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Topside Knit Cardi

Inject some style into your wardrobe with this cute Topside Knit Cardi.  Free sweater knitting patterns without long sleeves are not only faster to knit, but they are a great pattern to knit for fall.  With a ribbed edge and cascading leaves lace pattern on the right side of the sweater, this pattern is simply a must-make for autumn.


Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X)

Bust: 36 3/4 (40 1/4, 43 3/4, 47 1/4, 51)", buttoned
Length: 21 1/4 (22 1/2, 24, 25, 26 3/4)"


  • Stitch.Rock.Love. Sheep(ish) from Caron (70% Acrylic/30% Wool; 3oz/85g, 167yds/153m)#0006 Magenta(ish): 5 (5, 6, 7, 8) skeins
  • One size US 9 (5.5mm) circular needle, 24" long, or size to obtain gauge
  • One set US 9 (5.5mm) double-pointed needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders or waste yarn
  • 7 buttons, 1"/25mm diameter
  • Yarn needle

In Reverse Stockinette stitch, 18 sts and 24 rows = 4"/10cm


P1-f/b: Purl next stitch, then purl it through back loop. (1 stitch increased)

Skp: Slip 1 stitch knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over. (1 stitch decreased)

Ssk: Slip next 2 stitches, 1 at a time, to RH needle as if to knit, return stitches to LH needle in new orientation, knit 2 stitches together through back loop. (1 stitch decreased)

Garter Stitch: Knit every row.
1x1 Rib (multiple of 2 sts)
All Rows: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.

Cascading Leaves Pattern (panel of 14 sts)
Note: You may work pattern from text or Chart.
Row 1 (RS): K3, k2tog, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, skp, k3.
Row 2 and Every WS Row: P6, k2, p6.
Row 3: K2, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, skp, k2.
Row 5: K1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k1, skp, k1.
Row 7: K2tog, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, skp.
Row 8: Rep Row 2.
Rep Rows 1-8 for Cascading Leaves Pattern.
2x2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts)
All Rows: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.

Cardigan is worked in one piece from the top down.

With circular needle, CO 8 (10, 11, 12, 13) sts for Left Front, pm, 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) sts for Left Sleeve, pm, 20 (22, 24, 26, 28) sts for Back, pm, 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) sts for Right Sleeve, and 16 (16, 17, 18, 19) sts for Right Front–58 (64, 70, 76, 82) sts.
Work in 1x1 Rib for 1", ending with a WS row.

Shape Yoke
Shaping Row (RS): [Work in Rev St st to 1 st before marker, p1-f/b, slip marker, p1-f/b] 4 times, work in Rev St st to last 15 sts, work 14 sts of Cascading Leaves Pattern, p1–66 (72, 78, 84, 90) sts.
Continuing to work patterns as established, rep Shaping Row every other row 23 (26, 29, 32, 35) times, ending with a WS row–250 (280, 310, 340, 370) sts [32 (37, 41, 45, 49) sts for Left Front, 55 (62, 69, 76, 83) sts each Sleeve, 68 (76, 84, 92, 100) sts for Back, 40 (43, 47, 51, 55) sts for Right Front].

Next Row (RS): Purl to marker for Left Front, place next 55 (62, 69, 76, 83) sts on a st holder for Left Sleeve, removing markers, CO 8 sts for underarm, purl across sts for Back, place next 55 (62, 69, 76, 83) sts on a st holder for Right Sleeve, removing markers, CO 8 sts for underarm, work to end for Right Front–156 (172, 188, 204, 220) sts.
Work even in patterns as established until piece measures 9 (9, 9 1/2, 9 1/2, 10)", from underarm, ending with a WS row.
Next Row (RS): Change to 2x2 Rib; work even for 2 1/2". BO all sts loosely in rib.

Transfer sts from st holder to dpns. Pick up and purl 8 sts from underarm sts, purl to end–63 (70, 77, 84, 91) sts. Join to work in the rnd; place marker at beginning of rnd. Purl 1 rnd, dec 3 (6, 5, 4, 7) sts evenly around–60 (64, 72, 80, 84) sts. Work in 2x2 Rib for 1". BO all sts loosely in rib.

Button Band
With RS facing, using circular needle, pick up and purl 3 sts for every 4 rows along Left Front. Work in Garter st for 2". BO all sts loosely.

Buttonhole Band
Work as for Button Band until Band measures 1", ending with a WS row. Place markers for 7 buttons, the first and last 1" from top and bottom edge, and the remaining 5 evenly spaced between.
Buttonhole Row (RS): [Knit to marker, k2tog, (yo) twice, ssk] 7 times, knit to end.
Complete as for Button Band.
Using yarn needle, weave in ends. Sew on buttons.

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I also HATE circular knitting needles but love the Topside Knit Cardi so I would like to know if the pattern can be worked in single point needle?. I will be forever grateful if you could help me. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me. Sincerely, Heather

you can knit it on straight needles if they are long enough to hold all the stitches and markers. The sweater is not actually worked in the round, but the circular needles are used to acomodate the large number of stitches with markers-you are using circs as you would straights with the convenience of not having your stitches fall off the end.

I absolutely HATE circular knitting needles but love the Topside Knit Cardi so I would like to know if the pattern can be worked in #9 14inch single point needle?. I will be forever grateful if you could help me with this dilemma. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me. Sincerely, maineacrn

I absolutely HATE circular knitting needles but love the Topside Knit Cardi. I am fairly new to knitting and am wondering if there is any way I could work the pattern with #9 single point 14 inch needles? Thank you in advance for any help you can give me. Sincerely, Maineac

I'm trying to knit the leaves pattern...First row...In the text, it says knit 3, knit two end, skp,knit 3. On the chart, it says to knit 3, end , knit 2 together, knit 3. (the opposite). Which is correct???

cjm57 ....did you ever figure out how to print the pattern? If not, here are two ways. One - up at the top of the pattern page between "notes" and "save" it says print, click and it should. Two - highlight the pattern text and right click and click on "copy" then save it in a word document.

would really like this pattern........why won't it print off ????????????

It won't print off the pattern.............why ??????

i dont believe the picture and charts match..i know it says cascading leaf pattern but that sure looks like a cable pattern to me on that sweater???

cc does look like a cable but if you notice in the pattern instructions you do not put any stitches on a cable needle to hold them and then knit.


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