The second super crafty Christmas tutorial is a top down raglan sleeve cardigan. It’s been designed for 9/10 year old girls and is a project by Designs By Phanessa who has created it for us, using our new spray paint effect yarn, Piuma.
Phanessa is a Californian knitter and blogger with a cheerful fresh style. You can find an amazing gallery of cardigans, scarves, hats, pot-holders and much more on her Instagram. However, her true passion is children’s knitwear. So, we thought she’d be perfect for this project for children. And we weren’t wrong!
We are crazy about this girls’ top down cardigan (or even unisex, as pink tones don’t have to just be for girls) as it’s a classic cardigan, refreshed by the pattern from our Piuma spray paint edition. The watercolour effect comes from a special spray pattern on the yarn, turning a plain colour into a multicoloured one!
Now let’s grab our needles and follow Phanessa’s instructions. Your top down cardigan will come together in the blink of an eye!
How to make a raglan sleeve cardigan
The Knit Cardigan is a classic top-down raglan style cardigan. Worked in one piece, it’s a great beginner’s pattern.
4” = 12 Stitches | 17 Rows
Co – Cast on
Rs – Right Side
Ws – Wrong Side
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Sl – Slip
K – Knit
P – Purl
Kfb – Knit through front loop of stitch & then knit through back of stitch.
Sm – Stitch Marker
Rep – Repeat
Rem – Remaining
St St – Stockinette Stitch
DPNs – Double Pointed Needles
K2tog – Knit 2 stitches together
Photos are for demonstration purposes and may not reflect the correct number of stitches. Increase stitches before and after marker using kfb.
How to make the neck of the girls’ top down cardigan
Worked in Garter Stitches.
Co 48 sts placing stitch markers after the 9, 6, 18, 6 sts.
Note: sm as you knit
Row 1 (rs): k all sts.
Row 2 (ws): k all sts.
Rep rows 1 and 2 twice.
You should have a total of 6 rows in garter sts.
Row 1 (rs): [k to 1 st before marker, kfb, sm, kfb] 4 times. K rem 8 sts.
Row 2 (ws): k5, p all sts until last 5 sts, k5.
Note: sm as you purl.
Rep rows 1 and 2 for a total of 24 rows
How to make the body of a girls’ raglan sleeve cardigan
Row 1 (rs): [k to next marker. Remove marker. Place next set of sts before next marker on scrap yarn. Remove next marker] twice.
Continue knitting rem sts.
Row 2: k5, p all sts until last 5 sts. k5.
Row 3: k all sts.
Rep rows 2 and 3 knitting in st st for 27 rows or until your piece measures 14” from collar to needles. You can place markers 5 sts in to mark the garter st bands.
Work 10 rows of garter sts (k every row).
How to make the sleeves of the top down cardigan
Place held sts evenly onto 3 dpns. Use a 4th dpn to knit with. Leave a long tail for closing up hole under arm. Sleeves are worked in the round.
Round 1-5: k all sts
Round 6: k2tog, k rem sts.
Rep rounds 1 through 6 six more times for a total of 42 rounds or until sleeve measures 13”.
How to make the cuffs of the raglan sleeve cardigan
Round 1: k all sts
Round 2: p all sts.
Rep Rounds 1 and 2 three more times. (8 total rounds).
Repeat for other sleeve.
Using the long tail from the sleeves, seam up the hole under the sleeves. Rep for other sleeve. Weave in all rem ends. Block.
The top down multicoloured cardigan is finished! What do you think?
Now let’s go on with the Christmas super crafty tutorials. Next up we’re going to learn how to make a felt basket for panettone.