Empire State Cardigan by Knitatude / Chantal Miyagishima

Empire State Cardigan

February 2022
Aran (8 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
850 - 1480 yards (777 - 1353 m)
XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL (28-62" bust)
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The Empire State Cardigan was designed and inspired by the Art Deco period and the classic lines of the Empire State Building in New York City. The radial lines give both a soft but rigid look of a multitude of skyscrapers. Designed with roughly 5-7 inches of positive ease at the bust, this cardi is perfectly oversized to galivant around the city or lounge about at home with a cup of steaming hot tea. With or without buttons, take your pick. the buttons are totally optional.

This cardigan is worked flat with the collar knit at the same time. Entirely seamless, it’s worked in one piece bottom-up for the entire body until you reach the underarms. From there it splits into three sections (right front panel, middle back, and left front panel). Once finished with the panels you will use the three-needle bind-off to seam the shoulders. Since the collar is knit at the same time as the body, you will finish the main vest by attaching/seaming the collar tabs together at the nape of the neck. Finally, pick up the sleeves and work the arms in the round and you’re done!

Note: This pattern is knit flat using circular needles to accommodate the number of stitches. It is written in 9 sizes XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) The model pictured is wearing the size M and is 5’7”, 150 pounds, and has a bust of 36.5” in circumference, for reference

How to choose your size: Find your bust measurements below. and knit the size according to it.

Knit bottom up with the collar at the same time, flat, sleeves are knit in the round.

SIZES - Your body measurement
XS – 28-30” bust
S – 32-34” bust
M – 36-38” bust
L – 40-42” bust
XL – 44-46” bust
2XL – 48-50” bust
3XL – 52-54” bust
4XL – 56-58” bust
5XL – 60-62” bust

The pattern has been tested in all sizes except for 5X. If you would like to test that size and have a bust of 60-62”, please send me an email at knitatude@gmail.com.

Advanced Beginner
You will need to know how to cast on, knit and purl both flat and in the round, slip stitches, decrease and bind off.

-7 (XS, S), 8 (M, L), 9 (XL, 2X), 10 3X), 11, 4X), 12 (5X) balls of Lion Brand Chainette (pictured in Taupe) or approximately 850 (890, 925, 1000, 1090) (1175, 12225, 1350, 1480) yards/775 (810, 845, 910, 992,) (1070, 1115, 1225, 1350) meters of another worsted weight yarn, category 4
-Size US9/5.5mm circular needles, 40”/100cm long
-Size US8/5mm circular needles, 40”/100cm long
-Size US9/5.5mm DPN (for three-needle bind off)
-4 stitch markers
-3 locking stitch markers (optional)
-3 x 1”/3cm buttons (optional)
-Darning needle

Shop the yarn I used here: http://shrsl.com/1ii28

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This pattern is a copyright of Chantal Miyagishima of Knitatude. Empire State Cardigans created using this pattern may be sold in small quantities (less than 10 total) with written consent first given by Chantal Miyagishima of Knitatude. Credit must be given to Knitatude / knitatude.etsy.com. Pattern and photos can not be used for resale purposes. Please share your work with the hashtag #EmpireStateCardigan and #knitatudeknits to share the handmade love