Cherish Cardigan Free Knitting Pattern

by | Oct 4, 2020 | Cardigan, Chunky, Clothing, Fall, Knitting Patterns, Winter | 0 comments

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Cardigans are a daily staple of my wardrobe. I’m always shifting between hot & cold, so I love the ability to throw on something cozy and look cute. I love knitting cardigans probably more than I love wearing them. Today I’d love to introduce you to my latest design- The Cherish Cardigan!

This oversized bulky knit cardigan only took two evenings to make, and provided me with hours of relaxing knitting. I’m in love with the drama of these billowy sleeves and the simple sillhouette. It’s just starting to get cool enough outside to turn on our fireplace, and I think that is probably my favorite time of year.

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The Cherish cardigan is first knit flat, then seamed. Sleeves are knit in the round right onto the cardigan by picking up stitches with a crochet hook. She comes in 3 sizes for you to easily customize! The model is shown wearing a size S/M, and is 5’3″, 120lbs.

3 Sizes:

S/M – L/XL – 2X/3X

Pattern instructions are for sz. S/M

Model wearing sz. S/M

Materials:

Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (6-8balls) (shown in color way Fisherman)

US Size 15 (10mm) circular needles

Locking Stitch Markers (6)

Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:

Co: Cast on

Sts : stitches

Kbl (knit through back loop)

P : Purl

K2tog : Knit 2 stitches together

Kfb : Knit into front and back of same stitch (increase by 1)

Pm : place marker

Pu : Pick up

Stitch patterns used:

K2, P2 ribbing : 

Row 1: *Knit 2, purl 2, rep. from *

Stockinette: 

Row 1: Knit all sts

Row 2: P all sts

Measurements (diagram is for size S/M)

Back width: 24”

Length: 25”

Sleeves: 12”

Front panels: 12”

Gauge: 

8.5 sts & 12 rows = 4” in stockinette

Notes: 

This beginner cardigan is knit flat then seamed. The sleeves are then knit in the round by picking up stitches at the arm holes.

***Rounds 40-41(Sizes L/XL , 2X/3X, K3, P1 around)

Begin Pattern:

Back: Co 48 (52, 56) sts

Work in K2, P2 rib for 4 rows

Work in stockinette pattern for 14 (15, 16)” pm on each end st. to mark bottom of arm holes. Cont. in stockinette st. for 9.5 (10.5, 11)”

You will leave these markers on as guides to help you seam the sweater.

Front panels: (Make 2)

Co 24 (28, 32) sts.

Work in K2, P2 rib for 4 rows

Work in stockinette pattern for 14 (15, 16)” pm on each end st. to mark bottom of arm holes. Cont. in stockinette st. for 9.5 (10.5, 11)”

Seaming:

Seam back and front panels of cardigan using mattress st, leaving space between stitch markers and shoulders open for arm holes.

Sleeves:

Pu 42 (45, 48) sts, join in the round, pm

Round 1: K all sts

Round 2: *K13 (14,15), Kfb, rep from * around (45, 48, 51 sts on needles)

Round 3: K all sts

Round 4: *K14 (15, 16), Kfb rep from *around (48, 51, 54 sts on needles)

Round 5. K all sts

Round 6. *K15 (16, 17), Kfb rep from * around (51, 54, 57 sts on needles)

Rounds 7-13: K all sts

Round 14: P all sts

Round 15-21: K all sts

Round 22: P all sts

Round 23-29: K all sts

Round 30: P all sts

Round 31: *K15 (16, 17), K2tog, rep from * around (48, 51, 54 sts on needles)

Round 32: K all sts

Round 33: *K14 (15, 16), K2tog, rep from * around (45, 48, 51 sts on needles)

Round 34: K all sts

Round 35: *K13 (14, 15), K2tog, rep from * around (42, 45, 48 sts on needles)

Round 36: K all sts

Round 37: *K12 (13, 14), K2tog, rep from * around (39, 42, 45 sts on needles)

Round 38: P all sts

Round 39: *K11 (12, 13), K2tog, rep from * around (36, 39, 42 sts on needles)

Round 40-41: *K2, P2 around 

***(Sizes L/XL , 2X/3X, K3, P1 around)

BO sts & weave in ends. Rep. for 2nd sleeve.

I hope you enjoyed this pattern, show me some love on Instagram with hashtag: #margoknits #margoknitsblog @margoknitsblog and show me your finished projects!

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