Top down crochet cardigan

Crochet cardigan free patternI made another top down crochet cardigan this week, using a self striping yarn in colors I adore…Crochet cardigan free patternIt’s inspired by this pattern, but since I have a mac I cant download the software, so I used the notes and my previous cardi experience (this, this and this) to create my own design…Crochet cardigan free patternI’m extremely pleased with the outcome!

I’ve included the pattern below.  But please note, this pattern fits me… I made it to fit me.  I wouldn’t tackle this unless you are making it for yourself and can try it on every few rows and adjust as you go to ensure a perfect fit. I’m a size 10, if you need to make a larger or smaller top you will need to increase (or decrease) accordingly. Its also untested!

  • I used a 6mm hook and 8ply (DK) yarn.
  • The cardigan is mostly made using dc but…
  • Every second row is an sc row
  • Every forth dc row is an eyelet row (2dc in one stitch, skip the next stitch, 2 dc in the next stitch).

Ch68
1dc in each stitch across
Ch1  sc across
Ch2 dc across
Increase row: Ch1 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next across, 1 sc in last stitch. 100
Ch2 dc across
Ch 1 sc across
Ch2 dc in same st, sk1 stitch, 2dc in next, sk1 stitch.
Ch1 sc across
Increase row: Ch 2, dc in the same stitch, dc in the next 2 stitches. *2DC in next stitch, DC in the next 2 stitches* – repeat between * and * across. 131
Ch1 sc across
Ch2 dc across
Ch 1 sc across
Ch2 dc across
Ch 1 sc across
Ch2 dc in same st, sk1 stitch, 2dc in next, sk1 stitch

Increase row: Ch1sc in same st, sc in next 10, *2sc in next, sc in next 10*  – repeat between * and * across. 143*
Ch2 dc across

Split the yoke into front, back and sleeve sections as follows: Starting at beg of round, mark each section:  23sts for left front, 26sts  for left sleeve, 45 sts for back, 26sts sts for right sleeve, and 23 sts for right front. Ch1, sc in each stitch across to first marker, ch 3 for underarm, join with SS at next marker, work across back section to next marker. Ch 3 for second underarm, join with SS to next marker, work across right front section to end.

Work even (1 row dc, 1 row sc etc) until cardi is desired length. Finish on a sc row.

Arms.
Join yarn under arm, chain 1 and sc around armhole. Join with SS to complete the round.
Work even (1 row dc, 1 row sc etc) until arm is desired length. Finish on a sc row. Work an additional sc row to complete the arm.

Finishing.
Finish the cardigan edges. Join yarn in the centre back of bottom of cardi, chain 1 and sc all around the edge, adding 2 sc at the corners. Repeat for 3 rounds. For button holes, ch 2 where ever you want a buttonhole, skip 2 stitches and sc in the next stitch.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

* the first time I made this I increased by too many stitches (and the cardi turned out too baggy) so I had to unravel and start again. At this point I increased it as so: Ch1sc in same st sc in next 3, 2sc in next sc in next 3 repeat across. 163*
Ch2 dc across
Split the yoke into front, back and sleeve sections as follows. Starting at beg of round, mark each section:  25 sts for left front, 31sts for left sleeve, 50 sts for back, 31 sts for right sleeve, and 25 sts for right front.
Ch1, sc in each stitch across to first marker, ch4 for underarm, join with SS at next marker, work across back section to next marker. Ch 4for second underarm, join with SS to next marker, work across right front section to end. Total Across body 110 sts.

If I haven’t put you off and you do decide to make this let me know how you get on, and if you have any questions leave a comment and Ill try to help out🙂

157 thoughts on “Top down crochet cardigan

  1. trees7861 says:

    I have absolutely NO talent at crochet and love cardigans! So your blog is pretty interesting. My maternal grandma was the guru in anything crocheted (is there such a word?) … she made such pretty bedcovers.

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  2. Jenny says:

    Looks lovely, you are very talented. I would love to crochet one but im not a 10 and would not know where to start to change your pattern. I have to have everything wrote down for me before i can tackle such a project. Kind regards Jenny x

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  3. Michelle says:

    What a gorgeous cardigan. What wool did you use? And what was the total weight of the piece (to get an idea of how much i need to buy)? Thanks!

