Author:
Emily Nugen

Emily is the knitwear designer behind The Blue Mouse where she creates unique knitting patterns. She's also paired her long time love of photography, and videography to create clear, and easy to follow tutorial videos on Youtube. Her days are spent dreaming up new ideas, usually while enjoying a show on Netflix.

Ivy Cardigan

Maker
3/12/2018

Hey guys! I’m Emily and I run The Blue Mouse. You can find me on Instagram @thebluemouse_.

I’ve been a creative person all my life, always hopping from one venture to the next. I’ve been knitting for over 8 years, but about a year and a half ago I tried pattern designing for the first time and it just clicked. I fell in love with it, and knew it was what I wanted to pursue when I graduated college. So here we are almost a year post-college and I’m a full time knitwear designer, and have taken to creating knitting tutorials through my Youtube channel and blog as well. I strive to make modern, textured and especially unique knitting patterns with tutorials to go with them to make them as easy as possible.

Supply List

  • US Size 8 (5.0 mm) circular needles (16”)
  • DK (#3) weight yarn
  • Regular Size = 822 yards  (I used 6 balls of Paintbox DK cotton)
  • Large Size = 920 yards
  • I recommend using natural fiber yarn if you can, I think it responds the best to blocking and won’t curl as much on the inside garter cuff edge.
  • Yarn Needle
  • Removable Stitch Markers

Key

  • K = Knit (K3 = knit 3)
  • P = Purl (P5 = purl 5)
  • CO = Cast on
  • PSSO = Pass slipped stitch over (decrease)
  • YO = Yarn over
  • K2TOG = Knit 2 stitches together
  • SL1 = Slip 1 stitch (purl-wise, without twisting it)
  • RP = Repeat
  • PM = place marker
  • MM = move marker

Gauge:

  • Blocked Stockinette
  • 14.25 sts / 22 rows = 4”
  • Blocked Lace Pattern (see below)
  • 17.5 sts/ 25 rows = 4”

Lace Swatch

CO a multiple of 8 + 3

The stitch count will be off on certain rows, this is totally normal. It will return to the right number at the end of the repeat

Row 1 (RS): K1, *K2TOG, K1 YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K2 repeat from * to 2 sts: K2

Row 2: Purl All

Row 3: *K2TOG, K1, [YO, K1] repeat 2x, SL1, K1, PSSO, repeat from * to 3sts: K3

Row 4: Purl All

Row 5: K2, *YO, K3, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, repeat from * to 1st: K1

Row 6: Purl All

Row 7: K4, *K2TOG, K1, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K2, repeat from * to 7sts: K2TOG, K1, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1

Row 8: Purl All

Row 9: K3, *K2TOG, K1, [YO, K1] repeat 2x, SL1, K1, PSSO,  repeat from * to end

Row 10: Purl All

Row 11: K2, *K2TOG, K1, YO, K3, YO, K1, repeat from * to 1 st: K1

Row 12: Purl All

Video Tutorials Included:

Shoulder Seam: http://bit.ly/ShoulderSeam

Mattress Seam: http://bit.ly/MattressSeam

Measurements:

  • Regular Size
  • Back Panel: approx: 23” wide, 28.75” long
  • Front Panels: 8” wide, 28.75” long
  • Arms: widest around:15.5”, approx: 9.8” long
  • Larger Size
  • Back Panel: approx: 25” wide, 28.75” long
  • Front Panels 9” wide, 28.75” long
  • Arms: widest around 16.7”, approx: 9.8” long

Pattern

Front Left Panel (left when worn)

Note: the stitch count for the lace portion of the panel will be off on some rows, that is normal. It will return to the right number by the end of the 12 row repeat.

