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Swiss Check Cardigan

Swiss Check Cardigan

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The Swiss Check Cardigan drop shoulder hand knit cardigan by Bellish
Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

Have it all with this textured cardigan, knitted in Super Bulky yarn. The light colors work beautifully with the Swiss Check stitch to create this stunning colorwork effect, without the effort. Casting on this cardigan? Check!

For this sweater we used the Lion Brand yarn Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Flax as the main color and Fisherman as the contrasting color. You can get the same yarn HERE!

Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1
Cast on 100 stitches with US size 11 (8 mm) circular needles.

Ribbing
Work in [k2, p2] ribbing for 2 in / 5 cm, ending after a WS row. CO1, knit to end of row in stockinette stitch.

Transition to US size 15 (10 mm) circular needles. Begin pattern as follows:

Swiss Checks (Flat Instructions)

Row 1 (RS)
With CC1, k1, sl1wyib, [k1, sl3wyib] ; rep brackets to last 3 sts, k1, sl1, k1

Row 2 (WS)
With CC1 k1, [p3, sl1wyif] rep brackets to last 4 sts, p3, k1

Row 3 (RS)
With MC, k2, [sl1wyib, k3]. Rep from brackets to last 3 sts sl1, k2.

Row 4 (WS)
With MC, purl row

Row 5 (RS)
With CC1, k1, [sl3wyib, k1] rep brackets to end

Row 6 (WS)
With CC1, k1, p1, [sl1wyif, p3]. Rep from brackets to last 3 sts, sl1, p1, k1.

Row 7 (RS)
With MC, k4, [sl1wyib, k3]. Rep brackets to last st, k1.

Row 8 (WS)
With MC, purl row

Next Row
Rep pattern until lower body measures approximately 12 in / 30.5 cm.

Divide for Sleeves

Next Row (RS)
Knit in pattern for 24 stitches. Place the remaining 77 stitches on waste yarn so that they are out of the way as you work the Right front piece.

Next Rows
Working back and forth, continue in established pattern on the RS and WS until front piece measures 6.75 in / 17 cm from where you divided the front and back sections. End after a WS row, ready to begin on the RS.

Neck Shaping

Bind off the next 2 stitches in pattern with medium tension (this becomes the centre of the neckline). Work the remaining 22 stitches in pattern . Turn, and work the next row in pattern.

Decrease Row (RS)
K1, ssk, knit in pattern to end

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 12 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Right Shoulder: 17 st

Bind Off
Bind off on the next RS row in pattern with medium tension.

Left Shoulder

Leave the middle 53 stitches on the holder (these will become the back stitches). Slide the remaining 24 stitches onto your needles. Working back and forth, continue knitting as set until the front piece measures 6.75 in / 17 cm from where you divided the front and back sections, ending after a RS row. On the next WS row, bind off 2 then knit to the end of the row in pattern.

Decrease Row (RS)
Knit in pattern to last 3 st, k2tog, k1

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 12 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Left Shoulder: 17 st

Bind Off
Bind off on the next RS row in pattern with medium tension.

Back

Place the back section stitches onto your working needle and continue in pattern until back piece is approximately equal to the height of the top of the shoulders on the front section.

Bind off the back section in pattern with medium tension.

Align the front and back sections so the shoulders match on top and the sleeve edges are even. Seam together the shoulder sections to the back section.

Neck

With US size 11 (8 mm) circular needles - or two sizes smaller than you used for the body of the sweater, pick up every stitch around the neckline, ending with a multiple of 4 + 2 for ribbing.

The neckline stitches fall between the first row of neckline decreases on the Left and Right fronts. The button band stitches will be picked up in the next section.

Ribbing Row 1
[K2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Ribbing Row 2
[P2, k2] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Continue working in ribbing as established until neckline measures 1.5 in / 4 cm

Bind Off
Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Adjust your bind off tension, and/or the number of stitches you've picked up to create a tighter or looser neckline.

Front Bands

Beginning on the lower right side, pick up three of every four available stitches along the front band (starting at the bottom and working up to the top), ending with a multiple of 4 + 2 for ribbing. Work ribbed band as follows:

Ribbing Row 1
[K2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Ribbing Row 2
[P2, k2] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Right Band

Repeat these two rows for approximately 0.5 in / 1.5 cm. On the next RS row, work buttonholes into your ribbing using a (yo, k2tog) spaced evenly along the band. It will go something like this:

Buttonhole Row
K2, p2, yo, k2tog, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, yo, k2tog, etc...

