Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ayasha Baby Cardigan Pattern in Tunisian Crochet

AYASHA CARDIGAN
     



The Ayasha (“Little One”) Cardigan is worked in Tunisian crochet.
The body of the sweater is Tunisian honeycomb, with a ribbed border around the waist and cuffs. The collar is created in single crochet.

Original Design by Beverly Matheson
One Yarn After Another


SKILL LEVEL    Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

SIZE     12 months


MATERIALS

            Solid Color: I Love This Yarn, sport weight, 230 yards/skein, 100% acrylic
                        White Tweed, 3 skeins (approximately 425 yards total)
Colorblock: Kertzer Northern Sport, sport weight, 170 yards/skein, 100% acrylic, Shade NS951003 (red), 1 skein; Shade NS950817 (Yellow), 2 skeins.
            Tunisian Hook size I (5.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
            Tunisian Hook size G (4.0 mm) or two sizes smaller than other Tunisian hook
            Crochet Hook size J (6.0 mm), or one size larger than largest Tunisian hook
            Tapestry needle
            Five small buttons (1/2”)

STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS

            Chain (ch)
            Fasten off (fo)
            Loop, loops (lp, lps)
            Right Side (RS)
            Single crochet (sc)
            Skip (sk)
            Stitch, stitches (st, sts)
            Tunisian purl stitch (Tps)
            Tunisian simple stitch (Tss)
            Wrong Side (WS)
            Yarn over (yo)

ADDITIONAL NOTES

§  Each Tunisian row consists of a forward pass and return pass that counts as one row. Do not turn your work; the RS is always facing you.
§  Always skip the first lp on each row (the one at the leading edge). The lp on your hook counts for that stitch.
§  In this pattern always end a forward pass with a Tss anchored firmly in the last lp on the row, as well as the horizontal thread that runs behind it.
§  Additionally, the last st on the forward pass is always a Tss. That means that sometimes you will have two Tss at the end of a forward pass.
§  The number of chain stitches you start with is the number of stitches you will have on subsequent rows.
§  Every return pass is worked as follows: Yo, pull through 1 lp. * Yo, pull through 2 lps. Repeat from * across until 1 lp remains on hook.

EXPLANATION OF STITCHES

Tunisian Simple Stitch

Row 1: Ch number indicated in pattern. Insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo, pull up lp, * insert hook in next ch, yo pull up lp. Repeat from * across, leaving all lps on hook. Do not turn. Return.

Row 2: Sk first vertical bar. * Insert hook under next vertical bar, keeping hook to the front of the work, yo, pull up lp. Repeat from * across, leaving all lps on hook. Do not turn. Return.

Tunisian Purl Stitch

Row 1: Ch number indicated in pattern. Bring yarn to front of work, insert hook in second ch from hook, bring yarn around to back of hook, yo, pull up lp, * bring yarn to front of work, insert hook in next ch, bring yarn around to back of work, yo, pull up lp. Repeat from * across, leaving all lps on hook. Do not turn. Return.

Row 2: Sk first vertical bar. * Bring yarn to front of work; insert hook under next vertical bar, keeping hook to the front of the work bring yarn around to back of hook, yo, pull up lp. Repeat from * across, leaving all lps on hook. Do not turn. Return.

GAUGE (for body, unblocked)

            20 stitches = 5.5 inches
            12 rows = 4 inches

Note: For gauge swatch, ch 20 with larger hook. Row 1: Tps in 2nd st from hook. * Tss in next st, Tps in next st. Repeat from * across. Final st on row should be Tss. Return.  Row 2: Tss in 2nd st from hook. * Tps in next st, Tss in next st. Repeat from * across. Final st on row should be Tss. Return.  Continue 12 rows.

CARDIGAN BACK


Ribbing: With smaller Tunisian hook, ch 46.

Row 1: Tss in 2nd ch from hook, * Tps in each of the next two sts, Tss in each of the next two sts. Repeat from * to end of row (46 lps on hook). Return.

Row 2-4: Tss in 2nd st from hook. * Tps in each of the next two sts; Tss in each of the next two sts. Repeat from * to end of row (46 lps). Return.

Row 5: This row is all Tss to create the transition from ribbing to honeycomb. Tss in 2nd ch from hook and in every st across. Total 46 lps on hook. Return.

