Fading Aspens by Courtney Little

Fading Aspens

January 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette (worked flat)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1099 - 2558 yards (1005 - 2339 m)
31.5-78 in/80-198 cm total finished panel measurement at bust
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Fading Aspens is a comfy open-front cardigan, worked mainly in reverse stockinette, which fades into columns of twisted knits toward the center front and wide sleeve cuffs. Short row shaping is used to lengthen the panels, and there are pockets as well! This design is meant to have a relaxed or oversized fit, but you may prefer a smaller size with less ease. You can easily customize the body and sleeve lengths, and notes for other modifications are noted throughout the pattern.

Thank you to Tayler of Fiber for the People® for collaborating with me on this project and providing the gorgeous yarn for the sample. Fading Aspens features the BFL DK base, which was an absolute joy to work with and has an oh so beautiful drape after blocking.


  • Intermediate level
  • Written in English and US terms
  • Skills to know: Long-tail cast on, knit, purl, decrease, twisted stitches, slipped stitches, short row shaping, backwards loop cast on, pick up and knit, work in the round, blocking, Kitchener stitch, mattress stitch/seaming
  • You’ll need: US size 6 (4mm) knitting needles (or size needed to obtain gauge), 24-40” circulars recommended plus 9-12” circulars or DPNs for pockets, waste yarn for placing stitches on hold, stitch markers, pins for blocking, and a tapestry needle. Knit blockers, blocking wires, and mats are very helpful but not necessary for blocking
  • Approximately 1099 (1230, 1360, 1559, 1697, 1908) (2086, 2245, 2376, 2558) yds / 1005 (1125, 1244, 1426, 1552, 1745) (1907, 2053, 2173, 2339) m DK weight yarn/yarn that works up to gauge; check out others’ projects for more yarn/fiber/color inspiration!

You’ll receive a PDF file including:

  • Complete written instructions on how to knit Fading Aspens in 10 different sizes (13 total pages)
  • Links to helpful tutorials, including how to attach the pockets
  • A short blocking and finishing guide including schematics

Notes on sizing:

Fading Aspens has been graded and written for 10 sizes, ranging from 31.5-78 in/80-198 cm total finished panel measurement at the bust. This design is meant to have a relaxed or oversized fit, but you may prefer a smaller size with less ease. Sample shown is the size 2 (37 in/94 cm), worn on a 33.5 in/85 cm bust. Since it is an open cardigan, there is a bit more flexibility in choosing a size depending on your desired fit. Full schematic and measurements included in listing photos. Let me know if you have any questions regarding sizing!

Pattern gauge:

4”/10 cm = 20 sts/28 rows in reverse stockinette worked flat

Taken after wet blocking, using US size 6 (4mm) needles

Note: All measurements are approximate and taken after blocking. Inches are rounded to the nearest 0.25 in and centimeters to the nearest 0.5 cm.