Riverbend by Julie Hoover


September 2015
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
10 stitches and 15 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 15 - 10.0 mm
US 13 - 9.0 mm
695 - 1175 yards (636 - 1074 m)
35 (39½, 44, 48½, 53, 57½)" circumference at chest, buttoned
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A boxy, open-gauge cardigan in Quarry: the ultimate in slouchy comfort that doesn’t sacrifice good looks. Riverbend’s hem is shaped with short rows so that the back is several inches longer than the cropped fronts. The deep V of the neckline makes it easy to layer. All pieces are knit flat, and we chose to assemble them with the purl side facing out, but instructions are also given for exposing the traditional knit side if you prefer. Two options are given for resolving the short rows so that they’ll be least visible on the public side of your garment, whichever side you’d like that to be. Edgings in single rib keep this cardigan minimalist and unfussy, so you can throw it on over workout clothes or dress it up with slim trousers and a buttondown.


The body is worked in one piece from the lower edge to the underarms, then the back and fronts are worked separately to the shoulders. The sleeves are worked flat. The edging and button band is picked up and worked after sewing the shoulders.


695 (780, 875, 970, 1085, 1175) yards of chunky weight wool yarn


4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Quarry (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 200 yards/100g)

Photographed in color Sulphur


10? stitches & 15 rows = 4” in reverse stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 10 mm (US 15)

Size B (for Ribbing)
One 32” circular needle one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 9 mm (US 13)

Finished Dimensions

35 (39½, 44, 48½, 53, 57½)“ circumference at chest, buttoned
Sample shown is size 39½” with + 5” ease on the model

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Rib Cabled Cast On
Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method
Sloped Bind Off
One Row Buttonhole

Skill Level

3 out of 5