December 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
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Reindeer is a standard-fitting open cardigan. The body is worked in one piece back and forth without joining to armholes; then divided to work back and fronts separately. The garment is almost seamless - there are just two small shoulder seams.

Central cable panel runs on the back and the textured stitch “frames” the garment as an alternative to a classic ribbing - it’s very easy to knit and it creates beautiful contrast with the plain stockinette background.

There is a slight waist shaping.

After you are done with the body of a cardigan, shoulders are joined and sleeves are picked up from armholes and worked in a round to a cuff. The cap is shaped with short rows to ensure the perfect fit for a set-in sleeve.

The textured stripes on the sleeves gradually turn into a sleeve cuff that mirrors the neckband and the hem stitch pattern. In the pattern you will find a tutorial that will help you to create the perfect textured stripes in the round. The pattern gives you the opportunity to modify the sleeve length.

The bands are picked up and knitted last. The last rows of the bands are knit using smaller needles to “pull” the cardigan together. You can also experiment and make bands much wider to wrap yourself even more in the softness of this textured stitch.

The pattern provides schematics, detailed measurements of the garment and a cable chart pattern with written instructions. The color in the cable chart is used to facilitate the chart reading.

General Pattern Information

The pattern is graded for 8 sizes. The sample is shown in size S with 1 1/2 - 2” ease.


XS (32”/81cm)
S (34”/86 cm)
M (37”/94 cm)
L (40”/ 101.5 cm)
XL (43”/109 cm)
XXL (46”/116 cm)
3XL (49”/124.5 cm)
4XL (52”/132 cm)


Chest/Bust at Underarm: 34 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54)”/86 (91.5, 99, 106.5, 114, 122, 129.5, 137) cm

Finished Length: 28 3/4 (28 3/4, 29, 29, 29 1/2, 29 1/2, 30, 30)”/73 (73, 74, 74, 75, 75, 76, 76) cm


17 sts x 21 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st on larger needles after blocking.



9 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14) skeins of Knit Picks Gloss DK weight yarn (123 yds or 112 m/50 g; 70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk) colourway Hawk

…or any other DK weight yarn which gives you the proper gauge.

Please keep in mind that the yardage is an estimate.


  • US size 6 (4 mm) 31” (80 cm) circular needle

  • US size 7 (4.5 mm) 31” (80 cm)
    circular needle or size to obtain
    correct gauge.

  • Optional - US size 7 (4.5 mm)
    double-pointed needles (set of 4) for the sleeves. You can use US size 7
    (4.5 mm) 31” (80 cm) circular needle
    to work the sleeves using the magic
    loop method.

  • Cable needle


  • 3 stitch markers
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle


Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

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