Alska

Skill Level: 
Easy
Project Type: 
Women’s Clothing

Fall in love with Alska, a winsome marled cardigan with saddle shoulders and colorful accents.

Shown in size Small

Sizes

Directions are for women’s size X-Small.  Changes for sizes Small, Medium, Large, 1X and 2X are in parentheses

Finished Measurements

Bust (closed) – 32(36-40-44-48-52)”

Length – 25(25-26-26½-27½-28)”

Materials

3(3-4-5-6-6) Hanks each Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine (100 grs), #1201 Winter White and #1207 Salt & Pepper (both colors held together = MC)

2 Hanks Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light (50 grs), #4228 Poppy (A)

1 Hank Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light (50 grs), #4216 Viola (B)

29” Length circular knitting needles, sizes 6 (4.00 mm) and 7 (4.50 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Straight knitting needles, sizes 6 (4.00 mm) and 7 (4.50 mm)

Nine 1” buttons

 

Gauge

19 sts = 4”; 28 rows = 4” in St st on larger needles with MC

TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE

 

Note

Body of garment is worked in one piece to underarms, then divided for back and fronts

 

Mistake Rib (Multiple of 4 sts + 3)


Row 1:  * K2, p2, rep from * to last 3 sts, end k2, p1.

Rep this row for Mistake Rib

 

Cable Cast-On

Make a slip loop on LH needle in the usual manner.  Knit into this loop and sl the new st made onto LH needle (2 sts on needle). * Insert RH needle between the 2 sts on LH needle and knit, pulling loop through and onto LH needle (3 sts on needle).  Rep from * until you have the desired number of sts on needle.

 

Body

With smaller circular needle, using MC (1 strand of Winter White and 1 strand of Salt & Pepper held tog), cast on 147(175-187-207-223-243) sts using Cable Cast-On method.  DO NOT join.  Work in Mistake Rib for 3”, dec 1 st in center of last row, end on WS – 146(174-186-206-222-242) sts.  Change to larger needles and work even in St st until piece measures 4” from beg, end on WS.  Still working in St st, work 1 row A, 3 rows B, then 1 row A.  Work even with MC until piece measures 16½(16½-17-17-17½-17½)” from beg, end on WS.

Divide for Back and Fronts:  Next Row (RS): With larger straight needle, k32(40-40-44-46-51), leave remaining sts on circular needle for back and left front.

Right Front:  Turn.  Bind off 2 sts, p to end – 30(38-38-42-44-49) sts.  Dec 1 st at end of every RS row 5(9-10-10-11-14) times – 25(29-28-32-33-35) sts.  Work even until armhole measures 5(5-5½-6-6½-7)”, end on WS.

Shape Neck:  Next Row (RS):  Bind off 8(12-8-10-8-8) sts, k to end – 17(17-20-22-25-27) sts.

Shape Shoulder:  Next Row (RS):  Bind off 4(4-5-4-5-6) sts, p to end – 13(13-15-18-20-21) sts.  Dec 1 st at neck edge every RS row 3 times more.  AT THE SAME TIME, bind off 4(4-4-5-5-6) sts at armhole edge 1(1-3-3-1-3) times more, then 3(3-0-0-6-0) sts 2(2-0-0-2-0) times.

Back:  With RS facing, join MC to sts left on circular needle.  With larger straight needle, bind off 6(8-10-14-16-16) sts, then k until there are 70(78-86-90-98-108) sts on RH needle.  Turn and purl 1 row.  Bind off 2 sts at beg of the next 2 rows, then dec 1 st each side every RS row 5(9-10-10-11-14) times – 56(56-62-66-72-76) sts.  Work even until armholes measure 5(5-5½-6-6½-7)”, end on WS.  Bind off 4(4-5-4-5-6) sts at each armhole edge 2(2-1-1-2-4) times, then 3(3-4-5-6-0) sts 2(2-3-3-2-0) times – 28 sts.  Bind off remaining sts for back neck.

Left Front:  With RS facing, join MC to remaining sts on circular needle.  With larger straight needles, bind off 6(8-10-14-16-16) sts, then k to end – 32(40-40-44-46-51) sts.  Complete to correspond to right front, reversing all shaping.  Work armhole bind-off and decs at  beg of RS rows.  Work neck bind-offs and decs at beg of WS rows.  Bind off for shoulder on RS rows.

 

Sleeves

With smaller straight needles, using MC, cast on 43 sts, using Cable Cast-On method.  Work even in Mistake Rib for 3”, dec 1 st in center of last row, end on WS – 42 sts.  Change to larger straight needles and work even in St st until sleeve measures 3½" from beg, end on WS.  Still working in St st, work 1 row A, 1 row B, 1 row A, then 1 row MC.  Using MC alone from here, inc 1 st each side of next row, then every 1½(1½-1¼-1- ¾- ¾)” 7(7-9-11-14-16) times more – 58(58-62-66-72-76) sts.  Work even until sleeve measures 18” from beg, end on WS.

Shape Cap:  Bind off 3(4-5-7-8-8) sts at beg of the next 2 rows, then 2 sts at beg of the following 2 rows – 48(46-48-48-52-56) sts.  Dec 1 st each side every 4th row 4(5-6-8-8-7) times, then every RS row 8(6-6-4-6-9) times, end on WS – 24 sts.  Work even on 24 sts (this is the saddle) until piece measures 3(3-3½-4-4½- 5)” above last dec, end on WS.  Bind off.

 

Finishing

Sew side edges of sleeve saddles to back and front shoulders.  Sew sleeve caps into armholes.  Sew side and sleeve seams, matching stripes.

Collar:  With RS facing, using smaller straight needles and MC, beg at right front neck edge, pick up and k79 sts around entire neck edge.  Work even in Mistake Rib for 2½", end on WS.  Bind off.

Left Frontband:  With smaller straight needles and A, cast on 13 sts.

Row 1 (RS):  K1, (p1, k1) 6 times.

Row 2:  P1, (k1, p1) 6 times.  Rep these 2 rows until band, when slightly stretched, reaches from lower left front edge to top of collar, end on WS.  Bind off in ribbing.  Sew inner edge of frontband to left front and collar edge.  Mark placement of 9 buttons along frontband, the first 1” above lower edge, the last ½” down from top edge and the others evenly spaced between.

Right Frontband:  With smaller straight needles, using MC, cast on 13 sts.  Work same as left frontband for 1”, end on WS.

Buttonhole Row (RS):  Work 5 sts, bind off 2 sts, work to end.

Following Row:  Work in ribbing as established, cast on 2 sts over sts bound off on previous row.  Complete same as left frontband, making 8 more buttonholes opposite markers on left frontband.  Sew inner edge of frontband to right front and collar edges.  Sew on buttons.