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lion brand® wool-ease® thick & quick® canarsie top down knit cardi

This must-make top down cardigan has staying power as a wardrobe staple. Knit it in two colors of super bulky Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® yarn.
Step 1

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: S (M, L, 1X, 2X)
- Finished Bust: About 40" (44½", 47½", 52", 56½") [101.5 cm(113 cm, 120.5 cm, 132 cm, 143.5 cm)]
- Finished Length: About 21½" (22", 22½", 23", 23½") [54.5 cm(56 cm, 57 cm, 58.5 cm, 59.5 cm)]
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.
GAUGE:
- 9 sts + 20 rows = about 4" [10 cm] in Garter st (k every st on every row) with smaller needle.
- 9 sts = about 4" [10 cm] in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with larger needle.
Be sure to check your gauge.
STITCH EXPLANATIONS:
- M1 (Make 1): An increase worked by lifting the horizontal strand lying between needles and placing it onto the left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop – 1 st increased.
SSK (Slip, Slip, Knit): Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog – 1 st decreased.
- An increase that also creates a small hole (buttonhole) in the fabric, worked as follows:
- Bring yarn to front, between the needles.
- Take yarn to back, over the right needle. This creates the new st. You are now ready to proceed with the next st as instructed.
PATTERN STITCHES:
- K1, p1 Rib (worked over an even number of sts)
Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
- Rep Row 2 for K1, p1 Rib.
K1, p1 Rib (worked over an odd number of sts)
Row 1: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
- Rep Row 2 for K1, p1 Rib.
NOTES:
Cardi is worked in one piece from the top down.
- The yoke (upper portion of the Cardi) is worked in Garter st (knit every st on every row). The body of the Cardi below the yoke and the sleeves are worked in St st (k on RS, p on WS).
- A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of sts. Work back and forth in rows on the circular needle as if working with straight needles.
- The first st of every row of the body is slipped for a neat edge. Slip as if to knit or as if to purl, whichever look you prefer.
- When you see ‘work even’ in the instructions, this means to continue on in the pattern st you have established without changing the st count by increasing, decreasing, or binding off.

Step 2

CARDI:
With smaller needle and B, cast on 49 (51, 53, 54, 55) sts.
Neck Ribbing
Work in K1, p1 Rib for 3 rows.
Yoke
Change to A.
Row 1 (WS): Sl 1, k2 (3, 1, 1, 2), *M1, k4, M1, k3; rep from * to last 4 (5, 2, 3, 3) sts, M1, k to last st, p1 – you’ll have 62 (64, 68, 69, 70) sts.
Note: In all following rows, slip the markers as you come to them.
Row 2 (Buttonhole Row – RS): Sl 1, k to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog (buttonhole made), p1.
Row 3: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
Rows 4 and 5: Repeat Row 3.
Row 6 (Increase Row – RS): Sl 1, k2 (3, 3, 3, 4), *place marker (pm), M1, k5; rep from * to last 4 (5, 4, 5, 5) sts, pm, M1, k to last st, p1 – 74 (76, 81, 82, 83) sts.
Rows 7-11: Rep Row 3 for 5 times.
Row 12 (Increase Row – RS): Sl 1, k to next marker, *slip marker (sm), M1, k to next marker; rep from * to last marker, sm, M1, k to last st, p1 – 86 (88, 94, 95, 96) sts.
Rows 13-15: Rep Row 3 for 3 times.
Row 16 (Buttonhole Row – RS): Rep Row 2.
Row 17: Rep Row 3.
Row 18: Rep Row 12 – 98 (100, 107, 108, 109) sts.
Rows 19-24: Rep Rows 7-12 – 110 (112, 120, 121, 122) sts in Row 24.
Rows 25-29: Rep Row 3 for 5 times,
Row 30 (Increase and Buttonhole Row): Sl 1, k to next marker, *sm, M1, k to next marker; rep from * to last marker, sm, M1, k to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog, p1 – 122 (124, 133, 134, 135) sts.
Notes:
1. The Cardi has a total of 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) buttonholes.
2. The buttonholes are worked on every 14th row – this will always be a RS row.
3. Work a buttonhole at the end of a row by working the row as instructed up to the last 3 sts, then work yo, k2tog, p1 to make a buttonhole and finish the row.
Sizes M (L, 1X, 2X) ONLY
Rep Rows 7-12 (12, 18, 24) – 136 (146, 160, 174) sts.
ALL SIZES:
Rep Row 3 and continue to make a buttonhole at the end of every 14th row until piece measures about 8" (8½", 9", 9½", 10") [20.5 cm(21.5 cm, 23 cm, 24 cm, 25.5 cm)] from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
Body
Change to larger needle and B.
Dividing Row (RS): Sl 1, k20 (23, 24, 27, 30), place next 22 (24, 26, 28, 30) sts onto a holder for first sleeve; cast on 5 sts for underarm, k36 (40, 44, 48, 52), place next 22 (24, 26, 28, 30) sts onto a holder for 2nd sleeve, cast on 5 sts for underarm, k20 (23, 24, 27, 30), p1 – 88 (98, 104, 114, 124) sts rem for body.
Next Row (WS): Sl 1, k2, p to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Next Row (RS): Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
Rep last 2 rows until piece measures about 12 in. (30.5 cm) from divide at the same time continue to make a buttonhole at the end of every 14th row until a total of 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) buttonholes have been made, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
Lower Ribbing
Change to smaller needle.
Rows 1-4: Sl 1, k2, *p1, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Bind off.
Sleeves
Row 1 (RS): With larger needle and B, cast on 3 sts; from RS, k22 (24, 26, 28, 30) sts of one sleeve from holder – you’ll have 25 (27, 29, 31, 33) sts on your needle.
Row 2: Cast on 3 sts, p to end of row – now you’ll have 28 (30, 32, 34, 36) sts.
Beginning with a knit row, work even in St st (k on RS, p on WS) for 12 (10, 10, 8, 8) rows.
Decrease Row (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 26 (28, 30, 32, 34) sts.
Work even in St st for 13 (11, 11, 9, 9) rows.
Rep last 14 (12, 12, 10, 10) rows 2 (3, 3, 4,

Step 3

ABBREVIATIONS:
Beg = Begin(ning)(s)
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit 2 Stitches Together
M1 = Make 1
P = Purl
Rem = Remain(ing)
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right Side
Sl = Slip
Ssk = Slip, Slip, Knit
St(s) = Stitch(es)
St St = Stockinette Stitch
WS = Wrong Side
Yo = Yarn Over

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