Flutter Sleeve Cardigan by Pam Allen

Flutter Sleeve Cardigan

February 2008
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch on larger needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
945 - 1620 yards (864 - 1481 m)
36 (40, 44, 48, 52)" bust circumference
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This pattern is available from interweave.com for $6.50.

Pattern description from Interweave Knits, Spring 2008: “’Lately, I’ve been experimenting with sweaters whose sleeves are knitted with the body of the sweater, kimono style. No separate sleeve pieces to knit. No sleeve caps to shape and sew in. The only trick is to get the shoulder to curve nicely over the body,” says Pam Allen about the flutter Sleeve Cardigan. Short-rows create the curve as well as the peak of the ribbed midriff. A high ribbed waistline flatters a variety of body shapes and creates a graceful fullness in the bodice. the little tab on the sleeve is a dressmaker touch, created in a knitterly way: It’s one-by-one rib on a small needle, which looks like stockinette but doesn’t curl.“

Finished Size: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)“ bust circumference.

Yarn: Classic Elite Classic Silk (50% cotton, 30% silk, 20% nylon; 135 yd 123 m/50 g): #6985 South Seas coral, 7 (9, 10, 11, 12) balls.

Needles: Sizes 3 (3.25 mm), 6 (4 mm), and 7 (4.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Removable markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; two 1” buttons and two 0.5” buttons.


  • “The number of stitches (and therefore width) for the back and front shoulders are different by seven stitches - the fronts each have seven stitches less than the corresponding back shoulders. This is to account for the front bands being set in after knitting the fronts; the bands are set directly into the excess width of the back shoulders.”
  • “One stitch is cast on as a selvedge at the edge of each front and the body edge of each front band. These stitches are meant to be lost into the seam once the bands are sewn to the fronts (use a one-stitch selvedge from each piece when working mattress stitch).