Bantam

Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Project Type: 
Women’s Clothing
Designer: 
Berroco Design Team

 

Twisted stitch rickrack detailing adds dimension to this cropped cardigan.

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 – 15½(15½-16½-17½-18½-18½)"

 

Materials

7(7-9-10-11-13) Balls Berroco Suede (50 grs), #3734 Mattunuck

Straight knitting needles, sizes 6 (4.00 mm) and 8 (5.00 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Three 1¼” buttons

 

Gauge

19 sts = 4”;  26 rows = 4” in St st on larger needles

TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE

 

Back

Waistband: With larger needles, cast on 20 sts.

Row 1 (RS):  K1, p1, * (skip 1 st, k next st TBL, k skipped st, p1) twice, * k4, p1, rep between *’s once more, end k1.

Row 2:  K2, * (p2 tog leaving sts on LH needle, p the first st again, slipping sts off needle, k1) twice, * k5, rep between *’s once more, end k1.  Rep these 2 rows until piece measures 14(16-18-20-22-24)” from beg, end on WS.  Bind off.

Upper Section:  With RS facing, using larger needles, pick up and k68(78-86-96-106-114) sts along the right side edge of waistband.  Beg with a p row, work in St st, inc 1 st each side every ¾(¾-¾-1-1-1)” 4 times – 76(86-94-104-114-122) sts.  Work even until piece measures 4(4-4½-5-5½-5½)” above picked-up sts, end on WS.

Shape Armholes:  Bind off 5(7-8-10-10-12) sts at beg of the next 2 rows – 66(72-78-84-94-98) sts.

Dec Row (RS):  K2, k2 tog, k to last 4 sts, SSK, k2 – 64(70-76-82-92-96) sts.  Rep this dec every RS row 3(6-7-8-10-10) times – 58(58-62-66-72-76) sts.  Work even until armholes measures 7½(7½-8-8½-9-9)”, end on WS.

Shape Shoulders:  Bind off 4(4-4-6-7-7) sts at beg of the next 2 rows, then 4(4-5-5-6-7) sts at beg of the next 4 rows.  Bind off remaining 34 sts for back neck.

 

Left Front

Waistband:  Work same as back waistband for 6¼(7¼-8¼-9¼-10¼-11¼)”, end on WS.  Bind off.

Upper Section:  With RS facing, using larger needles, pick up and k30(34-40-44-48-54) sts along the right side edge of waistband.  Beg with a p row, work in St st, inc 1 st at beg of RS rows every 3/4” 4 times – 34(38-44-48-52-58) sts.  Work even until piece measures 4” above picked-up sts, end on WS.

Shape Armhole:  Bind off 5(7-8-10-10-12) sts at beg of the next row, k to end – 29(31-36-38-42-46) sts.

Dec Row (RS):  K2, k2 tog, k to end – 28(30-35-37-41-45) sts.  Rep this dec every RS row 3(6-7-8-10-10) times – 25(24-28-29-31-35) sts.  Work even until armhole measures 6(6-6½-7-7½-7½)”, end on RS.

Shape Neck:  Next Row (WS):  Bind off 4(3-5-4-3-5) sts, p to end – 21(21-23-25-28-30) sts.  Dec 1 st at neck edge every RS row 9 times – 12(12-14-16-19-21) sts.  AT THE SAME TIME, when armhole measures 7½(7½-8-8½-9-9)”, end on WS.  Bind off 4(4-4-6-7-7) sts at armhole edge once, then 4(4-5-5-6-7) sts twice for shoulder.

 

Right Front

Work to correspond to left front, reversing all shaping.  Bind off for armhole on WS row.  Bind off for neck on RS row.  Bind off for shoulder on WS rows.

 

Sleeves

With smaller needles, cast on 58 sts.

Row 1 (RS):  K2, * p2, k2, rep from * across.

Row 2:  P2, * k2, p2, rep from * across.  Rep these 2 rows until sleeve measures 4” from beg, end on RS.  Change to larger needles and p the next row, dec 10 sts across -  48 sts.  Work in St st, inc 1 st each side every 2½(2½-1¾-1½-1-¾)” 5(5-7-9-12-14) times – 58(58-62-66-72-76) sts.  Work even until sleeve measures 18” from beg, end on WS.

Shape Cap:  Bind off 5(7-8-10-10-12) sts at beg of the next 2 rows – 48(44-46-46-52-52) sts.  Dec 1 st each side every 4th row 0(0-0-3-2-2) times, then every RS row 14(14-15-9-11-11) times, end on WS – 20(16-16-22-26-26) sts.  Bind off 4(2-0-0-0-0) sts at beg of the next 2 rows.  Bind off remaining 12(12-16-22-26-26) sts.

 

Finishing

Sew shoulder seams.

Neckband:  With RS facing, using smaller needles, beg at right front edge, pick up and k90 sts around entire neck edge.  Beg with Row 2, work in ribbing same as sleeves for 1”, end on WS.  Bind off in ribbing. 

Left Frontband:  With larger needles, cast on 12 sts.

Row 1 (RS):  K1, p1, (skip 1 st, k next st TBL, k skipped st, p1) 3 times, end k1.

Row 2:  K1, (k1, p2 tog, leaving sts on LH needle, p the first st again, slipping sts off needle) 3 times, end k1, p1.  Rep these 2 rows until frontband, when slightly stretched, reaches from lower edge of left front to top of neckband, end on WS.  Bind off.  Sew inner edge of frontband to left front and neckband edges.  Mark placement of 3 buttons on frontband, the first 1” below beg of neck, the last 1” up from lower edge, and the other evenly spaced between.

Right Frontband:  With larger needles, cast on 12 sts.

Row 1 (RS):  K1, (p1, skip 1 st, k next st TBL, k skipped st) 3 times, end p1, k1.

Row 2:  P1, k1, (p2 tog, leaving sts on LH needle, p the first st again, slipping sts off needle, k1) 3 times, end k1.  Rep these 2 rows until band measures 1”, end on WS.

Buttonhole Row (RS):  Work 5 sts, yo, k2 tog, work to end.  Complete in same manner as left frontband, making 2 more buttonholes opposite markers.  Sew inner edge of frontband to right front and neckband edges. Sew in sleeves.  Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew on buttons.