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Voluminous Cardi
Lion Brand® Da Vinci
Pattern Number: L20039 Everybody needs a cozy cardigan. This open-front cardi is warm but lightweight, keeping you comfortable without weighing you down. The chic color transitions are made with our self-striping Da Vinci yarn.

SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)
SIZE: Adult (Multiple Sizes)
S (M/L, 1X/2X) Finished Bust 36 (44, 52) in. (91.5 (112, 132) cm) Finished Length 31 (31 1/2, 32) in. (78.5 (80, 81.5) cm)

CORRECTIONS: None

MATERIALS

824-204 Da Vinci Yarn: Wine Light red-violet, burgundy, and blackened wine red
Quantity needed: 13 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 84.37
Alternative Quantity: 17, 20

Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 13 [9 mm]
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Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
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Additional Materials
Circular knitting needle size 11 (8 mm), 40 in. (101.5 cm) long
GAUGE:
9 sts + 14 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles. Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.

STITCH EXPLANATION:
K2, p2 Rib (worked over a multiple of 4 sts + 2 sts)
Row 1 (RS): K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: K the knit sts, and p the purl sts.
Rep Row 2 for K2, p2 Rib.

NOTES:
1. Cardi is made of 5 pieces; Back, Right and Left Fronts, and Sleeves.
2. The Sleeves are worked with shoulder extensions that will increase the depth of the armhole.

The sides of each extension are sewn to the Back and Fronts to form the shoulders.


3. Back and Fronts of Cardi are shaped by working decreases.
4. The Sleeve Cap (the upper portion of the Sleeve) is designed with a different measurement and is shaped differently than the Front and Back armholes.

This slight difference allows the cap to fit smoothly into the armhole when pieces are sewed together.
5. When you see '0' in an instruction, this means that for that size, you should not work any sts, just proceed to the next instruction.
6. When you see 'work even' in the instructions, this means to continue without changing the st count by increasing, decreasing, or binding off.


INSTRUCTIONS
BACK
With straight needles, cast on 54 (62, 70) sts.
Work in K2, p2 rib for 2 rows.
Beg with a RS (knit) row, work even in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 9 in.

(23 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Note: End with a WS row means that the last row you work should be a WS row, and the next row that you are ready to work will be a RS row.
Decrease Row (RS): K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 - 52 (60, 68) sts at the end of this row.
Work even in St st for 7 rows.
Rep Decrease Row - 50 (58, 66) sts.
Rep last 8 rows until you have a total of 42 (50, 58) sts.
Next Row: Purl.



Shape Armholes
Next Row (RS): Bind off 2 (3, 4) sts, k to end of row - 40 (47, 54) sts at the end of this row.
Next Row: Bind off 2 (3, 4) sts, p to end of row - 38 (44, 50) sts.
Decrease Row (RS): K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 - 36 (42, 48) sts.
Work even in St st for 3 rows.
Rep last 4 rows 1 (2, 3) more time(s) - 34 (38, 42) sts.
Work even in St st until armholes measure about 4 1/2 (5, 5 1/2) in.

(11.5 (12.5, 14) cm), measured straight up from beg of armhole shaping, end with a WS row.



Shape Shoulders
Next Row (RS): Bind off 5 (6, 6) sts, k to end of row - 29 (32, 36) sts at the end of this row.
Next Row: Bind off 5 (6, 6) sts, p to end of row - 24 (26, 30) sts.
Next Row: Bind off 6 (6, 7) sts, k to end of row - 18 (20, 23) sts.
Next Row: Bind off 6 (6, 7) sts, p to end of row.
Bind off rem 12 (14, 16) sts for back neck.
RIGHT FRONT
With straight needles, cast on 26 (30, 34) sts.
Work in K2, p2 rib for 2 rows.
Beg with a RS (knit) row, work even in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 9 in.

(23 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Decrease Row (RS): K to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 - 25 (29, 33) sts at the end of this row.
Work even in St st for 7 rows.
Rep Decrease Row - 24 (28, 32) sts.
Rep last 8 rows 2 more times - 22 (26, 30) sts.
Work even in St st for 3 rows.



Beg Shape Neck
Note: In the following section, you will beg working decreases to shape the neck and continue to work decreases to shape the side edge.

Read carefully through the instructions and study the schematic before beg.



