Tammy-Li’s Spring Cardigan ~ Cable&Rib instructions:

Tammy-Li's Easter Sweater

For our Easter post, we featured young knitters Brianna L. and Tammy-Li Carrick. Tammy-Li was wearing a new Easter sweater hot off the needles that week: a lavender coloured (#143) “Baby Soft” sportweight by Lion Brand* Yarn.

As promised, since this was my own design, I’m free to share the instructions with you. To begin, you will need 3 balls at 140gms each. Depending on your child’s size, you may require 2 or 4 balls, but I used 3. I also used 3.25 mm needles.

Always begin with the back panel

Starting with the back:
Cast on 88 stitches — Finished sweater will be approx 30 inches around.
Row 1: (Right Side) K2, P2 repeat till end.
Row 2: (Wrong Side) Purl all.
Repeat these 2 rows till base of back measures approx 3-1/2 inches, ending on wrong side. For purposes of these instructions, we will call this a “Flat Double Ribbed” stitch = FDR.

Begin Pattern:
Row 1: (Right Side) **(K1,P1) X4, P4, K4, P4** Repeat 4 times fr**to**, (K1,P1)X4
Row 2: **P8, (K1, P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2** Repeat 4 times fr**to**, P8
Row 3: Repeat row 1
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: (Right Side) **(K1,P1) X4, P4, Cable 4 Behind, P4** Repeat 4 times fr**to**, (K1,P1)X4

NOTE: To Cable 4 behind, move 2 st onto cable needle and hold behind work, Knit 2 st, then knit the 2 from the cable needle.

Continue in pattern, repeating rows 2 – 5, until fabric reaches approx 12-1/2 inches from bottom.

Shape armhole at desired length

Shape armhole:
On Right Side: Cast off 8 stitches and continue working in pattern
On Wrong Side: Cast off 8 stitches and continue working in pattern
On Right Side: K3 Tog, continue in pattern till 3 st remaining, K3 Tog.
On Wrong Side: P3 Tog, continue in pattern till 3 st remaning, P3 Tog.
On Right Side: K2 Tog, continue in pattern till 2 st remaining, K2 Tog.
On Wrong Side: P2 Tog, continue in pattern till 2 st remaning, P2 Tog.
On Right Side: K2 Yog, continue in pattern till 2 st remaining, K2 Tog.
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern with no decreases. You should have 58 stitches remaining.

On Right Side: K1, P4, **(K1,P1)X4, P4,K4 (Or cable if pattern requires), P4** Repeat once from **to**, (K1,P1)X4, P4, K1
On Wrong Side: P1, (K1,P1)X2, **P8, (K1, P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2** Repeat once fr**to**, P8, (K1,P1)X2, P1

Continue in pattern till fabric reaches approx 6-1/2 inches from where you began to shape armhole, or 19 inches from bottom, ending with a wrong side.

Remember, this sweater fits my 7-8 year old petite daughter. You may need to adjust your pattern to fit your child — and always knit a guage before you begin!

Shape Shoulder:
Right Side: Cast off 11 stiches, work rest of row in pattern.
Wrong Side: Cast off 11 stitches, work rest of row in pattern.
Right Side: Cast off 11 stiches, work rest of row in pattern.
Wrong Side: Cast off 11 stitches, work rest of row in pattern.
Cast off all remaining stitches.

Front Left Panel: (Note: Always work Left Panel before Right Panel!)
Cast on 40 stitches.
Begin in Flat Double Ribbed Stitch:
Row 1: (Right Side) K2, P2 repeat till end.
Row 2: (Wrong Side) Purl all.
Repeat these 2 rows till base of back measures approx 3-1/2 inches, ending on wrong side.