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  4. Kim Conner says:

    I love seeing your re-interpretations of patterns, especially because I’m much more likely to try to reverse engineer something to fit me. When you say increase accordingly to change size, do you mean the first 68 stitches or as the pattern goes along, increasing as I need?

    Thanks so much… I hope to try this soon so I can get a start on some fall/winter things.

    Kim in NC

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    • Janette says:

      Hi Kim, the 68 chain at the start gave me a wide enough neck line, but if you wanted a higher or lower neckline you’d make more or less starting chains. To increase the size of the cardi you’d need to increase the number of stitches, either where I’ve increased increase more stitches or add another couple of increase rounds. Does that help? Jxx

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  5. kate0795 says:

    This is knockout! I’ve not seen such a beautiful cardigan and a crochet one to boot that I like so much. The yarn colour is gorgeous. I’ve had a look at the downloadable pattern which for a newbie like me would probably be better to follow? I’d need a size 14 but the actual ‘how to’ download the knitwear software already has me looking confused! Kate x

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    • Janette says:

      Hi Kate, checkout the other patterns on ravelry there are lots of good notes there. I wish I could download the software, I bet it would be a lot of fun (but don’t think I could convince my husband that we need a new computer just so I can get crochet software!!! Let me know how you get on. Jxxx

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  6. Lee Smith says:

    how incredibly beautiful your cardigan is– and thank you so much for sharing the pattern. This is a definite must make to add to my ever growing list of things to make!

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  7. Charlotte says:

    Love the cardigan!
    Very impressive to just be able to make it as such! I’m currently trying to wrap my head around crocheted clothing and how to make it fit. Looking at your pattern now, I’m wondering how you figure out with how many chains you need to start? What size do you use as reference? Do you just wrap it around your neck and wing it or do you take a specific measurement and go from there?
    Thanks!😀

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    • Janette says:

      Yeah I dont think I could get away with that either. Id love to try to software out though, Ive got more ideas than skills at patterns and I bet this would help me!

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    • Janette says:

      I guess that’s the beauty of making something in crochet- you can customize the fit because its not hard to increase or decrease… tanks for your comment! Janettexx

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  8. Lo says:

    LOVE your cardigan; looks perfect on you. Did you use different skeins of different colours, or was the colour change already blended into your yarn?

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  9. Joy says:

    Hi Janette ….. I love your blog and love your top down cardigan. I am new to crochet and only do granny square but I want to do this so I have done the yolk and need to split it …… help I am stuck!! Do I sc a row and split into the stitches you have said and then work on one piece in pattern until the length required and then sew side seams as I would with knitting please?? Thanks xx Joy xx

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    • Janette says:

      Hi Joy, you do the sc row then using markers (pieces of yarn) mark each piece by counting across. Once you have the markers in place you will ch 2 and then work in dc first across 1 front then chain 3, skip the arm rejoin to the back work across to next arm ch3 again, skip the arm rejoin at the right side and work across the other front. Then ch 1 turn and work in sc all the way back over the row you just worked. After a row or two try it on to make sure it fits! Its a bit tricky to explain, but basically you leave a gap where the arms go and fill them in later on. This way there is no sewing together because its all worked in one piece. Does that help? jxx

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      • Joy says:

        AAAAwwwwwww Janette thank you for coming back to me … yes I think I see what you mean and later today will try it and let you know how it goes. Many many thanks for your help🙂 xx J xx

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  10. Joy says:

    Hi J ….. done it thank you and am now well on my way with doing back and fronts … hope I can then sort the sleeves when I come to them and it is brilliant no sewing up required. Thank you very much for explaining🙂 xx Joy xx❤

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  11. Shawna Murray says:

    I was just looking on ravelry this morning to find something for some self striping yarn that I have. Since my yarn is worsted weight and I am a bit larger than you, I hope this will be perfect. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. I enjoy your blog and your happy, free spirit. Thank you again for your generosity!

