Red Heart® Boutique Midnight® Zigzag Cardi

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by Alice Tang, Red Heart®

Red Heart® Boutique Midnight® Zigzag Cardi

The fun colors and patterns of the Red Heart® Boutique Midnight® Zigzag Cardi makes it so adaptable, no matter what the reason for wearing.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3+ hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Use a gauge of 12 sts + 20 rows in Zigzag lace pattern to knit this cardi. Remember to check your gauge. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge. Download template for special and standard knitting stitches and abbreviations not explained elsewhere and the pattern. Notes: Shrug is worked back and forth in rows on circular needle, as if working on straight needles. Shrug is knit sideways, from cuff to cuff. Stitches are picked up across outer edges to work ribbed band. Size of shrug can be customized, to create longer or shorter sleeves. Work more or fewer rows of the pattern, taking care to end with a Row 6 or Row 12 of pattern. Pattern and supplies are written for size Small with changes for Medium, Large, 1X and 2X in parentheses. You will need the following number of skeins to complete the project, (5 (6, 6, 7, 7). To Fit Bust: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50) inch Finished Bust: 40 (44, 50, 54, 58) inch, not including bands Finished Length: 20 inch from back neck, not including bands.
  • 2
    Shrug Right Sleeve Beginning at right cuff, cast on 28 (30, 32, 34, 36) sts. Work in 2x2 Rib for 10 rows. Note: For sizes Medium and 1X, the first row of ribbing will begin and end with K2. Next Row (WS): Purl.
  • 3
    Shape Sleeve Row 1 (Right Side): K2 (1, 2, 1, 2), place marker, work Row 1 of Zigzag Lace to last 2 (1, 2, 1, 2) sts, place marker, k2 (1, 2, 1, 2). Keeping 2 (1, 2, 1, 2) sts at each end in Garter st (knit every row), work in Zigzag Lace for 5 (4, 4, 3, 3) rows. Next Row (Increase): K1, M1, knit to marker, slip marker, work next row of Zigzag Lace across to marker, slip marker, knit to last st, M1, k1—30 (32, 34, 36, 38) sts. Repeat last 6 (5, 5, 4, 4) rows 11 (12, 13, 14, 15) more times, move the markers back to 2 (1, 2, 1, 2) sts from each end every time 4 increase rows have been completed, to incorporate the increased sts into the Zigzag Lace pattern—52 (56, 60, 64, 68) sts.
  • 4
    Work even in pattern as established until sleeve measures about 18 inch from beginning; end with a Right Side row.
  • 5
    Body Row 1 (Wrong Side): Knit to marker, slip marker, work next row of Zigzag Lace to next marker, remove marker, knit to end of row, cast on 36 (34, 32, 30, 28) sts (for right front)—88 (90, 92, 94, 96) sts. Note: Designer recommends backward loop or cable cast on. Ensure that Zigzag Lace pattern lines up as previously. Row 2: K2 (4, 4, 2, 2), place marker, work next row of Zigzag Lace to next marker, remove marker, knit to end of row, cast on 36 (34, 32, 30, 28) sts (for back)—124 sts. Row 3: K2 (4, 4, 2, 2), place marker, work next row of Zigzag Lace to next marker, slip marker, knit to end of row. Work even in pattern as established until body measures 2 (3, 4, 5, 5-1/2) inch from body cast-on; end with a Wrong Side row. Remove markers when working last row. From here on, maintain Zigzag Lace as established keeping at least 1 st at each edge in Garter st throughout.
  • 6
    Shape Right Front Row 1 (Decrease Row – Right Side): K1, k2tog, work in pattern as established to end of row—123 sts. Place marker at beginning of this row for right hand edge. Continue in pattern as established, and at the same time decrease 1 st at right hand edge every 3rd row 2 times, every other row 6 times, and then every row 9 times—106 sts. Row 29: Bind off 44 sts, work in pattern as established—62 sts.
  • 7
    Shape Right Neck Row 1 (Wrong Side): Work in pattern as established. Row 2: K1, k2tog, work in pattern as established to end of row—61 sts. Rows 3–6: Repeat last 2 rows twice—59 sts. Work even in pattern as established for 14 (14, 18, 18, 20) rows.
  • 8
    Shape Left Neck Row 1 (Wrong Side): Work in pattern as established to last st, M1, work last st—60 sts. Row 2: Work in pattern as established. Rows 3–6: Repeat last 2 rows twice—62 sts.
  • 9
    Shape Left Front Row 1 (Wrong Side): Work in pattern as established across, cast on 44 sts—106 sts.
  • 10
    Work in pattern as established and at the same time increase (M1) 1 st on right hand edge every row 9 times, then every other row 6 times, then every 3rd row 3 times—124 sts. Work even in pattern as established until left front measures 7-1/2 (8-1/2, 9-1/2, 10-1/2, 11-1/4) inch from left front cast-on; end with a Wrong Side row.
  • 11
    Left Sleeve Row 1 (Right Side): Bind off 36 (34, 32, 30, 28) sts, work in pattern as established to end of row—88 (90, 92, 94, 96) sts. Row 2: Repeat last row—52 (56, 60, 64, 68) sts. Work in pattern as established until sleeve measures 1-1/2, (2-1/2, 1-1/2, 3-1/2, 2-1/2) inch from sleeve bind-off.
  • 12
    Work in pattern as established and, at the same time decrease 1 st at each end every 6th (5th, 5th, 4th, 4th) row 12 (13, 14, 15, 16) times—28 (30, 32, 34, 36) sts. Work even until sleeve measures same as right sleeve to rib, end with a Wrong Side row. Work in 2x2 Rib for 10 rows. Bind off.
  • 13
    Finishing Weave in ends. Block piece to schematic measurements.
  • 14
    Lower Back Edging With Right Side facing, pick up 76 (84, 96, 104, 108) sts evenly spaced across lower back edge. Work in 2x2 Rib for 13 rows. Bind off.
  • 15
    Front Edging With Right Side facing, beginning at lower right front corner, pick up 204 (212, 220, 228, 236) sts evenly spaced up front edge, around neck edge, and down opposite front edge to lower left front corner. Note: Designer recommends picking up 3 sts over every 4 rows or stitches, and picking up 1 st in every row or stitch across curves plus 1 additional stitch in every 3rd row or stitch. Work in 2x2 Rib for 13 rows. Bind off. Bind off curves loosely and neck tightly. Fold piece. Sew side and sleeve seams. Steam very lightly to shape, avoid direct heat on ribbing.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3+ hours

Project Supplies

  • Red Heart® Boutique Midnight® Yarn Misty 104602107
  • Susan Bates® Crystalites® Circular Knitting Needle (29 inch/74 cm) US 9/ 5.5 mm 104236498
  • Stitch Marker
  • Yarn Needle
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