Retropolitan Cardigan by Jennifer Cohen
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Retropolitan Cardigan

November 2007
Aran (8 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch using larger needle
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1330 - 1995 yards (1216 - 1824 m)
Finished chest: 38 (44, 46, 50, 54)"

Pattern description from Son of Stitch ‘n Bitch: “I was inspired to design this sweater after coming across a picture of my parents from the ’70s in which my dad was wearing a baby blue cardigan. It was a classic design befitting the disco decade when worn with a button-down-collar shirt. I updated the design by using longer ribbing, bold stripes, and oversized buttons. The color combination of light blue, cream, and taupe was inspired by a pair of men’s argyle-patterned sneakers I bought when the shoe store ran out of the pink version for women. I guess everything does happen for a reason! The beauty of the Retropolitan Cardigan is that it can be worn by trendy urbanites, indie rockers, and computer nerds alike. A traditional man may prefer the sweater in a solid color and paired with a shirt and tie, while a more fashion-forward guy might like the stripes in offbeat colors and worn over his favorite band’s T-shirt.”


  • S (M, L, XL, XXL)
  • Finished chest: 38 (44, 46, 50, 54)“
  • Finished length 24 (25½, 26¾, 27½, 28¼)“


  • Rowan Cashsoft Aran (57% merino wool, 33% microfiber, 10% cashmere; 50g/95yd)
  • MC: 9 (10, 11, 13, 14) skeins #03 Mole
  • CC1: 3 (3, 4, 4, 4) skeins #01 Oat
  • CC2: 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins #04 Haze
  • US 6 (4mm) 40” circular needle
  • US 7 (4.5mm) 40” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Five 1” diameter buttons
  • Stitch holders or waste yarn
  • Stitch markers
  • Sewing needle and matching thread

Note: “The body is knit in one piece from the bottom up to the armholes. Ten the sleeves are knit flat, the sleeve seams are sewn, the sleeves are attached, and the raglan yoke is formed. Finally, the button band is picked up and worked around the perimeter and the buttons are sewn on.”