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  12. rags4bags says:

    A friend told me to look at your blog-and this pattern in particular. She knew i would love it. The pattern is lovely and it looks great on you. Thanks for sharing it. I have tried out a little sample on some yarn I have but it does not have the wow factor yours has. I have now tracked down some similar yarn in England and will order it. I will order an extra ball because I am no longer size 10! Cannot wait to get started.

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  13. rags4bags says:

    Hi. My yarn arrived quickly. I have just reached the divide for arms etc and have reread Joy’s comment above. I think I understand the next move; just leave out the arms and continue a little and check size. I have started with a size 5.5 hook since I crochet loosely and changed to a 6.00 from the increase to make it larger. I am size 12/14 English size. I am correct in thinking you are size 10 US size-equivalent to English size 12? I think I may need to make the arm hole larger.

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    • Janette says:

      See how down the bottom (at the *) I gave some bigger increase for the third increase row- so you end up with 163 stitches, Id try that for you. It has a bigger arm and back (was baggy on me). At least it gives you a starting point, try that, then do maybe two more rows and try it on – you will be able to gauge where you need more (or less stitches then). Let me know how you are getting on!!!! xx

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  14. Myrian says:

    Love your pattern and I will get some special yarn to make it. Only thing I am large. You talked about some software “Milibos post ” it this the name of the software?? I did not understand what you meant. I am guessing if I use a bigger hook size I can make it my size. If you can point in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it. Keep up the great work. You have some very pretty patterns and I thank you for sharing with us crocheter’s.

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  15. Claudia Virgilio says:

    Hello, Janette!
    I´m totally in LOVE with your cardigan (not just the pattern but the yarn effect as well). I´ve tried to crochet it but turns out very small for my size. Now I have to try your tips to make it bigger. Thanks for sharing!🙂

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  16. Jane says:

    Thanks for sharing this – will be great for autumn! I’ve ordered the yarn and can’t wait to start it. Thanks especially for being the same size as me – that will make it easier to follow!

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  17. rags4bags says:

    Hi. just thought I would let you know I have finished my cardi. I love it. It is quite snug(!) even though I added a couple more increases. I am sure it will wear in though. Thanks for the great pattern.

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  18. Noa says:

    Hello, Love the cardigan. I would love to make it myself, but do you use the english or american clothes size? I have to translate the used crochet stitches to europian, so I want to do it the first time right. Size 10 in english or american is different to europian.
    Thank you!

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  19. Jessie Holmsund says:

    Lovely cardigan…..have been looking for such a pattern….must try yours…thank you for sharing …hugs from Jessie, Denmark

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  20. Rebekah says:

    Lovely colours!
    I have been looking for something this shape. I found a random pattern that I’ve used to make a strip of lace work and I’ve been trying to work out how to incorporate it into a tee in such a way that it runs down the front, about a third of the way across. Do you think it’d work if I made your pattern but changed the way the yoke is split up, to make the left front wider and the right front narrower, and to allow for the width of the lace strip?

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    • Janette says:

      Yes I don’t think it would matter where you split the yoke- you could even make it as a pullover if you wished – no split at all (just add a few more stitches). Good luck, your design sounds lovely🙂

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  21. Robyn Pennings says:

    Hi, I just love the colours of the yarn, but am unsure about the link you posted as the yarn colour pictured (‘The Deep’) looks like blues and greens rather than the winey earth toned of your cardi – would you mind confirming that the yarn you used was King Cole Riot shade The Deep? Thanks. I’m really keen to get started on this.

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  22. Lois Durkin says:

    Can you please help me understand how in the beginning of pattern, that I chain 68. Then in row 4increase I put 2 sc in each stitch across, & end up with just 100 stitches in that row. What am I doing wrong. Have way to many. Help please.