Space your buttonholes as evenly as possible. It might be helpful to spread out your cardigan on a flat surface and have a play with the placement of your buttons so you know exactly where the holes needs to go.

Next Row
P2, [k2, p2] rep bet brackets to end of row

Next Row
K2, [k2, p2] rep bet brackets to end of row

Repeat these two rows until button band measures a total of 1.5 in / 4 cm. Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Left Band

On the left front of your sweater, pick up the same number of stitches that you picked up on the other side, but start at the top of the band working down to the bottom. Work ribbing as follows:

Ribbing Row 1
P2, [k2, p2] rep bet brackets to end of row

Ribbing Row 2
K2, [k2, p2] rep bet brackets to end of row

Repeat these two rows until button band measures a total of 1.5 in / 4 cm. Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Sleeves

With US size 15 (10 mm) circular needles or DPNs, pick up approximately 54 stitches around the arm, ensuring that you've picked them up equally around.

To do this easily, start at the center of the underarm and pick up half the stitches between the underarm and the top center shoulder seam. Then pick up the same number down the other side. If you'd like your sleeve to fit with a bit more room, you may pick up additional stitches as you work around.

When sleeve stitches are on the needle, place a marker at the center of the underarm and knit in the round for 1 in / 2.5 cm

Decrease Row

K1, k2tog, k to 3 stitches before m, ssk, k1

Continue Sleeve
Continue the sleeve in stockinette stitch (knitting every round), working a decrease row as established above approximately every 1 in / 2.5 cm until sleeve measures approximately 16 in / 40.5 cm and you have 22 stitches.

Sleeve Ribbing
Transition to needle two sizes smaller and knit one round.

Begin ribbing as follows: [K2, p2] rep to end of round. Continue working ribbing as established until cuff measures 2 in / 5 cm.

Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Repeat for second sleeve.

Finishing and blocking

Weave in ends and wet block your sweater, pinning flat and turning once as needed until dry. Attach buttons on the left front band to correspond to buttonholes.

Wet block sweater, soaking for at least 20 minutes, then press out excess water and pin flat to dry. Turn as needed for even drying.

Yarn

Super Bulky
weight |
20 ply

Main Color:

985 meters / 1077 yards

Contrast Color 1:

190 meters / 208 yards

Gauge

9 stitches and 14 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 15 US / 10 mm needles

Needles

Circular 15 US / 10 mm

Circular 11 US / 8 mm

Notions

Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends

7 x Buttons

Size

This pattern is knit to fit an adult with 38 in/ 97 cm bust. If you would like to knit a different size, or to change anything else about the pattern, download Bellish for free to customize your own cardigan.

Info
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Base illustration showing measurements

Bust Circumference:

48 in / 122.0 cm

Body Length:

12 in / 30.5 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

25 in / 63.5 cm

Sleeve Length:

16 in / 40.5 cm

Positive Ease:

8 in / 20.5 cm

BOR: Beginning of round

CC1: Contrast Color 1

CO: Cast on

DEC: Decrease/decreased/decreases

INC: Increase/increased/increases

K: Knit

K2TOG: Knit two stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)

KFB: Knit front and back

M: Marker/s

M1: Make 1 (increase 1 stitch)

MC: Main Color

P: Purl

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SM: Slip marker

SL1: Slip the next st purlwise to the right needle (without working it), with working yarn held to back

SL1WYIB: Slip the next st purlwise to the right needle (without working it), with working yarn held to back

SL2WYIB: Slip two with yarn in back

SL3WYIB: Slip three with yarn in back

SL1WYIF: Slip one with yarn in front

SSK: Slip, slip knit together (decrease 1 stitch)

ST: stitch

STS: Stitches

WS: Wrong side

YO: Wrap yarn around the needle to create an extra stitch (it will leave an intentional hole)

Sweater icon
Base
Drop Shoulder Cardigan
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sections

Body Regular Cropped

Neck Crew

Sleeves Full Length

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embellishment
Full Body Swiss Checks; Sleeves Colorblock 1
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yarn
Super Bulky
weight
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size
38 in / 97 cm
The Swiss Check Cardigan by Bellish drop shoulder cardigan illustration