Cast On: REG: 32sts, LG: 35sts

Rows 1-7: Knit all

Row 8: K3, Purl to end of row

Row 9: Knit all

Row 10: K3, place marker, P11, place marker, Purl to the end of the row

Row 11: Knit to first marker, MM, K1, K2TOG, K1 YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K4, MM, K3

Row 12: K3, Purl to end of row

Row 13: Knit to first marker, MM, K2TOG, K1, [YO, K1] repeat 2x, SL1, K1, PSSO, K3, MM, K3

Row 14: K3, Purl to end of row

Row 15: Knit to first marker, MM, K2, YO, K3, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K2, MM, K3

Row 16: K3, Purl to end of row

Row 17: Knit to first marker, MM, K4, K2TOG, K1, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, MM, K3

Row 18: K3, Purl to end of row

Row 19: Knit to first marker, MM, K3, K2TOG, K1, [YO, K1] repeat 2x, SL1, K1, PSSO, MM, K3

Row 20: K3, Purl to end of row

Row 21: Knit to first marker, MM, K2, K2TOG, K1, YO, K3, YO, K2, MM, K3

Row 22: K3, Purl to end of row

Repeat rows 11-22 ― 11 more times each (a total of 132 more rows) ending on a row 22 repeat.

Row 155: Knit all

Row 156: K3, Purl to end of row

Row 157: Knit all

Row 158: Purl all

Bind off all stitches

Front Right Panel (right when worn)

Note: the stitch count for the lace portion of the panel will be off on some rows, that is normal. It will return to the right number by the end of the 12 row repeat.

Cast On: REG: 32sts, (LG: 35sts)

Row 10, if making the larger size pay attention to the number in parentheses.

Rows 1-7: Knit all

Row 8: Purl to 3sts: K3

Row 9: Knit all

Row 10: Purl 18 (21), place marker, Purl 11, place marker, K3

Row 11: K3, MM, K1, K2TOG, K1 YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K4, MM, Knit to end of row,

Row 12: Purl to 3sts: K3

Row 13: K3, MM, K2TOG, K1, [YO, K1] repeat 2x, SL1, K1, PSSO, K3, MM, Knit to end of row,

Row 14: Purl to 3sts: K3

Row 15: K3, MM, K2, YO, K3, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K2, MM, Knit to end of row,

Row 16: Purl to 3sts: K3

Row 17: K3, MM, K4, K2TOG, K1, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, MM, Knit to end of row,

Row 18: Purl to 3sts: K3

Row 19: K3, MM, K3, K2TOG, K1, [YO, K1] repeat 2x, SL1, K1, PSSO, MM, Knit to end of row,

Row 20: Purl to 3sts: K3

Row 21: K3, MM, K2, K2TOG, K1, YO, K3, YO, K2, MM, Knit to end of row,

Row 22: Purl to 3sts: K3

Repeat rows 11-22 ― 11 more times each (a total of 132 more rows) ending on a row 22 repeat.

Row 155: Knit all

Row 156: Purl to 3sts: K3

Row 157: Knit all

Row 158: Purl all

Bind off all stitches

Back Panel

Note: the stitch count for the lace portion of the panel will be off on some rows, that is normal. It will return to the right number by the end of the 12 row repeat.

Cast On: REG: 89sts, LG: 95sts

Rows 1-7: Knit all

Row 8: Purl all

Row 9: Knit all

Row 10: REG: (Purl 27, PM, Purl 35, PM, Purl 27), LG: (Purl 30, PM, Purl 35, PM, Purl 30)

Row 11: Knit to first marker, MM, K1, *K2TOG, K1 YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K2 repeat from * to 2sts before marker, K2, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 12: Purl all

Row 13: Knit to first marker, MM, *K2TOG, K1, [YO, K1] repeat 2x, SL1, K1, PSSO, repeat from * to 3sts before marker, K3, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 14: Purl all

Row 15: Knit to first marker, MM, K2, *YO, K3, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, repeat from * to 1st before marker, K1, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 16: Purl all

Row 17: Knit to first marker, MM, K4, *K2TOG, K1, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K2, repeat from * to 7sts before marker, K2TOG, K1, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 18: Purl all

Row 19: Knit to first marker, MM, K3, *K2TOG, K1, [YO, K1] repeat 2x, SL1, K1, PSSO,  repeat from * to the marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 20: Purl all

Row 21: Knit to first marker, MM, K2, *K2TOG, K1, YO, K3, YO, K1, repeat from * to 1 st before marker: K1, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 22: Purl all

Repeat rows 11-22 ― 11 more times each (a total of 132 more rows) ending on a row 22 repeat.

Row 155: Knit all

Row 156: Purl all

Row 157: Knit all

Row 158: Purl all

Bind off all stitches

Seaming

Lay your back panel flat with the WS up and lay your front panels on top of it (with the RS facing up), lining up the bind off edges.

