Knitted Raglan Cardigan, 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)-4(4-5)
1 pair each straight knitting needles Nos. 5 and 6
1 steel crochet hook No. 2
1 d p needle for cable
6 small pearl buttons

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

BACK: With No. 5 needles, cast on 52(54-56) sts. K 1, P 1 in ribbing for 8 rows. Change to No. 6 needles and work even in stockinette st until piece measures 7(7 ½-8) inches. SHAPE RAGLAN ARMHOLES: Dec 1 st each end of needle every other row until 20 sts remain. Put these 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 8 rows. Change to No. 6 needles and work even in stockinette st until piece measures 7(7 ½-8) inches. SHAPE RAGLAN ARMHOLE: At arm edge dec 1 st every other row 16(17-18) times and AT THE SAME TIME, when armhole measures 3(3 ¼-3 ½) inches, SHAPE NECK: Work across, putting 10(11-12) sts at front edge on a holder. Continue to dec at arm edge and at neck edge dec 1 st every other row 4 times. With pins, mark position of 5 buttons, evenly spaced on front edge-the first ½ inch from beg and the last 1 ½(1 ¾-2) inches below start of neck. The 6th button will be in neckband.

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

SLEEVE PATTERN
Row 1: K 11(12-13), P 1, K 6, P 1, K 11(12-13). Row 2: P 11(12-13), K 1, P 6, K 1, P 11(12-13). Row 3: K 11(12-13), P 1, put next 3 sts on d p needles, hold in back of work, K next 3 sts, K 3 sts from d p needle (cable twist), P 1, K 11(12-13).
Rows 4 and 6: Repeat Row 2.
Rows 5 and 7: Repeat Row 1.
Row 8: Repeat Row 2.
Repeat these 8 rows for pattern stitch.

SLEEVES: With No. 5 needles, cast on 30(32-34) sts. K 1, P 1 in ribbing for 8 rows. Change to No. 6 needles and work in sleeve pattern st, inc 1 st each end of needle every 6th row 5 times and keeping all inc sts in stockinette st. Work even on 40(42-44) sts until piece measures 7 ½(8 ½-9 ½) inches. SHAPE RAGLAN CAP: Dec 1 st each end of needle every other row until 8 sts remain. Bind off.

FINISHING: Block pieces. Sew sleeves to back and front armholes. Sew underarm and sleeve seams. NECKBAND: With No. 5 needles and right side facing you, pick up and K 60(64-68) sts around neck, including sts from holders. K 1, P 1 in ribbing for 3 rows. Work last buttonhole on next row and continue in ribbing until there are 8 rows in all. Bind off loosely in ribbing. Work 1 row s c on front edges. Block seams. If desired, face front edges with grosgrain ribbon. Finish buttonholes. Sew on buttons.


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