Forest Park Cardigan by Kay Hopkins

Forest Park Cardigan

November 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette using larger (Main) needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1200 - 2275 yards (1097 - 2080 m)
XS(S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL) Choose size 4"/10cm larger than finished msmt) FINISHED BUST/CHEST: 30.25(35, 40, 44.75, 49.5, 54.25, 59, 64) inches / 75.5(87.5, 100, 112, 124, 135.5, 147.5, 160) cm.
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Pattern is available in Knit Companion.

Forest Park is rugged sophistication in a versatile grandpa cardigan and it’s sized for women and men. Wear Forest Park from the hiking trails to the board room or to snuggle up in front of a fire with a good book!

For a simply elegant sweater jacket, make it in the shorter length or make it longer for a more traditional comfy cardigan. Make the pockets the size you prefer. Chunky ribbing finishes all of the edges and the generous shawl collar.

The textured colorwork uses only one color per row and no steeks are needed as WS rows are easy. See mosaic tutorial by Felicia Wong/ Sweet Georgia yarns here using my Smugglers Cove Shawl.

Forest Park is worked top-down and seamless (except for sewing down the sides of the pockets) and the raglan yoke and body are worked back and forth. Stitches are picked up for the shawl collar and button bands to add structure and stability, and short rows shape the shawl collar. Sleeves are worked top-down and in the round, ending with simple colorwork and ribbed cuffs.

The bottom of the pockets are created while working the lower body and then finished later…what a fun way to construct a pocket that lays flat and smooth!

Instructions are included for longer length, bigger pockets, making sleeves larger for those extra muscular upper arms, and how to read the mosaic colorwork charts.

This design was inspired by Forest Park, with over 5000 acres and 80 miles of hiking trails all within the city limits of Portland, Oregon. The desire was for a sophisticated “comfort” cardigan for versatile wearing options.

The pattern has been professionally tech edited and tested.
XS(S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL) Designed to be worn with 4 inches / 10 cm ease at bust/chest.

Finished Bust/Chest: 30.25(35, 40, 44.75, 49.5, 54.25, 59, 64) inches / 75.5(87.5, 100, 112, 124, 135.5, 147.5, 160) cm. Choose a size that is about 4 inches larger than your bust/chest measurement.

The shorter sample is shown in Spincycle Yarns Dream State and Magpie Fibers Domestic Wool. The longer sample is all in Magpie Fibers Nest Worsted. (I think I prefer the weight of “Nest Worsted” over “Domestic Worsted” for either length.)

Estimated Yarn Required
MC – 1200(1350, 1500, 1600, 1750, 1850, 1950, 2050) yds / 1100(1225, 1375, 1475, 1600, 1700, 1775, 1875) m.

CC – 100(125, 125, 150, 150, 150, 200, 250) yds / 100(125, 125, 125, 125, 125, 175, 225) m.

Longer version may require an additional skein of MC. Yarn usage will vary depending on gauge and specific yarn.
Experienced knitter skills required but accessible to an advanced beginner if use tutorials for new techniques.

Skills Used: Basic knit stitches, German Short Rows, increases, decreases, mosaic (slip stitch) colorwork. Links provided to tutorials for: German Short Rows, crochet slip stitch edging (optional), one row buttonholes, and Jeny’s Stretchy Bindoff Technique.

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