Little Wave by Gudrun Johnston

Little Wave

November 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Little Wave Pattern with Size A needles, after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1090 - 2050 yards (997 - 1875 m)
(Version I: Shaped) [Version II: Classic] (31¾, 36½, 41¼, 46, 51, 55¾) [31¾, 36½, 41¼, 46, 51, 55¾]" finished circumference at chest (buttoned)
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“The Little Wave cardigan initially came about as a request from my almost teenage son. He was long overdue a piece of knitwear from his mother! He’s a stylish and classy dresser so I wanted to create a piece that could work with his wardrobe and yet also be something cozy to curl up in. This cardigan has some great classic elements including saddle shoulder shaping, shawl collar and a clearly defined stitch pattern. Faux elbow patches and pockets add a little extra something but can just as easily be omitted.“ -Gudrun Johnston


  • This garment is worked from the bottom up.
  • Sleeves are worked in the round and body is worked flat; sleeves and and body are united at the underarm and a seamless saddle yoke is worked flat.

(Version I: Shaped) [Version II: Classic]
(1090, 1250, 1450, 1600, 1800, 1950) [1150, 1300, 1520, 1700, 1880, 2050] yards of worsted weight wool yarn
(8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14) [9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15] skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Shaped version photographed in Embers
Classic version photographed in Cast Iron

20 stitches & 28 rows = 4” in Little Wave Pattern with Size A needles, after blocking
19 stitches & 28 rows = 4” in garter stitch for Side Panels with Size A needles, after blocking
19 stitches & 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needles, after blocking
19 stitches & 37 rows = 4” in garter stitch for Collar with Size A needles, after blocking
Note that the row gauge for garter stitch is much more dense when it is worked on its own

Size A (for Body, Sleeves, and Collar):
One each 16” and 40 circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for I-Cord Bind Off):
One 40” circular needle one size smaller than Size A needle(s)
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

32” circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e. Sleeves).

(Version I: Shaped) [Version II: Classic]
(31¾, 36½, 41¼, 46, 51, 55¾) [31¾, 36½, 41¼, 46, 51, 55¾]“ finished circumference at chest (buttoned)
Note: Although the Version I and Version II finished chest measurements are the same, the two versions differ in dimensions in other parts of the cardigan.
Version I Sample shown is size 36½” with + 2½“ ease on model
Version II Sample shown is size 41¼”

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

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Please note: the stitch patterns used for this garment include written as well as charted instructions.