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  23. Sharon Fawcett (@FawcettSharon) says:

    Hi Janette,
    I love your beautiful sweater and would like to make one for myself. Seeing that you are from New Zealand and I am from Canada (where we use US terminologies in crochet patterns), I was wondering if you use the UK terminologies in your pattern or US. The sweater you linked to, as the one that inspired yours http://milobo.wordpress.com/2007/12/16/eyelet-yoke-crochet-cardigan-tutorial/ , mentions that it uses UK terminologies (UK double crochet is US single crochet, for example). (Here is a link to the differences: http://crochet.about.com/od/conversioncharts/a/termtranslate.htm) I assume, since there is a single crochet in your pattern, that you use US terminology, but I want to be sure. Thanks for sharing your fabulous pattern!

    Sharon

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  24. MJ says:

    Sharon Fawcett, I am from Canada also. In the pattern where it says “dc” we are to make “sc” and where it say “triple crochet” we are to make “dc”, hope this helps you.

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  25. Heather P says:

    This is gorgeous – I have been looking for USEFUL crochet patterns ( pot holders do not inspire me), and this fits the bill exactly. I’m going to try this idea on a smaller version for a toddler. My granny knitted beautifully, including many striped pullovers for kids out of leftover yarns. Its just so much easier to cart a crochet project around than to constantly be picking up stitches that have slid off the needles! Many thanks for your inspiration!

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  26. Jenjen says:

    I have just stumbled upon your awesome pattern .Thankyou for sharing .I would love to know what “nationality”😉 the stitches are please ? I am an Aussie , Northern New South Welshmen to be more exact and am in need of some warmer clothes this year for our approaching winter .This looks perfect and I think within my capabilities too .As many patterns are UK or US I just want to know which “dc” to be doing ? hahahahahaha it gets confusing . Would it be hard to extend the sleeves down to the wrists ? I love the short sleeve , but was thinking one long sleeved and one short would be quite handy . Thanks again , Jenjen

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    • Jenjen says:

      Sorry , I must have skipped the comments about you writing patterns in US terminology .But I can’t find the one where it says approximately how much yarn you used .Was it 600m ?

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    • Janette says:

      Hi Jenjen, my crochet patterns are always US terminology. So the dc in this pattern would be a treble in uk terminology. Hope that helps! It’s getting cold here now too, I’ll have to dig out some warm cardigans too🙂 J

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  27. Jaishri says:

    Mam, This looks so beautiful. Can u help me with the video, i dont understand the pattern and size. I want to make it for my mother. What will be the foundation chain if chest size is 34

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  28. carmel8sons says:

    Hi I only found your pattern last night and its fab, Been looking for this kind pattern ages, I need a close stitch one so doing every row in hdc (ireland) so have looked up other patterns and i think yoke should be 8 1/4 ins. I am going to try it and also going try put long sleeves in, Will let you know how I get on
    Thanks so much for sharing,
    Carmel

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  29. Alexandra Arrieta says:

    Hi! I’m trying out your wonderful pattern (thanks so much for this by the way! Been wanting to crochet myself a cardi for a while now) I’m just really confused with the numbers you’ve put for the end stitches? They don’t seem to match up to the increases and the starting chain. 68 seems to be too much to be able to increase only to 100. Then I don’t get the 131, 143, etc stitches at the end of my rows. Please help me out. I’ve re done the cardigan twice now after it being uneven when I got to the end. Looking forward to your reply🙂

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  30. Michelle V. Alkerton says:

    Thanks for sharing your pattern. My front edges don’t stay straight as I increase. They end up sloping with each row. Is that normal? I’d send you a pic to explain, but can’t seem to find your email here. Hope you can help.
    Stay inspired!
    Michelle

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    • Janette says:

      No I don’t think they should be sloping. Are you checking you have the same amount of stitches on each round? At a guess I d say you are dropping a stitch at each end. Jx

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  31. Anne Marie says:

    Approximately how much yarn did you use please? I may decide to do it in a variegated yarn to avoid having to sew in all the ends so this would be useful. Thank you.

    I love your cardigan, and the yarn I thought I’d use is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino but I think this might be too fine for the purpose.

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  32. Lynn says:

    I’m trying to understand the pattern. Since its not numbered, do I turn my work at the end of each row and continue following the pattern down?

