Omelette by Annamária Ötvös


Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
2.5 mm
950 - 1600 yards (869 - 1463 m)
2XS (30) - 2XL (42)
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Omelette is a simple looking cardigan made in „boring” stockinette stitch. However the construction makes it interesting. The body is worked bottom up to the underarms, then the stitches for the sleeves are cast on provisionally and the yoke is made in one piece to the shoulders without any seaming: the sleeves, the armholes and the front neckline are shaped at the same time, then the top of the sleeve caps are attached to the body with usual decreases, some short rows are used to shape the shoulders and finally the fronts and the back are joined with 3-needle bind off to create „shoulder seams”. After the body is ready the sleeves are made top down from the underarms, the adjustment of their length is very easy.
Every edgings are double-layered: backfolded bottom hem, backfolded buttonband, hidden buttonhole band, backfolded pocket and neck edging. Because all of the seamings are made on the WS you can use the most simple method to sew the facings/linings in place.

24 sts and 32 rows = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in Stockinette Stitch knit flat (body and yoke) with larger needle after blocking
24 sts and 32 rounds = 10x10 cm/4”x4” in Stockinette Stitch knit in the round (sleeves) with larger needle after blocking

2XS (XS: S: M: L: XL: 2XL)

Finished Measurements
40 (42.5: 45: 47.5: 50: 52.5: 55) cm / 15.75 (16.75: 17.75: 18.7: 19.7: 20.67: 21.65) inches back width at underarms

Intended to fit with approximately 2 cm / 0.8 inches positive ease at back.
The fronts of the cardigan are slightly wider than the back to achieve a neat overlapping.
If you want a more fitted cardigan, you can choose a smaller size, but in this case I recommend to make double-layered buttonhole band instead of the hidden buttonhole band (instructions are included).

Approximately 875 (950: 1050: 1150: 1250: 1350: 1450) meters / 961 (1044: 1154: 1264: 1374: 1484: 1594) yards of fingering weight yarn.

Sample shown in size S with 2 cm / 0.8 inches positive ease at back using MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (100% Merino, 384 m /420 y per skein) in colourway Winter Wheat.


  • 80 cm/29” circular needle each size 3.5 mm/ US 4 and 3.0 mm/ US 2½
  • 40 cm/16” circular needle or double pointed needles (dpns) each size 3.5 mm/ US 4 and 3.0 mm/ US 2½ for working in small circumference (optional)
  • crochet hook for the crocheted buttons (optional)

Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.


  • 2 spare circular needles for holding stitches
  • stitch holders and/or waste yarn
  • 4 stitch markers
  • 2 removable markers
  • 8 buttons with 1.6 cm/0.6” diameter or:
  • 8 buttons with 1.3 cm/0.5” diameter for crocheted buttons

Phototutorial for the Crocheted Buttons

Skill level: Intermediate
Necessary skills: Knitting in the round, working short rows, cast on provisionally, working 3-needle bind off, knitting with dpns or magic loop.

Thank you all of the wonderful test knitters:
Asselj (modified version)