seed, knit two, knit 2 together and repeat until the last five stitches. You should have 127 stitches now.
Rows 19-28: Repeat rows 1-5, twice
Row 29: First five stitches in seed, knit one, knit 2 together and repeat until the last five stitches. You should have 87 stitches now.
Row 30-31: Repeat row 1
Row 32: First five stitches in seed, knit 2 together, knit 10, repeat to end of row.
Row 33: Repeat row 1
Row 34-35: Work the entire row in seed stitch
Row 36: Buttonhole time! Knit 1, purl 1, yarn over, yarn over, knit two together, work in seed stitch to the end of the row.
Row 37-41: Work the entire row in seed stitch
Row 42: Bind off.

Finishing:
Using your yarn needle, weave in ends, sew underarm seams and sleeves closed with blanket stitch. Sew button on the side you didn’t make a buttonhole. Block with warm water and let dry 24 hours. Rock that cardigan!

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