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Audrey's First Day
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Audrey's First Day

By Elizabeth Smith
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I love making sweaters that have a vintage feel but a modern and stylish fit. Audrey’s First Day Cardi was inspired by the classic “back-to-school” preppy cardigans you might find in a 1960’s pattern but its slightly cropped length, shaped sleeves, and eyelet detail at the raglan seam give it that stylish, modern flare. I wanted to design a sweater that would go easily with any little girl’s wardrobe and would be a perfect addition to a back-to-school ensemble. The cardigan is named after my model, Audrey, who is the adorable daughter of my friends Alexandra and Dan.

Size

2T[3T, 4T, 5-6 yrs, 6-7 yrs, 7-8 yrs, 8-10 yrs]
Size shown: 5-6 yrs

Finished Measurements

Chest: 241/2[251/2, 271/2, 281/2, 291/2, 30, 31] inches

Length from Bottom to Underarm: 53/4[6, 61/4, 6.5, 63/4, 7, 71/4] inches

Materials

Mission Falls 1824 Superwash [100% merino wool; 85 yards/78 meters per 50 gram/1.75 oz. skein]

#0535: Crocus (MC): 6[6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7] skeins
#029: Raspberry (CC): 1 skein (or misc. aran weight yarn since you don’t need much for the stripes)

Recommended needle sizes

Size US 8 24 inch circular needles (or size needed to get gauge)
Size US 8 DPNs (or size needed to get gauge)
Size US 7 24 inch circular needles (or 1 size smaller than needle used to get gauge)
Size US 7 DPNs (or 1 size smaller than needle used to get gauge)

Notions

8 stitch markers
3-4 removable stitch markers or safety pins (if the 8 stitch markers referenced above aren’t the removable kind)
3-4 buttons, 3/4-7/8 inches in diameter
Tapestry needle
Scrap yarn (2 pieces, around 20 inches in length)

Gauge

16 sts and 25 rows = 4 inches in St st with larger needle size

Pattern Notes

This cardigan is a raglan, knit in one piece from the top-down. Sleeves are separated at the underarm and sleeve sts are held on scrap yarn while the body is completed. Sleeves are then worked on DPNs from the underarm to the cuff. Front band ribbing is created by picking up and knitting sts along garment edge.

I added a little punch of contrasting color by putting a thin stripe at the bottom of the body and sleeves, above the ribbing. But you can omit the stripes, add more stripes, or be as creative as you’d like!

Skills Required

knitting and purling, increasing using YO and kfb techniques, decreasing using ssk and k2tog techniques, knitting on DPNs, picking up stitches


INSTRUCTIONS

Yoke

With larger 24 inch circular needles and MC, cast on 36[36, 36, 36, 36, 40, 40] sts.
Set up row: p1 for left front, pm, p2 for raglan seam, pm, p4[4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5] for left sleeve, pm, p2 for raglan seam, pm, p 18[18, 18, 18, 18, 20, 20] for back neck, pm, p2 for raglan seam, pm, p4[4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5] for right sleeve, pm, p2 for raglan seam, pm, p1 for right front.


You will be working raglan increase rows every other row as well as v-neck shaping rows every 4th, 6th, or  8th row depending on the size. Because the rate of increasing for the v-neck changes for each size, I have broken out instructions for the yoke from row 5 on, based on size. In the instructions, refer to the definitions listed below:

Raglan Increase Row: *Knit to marker, yo, sm, k2, sm, yo; repeat from * 3 times, knit to end. (8 sts increased)
V-Neck Shaping Row: Kfb, *knit to marker, yo, sm, k2, sm, yo; repeat from * 3 times, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (10 sts increased)

All sizes:

Row 1 (RS): Kfb, yo, sm, k2, sm, yo, *knit to marker, yo, sm, k2, sm, yo; repeat from * 2 times more, knit to last 2 sts, kfb, k1: 46[46, 46, 46, 46, 50, 50] sts.
Row 2 AND ALL WS ROWS MOVING FORWARD: Purl to end, slipping markers as you reach them.
Row 3 (RS): Raglan Increase Row: 54[54, 54, 54, 54, 58, 58] sts.

Audrey's First DaySize 2T ONLY:

Row 5: V-neck Shaping Row: 64 sts.
Row 7: Raglan Increase Row: 72 sts.
Row 9: V-neck Shaping Row: 82 sts.

