Sunday, 16 March 2014

Turquoise Sparkle Girl's Short Cardi / Shrug

This sparkle yarn is just perfect for little girls. I am really happy with the way this little shrug turned out.
Fancy yarns often look great knitted in simple stitches. The sparkle does all the work!
 
Turquoise Sparkle Girl's Short Cardi / Shrug
 
 
 
Because the design is so simple it is suitable for all levels of knitters.
 
I made this one with short sleeves ~ but I have included a long sleeve option too.
 

 

Turquoise Sparkle Girl’s Short Cardi / Shrug        For a girl of around 3years old

Use DK yarn (8ply)    ~   22sts = 4" (10cm).  


The back & fronts are knitted in one piece up to the armholes.

 

The Back & Fronts

Using 4mm needles cast on 114sts
1st Row:  S1, k1, * p2, k2, repeat from * to end
2nd Row:  S1, p1, k2, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 2sts, p1, k1
Repeat the last two rows 3 times more
9th Row:  Knit
10th Row:  Purl
Repeat the last two rows 9 times more
29th Row:  Knit
Divide for armholes ~
30th Row:  Purl 24sts, cast off 6sts, purl 53sts, cast off 6sts, purl 23sts
This leaves 24sts for the first front, 54sts for the back and 24sts for the second front
 
Continue on the first front only ~
(leave the rest of the stitches on a spare needle, stitch holder or spare length of yarn)
Shape Raglan
1st Row:  Knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
2nd Row:  Purl
3rd Row:  Knit
4th Row:  Purl
5th Row:  Knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
6th  Row:  Purl
Repeat the last two rows until there are 14sts  (finish after a purl row)
Shape Neck
1st  Row:  Cast off 3sts sts, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                              (10sts)
2nd Row:  Purl
3rd Row:  K2tog, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                                (8sts)
4th Row:  Purl to last 2sts, p2tog                                                                   (7sts)
5th Row:  K2tog, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                                 (5sts)
6th Row:  Purl
7th Row:  K2tog, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                                 (3sts)
8th Row:  Purl
9th Row:  K2tog, k1                                                                                           (2sts)
10th Row:  Purl
K2tog,   Fasten off
 
Rejoin yarn to the 54sts for the back ~
Shape Raglan
1st Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
2nd Row:  Purl
3rd Row:  Knit
4th Row:  Purl
5th Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
6th Row:  Purl
Repeat the last two rows until there are 24sts  (finish after a purl row)
(Leave these 24 stitches on a spare needle, stitch holder or spare length of yarn)
 
Rejoin yarn to the 24sts for the second front ~
Shape Raglan
1st Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to end
2nd Row:  Purl
3rd Row:  Knit
4th Row:  Purl
5th Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to end
6th  Row:  Purl
Repeat the last two rows until there are 13sts  (finish after a knit row)
Shape Neck
1st Row:  Cast off 3sts, purl to end                                                                   (10sts)
2nd Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 2sts, k2tog                                           (8sts)
3rd Row:  P2tog, purl to end                                                                               (7sts)
4th Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 2sts, k2tog                                           (5sts)
5th Row:  Purl
6th Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 2sts, k2tog                                            (3sts)
7th Row:  Purl
8th Row:  K2tog, k1
9th Row: P2
10th Row: K2tog,   Fasten off
 
 
Make either long or short sleeves ~
 
Short Sleeves (Both Alike)
Using 4mm needles cast on 44sts
1st Row:  S1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3sts, k3
2nd Row:  S1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3sts, p2, k1
Repeat the last two rows 3 times more
9th Row:  Knit
10th Row:  Purl
Shape Raglan
Cast off 3stitches at beginning of next two rows                                                (38sts)
3rd Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                          (36sts)
4th Row:  Purl
5th Row:  Knit
6th Row:  Purl
Repeat the last 4 rows 3 times more                                                                     (30sts)
19th Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                        (28sts)
20th Row:  Purl
Repeat the last two rows 7 times more                                                                (14sts)
(Leave these 14 stitches on a spare needle, stitch holder or spare length of yarn)
 
