Instructions

GAUGE: When working in St st on size 8 needles, 18 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches. To save time, take time to check gauge.

Techniques/stitches used: Refer to knitting/crocheting abbreviations below.

  • St st: Row 1 and all RS rows: Knit.
  • Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.
  • Knit in back: k-b: Knit through back lp of st, inserting needle from right to left.
  • Twisted Rib: Row 1 (RS): K 1; * k-b, p 1; rep from * until 1 st remains; k 1.
  • Row 2 (WS): K 1; * k 1, p 1; rep from * until 1 st remains; k 1.
  • M 1: With tip of right needle, pick up the horizontal strand between st just worked and next st and place strand on tip of left needle; k in back of lp, twisting st as you knit for 1 inc.
  • SSK: Slip 2 sts knitwise one at a time onto the right needle; insert the left nee­dle into the fronts of these 2 sts and k them together.
  • RT: Leaving the first st on left needle in place, k second st on left needle without removing it from needle; then k the first st and slip both sts off together.
  • LT: Leaving the first st on left needle in place, k in back of second st on left needle without removing it from needle; then k the first st and slip both sts off together.

Directions: Before you begin, refer to gauge, techniques/stitches used, etc.

BACK: With size 6 needles, cast on 66(70,74) sts. Work in Twisted Rib for 1-1/2(2,2-1/2) inches, evenly spacing six M-1 incs across the final WS row for 72(76,80) sts.

  1. Change to size 8 needles and work even in St st on 72(76,80) sts for 54(54,54) rows. End with a WS row. (If you are working to gauge, the section above the rib will measure 9 inches long.)
  2. B-Armhole shaping: Bind off 4 sts at the beg of next two rows. Work even in St st on 64(68,72) sts for six rows.
  3. B-Next RS row: K 1, SSK; k across until 3 sts remain; k2tog, k 1.
  4. B-Next WS row: Purl.
  5. Rep last two rows until 44 rows have been completed from beg of armhole. Place remaining 28(32,36) sts on a holder. Cut yarn.

LEFT FRONT: With size 6 needles, cast on 34(36,38) sts.

  1. L-Rib Row 1: Work Twisted Rib Row 1 across first 30(32,34) sts; [k 1, p 1] twice for button band.
  2. L-Rib Row 2: [P 1, k 1] twice for button band; work Twisted Rib Row 2 to end of row.
  3. Rep L-Rib Rows 1 and 2 for 1-1/2 (2,2-1/2) inches, evenly spacing six M-1 incs across the twisted rib section of the final WS row for 40(42,44) sts.
  4. Change to size 8 needles and work in pattern as follows:
  5. L-Row 1 (RS): K 22(24,26); p 2, k 10, p 2; [k 1, p 1] twice.
  6. L-Row 2 (WS): [P 1, k 1] twice; k 2, p 10, k 2; p 22(24,26).
  7. L-Rows 3-6: Rep L-Row 1 and L-Row 2 twice.
  8. L-Rows 7-8: K 22(24,26); p 2, k 3, RT, LT, k 3, p 2; [k 1, p 1] twice. Rep L-Row 2.
  9. L-Rows 9-10: K 22(24,26); p 2, k 2, RT, k 2, LT, k 2, p 2; [k 1, p 1] twice. Rep L-Row 2.
  10. L-Rows 11-12: K 22(24,26); p 2,
  11. k 1, RT, k 4, LT, k 1, p 2; [k 1, p 1] twice. Rep L-Row 2.
  12. L-Rows 13-14: K 22(24,26); p 2,
  13. RT, k 6, LT, p 2; [k 1, p 1] twice. Rep L-Row 2.
  14. L-Rows 15-16: K 22(24,26); p 2,
  15. k 3, RT, LT, k 3, p 2; [k 1, p 1] twice. Rep L-Row 2.
  16. L-Rows 17-18: K 22(24,26); p 2, LT, RT, k 2, LT, RT, p 2; [k 1, p 1] twice. Rep L-Row 2.
  17. L-Rows 19-22: Rep L-Rows 1 and 2 twice.
  18. Rep L-Rows 7-22 for the pattern. Continue to work in the pattern until 54 rows above the twisted rib have been completed. End with a WS row.
  19. L-Armhole shaping: Bind off 4 sts at beg of next row and continue in established pattern across. Work seven more rows in the established pattern over 36(38,40) sts, adjusting the number of sts worked in the St st section to allow for the bound-off sts.
  20. Continuing to work in the established pattern, make a (k 1, SSK) decrease at armhole edge on every RS row until 32 rows have been completed from beg of armhole shaping (86 rows above the twisted rib).
  21. L-Row 87: K 1, SSK, k 3(5,7); p 2,
  22. k 10, p 2; [k 1, p 1] twice.
  23. L-Row 88: [K 1, p 1] twice, k 2, p 10, k 2; p 5(7,9).
  24. L-Row 89: K 1, SSK, k 2(4,6), p 2; place remaining 16 sts on a holder for the neck.
  25. L-Row 90: K2tog, p 4(6,8).
  26. L-Row 91: K 1, SSK, k 0(2,4), k2tog.
  27. L-Row 92: P 1(3,5), k2tog.
  28. L-Row 93: K2tog; place remaining st or sts on holder. Cut yarn.

RIGHT FRONT: With size 6 needles, cast on 34(36,38) sts.

