I needed a versatile long-sleeved cardigan for my fall/winter wardrobe. Something that wasn’t too heavy, definitely not too light (since I’m always cold!), not too plain but also not too complicated, and something that would work with all of my other clothes, whether they be casual or more dressed up. And I wanted it to be an easy, seamless knit but that wasn’t a boring project either. Out of all these demands came “Common Ground.”
It’s an open hooded cardigan sized from XS-4X that is knit seamlessly from the top-down. It is meant to be worn open, so it does not completely cover the chest. The yoke part is knit in garter stitch to give it some texture. Then the body incorporates a simple diamond eyelet stitch pattern that gives it that extra something special. I included a hood to really give it that autumnal feel, but since the hood is created by picking up stitches you could always forego adding it if you prefer. It’s knit up using bulky-weight yarn so it’s a pretty fast project--I used Cascade Ecological Wool which, at over 470 yards a skein, you’ll only need 2-4 skeins of (depending on your size)!
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X)
Finished Back Width: 16 (17.5, 19.75, 22, 24, 26, 27.75, 29.25) in /41 (44.5, 50, 56, 61, 66, 70.5, 74) cm
Finished Chest Size: 32 (35, 39.5, 44, 48, 52, 55.5, 58.5) in /81 (89, 100, 112, 122, 132, 141, 149) cm
3.75 sts & 5.75 rows = 1 in/2.5 cm in stockinette st with larger needles
3.75 sts & 7 rows = 1 in/2.5 cm in garter st with larger needles
• Suggested Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool or any bulky weight yarn with correct gauge
• 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins/850 (960, 1065, 1170, 1280, 1390, 1490, 1600) yds
• US 10 29 in/6 mm 74 cm & 16 in/41 cm circular needles (or size needed to get gauge)
• US 9 29 in/5.5 mm 74 cm & 16 in/41 cm circular needles (or 1 size smaller than size needed to get gauge)
• 4 stitch markers
• 2 pieces of scrap yarn, around 20 in/51 cm in length
• Tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave in ends
Common Ground is a raglan cardigan knit from the top down. The yoke area, from the neck to the underarms, is knit in garter stitch. At the underarms the sleeves are separated from the body and the sleeve stitches are held on scrap yarn until the body is complete. The body is worked in stockinette, incorporating a simple diamond eyelet stitch pattern, and is finished off with 1x1 ribbing at the bottom. Sleeve stitches are then transferred to 16 in/41 cm circular needles and worked in the round from the underarm to the wrist (incorporating some shaping along the way), and finished off with 1x1 ribbing at the cuff. The hood is created by picking up stitches at the back neck and then working some increases and decreases to shape. There is just a tiny bit of seaming involved to close up the hood at the top. The front bands are created by picking up stitches and then working in 1x1 ribbing.