Favorite Shawl Cardigan
If you know how to knit a scarf, then you can knit this cardigan!
This cardigan has an interesting construction that may look more complicated than it is. At first glance, it may look like it is knit in as a circle but it is not.
The cardigan has a back and two sleeves that are knit in stockinette stitch. They can be knit in top-down construction or in three separate pieces that are seamed (both sets of instructions are included, the choice is yours).
The cardigan’s oval cabled shawl yoke ring is knit sideways, incorporating short rows, and sewn around the sleeve tops and around the backs bottom and top. The rim acts like a shawl, thus giving it a similar look to a cardigan that was knit in the round.
You will surely get many compliments when wearing this cardigan and I am sure that it will become your favorite cardigan!
Yarn choices can vary for this cardigan. You can use a heavy worsted or Aran weight wool yarn for a winter-warm cardigan, or you can use a heavy worsted or Aran weight cotton yarn for a summer cardigan.
The back and sleeves are knit on smaller needles at a tighter gauge than the oval cables yoke.
The key to choosing the right yarn is that the sweater and especially the yoke are knit at a larger gauge to give the yoke collar a nice drape. Thus, even though the chosen yarn is in a 16 sts per 4” gauge it is knit at a 13 – 13.5 sts per 4” gauge.
13.5 sts & 16 rows = 4” square in stockinette on size U.S. 10.5 needles (or size needles to obtain this gauge)
12 sts & 14 rows – 4” square in stockinette on size U.S. 11 needles (or size needles to obtain this gauge)
- Provisional Cast On
- Three Needle Bind Off
- Short Rows
- Simple Cable
All four skills are easy to learn. Do a google search for each of these terms and you will find tutorial videos that will assist you in learning these skills.