This new cardigan series hit me right in the feels. Not only did I start this kids cardigan series for the men in my life (to compliment the Painted Canyon Cardigan series) but my 8 year old helper hand sewed the zipper onto this kids cardigan. ♥
That’s right, 8 year old Cameron used a needle and thread to sew on the zipper to his cardigan, almost entirely all by himself. I just love the skills my boys are learning as a result of my crochet and crafting. This is not the only time he’s helped with creating in our house! He’s also fun to watch in our weekly Facebook LIVE videos. Some little lady sure is going to be lucky someday! ♥
I was originally going to do a tutorial for the sewing of the zipper, but since he wanted to spearhead that project himself (and he did a fantastic job!) we’ll save that tutorial for my 10 year old’s cardigan when that size is released. I doubt my 10 year old will want to sew his zipper on, so I’ll share my method when that pattern is ready! If you want to use buttons for closure instead, 3/4″ buttons should fit nicely through the edging stitches – no button holes required!
Cozy Classroom Cardigan Pattern Sizes:
12 hdc and 11 rows in 4” square
Measurements when on gauge:
Armhole to armhole (across back) = 12″
Neck to hem = 19″
Upper arm = 11″ circumference
Cuff = 8.5″ circumference
Sleeve length = 14.5″
Body circumference = 27″
Special stitches used:
Kids cardigan 6/8 pattern
Row 1: Fhdc-56.
Row 2: Ch-1, hdc in each st to end. (56)
Rows 3 – 32: Ch-1, hdc in each st to end. (56)
Row 33: Ch-1, hdc in 38 sts, ch-19. (57)
Row 34: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each across. (56)
Rows 35 – 47: Ch-1, hdc in each st to end. (56)
Other side (with top of cardigan to your right as pictured)
Row 1: Ch-18, hdc in 19th st and in each st to end. (56)
Rows 2 – 15: Ch-1, hdc in each st to end. (56)
Do not fasten off.
Fold front sides in and sew shoulders together using the mattress stitch.
Attach yarn at bottom right front, as pictured with sl st.
Row 1: Ch-1, turn, hdc in 50 sts, 2hdc in next, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next 2 sts, hdc in next (shoulder seam st) hdc2tog in same and next st (the shoulder seam sts), hdc in same. 12 hdc across neck, hdc in next (shoulder seam st), hdc2tog in same and next st (the shoulder seam sts), hdc in same. 2hdc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next, hdc in 50 sts. Ch-1, turn. (134)
Row 2: Ch-1, turn, hdc in 46 sts, * 2hdc in next, hdc in 2 sts * repeat between * * 3 times. 2hdc in next, hdc in 16 sts, * 2hdc in next, hdc in 2 sts * repeat between * * 3 times. 2hdc in next, hdc in 46 sts. (144)
Row 3: Hdc in first, * fphdc around next st, bphdc around next * repeat between * * 15 times (33 sts so far), * fpdc around next st, bpdc around next * repeat between * * 38 times. * fphdc around next st, bphdc around next * repeat between * * 15 times , hdc in last. Ch-1, turn. (144)
Rows 4 & 5: Hdc in first, * fphdc around next st, bphdc around next * repeat between * * 13 times (29 sts so far), * fpdc around next st, bpdc around next * repeat between * * 42 times. * fphdc around next st, bphdc around next * repeat between * * 13 times , hdc in last. Ch-1, turn. (144)
Attach yarn at bottom of armhole.
Row 1: Ch-1, Hdc in each st around. (36)
Do not join, work in spiral instead using stitch markers to note first st of each round.
Rows 2 – 3: Hdc in each st around (36)
Row 4: Hdc in each st around, hdc2tog in last 2 sts (35)
Row 5: Hdc in each st around (35)
Rows 6 & 7: repeat rows 4 & 5 (34)
Rows 8 – 15: Hdc in each around (34)
Row 16: Hdc in each st around, hdc2tog in last 2 sts. (33)
Row 17: hdc in each st around (33)
Repeat rows 16 & 17 seven times (ending with 26 sts)
Row 32 – 34: * fphdc in first, bphdc in next * repeat between * * around so that your ribbing lines up (26)
Slip st to top of next st. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Bottom (optional, not as pictured):
Sc in each row end around bottom of cardigan. Fasten off and weave in all ends. And now your kids cardigan is almost finished!
If you like, add on the elbow patches using a whip stitch. For the 6/8 kids cardigan I used full size elbow patches instead of cutting them as I did with the smaller sizes. Also add a separating (make sure its separating so you can open the jacket) zipper (18″ pictured) or those 3/4″ buttons if you like!
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