Row 11: Raglan Increase Row: 90 sts.
Row 13: V-neck Shaping Row: 100 sts.
Rows 15 and 17: Raglan Increase Row: 116 sts.
Row 19: V-neck Shaping Row: 126 sts.
Rows 21 and 23: Raglan Increase Row: 142 sts.
Row 25: V-neck Shaping Row: 152 sts.

Size 3T ONLY

Row 5: V-neck Shaping Row: 64 sts.
Row 7: Raglan Increase Row: 72 sts.
Row 9: V-neck Shaping Row : 82 sts.
Rows 11 and 13: Raglan Increase Row: 98 sts.
Row 15: V-neck Shaping Row: 108 sts.
Rows 17 and 19: Raglan Increase Row: 124 sts.
Row 21: V-neck Shaping Row: 134 sts.
Rows 23 and 25: Raglan Increase Row: 150 sts.
Row 27: V-neck Shaping Row: 160 sts.

Size 4T ONLY:

Row 5: Raglan Increase Row: 62 sts.
Row 7: V-neck Shaping Row: 72 sts.
Rows 9 and 11: Raglan Increase Row: 88 sts.
Row 13: V-neck Shaping Row: 98 sts.
Rows 15 and 17: Raglan Increase Row: 114 sts.
Row 19: V-neck Shaping Row: 124 sts.
Rows 21 and 23: Raglan Increase Row: 140 sts.
Row 25: V-neck Shaping Row: 150 sts.
Rows 27 and 29: Raglan Increase Row: 166 sts.
Row 31: V-neck Shaping Row: 176 sts.

Size 5-6 yrs ONLY:

Row 5: Raglan Increase Row: 62 sts.
Row 7: V-neck Shaping Row: 72 sts.
Rows 9 and 11: Raglan Increase Row: 88 sts.
Row 13: V-neck Shaping Row: 98 sts.
Rows 15 and 17: Raglan Increase Row: 114 sts.
Row 19: V-neck Shaping Row: 124 sts.
Rows 21 and 23: Raglan Increase Row: 140 sts.
Row 25: V-neck Shaping Row: 150 sts.
Rows 27, 29, 31: Raglan Increase Row: 174 sts.
Row 33: V-neck Shaping Row: 184 sts.

Size 6-7 yrs AND 7-8 yrs ONLY:

Row 5: Raglan Increase Row: [62, 66] sts.
Row 7: V-neck Shaping Row: [72, 76] sts.
Rows 9 and 11: Raglan Increase Row: [88, 92] sts.
Row 13: V-neck Shaping Row: [98, 102] sts.
Rows 15 and 17: Raglan Increase Row: [114, 118] sts.
Row 19: V-neck Shaping Row: [124, 128] sts.
Rows 21, 23, 25: Raglan Increase Row: [148, 152] sts.
Row 27: V-neck Shaping Row: [158, 162] sts.
Rows 29, 31, 33: Raglan Increase Row: [182, 186] sts.
Row 35: V-neck Shaping Row: [192, 196] sts.

Size 8-10 yrs ONLY:

Row 5: Raglan Increase Row: 66 sts.
Row 7: V-neck Shaping Row: 76 sts.
Rows 9 and 11: Raglan Increase Row: 92 sts.
Row 13: V-neck Shaping Row: 102 sts.
Rows 15, 17, 19: Raglan Increase Row: 126 sts.
Row 21: V-neck Shaping Row: 136 sts.
Rows 23, 25, 27: Raglan Increase Row: 160 sts.
Row 29: V-neck Shaping Row: 170 sts.
Rows 31, 33, 35: Raglan Increase Row: 194 sts.
Row 37: V-neck Shaping Row: 204 sts.

Total sts (not including seam sts): each front = 20[21, 23, 24, 25, 25, 26]; each sleeve = 30[32, 36, 38, 40, 41, 43]; back = 44[46, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58]

Audrey's First Day

Underarm Divide

After last row in yoke, purl 1 row so that the underarm divide begins on a RS row.
Next row (RS): *knit to marker, remove marker, k2, remove next marker, transfer sleeve sts onto scrap yarn using tapestry needle, remove marker, k2, remove next marker; repeat from * 1 time, knit to end.

Total sts on needles: 92[96, 104, 108, 112, 114, 118]

Body

Work back and forth in St st until body measures 33/4[4, 41/4, 41/2, 43/4, 5, 51/4] inches from underarm divide (or approximately 2 inches less than desired length) ending on a WS row, cut yarn.

Next row (RS): Join CC, knit to end, cut yarn.
Last row (WS): Join MC, purl to end.