Long Sleeves (Both Alike)
Using 4mm needles cast on 36sts
1st Row:  S1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3sts, k3
2nd Row:  S1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3sts, p2, k1
Repeat the last two rows 3 times more
9th Row:  Knit
10th Row:  Purl
Working in stocking stitch (1row knit, 1 row purl) throughout ~
Increase 1 stitch at each end of next and every following 8th row until there are 44sts
Continue without shaping until sleeve measures 8” (20cm), ending after a purl row
Shape Armhole
Cast off 3 stitches at beginning of next two rows                                               (38sts)
Shape Raglan
1st  Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                         (36sts)
2nd Row:  Purl
3rd Row:  Knit
4th Row:  Purl
Repeat the last 4 rows 3 times more                                                                   (30sts)
17th Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                      (28sts)
18th Row:  Purl
Repeat the last two rows 7 times more                                                              (14sts)
(Leave these 14 stitches on a spare needle, stitch holder or spare length of yarn)
 
 
The Neckband
Join raglan seams
With right side facing, and using 4mm needles pick up and knit 15sts along the side of the neck, knit across 14sts from the first sleeve, 24sts from the back, 14sts from the second sleeve and then pick up and knit 15sts along the side of the neck.   (82sts)
1st Row:  S1, k1, * p2, k2, repeat from * to end
2nd Row:  S1, p1, k2, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 2sts, p1, k1
Repeat the last two rows twice more
7th Row:  S1, k1, * p2, k2, repeat from * to end
Cast off
 
The Left Front Band
With right side facing, and using 4mm needles pick up and knit 52sts evenly along the front
(starting at the neck edge)
1st Row:  S1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3sts, k3
2nd Row:  S1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3sts, p2, k1
Repeat the last two rows twice more
7th Row:  S1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3sts, k3
Cast off
 
The Right Front Band
With right side facing, and using 4mm needles pick up and knit 52sts evenly along the front
(starting at the lower edge)
1st Row:  S1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3sts, k3
2nd Row:  S1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3sts, p2, k1
Repeat the last two rows once
5th Row:  S1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 7sts, k2, yon (to make a buttonhole), p2tog, k3
6th Row:  S1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3sts, p2, k1
7th Row:  S1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3sts, k3
Cast off
 
To Finish
Join sleeve seams
Darn away ends
Add a pretty button
 
 

 


 
 
 

15 comments :

  1. It's very nice and pretty. Thanks for sharing your pattern. :)

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  2. Oh so very pretty, I cannot wait to make this for my niece! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. What a lovely summer top! Very useful.

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  4. I can't decide which one I like the best...But why choose? I love both ;-)

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  5. Beautiful knitting so even :)) I have come across from DebiY, I would like to thankyou for all the lovely crochet you have donated .. :))

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  6. Can you design this for teens or adults. This is awesome design

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  7. Thanks for your generosity in allowing us all to share your free pattern. I have pinned it to my Pinterest account. Could I please ask, how many grams of wool would one need for the long sleeve version?

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  8. Love your patterns. Would love this as a baby size too...will have to see if my skill will allow me to do it.... :) Thank you for your wonderful patterns and sharing... <3

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  9. Thank you for sharing the pattern! I made this in less than a week in my spare time for my daughter, and it was my first sweater :)

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  10. Love this - but I am having trouble figuring out how much yarn I'll need - where would I find that?

    -Monica

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  11. can you tell us where we could find different sizes? I have a six year old I would love to make it for.

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  12. Hi Linda I have just completed this cardigan for my 6 year old daughter using 4.5mm she is quite a slim build and wears a 26" chest and I made the length longer.If your daughters a bigger chest size than that you could try using 5 mm needles.Good luck

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  13. lovely pattern..thank you so much. if I had to make tho for 8 year old what will be the no of stitches.

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