Decrease Row (Neck Edge RS): K2, k2tog, k to end of row - 21 (25, 29) sts at the end of this row.
Work even in St st for 3 rows.
Decrease Row (Both Neck and Side Edges): K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 - 19 (23, 27) sts.
Work even in St st for 3 rows.
Rep Decrease Row (Neck Edge) - 18 (22, 26) sts.
Work even in St st for 3 rows.
Rep Decrease Row (Both Neck and Side Edges) - 16 (20, 24) sts.
Note: Side shaping has been completed.

In the next section of this pattern, you will continue to shape the neck AND beg shaping the armholes.



Shape Armhole
Next Row (WS): Bind off 2 (3, 4) sts, p to end of row - 14 (17, 20) sts at the end of this row.
Decrease Row (Armhole Edge): K to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 - 13 (16, 19) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep Decrease Row (Neck Edge) - 12 (15, 18) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep Decrease Row (Armhole Edge) - 11 (14, 17) sts.
Rep last 4 rows 0 (1, 2) more times - 11 (12, 13) sts.
Work even in St st until piece measures same as back to shoulder shaping, end with a RS row.



Shape Shoulder
Next Row (WS): Bind off 5 (6, 6) sts, p to end of row - 6 (6, 7) sts.
Knit one row, then bind off rem 6 (6, 7) sts.



LEFT FRONT
With straight needles, cast on 26 (30, 34) sts.
Work in K2, p2 rib for 2 rows.
Beg with a RS (knit) row, work even in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 9 in.

(23 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Decrease Row (RS): K2, k2tog, k to end of row - 25 (29, 33) sts.
Work even in St st for 7 rows.
Rep Decrease Row - 24 (28, 32) sts.
Rep last 8 rows 2 more times - 22 (26, 30) sts.
Work even in St st for 3 rows.



Beg Shape Neck
Note: Neck, armhole and shoulder shaping are worked the same way as for the Right Front - but on opposite sides of the Cardi.



Decrease Row (Neck Edge - RS): K to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 - 21 (25, 29) sts.
Work even in St st for 3 rows.
Decrease Row (Both Neck and Side Edges): K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 - 19 (23, 27) sts.
Work even in St st for 3 rows.
Rep Decrease Row (Neck Edge) - 18 (22, 26) sts.
Work even in St st for 3 rows.
Rep Decrease Row (Both Neck and Side Edges) - 16 (20, 24) sts.
Next Row: Purl.



Shape Armhole
Next Row (RS): Bind off 2 (3, 4) sts, k to end of row - 14 (17, 20) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Decrease Row (Armhole Edge): K2, k2tog, k to end of row - 13 (16, 19) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep Decrease Row (Neck Edge) - 12 (15, 18) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep Decrease Row (Armhole Edge) - 11 (14, 17) sts.
Rep last 4 rows 0 (1, 2) more times - 11 (12, 13) sts.
Work even in St st until piece measures same as back to shoulder shaping, end with a WS row.



Shape Shoulder
Next Row (RS): Bind off 5 (6, 6) sts, k to end of row - 6 (6, 7) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Bind off rem 6 (6, 7) sts.
SLEEVES (make 2)
With straight needles, cast on 34 (38, 42) sts.
Work in K2, p2 rib for 2 rows.
Beg with a RS (knit) row, work even in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 17 in.

(43 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.



Shape Cap (Top of Sleeve)
Next Row (RS): Bind off 2 (3, 4) sts, k to end of row - 32 (35, 38) sts at the end of this row.
Next Row (WS): Bind off 2 (3, 4) sts, p to end of row - 30 (32, 34) sts at the end of this row.
Work even in St st for 2 rows.
Decrease Row (RS): K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2 - 28 (30, 32) sts at the end of this row.
Work even in St st for 2 rows.
Decrease Row (WS): P2, p2tog, p to the last 4 sts, p2tog, p2 - 26 (28, 30) sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 6 rows until 20 sts rem.



Sleeve Extension
Work even in St st until extension measures 5 (5 1/2, 6) in.

(12.5 (14, 15) cm) from beg.

Bind off.
FINISHING
Sew Sleeves to Fronts and Back along armholes, sewing sleeve extensions to top of shoulder shaping.

Sew side and Sleeve seams.



Front Edging
With RS facing and circular needle, beg at lower front corner, pick up and k62 (63, 64) sts across right front edge to sleeve extension, 18 sts across extension, 10 (12, 14) sts across back neck, 18 sts across extension, and 62 (63, 64) sts across left front edge - 170 (174, 178) sts at the end of this row.
Work back and forth in rows on circular needle, as if working with straight needles.
Work in K2, p2 Rib for 2 rows.
Bind off in rib.
Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
beg = begin(s)(ning)
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 together
rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side


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