Body of Back: Switch to larger Tunisian hook.

Row 6: Tps in 2nd st from hook. * Tss in next st, Tps in next st. Repeat from * across. Final st on row should be Tss. Return.

Row 7: Tss in 2nd st from hook. * Tps in next st, Tss in next st. Repeat from * across. Final st on row should be Tss. Return.

Note: You will be working Tps into Tss, and Tss into Tps. This creates the honeycomb effect.

Row 8-35: Repeat Rows 6 and 7.

Row 36: Insert hook into 2nd st from hook as for Tss, yo, pull to front, yo,pull through both lps (sc made). Insert hook into next st as for Tps, yo, pull to front, yo, pull through both lsp (sc made). Continue working sc in each st across, inserting hook to keep in pattern. Fo.

CARDIGAN FRONT (make 2)

With smaller Tunisian hook, ch 22.

Rows 1-36: As for Rows 1-36 of Back. Here there will be 22 sts per row.

Note: If you are making the color block version of this jacket you will change to the contrasting color on the transition row (Row 5).

SLEEVES (make 2) (for color block version make one of each color)

With small Tunisian hook, ch 34.

Rows 1-36: As for Rows 1-36 of Back. Here there will be 34 sts per row

FINISHING PIECES


Using a tapestry needle, weave in loose ends. Gently steam block.

            Note: See Schematic at the end of this pattern.

ASSEMBLY


v  Using additional yarn and with RS together, sew shoulder seams, leaving 8 sts on the inside of each panel unsewn. These will be for the neck opening.
v  Position sleeves so they are centered along the shoulder. With RS together, sew the sleeves onto the shoulders.
v  With RS together, sew sleeve seams and side seams.

EDGING

Turn sweater RS out. Use J hook.

Row 1: Join yarn at the bottom of ribbing. Sc up front of sweater (35 sts), work 3 sc into next st, sc in each st around neckline (34 sts), work 3 sc in next st, sc down the other side (35 sts). Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-3: Sc up the front of the sweater, work 3 sc in center sc of 3 sc from corner of previous row. Sc around neckline, work 3 sc in center sc of 3 sc from corner of previous row. Sc down other side of the front of the sweater. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4 (buttonhole row): Sc in first 3 st, ch 2, sk 2 sc, sc in next 4 sts, * ch 2, sk 2 sc, sc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * until there are 5 buttonholes. Continue sc up front of sweater, work 3 sc in center sc of 3 sc from corner of previous row, sc around neckline. Only place one sc in 3 sc group from previous row. (You are now starting the collar. Do not continue down the front of the sweater.) Ch 1, turn.


Collar:

Row 1: Sc around neckline, placing only one sc in center of 3 sc from previous row. Ch 1 (this is the final stitch on this row), turn.

Rows 2-4: Sc in each sc across collar. Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Sc in each sc across. Work 3 sc in last st of collar and continue sc down the front of the sweater to the last st at the hemline. Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Sl st in each st up the right front, around the collar and down the left front. Fo.

Note: Color block cardigan leaves off all the back and forward rows (Row 3-5).
 

FINISHING


Weave in ends. Block sweater again if desired. Sew on buttons, making sure they are securely attached so a child could not pull them off.

As a further embellishment to the color block cardigan, I added a little flower to the back. Any flower pattern will do should you opt to add this.


Close-Up of Flower Embellishment
SCHEMATIC


Back
(need 1)


Front
(need 2)










































































9 1/2"


9 1/2"







long


long
















































10 3/4" wide


5" wide






1 row of Tss


1 row of Tss





4 rows of ribbing


4 rows of ribbing





Sleeves
(need 2)















Assembly




















1. Sew shoulder seams








(leaving last 8 stitches in the








center for the neck)









2. Sew sleeves to sides








3. Sew side seams up








4. Sew bottom of sleeves




































8" wide










1 row of Tss










4 rows of ribbing









Copyright ã Beverly Matheson, 2010. All rights reserved.  This pattern is for personal use only. All questions or comments should be directed to the designer at bevmatheson@comcast.net.


Many thanks to Sharon Silverman for editorial guidance. To Amy Depew, Sharon Silverman and Lisa Bobbin a very special thank you for testing and editorial assistance. 

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