Begin Pattern:
Row 1: (Right Side) **(K1,P1) X4, P4, K4, P4** Repeat once fr**to**
Row 2: **P8, (K1, P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2** Repeat once fr**to**
Row 3: Repeat row 1
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: (Right Side) **(K1,P1) X4, P4, Cable 4 Behind, P4** Repeat once from **to**
Continue in pattern, repeating rows 2 – 5, until fabric reaches approx 12-1/2 inches from bottom.

Shape armhole:
On Right Side: Cast off 8 stitches and continue working in pattern
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern
On Right Side: K3 Tog, continue in pattern.
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern til last 2 st, K2 Tog.
On Right Side: K2 Tog, continue in pattern.
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern till last 2 st, K2 Tog.
On Right Side: K2 Tog, continue in pattern.
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern till last 2 st, K2 Tog. You should have 25 stitches remaining.
On Right Side: K1, P4, (K1,P1)X4, P4, K4(or Cable if pattern requires), P4
On Wrong Side: (K1,P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2, P8, (K1,P1)X2, K1
Repeat these 2 rows till fabric reaches 17 inches from bottom, ending on Right Side.

Shape neckline to suit your child

Shape neckline:
On Wrong Side: K3Tog, continue in pattern.
On Right Side: Work in pattern till last 3 St., P3 Tog.
On Wrong Side: K3Tog, continue in pattern.
On Right Side: Work in pattern till last 3 St., K3 Tog.
Continue in pattern till fabric reaches 19 inches from bottom.

Shape Shoulder:
Right Side: Cast off 11 stiches, work rest of row in pattern.
Wrong Side: Work in pattern.
Right Side: Cast off 11 stiches, work rest of row in pattern.
Wrong Side: Work in pattern.
Cast off all remaining stitches.

Right Front Panel:
Cast on 40 Stitches.
Begin in Flat Double Ribbed Stitch:
Row 1: (Right Side) K2, P2 repeat till end.
Row 2: (Wrong Side) Purl all.
Repeat these 2 rows till base of back measures approx 3-1/2 inches, ending on wrong side.
Begin Pattern:
Row 1: (Right Side) **P4, K4, P4, (K1,P1)X4** Repeat once.
Row 2: **P8, (K1,P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2** Repeat once.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: (Right Side) **P4, Cbl 4 Behind, P4, (K1,P1)X4** Repeat once.
Continue in pattern, repeating rows 2 – 5, until fabric reaches approx 12-1/2 inches from bottom. End on Right Side.

Shape armhole:
On Wrong Side: Cast off 8 stitches and continue working in pattern
On Right Side: Work in pattern
On Wrong Side: P3 Tog, work rest in pattern.
On Right Side: Work in pattern til last 2 st, K2 Tog.
On Wrong Side: P2 Tog, continue in pattern.
On Right Side: Work in pattern till last 2 st, K2 Tog.
On Wrong Side: P2 Tog, continue in pattern.
On Right Side: Work in pattern till last 2 st, K2 Tog. You should have 25 stitches remaining.
On Wrong Side: P1, (K1,P1)X2, P8, (K1,P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2.
On Right Side: P4, K4(or cbl 4 behind if pattern requires), P4, (K1,P1)X4, P4, K1
Repeat these 2 rows till fabric reaches 17 inches from bottom, ending on Wrong Side.

Shape neckline:
On Right Side: K3Tog, continue in pattern.
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern till last 3 St., P3 Tog.
On Right Side: K3Tog, continue in pattern.
On Wrong Side: Work in pattern till last 3 St., K3 Tog.
Continue in pattern till fabric reaches 19 inches from bottom. End on Right Side.

Shape Shoulder:
Wrong Side: Cast off 11 stiches, work rest of row in pattern.
Right Side: Work in pattern.
Wrong Side: Cast off 11 stiches, work rest of row in pattern.
Right Side: Work in pattern.
Cast off all remaining stitches.

