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Gauge: 23 sts x 30 rows on larger needles in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm [4" x 4"]
Garter st, when knitting flat: Knit all sts, all rows.
Rib-1: * K 1, P 2 *, repeat from * - *.
Rib-2: * K 1, P 1 *, repeat from * - *.
Pattern: See charts. The pattern is seen from the right side and is knit entirely in stockinette st.
Body: The cardigan is knit in the round after the rib with steeks cut for center front and armholes. The button bands are knit separately and sewn on.
Cast on 291-327-363-399 sts on smaller circular needles with beige. Knit Rib-1 keeping 1 st at each edge in garter st, beginning rib with K 1. When band measures 4 cm [1.5"] dec every other P 2 ribs to P 1 (right side row) = 243-273-303-333 sts. When band measures 8 cm [3-1/8"] dec the remaining P 2 ribs to P 1 (right side row) = 195-219-243-267 sts. Continue in Rib-2 until band measures 12 cm [4.75"].
Change to larger circular needles and stockinette st, cast on 3 new sts at center front (these 3 sts + 2 edge sts = 5 steek sts which are not knit in the pattern) = 198-222-246-270 sts. Join and knit the next row as follows: 5 steek sts and 193-217-241-265 sts of Pattern 1. After Pattern 1 knit Pattern 2, then knit the rest with beige.
When the piece measures 33-34-35-36 cm [13" - 13-3/8" - 13.75" - 14-1/8"] knit the next row as follows: 5 steek sts, 45-50-55-61 sts for the front, bind off 7-9-10-11 sts for armhole, 89-99-111-121 sts for the back, bind off 7-9-10-11 sts for armhole, 45-50-55-61 sts for the front. On the next row cast on 5 new sts over the bound-off armhole sts at each side (these 5 sts are for the armhole steek and are not knit in the pattern) = 194-214-236-258 sts.
Now dec 1 st at each side of the 5 armhole steek sts at each side every other row a total of 3-7-11-15 times = 182-186-192-198 sts remain on needles. When the piece measures 46-48-49-51 cm [18-1/8" - 18-7/8" - 19.25" - 20"] bind off 15 sts (incl. 5 steek sts) at center front for neck = 167-171-177-183 sts remain. Knit the rest back and forth on the needles. Bind off at each neck edge every other row: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 2-2-2-3 times and 1 st 6-7-6-6 times = 141-143-151-153 sts remain.
At the same time when the piece measures 52-54-56-58 cm [20.5" - 21.25" - 22" - 22-7/8"] bind off the center back 31-33-33-35 sts for the neck. Dec 1 st at each back neck edge every other row 2 times. Bind off the remaining 53-53-57-57 sts on each side (incl. 5 armhole steek sts) when the piece measures 54-56-58-60 cm [21.25" - 22" - 22-7/8" - 23-5/8"].
Sleeve: Cast on 72-72-84-84 sts on smaller double-pointed needles with beige; join and place a marker at the join. Knit Rib-1. When band measures 2 cm [0.75"] dec every other P 2 rib to P 1 = 60-60-70-70 sts. When band measures 4 cm [1.5"] dec the remaining P 2 ribs to P 1 = 48-48-56-56 sts. Continue in Rib-2 until band measures 7 cm [2.75"]. Change to larger circular needles, knit 3 rows stockinette st, then knit Pattern 2 - on row 1 of Pattern 2 replace natural white with beige - center the pattern on the sleeve. After Pattern 2 knit with beige to finished measurements.
At the same time when the piece measures 8-8-9-9 cm [3-1/8" - 3-1/8" - 3.5" - 3.5"] inc 1 st each side of marker 25-27-25-28 times:
Size S: every 4 rows.
Sizes M +L: alternately every 3rd and 4th row.
Size XL: every 3 rows
= 98-102-106-112 sts. When the piece measures 46-44-42-40 cm [18-1/8" - 17.25" - 16.5" - 15.75"] bind off 3 sts each side of marker and knit the rest back and forth on needles. Then put sts on a st holder for sleeve cap at each side every other row: 2 sts 3-2-1-1 time, 1 st 12-17-20-24 times, then 2 sts at each side until the piece measures 58 cm [22-7/8"], then put 3 sts on st holders at each side 1 time. The piece measures approx. 59 cm [23.25"]. Put all sts from st holders back on needles and knit reverse stockinette st for 2 cm [0.75"], increasing 20 sts evenly distributed on first row for a seam allowance over the cut edge on the body.
Assembly: Sew a marker thread in the center of the steek sts on either side and at the center front. Sew two machine seams around the marker thread, 1st seam = 1/2 st from the marker thread, 2nd seam = 1/2 st from first seam. Cut steeks for armholes and at the center front.
Left Button band: Cast on 9 sts on smaller needles with beige and knit Rib-2 keeping 1 st at each side in garter st throughout and begin rib with K 1 (right side row). Bind off when band measures approx. 45-47-48-50 cm [17.75" - 18.5" - 18-7/8" - 19.75"] (the button band should be a little shorter than the front to keep the front from stretching).
Right button band: Knit the same as the left but make buttonholes. 1 buttonhole = bind off the center st and on the next row yo over the bound off st. Make buttonholes when band measures:
Size S: 9, 16, 23, 30, 37 and 44 cm
[3.5" - 6.25" - 9" - 11.75" - 14.5" and 17.25"].
Size M: 9, 16, 24, 31, 39 and 46 cm
[3.5" - 6.25" - 9.5" - 12.25" - 15.25" and 18-1/8"].
Size L: 10, 17, 25, 32, 40 and 47 cm
[4" - 6.75" - 9-7/8" - 12-5/8" - 15.75" and 18.5"].
Size XL: 10, 18, 26, 34, 42 and 49 cm
[4" - 7" - 10.25" - 13-3/8" - 16.5" and 19.25"].
Sew button bands to front edge using the garter st edge sts as seam allowance. Sew a strip of bias tape or ribbon over the cut edge. Or, pick up sts with beige on smaller needles in the garter st edge sts of button bands, knit 3 rows stockinette st and bind off. Lay over cut edge and sew in place invisibly.
Collar: Pick up on smaller needles with beige approx. 101 to 119 sts (divisible by 2 + 1 st) around the neck (including over button bands). Knit Rib-2 keeping 1 st in garter st at each edge and begin rib with K 1 (so that the rib lines up with button bands). When the collar measures 3 cm [1.25"] inc every other P 1 rib to P 2 (right side row as seen when the collar is folded down in place). When the collar measures 6 cm [2-3/8"] inc the remaining P 1 ribs to P 2 (right side row) = 151 to 178 sts. Continue with Rib-1. At the same time when the collar measures 8 cm [3-1/8"] change to grey-blue Alpaca. Knit 1 cm [3/8"] more in Rib-1, then bind off in rib.
Assembly: Sew in sleeves. There will be a slight puff at the top of the sleeve – gather the excess fabric over approx. 6 cm [2-3/8"]. Lay the seam allowance over the cut edge on Body and sew in place. Sew on buttons.
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