Bottom Ribbing

Change to smaller 24 inch circular needle.

Sizes 2T, 3T, 4T, 5-6 yrs, 6-7 yrs ONLY:

Row 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to end.
Repeat row 1 until ribbing measures 2 inches.
BO in pattern.

Sizes 7-8 yrs, 8-10 yrs ONLY:

Row 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2: P2, *k2, p2; repeat from * to end.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until ribbing measures 2 inches.
BO in pattern.

Sleeves (repeat for both sleeves)

Transfer sleeve sts from scrap yarn onto 3 larger size DPNs (equally distributing the sts onto the 3 needles as much as possible).

Using third DPN (which already has sts on it) and joining MC, pm, pick up 2 sts at underarm. The marker represents beginning of round (note: it is natural for a little hole to appear at underarm when work is joined. Don’t worry-you can close it up when you weave in ends).

Join to work in the round, knit 10 rounds.

Decrease Rnd: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 30[32, 36, 38, 40, 41, 43] sts.
Work in St st (knitting every round), working the above decrease rnd every 11[13, 15, 15, 18, 19, 21] rounds 1[1, 1, 3, 2, 1, 1] time(s), then every 10[12, 14, 0, 17, 18, 20] rounds 2[2, 2, 0, 1, 2, 2] time(s): 24[26, 30, 32, 34, 35, 37] sts.
Next rnd: Join CC, knit to end.
Last rnd: Switch back to MC, knit to end.

Wrist Ribbing

Switch to smaller size DPNs.

Sizes 2T, 5-6 yrs ONLY:

Rnd 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to end.
Repeat rnd 1 until ribbing measures 11/2 inches.
BO in pattern.

Sizes 3T, 4T, 6-7 yrs ONLY:

Rnd 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Repeat rnd 1 until ribbing measures 11/2 inches.
BO in pattern.

Size 7-8 yrs ONLY:

Rnd 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Repeat rnd 1 until ribbing measures 11/2 inches.
BO in pattern.

Size 8-10 yrs ONLY:

Rnd 1: *K2, p2; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Repeat rnd 1 until ribbing measures 11/2 inches.
BO in pattern.

FINSIHING

Front Bands

Using MC and smaller size 24 inch circular needle, join yarn at bottom right front edge of garment.

Pick up and knit: 3 sts for every 4 rows along the right front, all the way up to the neck, 2 sts at the top right front raglan seam, 4[4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5] right shoulder sts, 2 sts at the top right back raglan seam, 18[18, 18, 18, 18, 20, 20] back neck sts, 2 sts at the top left back raglan seam, 4[4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5] left shoulder sts, 2 sts at the top left front raglan seam, 3 sts for every 4 rows down the left front, making sure final st count is a multiple of 4+2 (an example of this would be to pick up 154 sts—152 is divisible by 4, plus 2 more sts = 154).

Row 1 (WS): p2, *k2, p2; repeat from * to end
Row 2 (RS): *k2, p2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2
Rows 3-6: Repeat rows 1 and 2 two times

Buttonhole set-up: place removable markers or safety pins on the right front piece (in the section between the underarm and the bottom) to mark where buttonholes will be made. Place each marker on 2 purl sts (sts that are purls on RS but will be knit sts on WS). Place the top hole under the start of the v-neck and the bottom hole 2 sts in from the edge. The other hole(s) should be placed within 2-3 inches of each other.

Row 7-Buttonhole Row (WS): p2, *k2, p2; repeat from * to first marker, remove marker, YO, k2tog, *work in k2, p2 ribbing to next marker, remove marker, YO, k2tog; repeat from * through last marker, p2.
Row 8 (RS): Repeat row 2 (note: knit the YO’s as you reach them. This creates the buttonhole).
Row 9 (WS): Repeat row 1.
Rows 10 and 11: Repeat rows 8 and 9.
BO in pattern.

Weave in all ends—for ends at the underarm, weave in so that the little hole at the underarm is seamed up.

Block to straighten out edges and shape (this especially helps in the v-neck area).
Attach buttons.

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Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth starting knitting 6 years ago and hasn’t put the needles down since. She designs simple, wearable, & stylish patterns for babies, children, and adults that are as seamless as possible. Elizabeth lives in the woods of Maine with her husband, 2 cats, 6 chickens, and lots and lots of yarn and buttons. But you may also find her knitting away on a bench in downtown Portland at lunch time. You can learn more about her designs at her website and you can also find her on ravelry as elizknits.

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