Use pins to mark where buttons go

Button Overlap — Left Front Panel (Do before right panel)
Use 3.25 mm circular needle to pick up 104 stitches.
Row 1: (Right Side) **P2, K2** Repeat till end.
Row 2: (Wrong Side) Purl all
Continue in Flat Double Ribbed Stitch till “Overlap” measures 1-1/2 inches, ending with wrong side. On Right Side, cast off all using a Purl stitch cast off. (This gives a smoother finish.)

USE PINS TO MARK WHERE YOUR BUTTONS WILL BE PLACED. THIS WILL HELP YOU PLACE YOUR BUTTONHOLES ON RIGHT OVERLAP.

Button Overlaps need to be well matched

Button Overlap — Right Front Panel (With Button Holes)
Use 3.25 mm circular needle to pick up 104 stitches.
Row 1: (Right Side) **k2, p2** Repeat till end.
Row 2: (Wrong Side) Purl all
Continue in Flat Double Ribbed Stitch till “Overlap” measures 3/4 inch, ending with wrong side.
On Right Side, (P2,K2)X3, K2, P1,Cast Off 5, **(K2,P2)X2, K2,P1,Cast Off 5**Repeat from **to** 4 more times, K2,P2
On Wrong Side: P4, **Cast on 5, P11** Repeat fr**to** 4 more times, Cast on 5, P15
Continue in Flat Double Ribbed Stitch till “Overlap” reaches 1-1/2 inches, ending on a Wrong Side.
On Right Side, cast off all using a Purl stitch cast off.

Sleeve picks up flat-rib&cable pattern

Sleeves: (Both are same)
Cast on 40 stitches.
Work in Flat Double Ribbed Stitch till fabric reaches 3-1/2 Inches.
Begin pattern:
Row 1: (Right Side) (K1,P1)X7, P4, K4, P4, (K1,P1)X7
Row 2: (Wrong Side) P14, (K1,P1)X2, P4, (K1,P1)X2, P14
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: P1, Make 1, P1, (K1,P1)X6, P4, Cble 4 behind, P4, (K1,P1)X3, K1, Make one, K1 (You should have 42 stitches.
Repeat Rows 2-5, Increasing 1 stitch at each end on every Row5, till Fabric reaches approx 13-1/2 inches from bottom. You should have approx 68 stitches on needle. Be sure to measure your child’s arm from below wrist (add length to allow for growth) to underarm.
Right Side: Cast off 8 stitches. Continue in pattern till end.
Wrong Side: Cast off 8 stitches. Continue in Pattern till end.

Continue in pattern, reducing 1 stitch at each end of every row (reduce 2 st per row) until you have 12 st left. Cast off these stitches.

Make up sweater using “mattress” stitch before beginning collar.

Flaring collar allows it to sit flat

Collar:
Use 3.25 mm circular needle to pick up a multiple of 4 st plus 2. (I picked up 50 st.
Row 1: (Right Side) *K2,P2* repeat till last 2 st. K2.
Row2: (Wrong Side) Purl all.
Row3: **K1, Make1, K1,P2** Repeat till last 2, K1,Make 1, K1
Row 4:**P4,Make 1, P1**Repeat till last 2, P3
Row 5: **K3, P3** to end, K3
Row 6: **P5, Make 1, P1** till end, P3
Row 7: **K3, P4** to end, K3
Row 8: Purl all.
Repeat Rows 7 & 8 till collar reaches approx 2-1/2 inches. Cast off all stitches loosely.
If collar will not “fall” properly, continue to flare it by adding purl stitches. The more you flare it, the better it should fall. I found the above pattern worked with this yarn.

Fancy buttons make a great finishing touch!

Finishing touches:
Be sure to find buttons that will make your child’s eyes sparkle! Tammy-Li chose these lovely purple foral buttons to offset the lavender yarn.
Also, do not cut the strands too closely. Instead, weave them into your fabric to hide them. This will strengthen your fabric finishing and avoid unraveling down the road.

Hope you will enjoy making this lovely sweater!

If you have questions about this or any other project, feel free to reach me directly through my contact page.
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