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  33. CC says:

    Thanks for this easy pattern!! I have never attempted a “garment” before… only scarves and hats. I’m up to the part where I “split the yoke”. Very easy to understand, but one question: why the chain-3 for the underarm? What do I do with that chain-3 when I start crocheting back and forth for the body?? Do I crochet into it, or just skip over it? If I skip over it, it seems there will always be a hole in the underarm. what am I missing?

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    • Janette says:

      Hi, you will crochet into this stitches on the way back (don’t skip them or you will get a hole!!) they then become part of the body (under your arm). Hope that helps!

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  34. Melissa Hills says:

    I’ve just put my buttons on my cardigan. I made it slightly longer than yours, made elbow length sleeves and did hdc instead of sc. I love it! I’m a similar size to you so it made following the pattern much easier (after undoing it and tweaking it a bit)!

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  35. caroleia says:

    I’d like to say thank you for sharing this wonderful pattern. Using the same yarn as you and your numbers I crocheted until I got to the part where you mark out for arms, back etc when it became apparent it would be way to small for me. I then tried again using 98 stitches as a starting point (it was a guess really), and followed your directions exactly from there and have now crocheted to a few lines below the armholes. I’m happy to say the cardi looks like it will fit perfectly. (The back had 61 stitches after I marked out for arms etc. but this was a little wide so I decreased 10 and it seems to have done the trick). So for anyone who is wondering – the pattern is easily scalable up in size!

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  36. Anne Marie says:

    I love this cardigan but can you please tell me how much of the self striping yarn you used as I was thinking of King Cole Riot, ive found some lovely rich colours. Thank you.

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  37. pamcolander says:

    Finished my version of your incredibly lovely cardi pattern! I had to kind of wing the size since I’m a bit bigger than you but it worked out well I think😉 I love it and want to thank you for sharing it with us. I don’t see that I can post pictures on here but if you’d like to see it’s here on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/projects/augustpam/top-down-round-yoke-cardigan I can see myself making many various versions of this fun pattern!

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  38. Sarah says:

    It’s really a lovely combination of colour and style! I’d like to try and reproduce it myself. I couldn’t see how many balls of Riot are needed for NZ size 10? Thanks so much!

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  39. beagletheory says:

    I was trolling around for a pattern to make for my daughter (photography major needing sweaters for Savannah winters) and love this. I was prompted by a huge sale on Red Heart Boutique Treasures. Perfect pattern, yes?
    Can you tell me approximately how much yarn you used?

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  40. Susan D. Boring says:

    I really like the pattern for the top down crochet cardigan and would like to make one for myself. HOWEVER getting a copy of the pattern that I Can use has been almost impossible. The link for the software either does not work or is no longer available. What do you suggest I do?

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    • Susan D. Boring says:

      Thanks for your quick response – HOWEVER – it doesn’t answer my concern as to the name of the software used to convert the pattern to a size I can wear.

      Sue Boring

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  41. Maria xristinidi says:

    Hallo from greece!!!!i was looking long time for a pattern like yours ..and i m so happy i found it…..sorry for my bad english…
    Thanks for sharing it…i have already made the first one and i love it….but i need to ask you sth!! My daughters want now cardingans like mine …but they are smaller sizes and they want differnt yarn so smaller hook….my question is….how can i find out after the my first rounds where to split the sections…is there a method???i dont understand how many stitches every section needs….please help me

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  42. Elizabeth Brockway says:

    Thank you so much for this adaptable pattern and the link to the yarn as well! I absolutely love it! Despite being my first time making something like this and adapting it to my size the cardigan came out great! I want to make more now in other colorways now that I know that I can. I was only off by 5 stitches when guessing where to split the arms so I just made up for it by making the finished edge for the buttons and button holes a little wider down the front than on the rest of the edges by doing hdc’s and it was perfect! By following the type of stitches for each row using the number and length required for my size it came out great! I have a few minor adjustments to make for next time so it will be even better but they’re easy to do and hard to notice in the final product so only I’ll be able to tell the difference. If you don’t mind I definitely intend on sharing this and leading more people to your page because it’s awesome! Thank you again!

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