Yarn

Boston Baby Cardigan

By  Susan Shildmyer  for  Caron International

sizes: 6-12 months (18-24 months; child's sizes 2, 3 and 4); finished measurements: chest 20 (22, 23, 24, 25)"/51 (56, 58.5, 61, 63.5) cm; length 11 (12, 12-1/2, 13-1/2, 14)"/28 (30.5, 32, 34.5, 35.5) cm; (note: cabled fabric is flexible; choose size accordingly)

  • Boston Baby Cardigan

Materials

  • Naturally Caron Country Rose Bisque (75% Microdenier Acrylic, 25% Merino Wool; 3 oz/100 g, 185 yds/170 m ball): 9 (9, 12, 12, 12, 12) oz.
  • Buttons, 5/8”

Tools

  • Knitting needles, size 6 (4mm), or size to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • Yarn needle
  • Optional: Row counter

Abbreviations

C4B: Slip 2 sts to cn, hold to back, k2, k2 from cn – slants right.
C4F: Slip 2 sts to cn, hold to front, k2, k2 from cn – slants left.
C6B: Slip 3 sts to cn, hold to back, k3, k3 from cn – slants right.
C6F: Slip 3 sts to cn, hold to front, k3, k3 from cn – slants left.
k1-f/b (increase): Knit next st, then knit it through the back loop.
k2tog (decrease): Knit 2 sts together through the front loops – slants right.
ssk (decrease): Slip 2 sts, one at a time KNITWISE to right-hand needle, return sts to left-hand needle in turned position and knit them together through the back loops (tbl) – slants left.

Stitch Types

Stockinette stitch (St st): Knit on RS, purl on WS.
Reverse Stockinette st (Rev St st): Purl on RS, knit on WS.
1 x 1 Rib: (multiple of 2 sts + 1)
Seed Stitch: (multiple of 2 sts)

