Vintage Knit Cardigan

CARDIGAN

Sizes: Directions for size 12. Changes for sizes 14 and 16 are in parentheses.
Materials: Bear Brand Jumbolaine or Fleisher’s Jumbo-Knit, 6 (7-7) 2 oz. Skeins, Bucilla plastic knitting needles Nos. 8 and 13. (Or, English sizes, 5 and 0). Five buttons.
Gauge: 13 sts = 4″

BACK: With No. 8 needles, cast on 46 (50-54) sts. Work in ribbing on k2, ps for 31/2″: for size 12 only, inc 1 st each side of last row: 48 (50-54) sts. Change to No. 13 needles. Work in stockinette st, inc 1 st each side every 2″ 3 times. Work even on 54 (56-60) sts until piece measures 12″ from start or desired length to underarm.

Shape Armholes: Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st each side every other row 3 (3-4) times. Work even on 42 (44-46) sts until armboles measure 7″ (71/2″-71/2″) above first bound-off sts.

Shape Shoulders: Bind off 7 (7-8) sts at beg of next 2 rows, 7 (8-8) sts next 2 rows. Bind off remaining 14 sts for back of neck.

LEFT FRONT: With No. 8 needles, cast on 27 (29-31) sts. Row 1 (right side): For sizes 12 and 16, work in ribbing of p2, k2, (for size 14 only, ribbing of k2, p2) across row to last 5 sts, k1, p1 on 5 sts (seed st border).
Row 2: K1, p1 on first 5 sts (border), ribbing of k2, p2 to end of row. Repeat these 2 rows until 31/2″ from start, end row 1 (center edge). Change to No. 13 needles. Work border, p to end of row. Continue in stockinette st. and seed st. border, inc. 1 st at side edge every 2″ 3 times. Work even on 30 (32-34) sts until same length as back to underarm.

Shape Armhole and V-Neck: Bind off 3 sts at beg of arm side, k to within 2 sts of border, k 2 tog, finish row, Dec 1 st at arm side every other row 3 (3-4) times and repeat dec at inside edge of border every 6th row 4 (5-5) times more. When armhole measures same as back, end at arm side.

Shape shoulder: Bind off 7(7-8) sts at beg of arm side once, then 7 (8-8) sts once. On remaining 5 sts, work even in seed st for 2″. Sl sts onto a holder.

RIGHT FRONT: With No. 8 needles, cast on 27 (29-31) sts. Row 1 (right side): K1, p1 on first 5 sts (border), ribbing of p2, k2 t oend of row. Row 2: Work in ribbing to last 5 sts, k1, p1 on 5 sts. Repeat these 2 rows once more.
Buttonhole: Beg at center edge, k1, p1, yo, p2tog, k1, finish row. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 31/2″ from statt, end with row 1 and repeat buttonhole on last row. Change to No. 13 needles. Next row: P to last 5 sts, work border. Finish as for left front, forming 3 more buttonholes evenly spaced, last one 1/4″ below start of neck shaping.

SLEEVES: With No. 13 needles, cast on 33 (35-37) sts. Work in seed st for 7 rows, inc 1 st at end of last row. Next row: k, inc 1 st each side. Continue in stockinette st, inc 1 st each side every 4th row twice. Work even on 40 (42-44) sts until piece is 5″ from start, end p row.
Shape Cap: Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Dec. 1 st each side every other row 3 (4-6) times, every 4th row 2 (2-1) times, every other row 3 times. Bind off 3 sts at beg of 2 rows. Bind off last 12 sts.

FINISHING: Sew shoulder, side and sleeve seams. Sew in sleeves. Weave top border sts tog with Kitchener Stitch and sew to back of neck. Steam-press cardigan. Sew on buttons.

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6 thoughts on “Vintage Knit Cardigan

  1. redhed60 says:

    My daughter loved this sweater as soon as she saw it. I’m almost done with it (just need to do the sleeves and sew it up). I used Goa (which miraculously knits up at the EXACT gauge stated in the pattern) in a nice dark purple. Thanks for posting the pattern!

  2. Paula says:

    Hi!
    I’m planning to make this lovely cardigan to wear at my friend’s wedding. I was just wondering what kind of yarn I should use. I looked at several yarn shops but couldn’t find anything that is 13s = 4” with 8/13 size needles. What yarn have you been using? Thank you for your help.

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