I did not plan this cardigan for buttons or zippers. I am thinking it is better to leave the fronts as they are. This will give an untidier and more casual look. Therefore, we will not be making calculations for buttons. Just straight up knitting!
How to Calculate the Number of Stitches for Front Pieces of the Cardigan?
Remember we measured the hipline and calculated the stitches for the back piece by dividing it by 2. The other half of this hipline is the front parts. Since we have two of them, we divide it by 2 one more time.
Additionally, for the front parts, we also have the ribbing to take into consideration. Since the ribbing is generally made for buttons, the traditional way to calculate is
– Measure the ribbing
– (Hipline / 2) – the ribbing
– Divide the result by 2.
This calculation gives us the measurement of one of the front pieces minus the ribbing. However, since this cardigan will not have buttons, we just need to divide the width of the back by 2. Then, I added the ribbing to this number because I wat the fronts to be looser.
Let’s make this more concrete with applying our example.
We have 90 stitches for the back. We divide this by 2 and have 45 stitches for each front. I added 6 more stitches for the ribbing on each front. Thus, we have 45+6 stitches for each front piece.
We cast on 45+6=52 stitches and make the end ribbing as 3 rows of k1p1. Then, continue with k1p1 for the first 6 stitches. Continue with the pattern for the next 45 stitches. The right front piece will have the ribbing on its left side. We continue up to the point where we started making decreases at the back piece (remember we calculated 44 rows). Then we start decreasing.
The decreases of the right front will be made on its right side, i.e., where the ribbing isn’t. Later we will make the V-neck decreases there. For the first 5 rows, start with the k1p1 ribbing, continue with the pattern until there is 4 stitches left on the needle, k2tog and knit the remaining 2 stitches. After the 5 rows are complete, there should be 40 + 6 stitches left on your needle. Now, we start decreasing from both sides (one side for the raglan decrease and one side for the V-neck decrease), but we will ignore the ribbing. Starting from the 6th row, k1p1 the ribbing, k2tog, continue the pattern until there is 4 stitches left on the needle, k2tog, finish the 2 remaining stitches. We continue with this setting for a total of 20 rows. At this point we should only have the 6 stitches of the ribbing left on the needle.
We will basically follow the same formula we used for the right front, but with a little twist. After we make the ribbing for 3 rows, we will directly start the pattern and make the k1p1 ribbing at the last 6 stitches. Our formula will work as 45 + 6 for the left front. As we did for the right front, we will knit on 44 rows with our pattern and star making the decreases. Then, we start decreasing for the raglan cut for a total of 5 rows. Our formula will be like this: k2, k2tog, knit on the pattern up to the ribbing, make the k1p1 ribbing and turn. After 5 rows, we start the V-neck decreases. K2, k2tog, knit on until you have 2 stitches + the ribbing left, k2tog, make the ribbing and turn. We continue decreasing from both sides for a total of 20 rows and stop when there are only the 6 stitches of the ribbing is left on the needle.