  1. R-Rib Row 1: [P 1, k 1] twice; work Twisted Rib Row 1 to end of row.
  2. R-Rib Row 2: Work Twisted Rib Row 2 across first 30(32,34) sts; [k 1, p 1] twice.
  3. R-Rib Rows 3-4: Rep R-Rib Rows 1 and 2.
  4. R-Rib Row 5 (buttonhole): P 1,
  5. k 1, yo, k2tog; work Twisted Rib Row 1 to end of row.
  6. R-Rib Row 6 (buttonhole): Work Twisted Rib Row 2 across first 30(32,34) sts; [k 1, p 1] twice.
  7. Rep R-Rib Rows 1 and 2 until rib measures 1-1/2(2,2-1/2) inches, evenly spacing six M-1 incs across the twisted rib section of the final WS row for 40(42,44) sts.
  8. Change to size 8 needles and work in pattern as follows:
  9. R-Row 1 (RS): [P 1, k 1] twice; p 2, k 10, p 2; k 22(24,26).
  10. R-Row 2 (WS): P 22(24,26); k 2,
  11. p 10, k 2; [k 1, p 1] twice.
  12. R-Rows 3-6: Rep R-Row 1 and R-Row 2 twice.
  13. R-Rows 7-8: [P 1, k 1] twice; p 2, k 3, RT, LT, k 3, p 2; k 22(24,26); Rep R-Row 2.
  14. R-Rows 9-10: [P 1, k 1] twice; p 2,
  15. k 2, RT, k 2, LT, k 2, p 2; k 22(24,26). Rep R-Row 2.
  16. R-Rows 11-12: [P 1, k 1] twice; p 2, k 1, RT, k 4, LT, k 1, p 2; k 22(24,26). Rep R-Row 2.
  17. R-Rows 13-14 (buttonhole): P 1,
  18. k 1, yo, k2tog; p 2, RT, k 6, LT, p 2; k 22(24,26). Rep R-Row 2.
  19. R-Rows 15-16: [P 1, k 1] twice; p 2, k 3, RT, LT, k 3, p 2; k 22(24,26). Rep R-Row 2.
  20. R-Rows 17-18: [P 1, k 1] twice; p 2, LT, RT, k 2, LT, RT, p 2; k 22(24,26). Rep R-Row 2.
  21. R-Rows 19-22: Rep R-Rows 1 and 2 twice.
  22. Rep R-Rows 7-22 for the pattern. Continue to work in the pattern until 55 rows above the twisted rib have been completed. End with a RS row.
  23. R-Armhole shaping: Bind off 4 sts at beg of next row and continue in established pattern across. Work six more rows in the established pattern over 36(38,40) sts, adjusting the number of sts worked in the St st section to allow for the bound-off sts.
  24. Continuing to work in the established pattern, make a (k2tog, k 1) decrease at armhole edge on every RS row until 31 rows have been completed from beg of armhole shaping (86 rows above the twisted rib).
  25. R-Row 87: [P 1, k 1] twice; p 2, k 10, p 2; k 3(5,7), k2tog, k 1.
  26. R-Row 88: P 5(7,9); k 2, p 10, k 2;
  27. [k 1, p 1] twice.
  28. R-Row 89: [P 1, k 1] twice; p 2, k 10, p 2; k 2(4,6), k2tog, k 1.
  29. R-Row 90: P 4(6,8), k2tog, place remaining 16 sts on a holder for the neck.
  30. R-Row 91: K2tog, k 0(2,4), k2tog, k 1.
  31. R-Row 92: K2tog, p 1(3,5).
  32. R-Row 93: K2tog; place remaining st or sts on holder. Cut yarn.

SLEEVE (make 2): With size 6 needles, cast on 30(32,34) sts. Work in Twisted Rib for 1-1/2(2,2-1/2) inches.

  1. Change to size 8 needles and work even in St st for four rows. Inc 1 st at each end of next row.
  2. Continuing to work in St st, inc 1 st at each end of every seventh row until there are 48(50,52) sts on needle. Work even in St st until there are 66 rows, not including the twisted rib.
  3. S-Armhole shaping: Bind off 4 sts at the beg of next two rows. Work six rows even in St st.
  4. S-Next RS row: K 1, SSK; k across until 3 sts remain; k2tog, k 1.
  5. S-Next WS row: Purl.
  6. Rep last two rows until 4(6,8) sts remain. Place remaining sts on a holder. Cut yarn.
  7. Neck rib: With tapestry needle and matching yarn, sew sleeves to sweater. Sew side seams and sleeve seams.
  8. With WS facing, put the pieces together on the circular needle in the following order: left front, sleeve, back, sleeve, right front. K each st, picking up and knitting 8 sts on the right and left front pieces where the necks curve.
  9. Continuing the first and last four sts of the button bands as established, work all other sts in Twisted Rib for four rows. On next row, add a buttonhole on right front button band as before. Work three more rows as established. Bind off.
  10. Weave in the loose ends with the tapestry needle. Use the hand-sewing needle and all-purpose thread to sew on the heart buttons.§

FINISHED SIZE: Cardigan has a finished chest measurement of 33(35-1/2,37) inches and fits a child with a chest measurement of 28(30,32) inches.

Abbreviations

  • dec decrease
  • inc increase
  • k knit
  • p purl
  • psso pass slipped st over
  • rem remaining
  • beg beginning
  • lp(s) loop(s)
  • rep repeat
  • rnd(s) round(s)
  • RS right side
  • sl slip
  • st(s) stitch(es)
  • tog together
  • WS wrong side
  • yo yarn over
  • * or [ ] Instructions after * or ­between brackets are ­repeated a ­given number of times.
  • ( ) Instructions in ­parentheses are all worked in one stitch or space as ­indicated.

Knitted Hearts Cardigan from Susan Robicheau of Bridgetown, Nova Scotia