Katharine Hepburn Cardigan by Kathy Zimmerman

Katharine Hepburn Cardigan

February 2007
Sport (12 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in charted pattern with larger needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
900 - 2250 yards (823 - 2057 m)
32 (36.5, 40.5, 46, 51)" finished chest, see notes
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This pattern is available for free.

Pattern description from Lace Style:** “Lace and cables. Cables and lace. However you pair the two, you’re bound to come up with a winning combination. Kathy Zimmerman interpreted this classic combo in two lengths - cropped and hip - in this year-round cardigan. For both versions, Kathy followed typical 1950s styling, including a narrow fit, high round neckline, and three-quarter-length sleeves with set in shoulders. Lots of buttons keep the fronts closed without gaps. Both versions shown here are knitted in a soft merino yarn in rich jewel tones. Choose softer shades for a more subdued look.”

Finished Size: 32 (36.5, 40.5, 46, 51)“ (81.5 92.5, 103, 117, 129.5 cm) chest/bust circumference, buttoned.

Shown in 32” (81.5cm) short version & 36.5” (91.5cm) long version

Yarn: Shown in Louet Sales Gems Opal (100% merino wool; 225 yd 206 m/100g): #62 citrus orange, 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) skeins for short version; #11 cherry red, 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) skeins for the long version.

Notions: Cable needle (cn); tapestry needle; seven (seven, seven, eight, eight) 5/8” (1.5 cm) buttons for short version; eleven (eleven, eleven, twelve, twelve) 5/8” (1.5 cm) buttons for long version.

Notes from Lace Style:
* When decreasing or increasing, maintain the established pattern as much as possible. If there are not enough stitches available as a result of shaping to work every yarn over with its companion decrease, work the stitches in stockinette instead until the stitch count can accommodate working in pattern again.

  • Knit the first and last stitch of every row for selvedge stitches; these stitches are not shown on the charts.

Note: Pattern is free in the ebook from Knitting Daily.