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Designed by Maryanne Wilford
in Scenic Newark, DE
wil4ds@ix.netcom.com

Albert's V-neck cardigan

Needles
US #1 for main
US #0 for ribbing
Gauge
22 stitches = 2.75 inches
24 rows = 2 inches
Size
12 inches
Materials
A) ~1 ounce, 2/10 Shetland (2800 yards per pound), bright yellow
B) few yards 2/20 Shetland (5600 yards per pound), royal blue

Pattern stitches

Ribbing
in round: *K2, P2* repeat from * to * to end.
in rows: K1 selvage stitch, *K2, P2* repeat from * to * to last stitch, K1 selvage stitch on right-side rows.
K1 selvage stitch, *P2, K2* repeat from * to * to last stitch, K1 selvage stitch on wrong-side rows.
Stockinette
in round: K all stitches
in rows: K all stitches on right-side rows
P all stitches on wrong-side rows
2-Stitch Buttonhole
On fourth row of ribbing: work to desired position. Bind off 2 stitches. Complete row.
On next row: work to bound-off stitches, cast on 2 stitches. Complete row.
On next row: work normal ribbing.
Color
read chart from right to left on right-side (odd) rows, and from left to right on wrong-side (even) rows.
  +ooooooo+ooooooo 9
8 ++ooooo+o+ooooo+ (16-stitch, 9-row repeat)
  +++ooo+ooo+ooo++ 7
6 o+++o+oo+oo+o+++ o = yellow
  oo+++oo+++oo+++o 5 + = blue
4 o+++o+oo+oo+o+++ 
  +++ooo+ooo+ooo++ 3
2 ++ooooo+o+ooooo+ 
  +ooooooo+ooooooo 1
  | begin pattern at left front

Body

Worked in rows.
  1. Using size US #0 needles and 1 strand of A, cast on 96 stitches.
  2. Throughout, keep the edge stitch on either end as a selvage stitch to make picking up the front bands easier. I like to knit all first stitches, but you use the method you like.
  3. Work back and forth in ribbing for 0.75 inches (8 rows).
  4. Change to size US1 needles and work in stockinette stitch.
  5. Work stockinette stitch for 3 rows increasing 1 stitch at center back on last row (97 stitches).
  6. Work color pattern in stockinette for 9 rows using 2 strands of B and 1 strand of A. Break off B.
  7. Work evenly in 1 strand of A until piece measures 3 inches from beginning.
  8. Work 20 stitches of right front, place 8 stitches on holder for underarm, work 41 stitches of back, place 8 stitches on holder for underarm, and work 20 stitches of left front.
  9. Begin sleeves.

Sleeves

Make 2 (worked in rounds).
  1. Using size US0 needles and 1 strand of A, cast on 40 stitches.
  2. Join in round.
  3. Work around in ribbing for 0.75 inches (8 rounds).
  4. Change to size US1 needles and stockinette stitch.
  5. Increase 2 stitches each side of 2 'seam' stitches every 6 rounds 4 times as follows: K1, Make 1, knit to last stitch of round, Make 1, K1 (48 stitches).
  6. Work evenly until piece measures 3 inches from beginning.
  7. Place 8 stitches, centered over the made stitches, on holder for underarm.

Yoke

Worked in rows again.
  • Work 20 stitches of right front, 40 stitches of right sleeve, 41 stitches of back, 40 stitches of left sleeve and 20 stitches of left front (161 stitches).
  • Throughout, keep the edge stitch on either end as a selvage stitch like you did for body.
  • Working back and forth in stockinette stitch, decrease 1 stitch at each front edge every other right-side row 6 times.
  • At the same time, decrease 2 stitches at each of the four joining points between body and sleeves every right-side row 11 times (61 stitches).
  • Piece should measure ~2 inches from underarm. FINISHING:
    1. Using size US 0 needles and 1 strand of A, pick up and knit stitches (using the nice selvage you made) from left front edge, back of neck, and right front edge.
    2. Increase or decrease so that 150 stitches remain on needle.
    3. Work back and forth in ribbing for 0.75 inches (8 rounds); in 4th row of rib, making 2, 2-stitch buttonholes in left side at 8 stitches and 20 stitches from bottom edge.
    4. Bind off all stitches in ribbing.
    5. Graft underarm stitches.
    6. Sew buttons opposite buttonholes.
    Hoo, BOY! I hope that was at least understandable. This is the first time I've written a pattern for anyone else but myself to read, so please let me know if it doesn't make sense.

    Maryanne Wilford
    in Scenic Newark, DE
    wil4ds@ix.netcom.com

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