Knitted Classic Cardigan and Slipon, Sizes 1, 2 & 3

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These directions are for size 1. Changes for sizes 2 and 3 are in parentheses.

MATERIALS
COLUMBIA-MINERVA Nylon and Wool Quick-Knit Baby Yarn (1 oz. pull skeins)-3(4-4) for either slipon or cardigan
1 pair each straight knitting needles Nos. 5 and 6
1 steel crochet hook No. 2
6 buttons for slipon
6 buttons for cardigan

GAUGE: 5 sts = 1 inch 7 rows = 1 inch

SLIPON

BACK: With No. 5 needles, cast on 51(53-55) sts. K 1, P 1 in ribbing for 1 inch. Change to No. 6 needles and work even in stockinette st until piece measures 7(7 ½-8) inches. SHAPE ARMHOLES: At the beg of each of the next 2 rows bind off 3 sts. Work even on 45(47-49) sts until armholes measure 3 ¾(4-4 ¼) inches. SHAPE SHOULDERS: At the beg of each of the next 2 rows bind off 14(15-15) sts. BACK NECKBAND: Change to No. 5 needles and on remaining 17(17-19) sts K 1, P 1 in ribbing for 1 inch. Bind off loosely in ribbing.

FRONT: Work in same manner as back until armholes measure 2 ½(2 ¾-3) inches. SHAPE NECK: Work across 16(17-17) sts; put center 13(13-15) sts on a holder; join another ball of yarn and work last 16(17-17) sts. Working on both sides at once, at each neck edge dec 1 st every other row twice. Work even in garter st on 14(15-15) sts of each side until armholes measure 3 ¾ (4-4 ¼) inches. Bind off all sts. FRONT NECKBAND: With No. 5 needles and right side facing you, pick up and K 37(39-41) sts around neck edge, including sts on holder. K 1, P 1 in ribbing for 1 inch. Bind off loosely in ribbing.

SLEEVES: With No. 5 needles, cast on 31(33-35) sts. K 1, P 1 in ribbing for 1 inch. Change to No. 6 needles and work in stockinette st, inc 1 st each end of needle every 1 inch 4 times. Work even on 39(41-43) sts until piece measures 7 ½(8 ½-9 ½) inches. At the beg of each of the next 2 rows bind off 3 sts. Bind off remaining sts.

FINISHING: Block pieces. Sew each shoulder seam at arm edge for 1 inch. Sew in sleeves. Sew side and sleeve seams. Starting at neck edge, work 2 rows s c around each shoulder opening, forming 3 small button loops on each front edge, evenly spaced on last row. Sew 3 buttons on each back shoulder edge. With 6 strand embroidery floss, embroider design in lazy daisy st on each shoulder as shown in photograph. Steam lightly.

CARDIGAN

BACK: With No. 5 needles, cast on 53(55-57) sts. K 1, P 1 in ribbing for 1 inch. Change to No. 6 needles and work even in stockinette st until piece measures 7 ¼(7 ¾-8 ¼) inches. SHAPE ARMHOLES: At the beg of each of the next 2 rows bind off 3 sts. Work even on 47(49-51) sts until armholes measure 4 ¼(4 ½-4 ¾) inches. SHAPE SHOULDERS: At the beg of each of the next 2 rows bind off 15(16-16) sts. Put remaining 17(17-19) sts on a holder.

NOTE: Work buttonholes on right front for girl's cardigan and on left front for boy's cardigan. Make front without buttonholes first.

FIRST FRONT: With No. 5 needles, cast on 30(32-34) sts. K 1, P 1 in ribbing for 1 inch, working 5 sts at center edge in garter st for front border. Change to No. 6 needles and, keeping 5 sts at front edge in garter st, work remaining sts in stockinette st until piece measures 7 ¼ (7 ¾-8 ¼) inches. SHAPE ARMHOLES: At arm edge bind off 3 sts. Work even on 27(29-31) sts until armhole measures 3(3 ¼-3 ½) inches, ending at arm edge. SHAPE NECK: Work across 17(18-18) sts; put last 10(11-13) sts on a holder. At neck edge dec 1 st every other row twice. Work even in garter sts on 15(16-16) sts until armhole measures 4 ¼(4 ½-4 ¾) inches. Bind off all sts. With pins, mark position of 6 buttons, evenly spaced on front border-the first ½ inch above lower edge and the last ½ inch above start of neck in neckband.

SECOND FRONT: Work to correspond to first front, reversing all shaping and forming buttonholes opposite pins on first front. BUTTONHOLE: Starting at front edge, K 2, y o, K 2 tog, work to end of row.

SLEEVES: With No. 5 needles, cast on 33(35-37) sts. K 1, P 1 in ribbing for 1 inch. Change to No. 6 needles and work in stockinette st, inc 1 st each end of needle every 1 inch 4 times. Work even on 41(43-45) sts until piece measures 7 ½(8 ½-9 ½) inches. At the beg of each of the next 2 rows bind off 3 sts. Bind off remaining sts.

FINISHING: Block pieces. Sew shoulder seams. Sew in sleeves. Sew side and sleeve seams. NECKBAND: With No. 5 needles and right side facing you, pick up and K 61(65-69) sts around neck edge, including sts on holders. Keeping 5 sts at each front edge in garter st, K 1, P 1 in ribbing on remaining sts for 1 inch, forming last buttonhole when neckband measures ½ inch. Bind off loosely in ribbing. Work 1 row s c on front edges. Steam lightly. If desired, face front edges with grosgrain ribbon. Finish buttonholes. Sew on buttons. Embroider to match slipon.


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