Pattern - Boston Baby Cardigan
Pattern - Cable Panels

  • Gauge
  • 1. In Seed Stitch, 20 sts and 32 rows = 4"/10 cm. In overall Cable pattern, approx. 31 sts and 32 rows = 4"/10 cm
  • Special Techniques
  • 1. Yo2: [With the yarn in the knit position, bring it to the front between the needles, [to the purl position], then carry it over the needle], twice ready to knit the next stitch - for buttonhole.
  • General
  • 1. Row 1 (RS): K1, * p1, k1; repeat from * across.
  • 2. Row 2: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts as they face you. Repeat Row 2 for 1 x 1 rib.
  • 3. Seed Stitch (multiple of 2 sts)
  • 4. Note: Seed st looks the same on both sides; set up row begins with a WS row.
  • 5. Row 1: K1,* p1, k1; repeat from * across.
  • 6. Row 2: Knit the purl sts and purl the knit sts as they face you. Repeat Row 2 for Seed st.
  • Cables
  • 1. 4-st-L Cable: See pattern.
  • 2. Rows 1, 5 and 9: C4F
  • 3. Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.
  • 4. Rows 3, 7 and 11: Knit.
  • 5. Row 12: Purl. Repeat Rows 1-12 for 4-st-L Cable.
  • 6. 4-st-R Cable: See Pattern. Work as 4-st-L Cable Panel, working C4B in place of C4F.
  • 7. 6-st-L Cable: See Pattern.
  • 8. Row 1: C6F.
  • 9. Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.
  • 10. Rows 3 and 11: Knit.
  • 11. Rows 5, 7 and 9: C4F.
  • 12. Row 12: Purl. Repeat Rows 1-12 for 6-st-L Cable.
  • 13. 6-st-R Cable Panel: See pattern. Work as for 6-st-L Cable, working C6B and C4B in place of C6F and C4F.
  • 14. 9-st Center Back Cable: See pattern. (Note: One half of this Cable panel is worked at each center Front, with the center St st as an edge st; C4B, k1 on left Front - k1, C4F on right Front.)
  • 15. Rows 1, 5 and 9: C4B, k1, C4F.
  • 16. Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.
  • 17. Rows 3, 7 and 11: Knit.
  • 18. Row 12: Purl. Repeat Rows 1-12 for 9-st Center Back Cable.
  • 19. 12-st Cable Panel: See pattern.
  • 20. Rows 1 and 7: C6B, C6F.
  • 21. Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.
  • 22. Rows 3, 7 and 11: Knit.
  • 23. Row 12: Purl. Repeat Rows 1-12 for 12-st Cable.
  • Note
  • 1. Place a marker (pm) between Cable panels, and before and after Seed st at each side, if desired.
  • 2. Cable panels, except 12-st panel, slant toward the armhole edge each side of center - see patterns.
  • Back
  • 1. Cast on 77 (85, 89, 93, 97) sts. (RS) Begin 1 x 1 rib; work even until piece measures 1 (1, 1-1/2, 1-1/2, 1-1/2)" from beginning, end with a RS row.
  • 2. Setup Row: (WS) Work 5 (6, 8, 10, 9) sts in Seed st, pm; k1 - keep in Rev St st; p4 (4-st-L Cable); k2 (3, 3, 3, 4) - keep in Rev St st; p12 (12-st Cable); k2 (3, 3, 3, 4) - keep in Rev St st; p6 (6-st-L Cable); k2 (3,3, 3, 4) - keep in Rev St st; p9 (9-st Center Back Cable); k2 (3, 3, 3, 4) - keep in Rev St st; p6 (6-st-R Cable); k2 (3, 3, 3, 4) - keep in Rev St st; p12 (12-st Cable); k2 (3, 3, 3, 4) - keep in Rev St st; p4 (4-st-R Cable); k1 - keep in Rev St st, pm; work 5 (6, 8, 10, 9) sts in Seed st.
  • 3. Row 1: (RS) Work in Seed st to marker; p1; C4B; p2 (3, 3, 3, 4); C6B, C6F; p2 (3, 3, 3, 4); C6B; p2 (3, 3, 3, 4); C4B, k1, C4F; p2, (3, 3, 3, 4); C6F; p2 (3, 3, 3, 4); C6B, C6F; p2 (3, 3, 3, 4); C4F; p1; work in Seed st to end.
  • 4. Continue as established, working Seed st at each edge, Rows 1-12 of Cable panels, with Rev St st between panels and 1 st in St st at center Back; work even until piece measures 6 (6-1/2, 7, 7-1/2, 8)" from the beginning, end with a WS row.
  • Shape Armholes
  • 1. (RS) Bind off 4 (6, 6, 6, 6) sts at beginning of next 2 rows- 69 (73, 77, 81, 85) sts remain. Work even until armhole measures 4-1/2 (5, 5, 5-1/2, 5-1/2)" from beginning of shaping, end with a WS row; place a marker (pm) each side of center 15 (15, 15, 15, 17) sts for neck.
  • Shape Neck
  • 1. (RS) Work across to marker; place center sts on holder for neck; join a second ball of yarn and work to end-27 (29, 31, 33, 34) sts rem each side. Working both sides at same time, at each neck edge, bind off 3 sts twice-21 (23, 25, 27, 28) sts remain for each shoulder. Bind off remaining sts.