Make sure the panels are placed right, the right panel when worn will be the panel on the left side when you’re laying it down flat on the ground.

Seam your shoulders closed.

Mattress seam up the side until you have:

  • Regular Size: 45 rows down from the shoulder seam on each side, about 8.2” arm opening, but go by row count.
  • Larger Size: 48 rows down from the shoulder seam on each side, about 8.75” arm opening, but go by row count.

Picking Up Stitches

  • Regular Size: Starting at the bottom of the arm hole, where your mattress seam ended. PU 2 of every 3 stitches around: Picking up 60 sts total.
  • Larger Size: Starting at the bottom of the arm hole, where the mattress seam ended. PU 2 of every 3 stitches around: Picking up 64 sts total.

Lace Repeats for Sleeves

RP 1: K1, *K2TOG, K1 YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K2 repeat from * to 2 sts: K2

RP 2: *K2TOG, K1, [YO, K1] repeat 2x, SL1, K1, PSSO, repeat from * to 3 sts: K3

RP 3: K2, *YO, K3, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, repeat from * to 1 st: K1

RP 4: K4, *K2TOG, K1, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K2, K2TOG, K1, YO, K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1

RP 5: K3, *K2TOG, K1, [YO, K1] repeat 2x, SL1, K1, PSSO,  repeat from * to end

RP 6: K2, *K2TOG, K1, YO, K3, YO, K1, repeat from * to 1 st: K1

Refer to Lace repeats above

Join in the round, decreasing 1 st (REG:59sts left, LG: 63sts)

Row 1: REG (K20, PM, K19, PM, K20), LG (K22, PM, K19, PM, K23)

Use different colored markers than the marker for the start of the round.

Row 2: Knit to first marker, Work RP 1 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 3: Knit All

Row 4: Knit to first marker, Work RP 2 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 5: K2, K2TOG, Knit to 4 before the end of the row: SSK, K2 (REG: 57sts, LG: 61sts)

Row 6: Knit to first marker, Work RP 3 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row Row 7: K2, K2TOG, Knit to 4 before the end of the row: SSK, K2 (REG: 55sts, LG: 59sts)

Row 8: Knit to first marker, Work RP4 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 9: K2, K2TOG, Knit to 4 before the end of the row: SSK, K2 (REG: 53sts, LG:57sts)

Row 10: Knit to first marker, Work RP5 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 11: Knit all

Row 12: Knit to first marker, Work RP6 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 13: Knit all

Row 14: Knit to first marker, Work RP1 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row.

Row 15: Knit All

Row 16: Knit to first marker, Work RP2 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 17: Knit all

Row 18: Knit to first marker, Work RP3 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 19: Knit all

Row 20: Knit to first marker, Work RP4 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 21: Knit all

Row 22: Knit to first marker, Work RP5 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 23: Knit all

Row 24: Knit to first marker, Work RP6 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 25: Knit all

Row 26: Knit to first marker, Work RP1 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 27: K2, K2TOG, Knit to 4 before the end of the row: SSK, K2 (REG: 51sts, LG: 55sts)

Row 28: Knit to first marker, Work RP2 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 29: K2, K2TOG, Knit to 4 before the last marker: SSK, K2 (REG: 49sts, LG: 53sts)

Row 30: Knit to first marker, Work RP3 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 31: Knit all

Row 32: Knit to first marker, Work RP4 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 33: Knit all

Row 34: Knit to first marker, Work RP5 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 35: Knit all

Row 36: Knit to first marker, Work RP6 to 2nd marker, MM, Knit to end of row

Row 37: Knit all

Repeat rows 26-37― 1 more time through (12 more rows total). You should have REG: 45sts, LG: 49sts left at the end)

Rows 50-51: Knit all

Rows 52-54: Purl all

Bind off

I prefer to P2, then pull the 1st stitch over the 2nd and off, binding off 1 and repeating that to the end. (But you can use whatever bind off you like)

Repeat for the other sleeve.

Weave in your ends and enjoy!

If you’re interested in more patterns you can find them in my Etsy or Ravelry shops.

I’d love to see how your cardigan works up, tag me in your photos on Instagram @thebluemouse_.

 
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