A Cardigan for Michael

Michael’s cardigan is made from fingering yarn, and features a v-neck and three button closure.
Michael was asking for an easy sweater to put on and off, but also, one that would keep him warm on these cold winter days. If you would like to make a cardigan, like Michael’s, for one of your kiddies, the pattern is featured below.

Michael”s Moss Stitch Cardigan

Materials:

Fingering yarn

2.75 mm knitting needles (UK 12; US 2)

2.50 crochet hook (UK 12; US C/2)

Stitch holder or spare yarn

3 small buttons 

Optional: snaps or hook and loop tape

Tension: 

7 stitches per 1”/2.5 cm, in stockinette stitch

Abbreviations:

K – knit

P – purl

M 1 – increase one by inserting the right hand needle under the strand of yarn in the row beneath and between, the stitch just worked and the next stitch; place the picked up loop onto the left hand needle; knit into the back of the loop and slip the worked stitch off the needle

Dec – work two stitches together

YO – yarn over

Tog – together

Sc – single crochet

Stitches:

Moss Stitch: 1) K 2, P 1, *K 1, P 1,* repeat from star to star to last stitch, K 1. 

                    2) *K 1, P 1,* repeat from star to star to end of row.

                    These two rows form pattern.

Stockinette Stitch: 1) Knit.

                              2) K 1, Purl to last stitch, K 1.

                              These two rows form pattern.

The body of Michael’s cardigan is made in one piece from the hem upward.  The sleeves are created first, and joined to the body in the fifteenth row.

Sleeves (Make two alike):

Using the 2.75 knitting needles, cast on 17 stitches.

  1. K 2, *p 1, k 1,* repeat from star to star to the last stitch, k 1.
  2. *K 1, p 1,* repeat from star to star to last stitch, k 1.
  3. K 1, m 1, *p 1, k 1,* repeat from star to star to end of row (18 stitches).

Rows 4 to 8: Work even in moss stitch, always keeping the first and last stitch in each row as a knit stitch.

9) K 1, m 1, moss stitch to last stitch, m 1, k 1 (20 stitches).

Rows 10 to 12: Work even in moss stitch, always keeping the first and last stitch in each row as a knit stitch.

13) K 1, m 1, moss stitch to last stitch, m 1, k 1 (22 stitches).

Rows 14 to 19: Work even in moss stitch, always keeping the first and last stitch in each row as a knit stitch.

20) Cast off one stitch, moss stitch to end, casting off one stitch at end of row.  Cut yarn, leaving a tail end to sew underarm seam later.  Leave sleeve stitches on a stitch holder or spare piece of yarn.

Body (The buttonholes are optional; if you would rather use snaps or hook and loop tape, simply omit the buttonholes as you work):

Using 2.75 mm needles, cast on 43 stitches.

  1. K 3, *p 1, k 1,* repeat from star to star to last 4 stitches, p 1, k 3.
  1. K 1, p 2, *k 1, p 1,*  repeat from star to star to last 4 stitches, k 1, p 2, k1.
  1. Buttonhole row: K 3, m 1, moss stitch to the last three stitches, k 1, yo, k 2 tog.
  1. K 1, p 2, moss stitch to the last three stitches, p 2, k 1.
  1. K 3, moss stitch to the last three stitches, k 3.

Repeat rows 4 and 5, one time and then, row 4, once more.

9) Buttonhole row: repeat row 3.

10) to 13) Repeat rows 4 and 5, two times more.

14) K 1, p 2, moss stitch 8, cast off 2 stitches, moss stitch 17 (with the one stitch already on needle, that makes 18 for the cardigan back), cast off 2 stitches, moss stitch 7, p 2, k 1.

15) Buttonhole row: K 3, moss stitch 6, k 2 tog; put stitches for first sleeve onto left hand needle; work across sleeve as follows: slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 15, k 2 tog; work across cardigan back as follows: slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 14, k 2 tog; put stitches for second sleeve onto left hand needle; work across sleeve as follows: slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 15, k 2 tog; finish left front as follows: slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 6, k 1, yo, k 2 tog.

16) K 1, p 2, moss stitch 6, p 2, moss stitch 15, p 2, moss stitch 14, p 2, moss stitch 15, p 2, moss stitch 6, p 2, k 1.

17) K 3, moss stitch 5, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 13, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 12, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 13, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 5, k 3.

18) K 1, p 2, moss stitch 5, p 2, moss stitch 13, p 2, moss stitch 12, p 2, moss stitch 13, p 2, moss stitch 5, p2, k 1.

19) K 2, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 3, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 11, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 10, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 11, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 3, k 2 tog, k 2.

20) K 1, p 2, moss stitch 3, p 2, moss stitch 11, p 2, moss stitch 10, p 2, moss stitch 11, p 2, moss stitch 3, p 2, k 1.

21) K 2, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 1, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 9, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 8, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 9, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 1, k 2 tog, k 2.

22) K 1, p 2, moss stitch 1, p 2, moss stitch 9, p 2, moss stitch 8, p 2, moss stitch 9, p 2, moss stitch 1, p 2, k 1.

23) K 2, slip 1, k 2 tog, psso, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 7, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 6, k 2 tog, slip 1, k 1, psso, moss stitch 7, k 2 tog, k 3 tog, k 2.

24) K 1, p 3, moss stitch 7, p2, moss stitch 6, p 2, moss stitch 7, p 3, k 1.

25) K 2, slip 1, k 2 tog, psso, moss stitch 4, k 3 tog, slip 1, k 2 tog, psso, moss stitch 2, k 3 tog, slip 1, k 2 tog, psso, moss stitch 4, k 3 tog, k 2.

26) K1, purl to last stitch, k 1.

27) Cast off row: slip first stitch, k 1, psso, cast off row to last two stitches, k 2 tog, cast off.

Sew sleeve and underarm seams.  

Right side facing, starting at bottom of right front, work one row of single crochet up right front, across neck edge and down left front.

Darn in all yarn ends.

Sew on three buttons ( and snaps or hook and loop tape, if buttonholes were omitted).

Copyright 2021 Cynthia’s Designs

Please enjoy this pattern, but do not reprint without permission.  If selling items made from this pattern, please credit Cynthia’s Designs for the pattern.

Of course, Vera wanted a new cardigan as soon as she saw Michael getting one. The pattern for her cardigan still needs tweaking, so maybe next week?!

4 thoughts on “A Cardigan for Michael”

  1. Ici, on va être bien heureux aussi ! …
    le petit a dit “tout de suite, Maman ! tu sais, ce n’est pas long à faire… tu tricotes si bien, si vite… ” et blablabla pour flatter sa Maman… qui est en train de construire la maison !!!

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    • That is so funny! They learn how to use flattery to get what they want at a very young age! Well, on the other hand, your little one would look really cute in a new sweater, because you really are a lovely knitter, and really, it doesn’t take too long to make such a small little piece of clothing…

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