The trend for the winter is layers of knitwear, including long sleeveless cardigans, worn over knitted dresses, (which I would personally find too warm in this era of stifling central heating in most public spaces). However, there are other ways to wear it especially "between seasons" - and this is a nice example from the seventies, (but not too dissimilar to those around at the moment).
I have seen examples where front and back are split up the sides, which would give it a modern edge; this design is knitted "all in one" up to the armholes but if you are a more experienced knitter you could work out how to make fronts and backs separate up to about mid thigh.
Instructions for larger sizes given in brackets. Where one set of figures
is given this applies to all sizes.
With No 8 needles, cast on 34 stitches and work 5½ inches in stocking stitch, ending with a knit row.
Next row: p2, m1p, (p6, m1p) 5 times, p2. [40 sts]
Leave stitches on a spare needle and make second pocket lining the same.
Back and Fronts
With No 10 needles, cast on 290 (308
: 326 : 344) stitches and work 7 rows
Change to No 8 needles.
Repeat the last 24 rows twice more, then rows 1 to 22 inclusive again.
[Editor's note: If you have knitted fronts and back separate to this point, join them here - on the last or the following row.]
Shape sides as follows:
Next row: p1, *
k1, p2, k1, p2 tog, p6, p2tog, k1,p. 2, k1 ; repeat from *
to last last stitch, p1. [258 (274
: 290 : 306) sts]
Continue in pattern as follows:
1st row: p1, *
(Tw2L, p1) twice, p4, (p1,Tw2R) twice; repeat from *
to last last stitch, p1.
Repeat the last 20 rows once more, then rows 1 to 12 inclusive again.
Place pocket linings as follows:
Next row: pattern 17, * slip next 40 stitches on a stitch-holder, and in place of these, pattern across 40 stitches of one pocket lining *, pattern to last 57 stitches, repeat from * to *, pattern last 17 stitches.
Work a further 7 rows straight in pattern, then work rows 1 to 18 inclusive again.
Next row: p1, *
k1, p2, k1, p2tog, p4, p2tog, k1, p2, k1; repeat from *
to last stitch, p1. [226 (240 : 254
: 268) sts]
Repeat the last 16 rows once more, then rows 1 to 14 inclusive again.
Next row: as 15th.
The last 2 rows form bodice pattern.
Repeat them until work measures 35 inches at centre, ending with right side facing.
Shape neck and at the same time divide for fronts as follows:
Next row: cast off 7, pattern 49 (52 : 56 : 59), turn and leave remaining stitches on a spare needle.
Continue on these stitches for RIGHT FRONT, shaping armhole
and neck as follows:
Now decrease 1 stitch at each end of every row until 29 (32 : 32 : 35) stitches remain, then at each end of next and every alternate row until, 19 (22 : 22 : 25) stitches remain.
Now keep neck edge straight and continue decreasing at armhole edge on following 1 (3 : 2 : 4) alternate rows. [18 (19 : 20 : 21) sts]
Work straight until front measures 43 (43½ : 43½ : 44) inches at centre, ending with wrong side facing.
Shape shoulder by casting off 6 (7 : 6 : 7) stitches at the beginning of the next row, then 6 (6 : 7 : 7) stitches at the beginning of the following 2 alternate rows.
With right side facing, rejoin yarn to remaining stitches; cast off 8,
pattern 106 (114 : 120
: 128), turn, and leave remaining stitches on a
Now decrease 1 stitch at each end of the next and every alternate row, until 74 (78 : 82 : 86) stitches remain.
Work straight until back matches front at armhole edge, ending with right side facing.
Shape shoulders by casting off 6 (7 : 6 : 7) stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows, then 6 (6 : 7 : 7) stitches at the beginning of the next 4 rows.
Leave remaining 38 (40 : 42 : 44) stitches on a spare needle.
With right side facing, rejoin yarn to remaining stitches for LEFT FRONT, cast off 8, pattern to end.
Next row: cast off 7, pattern to
Left: With No 10 needles, cast on 11 stitches.
Leave stitches on a safety-pin at top and sew border neatly in position.
Right: Work to correspond with left border with the addition of
12 buttonholes. 1st to come 7½ inches above lower edge, and 12th
to come 2¼ inches below start of neck shaping, with the remainder
To make a buttonhole: rib 4, cast off 3, rib to end; on the next row, cast on 3 stitches over those cast off.
To Make Up
Using a warm iron and damp cloth, press parts very lightly on wrong side, omitting ribbing and taking care not to over-press and spoil the pattern.
Armhole Borders: With right side facing and No 10 needles, pick
up and knit 116 (128 : 128
: 140) stitches round each armhole and work 7 rows k1/p1 rib.
Join shoulder seams.
Neck Border: With right side facing and No10 needles, work as
Work 1 row k1/p1 rib as for border. Make 13th buttonhole in next 2 rows
as before, then work a further 4 rows in rib.
With right side facing and No 10 needles, knit across each set of 40
pocket stitches, decreasing 1 stitch in centre. [39 sts]
Press seams. Sew on buttons.
With No 10 needles, cast on 104 stitches, and work 6 rows k1/p1 rib.
Change to No 8 needles.
Work 16 rows in pattern as for main part from **
as given in cardigan instructions to make one diamond pattern panel (see
Shape crown as follows:
Keeping continuity of pattern, work 1 row straight.
Next row: p1, *
k1, p2, k1, p1, p2tog, p2, k1, p2, k1; repeat from *
to last stitch,
Change to stocking stitch, starting with a knit row, and continue shaping as follows:
Next row: k3, k2tog, *
k5, k2tog; repeat from * to last 4
stitches, k4 : 68 stitches Next row:
Break yarn. Thread through remaining stitches, draw up tightly and fasten off.
Press work very lightly on wrong side, omitting ribbing.