  • Left Front
  • 1. Cast on 39 (43, 45, 47, 49) sts. (RS) Begin 1 x 1 rib; work even until piece measures 1 (1, 1-1/2, 1-1/2, 1-1/2)" from beginning, end with a RS row.
  • 2. Setup Row: (WS) P1 (edge st - keep in St st); p4 (4-st-R Cable); k2 (3, 3, 3, 4) - keep in Rev St st; p6 (6-st-R Cable); k2 (3, 3, 3, 4) - keep in Rev St st; p12 (12-st Cable); k2 (3, 3, 3, 4) - keep in Rev St st; p4 (4-st-R Cable); k1 - keep in Rev St st, pm; work 5 (6, 8, 10, 8) sts in Seed st.
  • 3. Row 1: (RS) Work in Seed st to marker; p1; C4B; p2 (3, 3, 3, 4), C6B, C6F; p2 (3, 3, 3, 4); C6B; p2 (3, 3, 3, 4); C4B; k1.
  • 4. Continue as established, working Seed st at armhole edge, Rows 1-12 of Cable panels, with Rev St st between panels and 1 st in St st at center Front; work even until piece measures 6 (6-1/2, 7, 7-1/2, 8)" from the beginning, end with a WS row.
  • Shape Armhole - 2
  • 1. (RS) Bind off 4 (6, 6, 6, 6) sts, work to end-35 (37, 39, 41, 43) sts remain. Work even until armhole measures 2-1/2 (3, 3, 3-1/2, 3-1/2)" from beginning of shaping, end with a RS row.
  • Shape Neck - 2
  • 1. (WS) Bind off 6 sts, work to end-29 (31, 33, 35, 37) sts remain. (RS) Work 1 row even. (WS) At neck edge, bind off 3 sts twice, then dec 1 st every other row 2 (2, 2, 2, 3) times-21 (23, 25, 27, 28) sts remain for shoulder. Work even until armhole measures same as Back to shoulder. Bind off remaining sts.
  • Right Front
  • 1. Work as for left Front; reversing pattern placement and all shaping.
  • Sleeves
  • 1. Cast on 42 (46, 46, 50, 54) sts. (RS) Begin 1 x 1 rib; work even until piece measures 1 (1, 1-1/2, 1-1/2, 1-1/2)" from beginning, end with a RS row.
  • 2. Set up Row: (WS) Beg k1, work 2 (4, 4, 6, 8) sts in Seed st, k1-f/b (1 st increased), pm; p4 (4-st-R Cable); k1-f/b; p6 (6-st-R Cable); k1-f/b; p12 (12-st Cable); k1-f/b; p6 (6-st-L Cable); k1-f/b; p4 (4-st-L Cable); pm, k1-f/b; beg p1, work 2 (4, 4, 6, 8) sts in Seed st-48 (52, 52, 56, 60) sts.
  • 3. Row 1: (RS) Work 4 (6, 6, 8, 10) sts across to marker in Seed st; C4B; p2 - keep in Rev St st; C6B; p2 - keep in Rev St st; C6B, C6F; p2 - keep in Rev St st; C6F, p2 - keep in Rev St st; C4F; work 2 (4, 4, 6, 8) sts in Seed st. Continue as established, working Seed st at each edge, Rows 1-12 of Cable panels, with Rev St st between panels; work even for 3 rows, end with a WS row.
  • Shape Sleeve
  • 1. (RS) Beginning this row, inc 1 st each side every 4 rows 11 (11, 13, 13, 13) times, working new stitches into Seed stitch as they become available-70 (74, 78, 82, 86) sts. Work even until piece measures 7-1/2 (9, 9-1/2, 10-1/2, 11-1/2)" from the beginning, end with a WS row. Bind off all sts in pattern.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Block pieces to measurements. Sew shoulder seams. Set in sleeves; sew sleeve and side seams.
  • 2. Button Band: With RS facing, pick up and knit 49 (57, 61, 65, 69) sts along Left Front edge. (WS) Begin 1 x 1 rib; work even until piece measures 1 (1, 1, 1-1/2, 1-1/2)" from pick-up row. Bind off all sts in rib.
  • 3. Buttonhole Band: Place markers for 5 buttonholes along right Front edge, first 1/2" from lower edge, last 1/2" from beg of neck shaping, remaining 3 evenly spaced between. Work as for Button band until band measures 1/2" from pick-up row, end with a WS row.
  • 4. Buttonhole Row: (RS) * Work to marker, [k2tog, yo2, ssk] for buttonhole; repeat from * for remaining buttonholes, work to end. On next row, work double yarn over as 2 sts in pattern. Complete as for Button Band.
  • 5. Collar: With RS facing, beginning 1/2" in from center Front on Band, pick up and knit 75 (83, 83, 65, 65, 69) sts evenly around neck edge, including sts on holder, end 1/2" in from center Front. (WS) Begin 1 x 1 rib; work even until piece measures 2 (2-1/2, 3, 3, 3-1/2)" from pick-up row. Bind off all sts in rib.
  • 6. Using yarn needle, weave in ends; sew buttons opposite buttonholes.

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