First Cardigan Sweater by Jared Flood

First Cardigan Sweater

Knitting
May 2022
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, after wet blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1110 - 2275 yards (1015 - 2080 m)
36 (40, 44, 48) (52, 56, 60) (64, 68, 72, 76)” [91.5 (101.5, 112, 122) (132, 142, 152.5) (162.5, 172.5, 183, 193) cm] chest circumference, buttoned
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This stylish sweater was designed as a friendly introduction to cardigan knitting. Written using accessible language and basic techniques, this top-down design boasts clean lines and a flawless fit. Thoughtful details such as contiguous ribbing from the collar through the raglan shoulder lines and a cord selvedge elevate this cardigan from standard fare to essential staple. With a myriad of customizable options like collar and sleeve style, body length, and three sizes of charming, optional patch pockets, your sweater will be completely unique and entirely your own.

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Construction

  • This cardigan is worked flat from the top down. Knitting begins with the ribbed neckband, followed by a set of short rows to improve neckline fit. The raglan shoulder shaping begins during the short rows and continues throughout the yoke (the upper body).
  • After completion of the yoke, body and sleeves are separated and sleeve stitches are held on waste yarn while the remainder of the sweater body is worked flat. Held sleeve stitches are then returned to the needles and each sleeve is worked circularly from underarm to cuff.
  • The core pattern includes instructions for a standard ribbed neckband and long tapered sleeves; Appendix includes instructions for additional collar and sleeve options, including a fold-over neckband, a polo collar, and/or bloused sleeves.
  • The pattern provides three different body length options and two sleeve length options for differing styles. Choose from a semi-cropped, classic, or classic tall fit for the body length. The classic tall fit is recommended for wearers 5’9”/175.5 cm and taller.

Finished Dimensions

SIZES 1 (2, 3, 4) (5, 6, 7) (8, 9, 10, 11)

  • 36 (40, 44, 48) (52, 56, 60) (64, 68, 72, 76)” [91.5 (101.5, 112, 122) (132, 142, 152.5) (162.5, 172.5, 183, 193) cm] chest circumference, buttoned.
  • To fit approximate chest sizes: 30-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42-44) (46-48, 50-52, 54-56) (58-60, 62-64, 66-68, 70-72) inches [76-81.5 (86.5-91.5, 96.5-101.5, 106.5-112) (117-122, 127-132, 137-142) (147.5-152.5, 157.5-162.5, 167.5-172.5, 178-183) cm]
  • Sample A (Size 2): Laura is 5’5”/165 cm tall and is modeling 6”/15 cm positive ease.
  • Sample B (Size 4): Anthony is 6’2”/188 cm tall and is modeling 9”/23 cm positive ease.
  • Sample C (Size 3): Laura is 5’5”/165 cm tall and is modeling 9½”/24 cm positive ease. Cadence is 5’8”/173 cm tall and is modeling 5¼”/13.5 cm positive ease.
  • Sample D (Size 3): Anthony is 6’2”/188 cm tall and is modeling 6½”/16.5 cm positive ease. Laura is 5’5”/165 cm tall and is modeling 10½”/26.5 cm positive ease.

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

Yarn

Brooklyn Tweed Imbue Worsted — 100% American Merino Wool (104 yards/95 meters per 50g skein)

  • 11 (12, 14, 15) (16, 16^, 18) (19, 20, 21, 22) skeins
  • Cropped striped sample (A) with two pockets photographed in Crepe & Carbon
  • Classic tall sample (B) with ribbed folded neckband, bloused sleeves, and three pockets photographed in Warbler
  • Cropped polo collar sample (C) with three-quarter bloused sleeves photographed in Boro
  • Classic polo collar sample (D) with two pockets photographed in Ash

The marked skein counts “^” are near or exact to the listed yardage; consider adding an extra skein.

Yardage

Approximately 1110 (1240, 1375, 1465) (1570, 1660, 1790) (1915, 2050, 2170, 2275) yards [1015 (1134, 1257, 1340) (1436, 1518, 1637) (1751, 1875, 1984, 2080) meters] of worsted weight wool yarn
Note: Yardage listed is the estimated maximum amount needed per size to make the core pattern garment variation with a classic length torso and tapered sleeves. Exact yardage may vary according to chosen sleeve shape and/or collar variations. Working the body and/or sleeves to the Tall length will require additional yarn.

Gauge

  • 20 stitches & 28 rows per 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch, after wet blocking

Needles

Main

  • 16”/40 cm & 32”/80 cm circular needles
  • Suggested size US 7 (4.5 mm)

Ribbing

  • 16”/40 cm & 32”/80 cm circular needles
  • 2-3 sizes smaller than main needle
  • Suggested size US 5 (3.75 mm)

Double-pointed needles (DPNs)

  • Two sets total, in main and ribbing needle sizes

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

Casting On
Video — Provisional Crochet Cast On
Video — 1x1 Rib Cabled Cast On
Video — Short Rows: German Method
Video — Ribbed Double Decreases
Patch Pockets
Blocking 101
Knitwear Care

Skill Level
2 out of 5: Adventurous Beginner