Cottage by Jacqueline Cieslak


April 2022
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
900 - 1675 yards (823 - 1532 m)
9 sizes by finished full bust/chest circumference of 38-70"/95-175cm
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Cottage is a classic throw-on-over-anything relaxed fit cardigan. Worked from the top down entirely in one piece, the design features raglan construction, a button band worked as you go with a slipped stitch selvage, and classic 1x1 ribbing on the cuffs and hem. The pattern includes 9 sizes and an optional adjustment for customizing the sleeve length.


All of my garment patterns are #sizeinclusive to fit up to at least a 60”/150cm full bust circumference.

In inches: (38, 42, 46) [50, 54, 58] {62, 66, 70}
In centimeters: (95, 105, 115) [125, 135, 145] {155, 165, 175}

To choose your size, measure the circumference of your torso around the fullest part of your chest and choose a size that fits with 6-10”/15-25cm of positive ease.

Note about fit:
This cardigan is designed to have an extremely relaxed fit in the shoulders/sleeves (somewhere between a standard raglan and a dolman). You should expect the armholes to hit lower and the bicep to have more ease than other raglan patterns I have released (e.g. Ursa).

In the photos, Jacqui is wearing a size 7 sweater (62”/155cm) with 8”/20cm of positive ease at the chest and 3”/7.5cm positive ease at the bicep, and Ivana is wearing a size 4 sweater (50”/125cm) with 7”/17.5cm of positive ease at the chest and 5”/12.5cm positive ease at the bicep.

To see how COTTAGE looks across the size range with varying amounts of ease, check out the test knitting round up here!

Gauge: 20 sts and 32 rows over 4”/10cm in stockinette after blocking

Recommended needles:

  • Main needles: US 6 (4 mm) 40”/100cm circular
  • Smaller needles: US 4 (3.5mm) 40”/100cm circular and DPNs for cuffs if not using magic loop

Notions: stitch markers, locking stitch markers, stitch holders or scrap yarn, darning needle, 5-6 15-22mm buttons (depending on preference)

This cardigan was designed in Rowan Lane Fibres Repose (437 yards/400 meters/100g), a fingering weight 50% corriedale/50% mohair blend with a loose ply and subtle halo. This yarn at the pattern gauge makes for a relatively loose fabric, but the halo from the mohair fills in the space between stitches and the corriedale gives this otherwise airy fabric structure and hold. If you prefer a yarn without a halo, I recommend considering sport weight yarns for a denser fabric.

Please note:
You may require more/less yarn if you choose to work the optional sleeve length adjustment or any other modifications to the pattern.

Skeins of Repose: (3, 3, 3) [3, 3, 4] {4, 4, 4}
Yards: (900, 975, 1050) [1125, 1225, 1325] {1425, 1550, 1675}
Meters: (830, 900, 970) [1040, 1130, 1220] {1310, 1430, 1540}|
Other suitable yarns:

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport
Briggs & Little Sport
Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport

Purl Soho Linen Quill
Harrisville Designs FlyWHEEL
The Fibre Co. Amble

La Bien Aimée Helix (held double)
La Bien Aimée Corrie Worsted
Magpie Fibers Nest Sport


See pictures of other Cottage cardigans and share pictures of your own progress on Instagram with the hashtag #CottageCardigan. Be sure to tag @jacquelinecieslak too!