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    • Knitting pattern for minimalist cardigan
    • Schematic and worksheet with line-by-line instructions and stitch counts included
    • Suitable for intermediate knitters

    Pattern measurements: only inches
    Pattern paper format: only US letter


    An open-front cardigan knit top-down and seamlessly with simultaneous set-in sleeves. (One side of each pocket does need to be stitched down.) The body and sleeves are trimmed in garter stitch, which conceals the large front pockets. The sample shown was knit in two colors, but the sweater can also be knit in one.

    This cardigan is constructed using Barbara Walker’s method of knitting the sleeve caps along with the upper body. To make it a bit easier to navigate that area with all the different increase rates, a pdf with single-page worksheets for each size is included with line-by-line instructions and stitch counts that can be used if desired. You only need to print the page for your size.

    Skills required: long-tail cast-on, backwards-loop cast-on, knitted-on or cable cast-on, picking up stitches, increasing, decreasing, stitching down pocket lining

    Choose a size that gives you the amount of ease you prefer - 0 to 5 cm of ease is recommended. Shown modeled with about 5 cm of positive ease.

    Sizes available (actual garment measurement at bust with front bands overlapping, in cm): 75.5, (83, 92.5, 100, 107), {114.5, 122, 129, 136.5}

    Gauge: 22 stitches and 31 rows to 10 cm in blocked stockinette; 22 stitches to 10 cm of blocked garter stitch

    Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.

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    Materials you need at home:

    • Approximately 1150, (1255, 1395, 1505, 1620), {1740, 1850, 1980, 2090} m of sport weight yarn: 735, (795, 890, 955, 1025), {1100, 1165, 1245, 1310} m of MC and 415, (460, 505, 550, 595), {640, 685, 735, 780} m of CC. Sample was knit in Cascade 220 sport (100% wool)
    • Two 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needles, or size needed to obtain stockinette gauge
    • 3.25 mm/US 3 needles, or size needed to obtain garter stitch gauge. You will need a long circular for the front bands
    • Needles to work the sleeves in your preferred method in both of your gauge sizes
    • Stitch markers
    • Tape measure
    • Waste yarn for holding sleeve and pocket lining stitches
    • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends and stitching down pocket lining