Sally Cardigan by Nikol Lohr

Sally Cardigan

March 2011
Aran (8 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with larger needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
3.5 mm (E)
840 - 1560 yards (768 - 1426 m)
XS, S, M, L, XL, custom fit
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This pattern is available for free.

PLEASE NOTE that the gauge is given in stockinette, not the pattern stitch. The honeycomb pattern has the same stitch count but a different row count (34 rows = 4”). **

You might want to check out these craftzine blog posts if you run into any questions:

Get ready! Yarn substitution advice and alternate swatches.
Knitting the yoke, with adjustments for broad shoulders and for knitting a pullover.
Divide for sleeves & knit the body, with special mods for special cases (broad shoulders, busty, etc.) and a step-by-step photo tutorial on dividing for sleeves
Sleeves: matching the honeycomb pattern, knitting inside-out
The Steek! Blanket stitch steek as an alternative to crocheted steek, plus both steeks tested on superwash merino.
Button Placket and Pet Sweater mods!


If you want a wider neckline, use this easy modification, no math necessary!

ERRATA: Work a total of 5 rnds of ribbing at the neck before switching to larger needles. (This has been fixed on the pattern page and pdf.)

A Nostalgic Honeycomb Sweater

Inspired by an Atomic-age children’s sweater and named after Mad Men’s Sally Draper, this playful fitted cardigan with retro styling is surprisingly simple to knit. The three-quarter length sleeves make it a perfect transition sweater for crisp spring or fall days, the angora-blend yarn softens the pattern and adds to the nostalgic feel, and the crocheted buttonholes add to the overall charm.

While the honeycomb pattern looks like complicated colorwork, producing it is actually as easy as knitting stripes! Only one color is carried at a time, with the design achieved by slipping stitches from the previous round’s color. (If you’re one of the thousands who have knit the Mason-Dixon Knitting dishcloths, you already know the technique.) It is knit seamlessly in the round, so there’s no seaming, purling, or complicated float management. Then it’s steeked to make the front opening (cutting your knitting is scary but fun!), and a button placket is picked up just inside the cut edges.

I added a schematic, 4th picture down.

Bust measurement guidelines:


Think roughly Target sizing.

If you you have a small frame for your bust size, you can go more with your dress size or the smaller end and just space the buttons a bit closer if you want to wear it on it closed.

I’m wearing a medium and have a 38-39” bust. It’s snug but very comfy.

I used stockinette for the gauge because of the inconsistencies of many knitters between knitting a pattern in the round vs. flat. It can be quite different, but most knitters have a better sense of their own personal variations knitting stockinette. I realize people fall on both sides of the swatch-in-pattern-st vs. swatch-in-stockinette. If it’s flat, I prefer pattern stitch, while if it’s round, I feel a stockinette is a better guideline, since most people don’t swatch in the round.